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.

Roasted Mushroom Spinach and Ricotta Tart

A savory pie filling (ricotta, Parmesan and eggs) is hiding under the thick layer of mushrooms and spinach in this brunch tart.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Roasted Mushroom Spinach and Ricotta Tart

Shredded Pork Tamales

This popular fiesta food is served in dried cornhusks which makes a smashing presentation if you're having a party with a Mexican flair. Use the make-ahead directions to ease party planning.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Shredded Pork Tamales

Cherry-Almond Snack Mix

Store-bought cereal acts as a quick and easy base for this low-calorie snack mix.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cherry-Almond Snack Mix

Honey-Sesame Snack Mix

With just 15 minutes of prep time, you can make this sweet and savory (and totally guilt-free) snack.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Honey-Sesame Snack Mix

reuben dip

What happens when you mix the ingredients for a Reuben sandwich in a casserole? You wind up with this yummy hot dip. Serve the appetizer with rye crackers or party rye bread.

From Family Circle

reuben dip

Maple-BBQ-Bacon Skewers

From Family Circle

Maple-BBQ-Bacon Skewers

Apple Tart - Schumacher's Hotel

With a cheddar cheese pastry and crisp Granny Smith apples, this tart is sure to impress family and friends. Nondairy creamer imparts a richness to the filling and enhances the crumb topper.

From Family Circle

Apple Tart - Schumacher's Hotel

Shrimp with Two Sauces

From Family Circle

Shrimp with Two Sauces

Trio of Dips

From Family Circle

Trio of Dips

Puff Pastry Tart with Roasted Veggies

Roast vegetables before adding them to the puff pastry to ensure the crust stays nice and crispy.

From Parents

Puff Pastry Tart with Roasted Veggies

Spicy Crunch Mix

If you like things really hot, add a teaspoon of sriracha to the snack mix coating!

From Diabetic Living

Spicy Crunch Mix

Salsa Snack Mix

Chili, garlic and onion powders make this snack mix taste a bit like your favorite Mexican dip!

From Diabetic Living

Salsa Snack Mix

Cherry Apricot Pistachio Baklava

A mix of dried fruits and nuts, a splash of brandy, and warm spices make this pastry dessert simply divine. Cut it into diamonds, which is traditional for this Greek treat.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cherry Apricot Pistachio Baklava

Jasmine Eclairs

Steep jasmine flowers in milk and then use the floral-scented milk to make the custard that fills these chocolate-glazed pastries.

From Family Circle

Jasmine Eclairs

Apple Raisin Nut Triangles

These flaky miniature apple turnovers are best served warm from the oven, so bake half of them now. For the other half, follow the make-ahead directions and freeze them to bake later.

From Family Circle

Apple Raisin Nut Triangles

Nutty Cream Cheese-Stuffed Celery

Ad these celery sticks filled with a savory cream cheese and walnut spread to a relish tray or serve them by themselves.

From Family Circle

Nutty Cream Cheese-Stuffed Celery

Basil-Tomato Dip

Sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil impart the taste of the Mediterranean to a homemade ranch-style appetizer dip.

From Family Circle

Basil-Tomato Dip

Chocolate Pretzels

You also could call these pretzels chocolate cookies. They're plenty sweet and are sprinkled with coarse sugar instead of salt.

From Family Circle

Chocolate Pretzels

Creamy Berry Dip

This low-calorie recipe can be either a dessert or a snack.

From Family Circle

Creamy Berry Dip

Cream Cheese-Stuffed Celery Sticks

Celery stalks stuffed with cream cheese and chutney and topped with pecans make a flavorful addition to a relish or appetizer tray.

From Family Circle

Cream Cheese-Stuffed Celery Sticks

Caesar Dip For Crudites

This cottage cheese dip shares the ingredients you would find in Caesar dressing--Parmesan, lemon juice,garlic, and if you like, anchovy paste. Serve with crisp raw veggies for an appetizer.

From Family Circle

Caesar Dip For Crudites

Church Staff's Snack

Kids will love these sweet snacks. Cereal, marshmallows and pecans are coated with melted white chocolate, pressed into a pan, and cut into squares when ready to munch.

From Family Circle

Church Staff's Snack

Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Rods

These quick and easy treats will make a colorful addition to your holiday table. Wrap some up in cellophane and ribbon to sell at your next bake sale.

From Family Circle

Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Rods

Simply Great Caramel Corn

This super-easy family favorite recipe combines popped corn, pretzels, and cashews and makes a great food gift!

From Family Circle

Simply Great Caramel Corn

Cheesy Crab Dip

From Family Circle

Cheesy Crab Dip

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