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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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Bacon Water Chestnut Wraps

Bacon Water Chestnut Wraps

Bacon Water Chestnut Wraps

The holidays around the house just wouldn't be the same without these classic wraps. Through the years, Christmas Eve guests have proven it's impossible to eat just one. —Laura Mahaffey, Annapolis, Maryland

Mild Tomato Salsa

Mild Tomato Salsa

Mild Tomato Salsa

I got this salsa recipe from my sister, and my children and I have been making batches of it ever since. We pair pint jars with packages of tortilla chips for zesty Christmas gifts. When the kids give this present to their teachers, they can truly say they helped make it. —Pamela Lundstrum, Bird Island, Minnesota

Chicken Taco Cups

Chicken Taco Cups

Chicken Taco Cups

For holiday parties and summer picnics, try these stuffed wonton cups with a Southwest-style chicken filling. You can freeze them, too. Just reheat after thawing. —Lee Ann Lowe, Gray, Maine
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French Quarter Cheese Spread

French Quarter Cheese Spread

French Quarter Cheese Spread

Topped with toasty pecans, this sweet-and-savory cheese ball makes a festive hostess gift for holiday parties. Says Heidi: “It’s always a hit; there’s never anything left over, and everyone asks for the recipe.” At home, make it ahead of time for convenience, then bring to room temp and serve. Heidi Blaine Hadburg - Safety Harbor, FL

Bacon-Cheddar Deviled Eggs

Bacon-Cheddar Deviled Eggs

Bacon-Cheddar Deviled Eggs

"I created this recipe a few years ago when I was craving something different to do with hard-cooked eggs. I combined three of my favorite foods - bacon, eggs and cheese - in these deviled eggs. I've shared them at parties and have received many compliments on their eggstra special taste." —Laura LeMay, Deerfield Beach, Florida recalls,

Blizzard Party Mix

Blizzard Party Mix

Blizzard Party Mix

This sweet-salty combo is sure to be popular. It's perfect for a party, munching at home or giving away as a gift. —Kelley Scott, Parma, Ohio

Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Spread

Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Spread

Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Spread

This creamy, bubbly spread is sure to please. Baked to a golden brown, cream cheese and mayonnaise give this appetizer a mild flavor. Valerie Elkinton Gardner, Kansas

Yummy Zucchini Fritters

Yummy Zucchini Fritters

Yummy Zucchini Fritters

You will not believe how fast these disappear. Even confirmed veggie-haters devour these tasty snacks as fast as I can make them! — Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho

Holiday Appetizer Meatballs

Holiday Appetizer Meatballs

Holiday Appetizer Meatballs

Reports Yellow Springs, Ohio field editor Pat Waymire, "These tasty meatballs are a perennial favorite at our Christmas parties."

Sweet & Spicy Nuts

Sweet & Spicy Nuts

Sweet & Spicy Nuts

Hot and spicy with a hint of brown-sugar sweetness, these snacking nuts are simply sensational. You and your guests will not be able to stop munching! The quick-and-easy skillet recipe also makes a great stocking stuffer or last-minute holiday gift from the kitchen. —Patty Lok, Sherman Oaks, California

Cascading Fruit Centerpiece

Cascading Fruit Centerpiece

Cascading Fruit Centerpiece

"It's exciting and fun to build this pretty centerpiece, which I have made for holidays, weddings and showers over the past 20 years," notes Ellen Brown of Aledo, Texas. "The ginger dip is wonderful, or you can fill the fruit cups with other favorite dips, flavored yogurt or whipped topping.
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