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.

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.

From Parents

Cheddar Pecan Crackers with Apple Butter

Sweet and Smoky Nuts

Serve this nut mix with drinks before dinner or make them ahead for your next gathering with friends: They store at room temperature for up to two weeks.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Sweet and Smoky Nuts

Apple-Toffee Tartlets

Use refrigerated piecrusts to save time when making tartlets. Store these desserts in the fridge for three days or the freezer for up to three months.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Apple-Toffee Tartlets

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

Salted-Peanut Blossoms

A slice of creamy nougat bar tops these sweet and salty peanut butter cookies. From start to finish, they take just 35 minutes to make.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Salted-Peanut Blossoms

Chocolate and Ginger Spiked Scones

Bake these sweet scones on the weekend and store for on-the-go treats all week long. Hint: Freeze the leftovers in a sealed container for up to three months.

From Diabetic Living

Chocolate and Ginger Spiked Scones

Pineapple-Black Bean Guacamole

From Better Homes and Gardens

Pineapple-Black Bean Guacamole

Feta, Honey & Date Spread

From Better Homes and Gardens

Feta, Honey & Date Spread

Spinach-Artichoke Dip with Blue Cheese and Bacon

From Better Homes and Gardens

Spinach-Artichoke Dip with Blue Cheese and Bacon

Dried Tomato and White Bean Dip

From Better Homes and Gardens

Dried Tomato and White Bean Dip

Layered Greek Dip

Follow the make-ahead directions and prepare this yummy appetizer recipe a day ahead of time and it will be ready to serve when the party starts.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Layered Greek Dip

Mediterranean Veggie Dip

Add a Mediterranean flair to your menu with this delicious vegetable dip. This make-ahead recipe can be prepared up to one week in advance.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Mediterranean Veggie Dip

Chili-Sour Cream Dip

There's a triple dose of heat in this spicy appetizer. The hot stuff includes green chiles, chili powder, and hot sauce.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Chili-Sour Cream Dip

Bonanza Bean Dip

Cojita cheese is a Mexican cheese that comes in a hard, dry form or in a moister version. This recipe uses the moister, crumbly version to add flavor to an easy, make-ahead appetizer dip.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Bonanza Bean Dip

Creamy Apricot and Onion Dip

Grilled fruit and sweet onions add a new twist to this classic appetizer dip. Serve with crackers, bread, or fresh vegetables.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Creamy Apricot and Onion Dip

Hot Artichoke and Asiago Cheese Dip

Set out this hot artichoke and mushroom appetizer dip while watching the big game or entertaining Christmas guests.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Hot Artichoke and Asiago Cheese Dip

Hot and Chunky Guacamole

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Hot and Chunky Guacamole

Mini Party Quiches

From Better Homes and Gardens

Mini Party Quiches

Greek Stuffed Meatballs

There's a surprise hiding inside these beef and lamb meatballs: a piece of creamy feta cheese. Simmer a batch in your slow cooker for a party-friendly appetizer or serve a few on a baguette for a super sub sandwich.

From Midwest Living

Greek Stuffed Meatballs

Sweet-and-Sour-Glazed Chicken Sausage Bites

Flavorful and easy to prep, this slow cooker appetizer is fit for a crowd at a dinner party or tailgate. Serve with additional crushed red pepper so everyone can adjust the heat to their own preference.

From Midwest Living

Sweet-and-Sour-Glazed Chicken Sausage Bites

Spiced Apple Butter Bran Muffins

These muffins are dense, grainy, fruity and delicious. A double dose of apple--diced fresh apple and dark, spiced apple butter (Smucker's brand is good)--makes them extra moist and flavorful.

From EatingWell

Spiced Apple Butter Bran Muffins

Figs Stuffed with Gorgonzola

Gorgonzola cheese meets dried figs poached in port. The result: a thoroughly elegant holiday appetizer.

From EatingWell

Figs Stuffed with Gorgonzola

Sesame Mayonnaise

Use this tangy mayonnaise to enliven a burger (such as Asian Turkey Burgers or Turkey-Mushroom Burgers) or a chicken sandwich, as a dip for a platter of grilled summer vegetables, or to dress a simple coleslaw of napa cabbage and scallions.

From EatingWell

Sesame Mayonnaise

Toasted Pita Crisps

A super scooper for your favorite dips.

From EatingWell

Toasted Pita Crisps

Chocolate Bark with Pistachios & Dried Cherries

With the news that dark chocolate contains some healthful properties, there is a better excuse than ever to indulge during the holiday season. Specks of green pistachios and red dried cherries in this chocolate confection make for a festive holiday gift.

From EatingWell

Chocolate Bark with Pistachios & Dried Cherries

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