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.

Bruschetta

Fresh chives are a welcome addition to this low-fat, tomato based bruschetta spread. A taste sensation when made with summer-ripe tomatoes.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Bruschetta

Ham Sliders

From Midwest Living

Ham Sliders

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

Mini Raspberry-Chocolate Tarts

Even if your dinner guests are stuffed after a big meal, they'll be able to find room for these decadent yet light chocolate bites.

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Mini Raspberry-Chocolate Tarts

Corn and Basil Tart

Cover the cornmeal crust in foil for the first 10 minutes of baking to allow the inside to fully cook before crisping up the top.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Corn and Basil Tart

Lemony Artichoke Dip

Red peppers and velvet-soft artichokes stud this warm Swiss cheese dip that makes for the perfect party or potluck appetizer.

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Lemony Artichoke Dip

Salted Pecan and Orange Scones

A bit of orange zest in the batter and a fresh orange juice glaze gives these scones plenty of citrus "a-peel."

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Salted Pecan and Orange Scones

Herbed Nuts in Honey

Allow mixed nuts to marinate in a flavorful mix of honey and marjoram. This jarred recipe makes for a fantastic party appetizer or holiday gift!

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Herbed Nuts in Honey

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Truffle Mice

Peanut butter and chocolate mousse transforms into adorable little mice cookies when you add almond ears and licorice tails!

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Peanut Butter & Chocolate Truffle Mice

Bacon-Cheddar Potato Dip

Fluffy mashed potatoes meet crispy bacon and salty blue cheese in this hearty slow cooker dip.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Bacon-Cheddar Potato Dip

Walnut-Feta Yogurt Dip

From Diabetic Living

Walnut-Feta Yogurt Dip

Extra-Easy Spiced Kettle Corn

A sprinkle of garam masala, an Indian spice blend, is all it takes to transform kettle corn from sugary to sweet and savory.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Extra-Easy Spiced Kettle Corn

Honey-Sesame Snack Mix

With just 15 minutes of prep time, you can make this sweet and savory (and totally guilt-free) snack.

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Honey-Sesame Snack Mix

Roasted Mushroom Spinach and Ricotta Tart

A savory pie filling (ricotta, Parmesan and eggs) is hiding under the thick layer of mushrooms and spinach in this brunch tart.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Roasted Mushroom Spinach and Ricotta Tart

Tangy Grapefruit Tart

Start with a purchased crust, then fill it with a luscious grapefruit curd and top things off with toasted coconut and chopped pistachios.

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Tangy Grapefruit Tart

Veggie Mix with Ranch Dip

Even the fussiest eaters will enjoy vegetables when you pair them with ranch dip and offer them in single-serving cups.

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Veggie Mix with Ranch Dip

Cherry-Almond Snack Mix

Store-bought cereal acts as a quick and easy base for this low-calorie snack mix.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cherry-Almond Snack Mix

Polenta Bruschetta

From Diabetic Living

Polenta Bruschetta

Mediterranean Pizzettas

From Diabetic Living

Mediterranean Pizzettas

Greek Layer Dip

From Diabetic Living

Greek Layer Dip

Fruit and Nut Twists

Apricots and slivered almonds dot these sweet breadsticks.

From Diabetic Living

Fruit and Nut Twists

Edamame-Lemongrass Hummus

From Diabetic Living

Edamame-Lemongrass Hummus

Curried Carrot Spread

From Diabetic Living

Curried Carrot Spread

Crispy Cheese Chips

Layer wonton wrappers with garlic, basil, and Parmesan cheese for a snack or appetizer that provides big flavor with limited fat.

From Diabetic Living

Crispy Cheese Chips

Cranberry-Citrus Meatballs

From Diabetic Living

Cranberry-Citrus Meatballs

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