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Christmas Appetizers

These appetizer recipes are perfect for family and friends to gather during Christmas. Find party-ready options for easy appetizers, finger foods, dips, spreads plus more Christmas appetizers and hors d'oeurves.

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"My friends and I used to make the traditional bacon-wrapped jalapenos at cookouts. I decided to sweeten them up a bit with dates and apricots, which are also more kid-friendly." —Susan Hinton, Apex, North Carolina
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Old-Fashioned Fruit Compote

Old-Fashioned Fruit Compote

Old-Fashioned Fruit Compote

A perfect partner for your Christmas goose, this warm and fruity side dish can simmer while you prepare the rest of your menu, or make it a day ahead and reheat before serving. —Shirley A. Glaab, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Fruited Feta Spread

Fruited Feta Spread

Fruited Feta Spread

Field editor Lucille Terry of Frankfort, Kentucky shares this chunky feta and cream cheese spread with a pleasing sweet-savory flavor.

Bacon-Ranch Spinach Dip

Bacon-Ranch Spinach Dip

Bacon-Ranch Spinach Dip

During the hectic holiday season, my slow cooker works overtime. I fill it with a savory bacon dip and watch everyone line up for a helping. Keep the recipe in mind for tailgating, too. —Crystal Schlueter, Northglenn, Colorado
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Mozzarella Tomato Tartlets

Mozzarella Tomato Tartlets

Mozzarella Tomato Tartlets

Convenient frozen phyllo shells add to this impressive appetizer's easy preparation. Although I make them year-round, they're especially tasty with garden-fresh tomatoes.

Nutty Blue Cheese Spread

Nutty Blue Cheese Spread

Nutty Blue Cheese Spread

With great blue cheese flavor and nice texture from the pecans, this super- simple spread has a company-special feel. Perfect with veggies or crackers, it’s ideal for parties. —SHERRY HULSMAN, ELKTON, FLORIDA

Dilly Cheese Ring with Spinach Dip

Dilly Cheese Ring with Spinach Dip

Dilly Cheese Ring with Spinach Dip

This is my daughter's favorite appetizer. Instead of serving spinach dip with ordinary bread cubes, you bake refrigerated biscuits into a delicious bread ring.

Celebration Cheese Balls

Celebration Cheese Balls

Celebration Cheese Balls

A handful of simple ingredients that go together in minutes, three fun flavorful options…these creamy cheese balls from our Test Kitchen are a darling, do-ahead delight for busy holiday hostesses! Why not whip up several batches? Packaged in colored plastic wrap and tied with bright ribbons, they also make quick and easy gifts for friends, drop-in visitors, shut-ins and neighbors.

Pecan-Date Cheese Ball

Pecan-Date Cheese Ball

Pecan-Date Cheese Ball

Says Sue Broyles of Cherokee, Texas, "This lightly sweet cheese ball is great to have on hand when we crave something creamy or if company drops by. It's even nice enough for the holidays."

Prosciutto Phyllo Roll-Ups

Prosciutto Phyllo Roll-Ups

Prosciutto Phyllo Roll-Ups

These elegant finger foods use delicate phyllo dough. With artichoke sauce on the side, the cheesy rolls make extra-special hors d'oeuvres.

Red Pepper Bruschetta

Red Pepper Bruschetta

Red Pepper Bruschetta

Roasted red peppers take the place of tomatoes in this twist on traditional bruschetta. If your bakery doesn't offer baguettes, buy regular French bread instead then cut the slices in half to create the crunchy snacks. —Test Kitchen

Jingle Bell Shrimp Spread

Jingle Bell Shrimp Spread

Jingle Bell Shrimp Spread

Ring in the holidays with this easy and appealing shrimp spread shaped like a bell. It takes only a few ingredients and whips up in no time at all, but folks seem to absolutely love it! I receive so many compliments whenever I bring it to a party.—Janet Thomas, Mc Kees Rocks, Pennsylvania
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