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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.

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.”

Pear-Pecan Sausage Quiche

Pear-Pecan Sausage Quiche

Pear-Pecan Sausage Quiche

“This quiche would be a delightful addition to brunch, especially during the holiday season,” writes Patricia Harmon from Baden, Pennsylvania. “It’s savory from the sausage yet sweet from the sliced pear.”

Bean Spread on Pita Crackers

Bean Spread on Pita Crackers

Bean Spread on Pita Crackers

For extra ease, our Test Kitchen says to bake the pita crackers the night before. Cool and store in an airtight container at room temperature. You can also prepare and chill the spread overnight; remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving.
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Jalapeno Cheese Spread

Jalapeno Cheese Spread

Jalapeno Cheese Spread

“I keep the ingredients for this wonderful cheese spread on hand so that I can assemble it any time,” notes Patricia Kitts of Dickinson, Texas. “The combination with jalapenos, cream cheese and pecans is always a hit at parties.”

Cabbage-Bowl Nibbler Dip

Cabbage-Bowl Nibbler Dip

Cabbage-Bowl Nibbler Dip

The kids will have fun helping you create this eye-catching appetizer. Fill the hallowed-out cabbage head with your favorite savory dip.

Sweet Cheese Ball

Sweet Cheese Ball

Sweet Cheese Ball

You’ll need only a few items for this unique cheese ball sent in by Melissa Friend of Oakland, Maryland. Coconut comes through in the cherry-flecked mixture that’s coated in pecans. It looks pretty and tastes delicious served with apple slices, pineapple wedges, berries and other fresh fruit.

Cranberry Feta Cheesecake

Cranberry Feta Cheesecake

Cranberry Feta Cheesecake

“I modified a cheese spread into a cheesecake by lightening the filling with part skim ricotta, crushed cranberry and orange and other ingredients,” shares Josephine Piro from Easton, Pennsylvania.

Cider Cheese Fondue

Cider Cheese Fondue

Cider Cheese Fondue

Cheese lovers are sure to enjoy dipping into this creamy quick-to-fix fondue that has just a hint of apple. You can also serve this appetizer with apple or pear wedges. —Kim Marie Van Rheenen, Mendota, Illinois

Salmon Pinwheels

Salmon Pinwheels

Salmon Pinwheels

Inexpensive and impressive, this recipe is a must have anytime you want to wow your guests without spending all day in the kitchen!—Cristina Mathers of San Miguel, California

Makeover Hot Crab Dip

Makeover Hot Crab Dip

Makeover Hot Crab Dip

"I lightened up a recipe for traditional crab dip with reduced-fat and fat-free sour cream and cheeses," notes Cammy Brittingham from Cambridge, Maryland. "Feel free to experiment with different cheeses to suit your tastes. This is great for a party because you can make it a day ahead and refrigerate it.

Stuffed Shrimp

Stuffed Shrimp

Stuffed Shrimp

Sandy Schneider of Naperville, Illinois shares this delightful shrimp appetizer that’s a breeze to make. The creamy three-ingredient filling has a hint of horseradish. TIP: These can be assembled a day ahead for convenience.
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