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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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Hot Wing Dip

Hot Wing Dip

Hot Wing Dip

Since I usually have all the ingredients on hand, this is a great go-to snack for entertaining friends and family. —Coleen Corner, Grove City, Pennsylvania

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 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
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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. Three of my favorite foods—bacon, eggs and cheese—come together in these deviled eggs. They're my go-to party snack. —Laura LeMay, Deerfield Beach, Florida

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

Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Spread

Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Spread

Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Spread

This creamy, bubbly appetizer spread is sure to please. Baked to a golden brown, it gets its richness from cream cheese and mayonnaise. —Valerie Elkinton, Gardner, Kansas

Tuscan Sausage & Bean Dip

Tuscan Sausage & Bean Dip

Tuscan Sausage & Bean Dip

This is a spin-off of a Mexican dip I had once. The original was wicked good, but I was going through an I’m-so-over-Mexican-dip phase and decided to switch it up. Take it to a party—I'll bet you no one else will bring anything like it! —Mandy Rivers, Lexington, South Carolina

Caprese Salad Kabobs

Caprese Salad Kabobs

Caprese Salad Kabobs

Trade in the usual veggie party platter for these fun kabobs. I often make it for my family to snack on, and it's a great recipe for the kids to help with. —Christine Mitchell, Glendora, California

Christmas Meatballs

Christmas Meatballs

Christmas Meatballs

Cranberry sauce and brown sugar create a tangy glaze for moist meatballs that are good as an appetizer or as a main dish over rice. "We love them so much, I prepare them year-round," says Joyce Bentley of Redlands, 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.

Holiday Salsa

Holiday Salsa

Holiday Salsa

When we offer this cream-cheesy salsa of fresh cranberries, cilantro and a little jalapeno kick, everyone hovers around the serving dish until it’s scraped clean. —Shelly Pattison, Lubbock, Texas
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