Popular Christmas Appetizers and Snacks Recipes

The entire month of December is open season for parties, and whether you're hosting a lavish sit-down meal or just a festive cocktail party, you'll likely be serving your guests appetizers. Tiny, flavorful hors d'oeuvres are the ideal partner for festive holiday cocktails, and small bites keep the crowd socializing while you're getting dinner on the table. The possibilities for Christmas appetizer recipes are endless: We love sweet and spicy mixed nuts, stuffed mushrooms, tiny golden onion tarts, and creamy white bean dip, but the key is to pack a lot of flavor into small portions. (And if they're quick to make, all the better!) You want your apps to be easy to eat and pretty to look at, like tiny edible ornaments.

Cheese Wafers with Pepper Jelly

These rich and crumbly cheese wafers boast slice-and-bake ease. Serve with pepper jelly or a mixture of pepper jelly and cream cheese.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cheese Wafers with Pepper Jelly

Salted Pecan and Orange Scones

A bit of orange zest in the batter and a fresh orange juice glaze gives these scones plenty of citrus "a-peel."

From Better Homes and Gardens

Salted Pecan and Orange Scones

Sugared Pecans

From Taste of the South

Sugared Pecans

Lemony Artichoke Dip

Red peppers and velvet-soft artichokes stud this warm Swiss cheese dip that makes for the perfect party or potluck appetizer.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Lemony Artichoke Dip

Cucumber-Feta Dip

A garnish of pomegranate seeds and mint gives colorful spark to this healthy and refreshing dip. Serve with pita chips, crisp breadsticks or vegetables.

From Midwest Living

Cucumber-Feta Dip

Cinnamon Candied Apples

Surprise your family with this delightful candy apple recipe. They are versatile enough to be served as a snack or dessert.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cinnamon Candied Apples

Ice Cubes

These white chocolate candies are chilled, then rolled in coconut. They make a pretty dessert for the holidays.

From Parents

Ice Cubes

Double-Dipped Strawberries

Serve these sweet berries on a Valentine's Day dessert tray. The strawberries are dipped in semisweet chocolate then drizzled in white chocolate.

From Parents

Double-Dipped Strawberries

Chocolate-Covered Pretzels

From Family Circle

Chocolate-Covered Pretzels

No-Bake Caramel-Popcorn Drops

Covered with caramel candy coating, these no-bake popcorn drops are the ideal sweet and salty treat. Pretzels add a welcomed crunch.

From Better Homes and Gardens

No-Bake Caramel-Popcorn Drops

Molasses Spice Stars

Cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg add spice to these dark brown cookies. Frost them in blue icing to make them look like stars.

From Parents

Molasses Spice Stars

Crunchy Cereal Wreaths

Green icing color tints the marshmallow mixture that combines with the coconut and rice cereal for these festive holiday snacks.

From Parents

Crunchy Cereal Wreaths

Chocolate Drops With Pistachios and Cherries

From Fitness

Chocolate Drops With Pistachios and Cherries

Corn and Basil Tart

Cover the cornmeal crust in foil for the first 10 minutes of baking to allow the inside to fully cook before crisping up the top.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Corn and Basil Tart

Mini Raspberry-Chocolate Tarts

Even if your dinner guests are stuffed after a big meal, they'll be able to find room for these decadent yet light chocolate bites.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Mini Raspberry-Chocolate Tarts

Chocolate Chip Scones

These icing-drizzled scones, with just enough chocolate pieces, make a sweet breakfast bread or snack.

From Midwest Living

Chocolate Chip Scones

So-Easy Apple Butter

Serve this flavorful fruit butter with cheese and crackers for a quick snack or appetizer. Fill decorated jars with it to make homemade holiday presents.

From Midwest Living

So-Easy Apple Butter

White Chocolate Party Mix

This sweet, no-bake snack mix adds a nice contrast to savory appetizers at a party. Makes great Christmas gifts, too.

From Better Homes and Gardens

White Chocolate Party Mix

Bumper-Crop Zucchini Pancakes

These golden appetizers or dinnertime treats, flavored with Parmesan cheese and onion, will reign as a favorite pancake recipe. The secret ingredient is zucchini.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Bumper-Crop Zucchini Pancakes

Strudel Sticks

Light puff pastry dough, rolled around cream cheese filling and sprinkled with nuts and sugar, are a light dessert or a sweet breakfast treat.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Strudel Sticks

Oreo Truffles

You only need three ingredients to make these white chocolate treats. They're great for parties or to give as gifts.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Oreo Truffles

Cheesy Broccoli and Tomato Flatbread

From Family Circle

Cheesy Broccoli and Tomato Flatbread

Meatball Sliders

From Family Circle

Meatball Sliders

Baba Ganoush

From Family Circle

Baba Ganoush

Trio of Dips

From Family Circle

Trio of Dips

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