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.

Jasmine Eclairs

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

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Jasmine Eclairs

Tex Mex Dip

This ever-popular appetizer is known by many names, such as seven-layer spread. Whatever you call it, it's always a hit.

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Tex Mex Dip

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.

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Apple Raisin Nut Triangles

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.

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Apple Tart - Schumacher's Hotel

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.

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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.

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Basil-Tomato Dip

Mock Guacamole

This sour cream dip may look like guacamole, but the green color comes from roasted sweet peppers. If you grow your own peppers, this appetizer is a great way to enjoy them.

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Mock Guacamole

Caribbean Nuts

An egg white helps the brown sugar and Jamaican-style spices cling to the peanuts. Pack the snack into decorative containers and give as holiday gifts.

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Caribbean Nuts

Queso Fundido Diablito

Don't be surprised when your guests gather around this appetizer. With 12 ounces of cheese and a jar of salsa, you know this hot dip has to be good.

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Queso Fundido Diablito

Chocolate Pretzels

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

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Chocolate Pretzels

Creamy Berry Dip

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

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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.

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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.

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Caesar Dip For Crudites

spicy asian snack mix

Teriyaki sauce and sesame oil lend Asian flavors to this holiday snack. Sesame sticks and wasabi peas are fun additions to the traditional cereal and peanut mix.

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spicy asian snack mix

Creamy Shrimp Dip

Ketchup, horseradish, and hot pepper sauce give this appetizer dip flavors similar to a shrimp cocktail.

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Creamy Shrimp Dip

Berry-Lemon Scones

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.

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Berry-Lemon Scones

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.

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reuben dip

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.

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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.

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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!

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Simply Great Caramel Corn

Sausage-Chili Dip

Make this dip spicy or mild depending on the type of sausage and the hotness of the salsa used.

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Sausage-Chili Dip

Cheesy Crab Dip

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Cheesy Crab Dip

Mini Stuffed Potatoes

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Mini Stuffed Potatoes

Cranberry Goat Cheese Log

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Cranberry Goat Cheese Log

Poppy-Sesame Party Loaves

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Poppy-Sesame Party Loaves

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