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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Multigrain Apple Streusel Muffins

From Midwest Living

Multigrain Apple Streusel Muffins

Caramelized Onion-Blue Cheese Dip

From Better Homes and Gardens

Caramelized Onion-Blue Cheese Dip

Garlic Shrimp Dip

From Midwest Living

Garlic Shrimp Dip

Sausage and Mushroom Pizza Pockets

From Better Homes and Gardens

Sausage and Mushroom Pizza Pockets

Red Velvet Whoopie Pie

From Better Homes and Gardens

Dating from the 1920s, creamy filling mounded between two big puffy cookies became a phenomenon. This Christmas version of the recipe has big taste yet smaller size.

Red Velvet Whoopie Pie

Red Velvet Cupcakes

From Better Homes and Gardens

The decadence of red velvet cake in its portable new size makes is great for potlucks or any other event.

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Edamame-Avocado Dip

From Better Homes and Gardens

Edamame-Avocado Dip

Spinach-Artichoke Dip with Blue Cheese and Bacon

From Better Homes and Gardens

Spinach-Artichoke Dip with Blue Cheese and Bacon

Ricotta and Parmesan Spread

From Midwest Living

Fresh herbs season this ridiculously simple spread from BelGioioso Cheese in Wisconsin. It keeps well in the fridge and is delicious with cherry tomatoes or other vegetable dippers, as well as crackers or baguette slices.

Ricotta and Parmesan Spread

Chili Nuts

From Midwest Living

Chili Nuts

Raspberry Cream Tart

From Midwest Living

This pretty (and easy) dessert has a crust made of refrigerated sugar cookie dough.

Raspberry Cream Tart

Broiled Buffalo Wings

From Fitness

Broiled Buffalo Wings

Pine Nut-White Bean Dip

From Heart-Healthy Living

This highly seasoned sour cream dip makes a great snack or appetizer. Serve with whole grain toast or crackers or a variety of fresh vegetables.

Pine Nut-White Bean Dip

Cranberry-Orange Caramel Corn

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cranberry-Orange Caramel Corn

Chicken Feed

From Better Homes and Gardens

This golden crunchy snack mix is a make-ahead delight full of peanuts, sunflower seeds, and rolled oats.

Chicken Feed

Sweet-and-Hot Nuts

From Better Homes and Gardens

Sweet-and-Hot Nuts

Triple Smoked Salmon-Pepper Dip

From Better Homes and Gardens

Triple Smoked Salmon-Pepper Dip

Gift Boxes

From Parents

These little presents have a raspberry filled cake inside. Give them away for a holiday gift or serve for dessert at a party.

Gift Boxes

Spicy Apple-Glazed Meatballs

From Better Homes and Gardens

Spicy Apple-Glazed Meatballs

Bonanza Bean Dip

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cojita cheese is a Mexican cheese that comes in a hard, dry form or in a moister version. This recipe uses the moister, crumbly version to add flavor to an easy, make-ahead appetizer dip.

Bonanza Bean Dip

Chocolate-Hazelnut Marshmallow Bars

From Better Homes and Gardens

This dark bar cookie recipe--studded with chips, chunks and ethereal bits of sticky goodness--offers an astonishing wealth of tastiness in its toasty depths.

Chocolate-Hazelnut Marshmallow Bars

Chevre-Fig Spread

From Better Homes and Gardens

This spread recipe is the perfect make-ahead appetizer especially when entertaining for Christmas. Sprinkle toasted walnuts over spread before serving with baguette slices or crackers.

Chevre-Fig Spread

Spiced Nuts

From Better Homes and Gardens

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

Spiced Nuts

Pear and Goat Cheese Bread Tart

From Better Homes and Gardens

Serve this Christmas fruit tart recipe between the main course and dessert in place of a traditional cheese course.

Pear and Goat Cheese Bread Tart

Sugar Cookies

From Better Homes and Gardens

At Christmas try making this soft, lightly lemony cookie recipe and serve them with hot cocoa for dipping. Chill the dough at least 1 hour to ensure that it's easy to roll out and cut.

Sugar Cookies

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