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 <a href="/recipes/christmas/snacks/nuts/">mixed nuts</a>, <a href="/recipes/appetizers/vegetable/stuffed-mushrooms/">stuffed mushrooms</a>, tiny golden onion <a href="/recipes/christmas/snacks/pastries/">tarts</a>, and creamy white bean <a href="/recipes/christmas/snacks/dips/">dip</a>, 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.

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Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Rods

From Family Circle

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.

Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Rods

Meatballs in Tomato-Wine Sauce

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cumin and nutmeg spice these ground beef and pork appetizer meatballs.

Meatballs in Tomato-Wine Sauce

Shrimp and Bacon Dip

From Taste of the South

Shrimp and Bacon Dip

Pretzel Yummies

From Better Homes and Gardens

This homemade candy snack is a little bit sweet and a little bit salty.

Pretzel Yummies

Oreo Truffles

From Better Homes and Gardens

You only need three ingredients to make these white chocolate treats. They're great for parties or to give as gifts.

Oreo Truffles

Layered Bean Dip

From Better Homes and Gardens

Try this low calorie bean dip with baked chips next time you crave nachos. It's a fun to eat low-calorie snack.

Layered Bean Dip

Berry-Lemon Scones

From Family Circle

When you have overnight guests, treat them to a basket of warm lemony scones dotted with blueberries. They're easy to make for an early breakfast and taste great with coffee or tea.

Berry-Lemon Scones

Chocolate-Crusted Chocolate Tarts

From Better Homes and Gardens

Double the chocolate in this tart recipe. Chocolate crust and chocolate filling make this easy dessert rich with flavor. Work carefully to get an even layer of crust in the muffin tins.

Chocolate-Crusted Chocolate Tarts

Bagna Cauda

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Bagna Cauda

Bacon Appetizer Crescents

From Philadelphia Cream Cheese

Savory dip meets crescent roll for a whole new take on hot appetizers. These toasty bites will go faster than you can say, "They have bacon."

Bacon Appetizer Crescents

Spiced Walnuts

From Stevia In The Raw®

Chefs native to India call the warm, aromatic blend of spices used to flavor of these nuts garam masala. At some supermarkets, you can find it, ready-made, on the spice shelf. Enjoy these crisp nuts as a snack, serve them with cocktails and wine, or chop them coarsely and sprinkle on oatmeal or a spinach salad.

Spiced Walnuts

Hot and Spicy Wings

From Better Homes and Gardens

Whew! These wings are really hot, but the cool sour cream-basil dipping sauce helps tame the flame.

Hot and Spicy Wings

Friendship Cookies

From Parents

For a truly multicultural dessert, make all three shades of cookie dough.

Friendship Cookies

Chili Nuts

From Heart-Healthy Living

Spicy seasonings and a little ground cinnamon add sensational flavor to this snack without boosting its sodium level. Try it as an appetizer as well.

Chili Nuts

Strudel Sticks

From Better Homes and Gardens

Light puff pastry dough, rolled around cream cheese filling and sprinkled with nuts and sugar, are a light dessert or a sweet breakfast treat.

Strudel Sticks

Antipasto Pinwheels

From Better Homes and Gardens

This colorful cheese and salami pinwheel recipe makes the perfect quick and easy appetizer when company drops in. Preparation time is only 15 minutes from start to finish.

Antipasto Pinwheels

Bacon-Wrapped Smokies

From Better Homes and Gardens

Bacon-Wrapped Smokies

Creamy White Bean & Herb Dip

From Fine Cooking Magazine

This new take on bean dip is equally good served cold or at room temperature.

Creamy White Bean & Herb Dip

Spinach Party Dip

From Better Homes and Gardens

Spinach Party Dip

Beer and Cheddar Fondue

From Better Homes and Gardens

This beer-and-cheese recipe forms a fabulous cheesy crust at the bottom of the fondue pot that's as precious as liquid gold. All your guests will want a fair share.

Beer and Cheddar Fondue

Indoor S'Mores

From EatingWell

You don't have to sit around a fire to enjoy S'mores. Just be sure to watch them carefully under the broiler--the marshmallows can go from perfectly toasted to charcoal in a hurry.

Indoor S'Mores

Layered Greek Dip

From Better Homes and Gardens

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.

Layered Greek Dip

reuben dip

From Family Circle

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.

reuben dip

So-Easy Apple Butter

From Midwest Living

Serve this flavorful fruit butter with cheese and crackers for a quick snack or appetizer. Fill decorated jars with it to make homemade holiday presents.

So-Easy Apple Butter

Brie with Chutney

From Better Homes and Gardens

For a Thanksgiving appetizer, this two-ingredient dish is a snap to make.

Brie with Chutney

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