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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.

Party Spinach Spread

Party Spinach Spread

Party Spinach Spread

This appetizer is delicious, easy and pretty, too! Everyone who tries it asks for the recipe. The spread keeps for several days, so it's great for making in advance for a party. But once you put it out, it won't last long! —Maire Macy, Fort Collins, Colorado

Cheery Tomato Bites

Cheery Tomato Bites

Cheery Tomato Bites

Cherry tomatoes may be small, but these are full of great flavor. Plus, they add color to any table.—Rev. David Bostedt, Zephyrhills, Florida

Festive Ham 'n' Cheese Spread

Festive Ham 'n' Cheese Spread

Festive Ham 'n' Cheese Spread

"My family goes wild over this mild-tasting, hearty cheese spread," comments Cara Flora of Olathe, Colorado.
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Layered Shrimp Dip

Layered Shrimp Dip

Layered Shrimp Dip

People's eyes light up when I set this special snack on the table. Layered Shrimp Dip has a terrific combination of flavors and looks so pretty. Once folks start dipping, they can't seem to stop. —Sue Broyles, Cherokee, Texas

Hot Beef-Mushroom Appetizer

Hot Beef-Mushroom Appetizer

Hot Beef-Mushroom Appetizer

Relates Mary Jo O'Brien of Hastings, Minnesota, This creamy and savory snack smells wonderful while it is baking. It's a mushroom lover's delight."

Christmas Party Pinwheels

Christmas Party Pinwheels

Christmas Party Pinwheels

'Tis the season for easy make-ahead appetizers like these. They look so special and pretty that folks can't resist them! The refreshing flavor of ranch dressing and crisp colorful vegetables makes these pinwheels a pleasure to serve. —Janis Plourde, Smooth Rock Falls, Ontario

Holiday Cranberry Chutney

Holiday Cranberry Chutney

Holiday Cranberry Chutney

A chunky chutney like this one makes a great gift for friends and neighbors. I give them the chutney in a decorated jar with a package of cream cheese and a box of crackers. It makes a lovely snack and is just as good alongside a main dish. —Cheryl Lottman Stillwater, Minnesota

Smoked Salmon Dip

Smoked Salmon Dip

Smoked Salmon Dip

Salmon is practically a way of life here in the Pacific Northwest. My husband can make a meal of this dip. It's great for holiday parties.

Cheddar-Bacon Dip

Cheddar-Bacon Dip

Cheddar-Bacon Dip

Both children and adults enjoy this dip. I like it, too—it's so quick and easy to prepare. I make it for special occasions…birthdays, Christmas parties and more. —Carol Werkman, Neerlandia, Alberta

Homemade Marinated Shrimp

Homemade Marinated Shrimp

Homemade Marinated Shrimp

It figures that this colorful and carefree dish is a favorite with Margaret McGehee's family. "The recipe evolved from adding and subtracting ingredients until everyone liked the results," reports the Knoxville, Tennessee reader.

Party Pecan Pies

Party Pecan Pies

Party Pecan Pies

Though they're small, Judy Theriot's pleasing "pies" are packed with flavor and sized right for a buffet. What's more, writes Judy from Pierre Part, Louisiana, "They can be stored in the freezer to make party or gift preparations that much easier."
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