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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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Three incredible cheese balls in flavors like pesto, horseradish-bacon and Gorgonzola make for a dazzling display at any get-together. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Roasted Red Pepper Dip

Roasted Red Pepper Dip

Roasted Red Pepper Dip

"This creamy dip is a nice addition to an appetizer buffet," assures Priscilla Gilbert of Indian Harbour Beach, Florida. "It's received many compliments, and I've handed out several copies of the recipe." Seeing red. Sweet red peppers are an excellent source of vitamin A, which promotes better vision both at night and during the day.

Peanut Caramel Corn

Peanut Caramel Corn

Peanut Caramel Corn

A sweet, crunchy, lighter alternative to traditional caramel corn, this can’t-stop-eatin’-it treat won’t stick to fingers or teeth! Wonderful for gifts, too. —LOIS WARD, PUSLINCH, ONTARIO

Christmas Tree Dip

Christmas Tree Dip

Christmas Tree Dip

You’ll love how easy it is to make this Christmas-themed dip. And your guests will enjoy undecorating it…bite by delicious bite.—Esther Olson, Portland, CT
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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.

Christmas Cheese Balls

Christmas Cheese Balls

Christmas Cheese Balls

Christmas at our house just wouldn't be complete without these rich cheese balls. Friends and family ask for them every year-and I can make three gifts from just one recipe. —Margie Cadwell, Eastman, Georgia

Roasted Goat Cheese with Garlic

Roasted Goat Cheese with Garlic

Roasted Goat Cheese with Garlic

Now that we have kids, my husband and I don't entertain much. But when we do, I serve this savory spread. The combination of goat cheese, garlic and onions always earns rave reviews. —Carol Barlow, Berwyn, Illinois

Pepper-Crusted Tenderloin Crostini

Pepper-Crusted Tenderloin Crostini

Pepper-Crusted Tenderloin Crostini

Caramelized onions add a touch of sweetness to this elegant appetizer. Use the higher range of pepper if you like a little more zip. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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.

Brie with Apricot Topping

Brie with Apricot Topping

Brie with Apricot Topping

Folks will think you fussed over this pretty appetizer, but it took our Test Kitchen only minutes to top a round of smooth and creamy brie with warm sweet apricots. This is one easy appetizer certain to make any occasion “special.”

Mozzarella Marinara

Mozzarella Marinara

Mozzarella Marinara

My husband and I enjoy mozzarella marinara at our state fair and though we'd try to make our own version at home. Our recipe calls for convenient egg roll wrappers instead to messy batter. The homemade marinara sauce is fast and flavorful.—Ellen Borst, Genoa City, Wisconsin

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.
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