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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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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

Cucumber Shrimp Spread

Cucumber Shrimp Spread

Cucumber Shrimp Spread

Field editor Doris Heath of Franklin, North Carolina likes to serve this savory spread on rye bread, but it’s just as satisfying on crackers or bagel chips.

Cheese Spread Pinecone

Cheese Spread Pinecone

Cheese Spread Pinecone

folks quickly cluster around this outdoorsy appetizer from Cindy Harrington of Euless, Texas. She turned her super cheese spread into a pinecone—using slice almonds, dill sprigs and a cinnamon stick!
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Chicken Ham Pinwheels

Chicken Ham Pinwheels

Chicken Ham Pinwheels

These pretty pinwheels have been a part of our annual Christmas Eve appetizer buffet for many years. I love them because they can be made a day in advance and taste great alone or served with crackers. —Laura Mahaffey, Annapolis, Maryland

Artichoke & Mushroom Toasts

Artichoke & Mushroom Toasts

Artichoke & Mushroom Toasts

Our winters can get cold here, so I like to warm up holiday guests with oven-fresh appetizers. Crunchy bread slices are topped with mushrooms, artichokes and a blend of cheeses. —Nancy Mueller, Bloomington, Minnesota

Puff Pastry Holly Leaves

Puff Pastry Holly Leaves

Puff Pastry Holly Leaves

“These elegant appetizers look like you've slaved in the kitchen, but they can be assembled in a jiffy,” says Angela King of Walnut Cove, North Carolina. “They always earn raves at my office holiday party.”

Cheesy Meatballs

Cheesy Meatballs

Cheesy Meatballs

Can meatballs be lucky? My guys think so, and they want them for game time. My beef, sausage and cheese recipe has a big fan following. —Jill Hill, Dixon, Illinois

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.

Mexican Fiesta Platter

Mexican Fiesta Platter

Mexican Fiesta Platter

This recipe proves you don't need to fuss to feed and appetizer to a crowd. With generous layers of beef, rice, corn chips and cheese, it's a nacho lovers dream!—Ann Nace, Perkasie, Pennsylvania

Ultimate Caramel Chocolate Popcorn

Ultimate Caramel Chocolate Popcorn

Ultimate Caramel Chocolate Popcorn

Have the munchies? They’re no match for this nutty caramel corn drizzled with melted chocolate. —Kim Forni, Claremont, New Hampshire

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.”
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