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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.

Cherry Cream Cheese Spread

Cherry Cream Cheese Spread

Cherry Cream Cheese Spread

Dotted with pretty maraschino cherries, this spread is an attractive complement to your holiday table. —Ruth Hastings

Fluffy Orange Spread

Fluffy Orange Spread

Fluffy Orange Spread

With its pleasant orange flavor, this simple spread perfectly tops a variety of breads. Each bit has just the right amount of sweetness. —Ruth Hastings

Crab Corn Pudding

Crab Corn Pudding

Crab Corn Pudding

This special dish is a wonderful first course for a small gathering of friends around the holidays. —Shawn Solley, Lawton, Oklahoma
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Chicken Bacon Bites

Chicken Bacon Bites

Chicken Bacon Bites

Ginger and orange marmalade give these rumaki-style snacks wonderful flavor. I marinate the wrapped chicken earlier in the day and broil them when guests arrive. —Betty Pierson, Wellington, Florida

Easy Coconut Shrimp

Easy Coconut Shrimp

Easy Coconut Shrimp

Guests are always impressed when I serve these restaurant-quality shrimp. A selection of sauces served alongside adds the perfect touch. —:Tacy Holliday Germantow, Maryland

Cucumber Ham Roll-Ups

Cucumber Ham Roll-Ups

Cucumber Ham Roll-Ups

I came across this recipe looking for a new dish to take to a card party. Everyone loves these refreshing roll-ups...even the kids!—Debbie Smith, Urbana, Ohio

Savory Christmas Cutouts

Savory Christmas Cutouts

Savory Christmas Cutouts

This recipe is always a success because the dough is easy to work with and cuts well. The appetizer can be made year-round using cookie cutter shapes to suit the season. —J.R. Smosna, Warren, Pennsylvania

Artichoke Wonton Cups

Artichoke Wonton Cups

Artichoke Wonton Cups

I came up with this recipe by combining several artichoke dip recipes. Wonton cups add a fancy look that's perfect for special occasions. If you're serving a large crowd, you may want to double the recipe. —Paige Scott, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Pesto Cream Cheese Spread

Pesto Cream Cheese Spread

Pesto Cream Cheese Spread

This is a terrific appetizer to serve when hosting an Italian-theme-meal. People may be a little hesitant to try it, but once they dip in, they won't be able to stop! —Cynthia Emshoff, Sarasota, Florida

Marvelous Stuffed Mushrooms

Marvelous Stuffed Mushrooms

Marvelous Stuffed Mushrooms

My mother-in-law would make these savory stuffed mushrooms every Christmas. Pouring whipping cream over them before baking makes each morsel extra moist and rich. —Gail Anderson, Cantonment, Florida

Southwest Corn Spread

Southwest Corn Spread

Southwest Corn Spread

My Aunt Christine shared this recipe with me at a family reunion a few years ago. The thick spread's southwestern flavor has mass appeal. —Rebecca Sue Dickson, Iredell, Texas
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