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.

Feta Honey and Date Spread

Make a batch of this nutty date and cheese spread and store in your refrigerator to enjoy at snack time for the next three days. Scoop up with pita wedges, crackers or cucumber slices.

From Midwest Living

Feta Honey and Date Spread

Sweet Potato Fritters with Yogurt Chive Dipping Sauce

Ideal for game day or any day, these crunchy sweet potato bites make for an amazing appetizer, especially when dipped in a 60-second yogurt chive sauce.

From Diabetic Living

Sweet Potato Fritters with Yogurt Chive Dipping Sauce

Fruit Triangles

Dress up dessert by wrapping dried fruit in phyllo dough. These mini pies are a healthy and delicious way to finish any meal!

From Diabetic Living

Fruit Triangles

Carrot Cake Jam

This sweet fruit-and-carrot-filled jam tastes so indulgent, it's like having dessert for breakfast. But at only 48 calories per serving, you can indulge all you want.

From Midwest Living

Carrot Cake Jam

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

Florida Crab Cakes

A light dusting of bread crumbs and cornmeal makes a crisp, golden coating for these perfectly seasoned crab cakes.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Florida Crab Cakes

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

Warm Layered Dip

From Family Circle

Warm Layered Dip

Trio of Dips

From Family Circle

Trio of Dips

Mac and Cheese Cups

From Family Circle

Mac and Cheese Cups

Cheesy Mexican Fondue

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cheesy Mexican Fondue

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

Crunchy Cracker Snack Mix

Adapt this recipe to suit your tastes. Substitute like amounts of other bite-size crackers as well as seasoning mixes.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Crunchy Cracker Snack Mix

Spiced Nuts

Your family will love this nutty snack recipe that can be prepared in just 30 minutes--or give unexpected guests something to munch on.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Spiced Nuts

Spinach-Parmesan Dip

From Better Homes and Gardens

Spinach-Parmesan Dip

Four-Cheese Pimiento Dip

From Better Homes and Gardens

Four-Cheese Pimiento Dip

Peppermint Candy Canes

Make these delightful "cookie canes" with either red- or green-tinted dough, or combine the two colors in one cane.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Peppermint Candy Canes

Bacon Cheddar Cheese Balls

From Better Homes and Gardens

Bacon Cheddar Cheese Balls

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

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

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