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Easy Appetizer Recipes

With only 5 ingredients, these apps are real time-savers. Take a peek at these recipes for snack mixes, dips, cheese spreads, roll-ups, meatballs and more.

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Fried Cinnamon Strips

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Nancy A Johnson
"I first made these crispy strips for a special family night at our church," recalls field editor Nancy Johnson of Laverne, Oklahoma. "Most of them were snapped up before dinner!"
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Ghoulish Fingers

Ghoulish Fingers

Ghoulish Fingers

We serve this fun finger food at our annual Halloween party alongside sandwich rolls and condiments.—Marilee Davieau, Allentown, Pennsylvania

Fried Cinnamon Strips

Fried Cinnamon Strips

Fried Cinnamon Strips

"I first made these crispy strips for a special family night at our church," recalls field editor Nancy Johnson of Laverne, Oklahoma. "Most of them were snapped up before dinner!"

Pineapple Ham Pizzas

Pineapple Ham Pizzas

Pineapple Ham Pizzas

In Alum Creek, West Virginia, Vicky Priestley recommends whipping up these barbecue Hawaiian pizzas as a quick after-school snack. Prepared on English muffins, the cheesy pizzas are something that kids of all ages enjoy.
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Gouda Bites

Gouda Bites

Gouda Bites

In Defiance, Ohio, Phylis Behringer seasons refrigerated dough with garlic powder before baking them into golden Gouda-filled cups. It's hard to believe the delectable little appetizers come from just three ingredients.

Ring of Piggies

Ring of Piggies

Ring of Piggies

This charming plate of piggies looks like a holiday wreath when I drape fresh rosemary in the center. It’s a cute display for merry get-togethers. —Julie Peterson, Crofton, MD

Fudgy Fruit Dip

Fudgy Fruit Dip

Fudgy Fruit Dip

Says Wilma Knobloch of Steen, Minnesota, "This rich chocolaty dip is especially nice at holiday gatherings or served with fresh strawberries."

Bacon-Wrapped Apricot Bites

Bacon-Wrapped Apricot Bites

Bacon-Wrapped Apricot Bites

These sweet and slightly smoky snacks are easy to eat, so be prepared with an extra batch. For a change, sprinkle them with a bit of Blue cheese or toasted almonds. —Tammie Floyd, Plano, Texas

Spinach Cheese Pinwheels

Spinach Cheese Pinwheels

Spinach Cheese Pinwheels

Crescent roll dough hurries along these pretty pinwheels from Diane Robbins of McCleary, Washington. You can prepare a plate of them in about half an hour, then serve them as appetizers or to round out a meal.

Lemon Cream-Stuffed Grapes

Lemon Cream-Stuffed Grapes

Lemon Cream-Stuffed Grapes

”This is a refreshing snack on a hot summer day,” notes field editor Janis Plourde from Smooth Rock Falls, Ontario. ”It’s simple, plus it offers a light change from heartier party foods.”

Savory Cucumber Sandwiches

Savory Cucumber Sandwiches

Savory Cucumber Sandwiches

Italian salad dressing easily flavors this simple spread. Serve it as a dip with crackers and veggies or use it as a sandwich filling. —Carol K Henderson, Chagrin Falls, Ohio

Cruisin' Crostini

Cruisin' Crostini

Cruisin' Crostini

"Another first place finish is my Cruisin’ Crostini. These tasty rounds are like bruschetta, but much easier. People always seem to savor the pretty red tomatoes and melted cheese," shares Amber Kimmich from Powhatan, Virginia.
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