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.

Nut Caramels

Sweetened condensed milk makes these caramels less temperamental than those made with whipping cream. They still possess all the chewy, buttery goodness of classic caramels.

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Nut Caramels

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.

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No-Bake Caramel-Popcorn Drops

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.

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Salted-Peanut Blossoms

Mixed Berry Granola

From Family Circle

Mixed Berry Granola

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

Mini Party Quiches

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Mini Party Quiches

Mini Stuffed Potatoes

From Family Circle

Mini Stuffed Potatoes

Mini Double-Cheddar Biscuit Sandwiches

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Mini Double-Cheddar Biscuit Sandwiches

Melting Snowflakes

What to do on a snowy day? Show the the kids how to cut snowflakes from flour tortillas and turn them into a cheesy quesadilla-like snack.

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Melting Snowflakes

Meatballs in Tomato-Wine Sauce

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

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Meatballs in Tomato-Wine Sauce

Hot and Spicy Wings

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

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Hot and Spicy Wings

Hamburger Sliders with Cranberry Chutney

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Hamburger Sliders with Cranberry Chutney

Roasted Spiced Almonds

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Roasted Spiced Almonds

Good Cheer Holiday Crunch

Even a dessert party needs a salty snack like this mix of spice, nuts, cereal, and white chocolate.

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Good Cheer Holiday Crunch

Fresh Tomato Salsa

If you like mild salsa, use the banana peppers in this recipe. For a hotter version, try one of the alternate pepper choices.

From Diabetic Living

Fresh Tomato Salsa

Festive Holiday Brioches

A French classic with its egg-and-butter richness and quaint knob atop, brioche gets in the holiday spirit with the addition of colorful dried fruits.

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Festive Holiday Brioches

Feta and Lamb Stuffed Grape Leaves

Make these savory appetizer bundles of lamb and feta up to a day ahead, then cook in the microwave in minutes.

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Feta and Lamb Stuffed Grape Leaves

Cucumber-Yogurt Dip

Greek yogurt will make this dip recipe thick in texture and rich in flavor. Serve with fresh vegetables for a quick and easy appetizer.

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Cucumber-Yogurt Dip

Curried Carrot Spread

The perfect chilled spread recipe for potlucks, holidays or any occasion, combines cannellini beans, carrots, garlic, onion, and spices served with wheat crackers or vegetables dippers. Ideal for someone on a diabetic diet.

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Curried Carrot Spread

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.

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Corn and Basil Tart

Chunky Apple-Sage Appetizer

This quick and easy appetizer is low in calories and fat. You also can serve the apple mixture as a side dish for pork, turkey, or chicken.

From Heart-Healthy Living

Chunky Apple-Sage Appetizer

Caper-Shrimp Phyllo Tarts

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Caper-Shrimp Phyllo Tarts

Caramelized Onion-Blue Cheese Dip

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Caramelized Onion-Blue Cheese Dip

Blue Cheese and Pine Nut Puffs

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Blue Cheese and Pine Nut Puffs

Blue Cheese-Apricot Bites

From Diabetic Living

Blue Cheese-Apricot Bites

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