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.
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.
Figs Stuffed with Gorgonzola
Gorgonzola cheese meets dried figs poached in port. The result: a thoroughly elegant holiday appetizer.
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.
Toasted Pita Crisps
A super scooper for your favorite dips.
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.
Cranberry-Nut Mini Loaves with Flaxseeds
This tender, flavorful version of a holiday staple is made more wholesome with whole-wheat flour and flaxseeds. You can easily double the recipe if you are making these baby loaves as gifts.
Goat Cheese Kisses
Each of these bite-size savory treats has a bit of dried fruit tucked inside for a slightly sweet surprise. They make wonderful holiday gifts as well as elegant little hors d'oeuvres.
Toasting the oats for this hearty muffin enhances their nutty flavor; orange zest contributes a citrus fragrance that plays well with the sweet dates.
Pineapple Upside-Down Muffins
Glistening like sticky buns, these unusual muffins are packed with wholesome ingredients--vegetables, fruit and whole grains--so you can feel good about serving them to your family. If you prefer to make simple carrot muffins for lunchboxes or breakfasts-on-the-go, omit the topping; sprinkle 2 tablespoons chopped nuts over the muffins before baking, if desired.
Whole-wheat flour and flaxseeds give these maple syrup-sweetened blueberry muffins a delicious, nutty flavor. Compared to a traditional version of the recipe, they have four times the dietary fiber and substitute healthful monounsaturated fat (canola oil) for saturated fat (butter).
A medley of warm spices tempered with a touch of brown sugar is a great match for rich, nutritious pecans. They make a perfect nibble with a drink before dinner or afterward with a cup of espresso.
If you've never made your own granola, you'll be amazed at the difference in freshness and flavor--and at how easy it is. Use this recipe as a starting point for your own creativity: substitute dried blueberries or chopped dried apricots for the cranberries, or walnuts or hazelnuts for the almonds.
An unusual combination of ingredients make a delicious dessert or a healthful afternoon break.
Cocoa- and coconut-crusted bananas are a treat for the whole family.
Savory Breakfast Muffins
If you're tired of sweet breakfast muffins or just looking for a savory breakfast, try these--you'll love the smoky flavor from the Canadian bacon and the fresh-tasting combination of red bell pepper and scallions.
Apricot-Walnut Cereal Bars
Crisp and chewy, this bar is a good-for-you alternative to store-bought cereal bars. The secret ingredient, silken tofu, will give your day a protein-packed start. The recipe also works with other fruit-and-nut combinations.
Chocolate & Nut Butter Bites
Sweet satisfaction in seconds.
Your kids will love helping you make these peanut butter-graham treats.
Kids and adults alike will appreciate this skewered snack.
Mini Rice-Cake Stack
Try other nut butters in this crunchy snack.
Cranberry-Walnut Quick Bread
The perennial bakery favorite gets a healthy makeover.
Cranberry-Honey Spice Pinwheel Cookies
These cookies boast a bright, zesty filling and spicy aroma. They make a large batch and are extremely convenient, since you can make the logs of cookie dough ahead, then pull them out of the freezer and slice and bake as many cookies as you need.
Skewering mozzarella balls and cherry tomatoes makes them easy to nosh at a party.
Leslie Malcoun's Pecan Tartlets
Catherine Schumacher used to make hundreds of Christmas cookies for her family and friends. She even defrosted frozen leftovers for Fourth of July picnics at her Michigan farm. Her granddaughter, Leslie Malcoun, took over the baking when she got married more than 30 years ago, and to this day spends hours on old family favorites and experimenting with new recipes. Assistant Editor Carolyn Malcoun can't imagine Christmas without her mom's delightful mini pecan tarts.
A tender-crisp, walnut-studded cookie (traditionally made with almonds, or mandel in Yiddish) adapted from a 1950s family recipe.
Top 25 Slides in Christmas Appetizers and Snacks Recipes
- Spiced Apple Butter Bran Muffins
- Figs Stuffed with Gorgonzola
- Sesame Mayonnaise
- Toasted Pita Crisps
- Chocolate Bark with Pistachios & Dried Cherries
- Cranberry-Nut Mini Loaves with Flaxseeds
- Goat Cheese Kisses
- Date-Oat Muffins
- Pineapple Upside-Down Muffins
- Blueberry-Maple Muffins
- Chili Pecans
- Cranberry-Almond Granola
- Tea-Scented Mandarins
- "Cocoa-Nut" Bananas
- Savory Breakfast Muffins
- Apricot-Walnut Cereal Bars
- Chocolate & Nut Butter Bites
- No-Bake Cookies
- Quick Kebabs
- Mini Rice-Cake Stack
- Cranberry-Walnut Quick Bread
- Cranberry-Honey Spice Pinwheel Cookies
- Tomato-Basil Skewers
- Leslie Malcoun's Pecan Tartlets
- Ida's Mandelbrot