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.

Baked Santa Fe Dip

The combination of cheddar and Monterey Jack ensures that this spicy hot-from-the-oven dip has great cheese flavor.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Baked Santa Fe Dip

Spicy Apple-Glazed Meatballs

From Better Homes and Gardens

Spicy Apple-Glazed Meatballs

Mini Party Quiches

From Better Homes and Gardens

Mini Party Quiches

Fig-Orange Hand Pies

Forget the fork! Just pick up one of these fruit-filled pastries and bite in.

From Diabetic Living

Fig-Orange Hand Pies

Roasted Pepper Roll-Ups

Promote dairy in this delightful treat. Light cream cheese holds these pretty appetizers together. Use whole wheat tortillas for added fiber and to make the easy appetizer or snacks diabetic-friendly.

From Diabetic Living

Roasted Pepper Roll-Ups

Tomato-Ranch Bean Dip

This creamy appetizer dip uses beans rather than sour cream or mayonnaise, so it's high in flavor but low in fat and calories.

From Diabetic Living

Tomato-Ranch Bean Dip

Broccoli Dill Dip with Sweet Potato Chips

Besides sweet potato chips, this creamy bacon dip would taste marvelous on top of baked potatoes or even grilled steak.

From Diabetic Living

Broccoli Dill Dip with Sweet Potato Chips

Cheddar-Beer Weenies

Prepare these weenies and cheddar-beer sauce the day before so all you have to do is warm in a slow cooker with a car adapter on game day.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cheddar-Beer Weenies

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

Tomato Chutney with Grilled Bread

A thick tomato, onion and garlic spread tastes heavenly as a topping for grilled bread. Just add a slather of ricotta cheese and a drizzle of honey for one out-of-this-world appetizer.

From Ladies' Home Journal

Tomato Chutney with Grilled Bread

Tangy Cherry Barbecue Sausage

Cherry preserves, tomato paste and chipotle chile pepper combine for an unexpected sauce that provides sweet heat.

From Diabetic Living

Tangy Cherry Barbecue Sausage

Lemon-Zested Snack Mix

Party mix without all the watching and stirring! Your slow cooker does all the work for this low-calorie nut and cereal snack.

From Diabetic Living

Lemon-Zested Snack Mix

Fruit and Nut Twists

Apricots and slivered almonds dot these sweet breadsticks.

From Diabetic Living

Fruit and Nut Twists

Bacon-Cheddar Potato Dip

Fluffy mashed potatoes meet crispy bacon and salty blue cheese in this hearty slow cooker dip.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Bacon-Cheddar Potato Dip

Tiny Fruit Pie Tarts

If you have fresh fruit handy and are looking to keep the sugar count low, feel free to use that in place of the pie filling.

From Diabetic Living

Tiny Fruit Pie Tarts

Wild Mushroom Crostini

From Better Homes and Gardens

Wild Mushroom Crostini

Creamy Butternut Squash Dip

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

From Fitness

Creamy Butternut Squash Dip

Polenta-Pomegranate Wedges

For a classy Christmas appetizer, top polenta triangles with Greek yogurt, pomegranate seeds and chopped green herbs.

From Fitness

Polenta-Pomegranate Wedges

Herbed Nuts in Honey

Allow mixed nuts to marinate in a flavorful mix of honey and marjoram. This jarred recipe makes for a fantastic party appetizer or holiday gift!

From Better Homes and Gardens

Herbed Nuts in Honey

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Truffle Mice

Peanut butter and chocolate mousse transforms into adorable little mice cookies when you add almond ears and licorice tails!

From Better Homes and Gardens

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Truffle Mice

Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus

From Better Homes and Gardens

Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus

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

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