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Make-Ahead Finger Foods

Looking for make-ahead finger food recipes? Get make ahead finger foods for your next party or holiday gathering from Taste of Home.

Spice Cookies with Pumpkin Dip

Spice Cookies with Pumpkin Dip

Spice Cookies with Pumpkin Dip

My husband and two kids are sure to eat the first dozen of these cookies, warm from the oven, before the next tray is even done. A co-worker gave me the recipe for the pumpkin dip, which everyone loves with the cookies. —Kelly McNeal, Derby, Kansas

Veggie Dill Dip

Veggie Dill Dip

Veggie Dill Dip

I like to keep this good-for-you dip on hand, along with a variety of cut-up vegetables, for an easy snack.—Hazel Baber, Yuma, Arizona

Fresh Zesty Salsa

Fresh Zesty Salsa

Fresh Zesty Salsa

The addition of olives makes this salsa a little different from other varieties. You can seed the jalapeno peppers if desired. But if you family likes salsa with some "heat", leave them in.—Sharon Lucas, Raymore, Missouri
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Garlic Mushroom Appetizer

Garlic Mushroom Appetizer

Garlic Mushroom Appetizer

My grandfather, who was a hotel chef for many years, created this recipe. He prepared these mushrooms for big family gatherings, and they always were gone quickly.

Wade's Shrimp Spread

Wade's Shrimp Spread

Wade's Shrimp Spread

I prefer to prepare main dishes, but I do make desserts once in a while and appetizers for parties. This is a flavorful spread with a bit of zip. I've been making this for the holidays for over 15 years.—Wade Harmon, Orange, Massachusetts

Pineapple Pecan Cheese Ball

Pineapple Pecan Cheese Ball

Pineapple Pecan Cheese Ball

This cheese ball will keep for several days in the refrigerator. It's delicious! I've found it's especially popular at a party or get-together.

Easy Marinated Mushrooms

Easy Marinated Mushrooms

Easy Marinated Mushrooms

This easy salad is a family favorite during the summer. I find it especially handy when we grill out, because it can be ready whenever the meat's done.

Fresh Salsa Dip

Fresh Salsa Dip

Fresh Salsa Dip

I grew up in Southern California, so Mexican food has always been one of my favorites. This salsa is extremely mild, so it's a good choice if you're trying Mexican food for the first time. It's also tasty over baked whitefish or sole.

Ham and Cheese Roll-ups

Ham and Cheese Roll-ups

Ham and Cheese Roll-ups

There are only three ingredients in this tasty recipe—and one is a surprise. It's the ranch dressing that makes it so delicious.—Sara Hooks, Springfield, California

Apricot-Nut Spread

Apricot-Nut Spread

Apricot-Nut Spread

This nice and tart spread can add extra-special flavor to homemade muffins and biscuits, especially when the baked goodies are fresh from the oven.

Avocado Salsa

Avocado Salsa

Avocado Salsa

When I found this recipe, I was planning a party and thought it might be fun, different salsa to set out with chips. It was an absolute success. People love the garlic, corn and avocado combination. —Susan Vandermeer, Ogden, Utah
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