Dips and Spreads

Add these flavorful snacks, dips, and spreads to your Christmas appetizer buffet. From a rich and creamy wild mushroom dip to stuffed dates, herb-baked olives, and more, these festive dips and spreads are the perfect Christmas party snacks.

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Quick & Easy Dips and Spreads

You want to lay out an assortment of dips that provide familiar flavors without any fuss.These recipes require few ingredients, a big mixing bowl, and a spoon to make and are served with chips.

Margarines and Spreads: Know Your Label Lingo

Let's face it: Whether you're using them to "butter" toast, make a cake or adding a pat to a baked potato, margarine and other "spreads" are all, to one degree or another, substitutes for butter. People turn to butter substitutes for a range of reasons, usually health-related. But as concern has grown about trans-fat, and cholesterol has been divided into "good" and "bad," what may have seemed like a healthier choice several years ago could be open to debate.

Elegant Dip and Spread Recipes

You want to impress guests with good taste, both in the type of dips and spreads and in presentation. These recipes combine delicious flavors with pretty colors and textures.

Super Bowl Party Dips and Spicy Salsas

Food is as important as the big game on Super Bowl Sunday, so be prepared. Super Bowl parties are meant for snacking, so salsas and dips are a must. But don't default to jarred supermarket brands--it's simple and easy to create your own fresh versions, and the flavor of homemade is definitely worth the effort.

Ethnic-Inspired Dip and Spread Recipes

You want your guests to be able to experience other cultures from the sanctity of their easy chairs.These dips and spreads offer an intriguing variety of flavors and aromas.

Super Bowl Desserts Score an Easy Win

Super Bowl madness begins now! It's the time of year when everyone -- even the non-sports-fan -- becomes a gridiron fanatic, at least for a day. Maybe it's because Super Bowl Sunday goes hand in hand with parties, where we nosh for hours on dips and spreads, spicy good bowls of chili, mile-long sandwiches, and every kind of comfort food (and drink) imaginable.

Hidden Valley Torta

Hidden Valley®
Total: 4 hrs 35 mins

Peanut Fruit Spread

Better Homes and Gardens

Customize this nutty spread with your favorite dried fruit. Serve on crackers for a snack or appetizer.

Total: 10 mins

Dipping Sauce

Taste of the South
Total: 5 mins

Creamy Butternut Squash Dip


Think of this vegetarian bean dip as butternut squash-flavored hummus.

Total: 1 hr 15 mins

Honey Fruit Compote

Better Homes and Gardens

This versatile holiday dessert goes great with other favorites such as shortbread, pound cake, seasonal breads, and ice cream.

Veggie Mix with Ranch Dip

Better Homes and Gardens

Even the fussiest eaters will enjoy vegetables when you pair them with ranch dip and offer them in single-serving cups.

Total: 15 mins

Savory Party Dip

Better Homes and Gardens

This delicious dip recipe can be prepared in 10 minutes. Make ahead to enhance the flavor.

Artichoke Dip with Pretzels

Better Homes and Gardens

Whether you're tailgating or watching football on TV, this chunky artichoke dip makes delicious snacking.

Total: 10 mins

Cheddar Pecan Crackers with Apple Butter


Welcome holiday guests with these quick-prep crackers. Made with mild cheddar and toasted pecans, they pair beautifully with chunky apple butter.

Mudslide Dip

Midwest Living

Make this tasty, easy corn chip dip, which includes just two ingredients, for an appetizer at your next casual get-together.

Pumpkin Dip

Better Homes and Gardens

Serve this simple appetizer dip in a hollowed out pumpkin for a fun fall or Halloween party. Duplicate the magical pumpkin bowl or use a white or glass bowl to hold the creamy dip.

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