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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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Mini peppers are so colorful and they're the perfect size for a two-bite appetizer. They have all the crunch of a pita chip, without the extra calories. —Christine Hanover, Lewiston, California
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Smoked Salmon Cherry Tomatoes

Smoked Salmon Cherry Tomatoes

Smoked Salmon Cherry Tomatoes

These bright red festive bites are a show stopping finger food during the holiday season, at Easter and for the Fourth of July. With the smoked salmon filling, these appetizers seem elegant...and they're convenient because you can prepare them ahead.

Chive Biscuit Ornaments

Chive Biscuit Ornaments

Chive Biscuit Ornaments

Ring in the holiday season with these tender bell-shaped bites from our Test Kitchen home economists. they used cookie cutters and whole chive "hangers" to from the warm and appetizing ornaments, which get a slight kick from red pepper flakes.

Festive Appetizer Spread

Festive Appetizer Spread

Festive Appetizer Spread

Our state is known for its cranberries, and there are many bogs in our area. I won first place with this recipe in a contest sponsored by our local newspaper.
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Tijuana Tidbits

Tijuana Tidbits

Tijuana Tidbits

Tortilla chips, chili powder and cayenne pepper lend to the Mexican flavor of this snack mix, while corn syrup and brown sugar add a bit of sweetness. I like to package it in holiday tins to give as gifts.—Beverly Phillips, Duncanville, Texas

Antipasto Braid

Antipasto Braid

Antipasto Braid

We're fans of Mediterranean food, so this play on antipasto is a favorite in my family. Meat and cheese make it a nice, hearty appetizer. —Patricia Harmon, Baden, Pennsylvania

Savory Stuffed Mushrooms

Savory Stuffed Mushrooms

Savory Stuffed Mushrooms

Some snowy night, when just the two of you need a little something to munch on until dinner, try this simple but delicious recipe from Pam Miller in Kokomo, Indiana.

Sensational Stuffed Mushrooms

Sensational Stuffed Mushrooms

Sensational Stuffed Mushrooms

"Sometimes I use fewer mushrooms than this recipe calls for and really pile up the stuffing.” —Sandy Harz, Grand Haven, Michigan

Reindeer Snack Mix

Reindeer Snack Mix

Reindeer Snack Mix

Don't forget the reindeer! Rudolph and his pals will be dashing, dancing and prancing to gobble up this savory snack mix. Humans also will enjoy the buttery, perfectly seasoned and wonderfully crunchy combination.

Zesty Marinated Shrimp

Zesty Marinated Shrimp

Zesty Marinated Shrimp

These easy shrimp look impressive on a buffet table and taste even better! The zesty sauce has a wonderful spicy citrus flavor. I especially like this recipe because I can prepare it ahead of time. —Mary Jane Guest, Alamosa, Colorado

Striped Chocolate Popcorn

Striped Chocolate Popcorn

Striped Chocolate Popcorn

For a bake sale last year, I wanted to try something different. I’d seen chocolate popcorn in a candy shop and thought I’d try making it. This recipe was a great success. —Mary Schmittinger, Colgate, Wisconsin

Savory Cheese Ball

Savory Cheese Ball

Savory Cheese Ball

Blue cheese contributes a pleasant, tangy bite and olive a saltiness to this creamy cheese ball. For the optimum taste, let the cheese ball stand at room temperature for 20 minutes before serving.—Jan Stawara, Howell, Michigan
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