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.

Sweet and Spicy Pecans

These yummy pecans are super for snacking, but they also make wonderful holiday or hostess gifts. Why use cane sugar? Cane sugar has a lower melting point than the more common beet sugar, which makes cane sugar better for candied glazes.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Sweet and Spicy Pecans

Apricot-Sweet Potato Hand Pies

Any one that loves pumpkin pie or sweet potato pie will flip over these tasty turnovers. To expedite dessert, feel free to bake the sweet potatoes in the microwave. Just be sure to poke them in several places with a fork before baking to allow steam to escape.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Apricot-Sweet Potato Hand Pies

Cheese Wafers with Pepper Jelly

These rich and crumbly cheese wafers boast slice-and-bake ease. Serve with pepper jelly or a mixture of pepper jelly and cream cheese.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cheese Wafers with Pepper Jelly

Tuscan Cheesecake Bites

Panko -- extra-crispy Japanese bread crumbs -- give the crusts of these savory small cheesecakes a pleasingly crunchy texture. Grind walnuts in a food processor or blender until they're as fine as cornmeal.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Tuscan Cheesecake Bites

Goat Cheese-Olive Bites

Refrigerated piecrust makes these cheesy leek-and-olive appetizers a snap to make. For fun, purchase olives at a gourmet market's olive bar -- they're usually filled with a fantastic selection.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Goat Cheese-Olive Bites

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

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

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

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

Ham Sliders

From Midwest Living

Ham Sliders

Multigrain Apple Streusel Muffins

From Midwest Living

Multigrain Apple Streusel Muffins

Pineapple-Black Bean Guacamole

From Better Homes and Gardens

Pineapple-Black Bean Guacamole

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

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.

From Better Homes and Gardens

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.

From Better Homes and Gardens

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."

From Better Homes and Gardens

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!

From Better Homes and Gardens

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!

From Better Homes and Gardens

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.

From Better Homes and Gardens

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

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