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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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Brie with Apricot Topping

Brie with Apricot Topping

Brie with Apricot Topping

Folks will think you fussed over this pretty appetizer, but it took our Test Kitchen only minutes to top a round of smooth and creamy brie with warm sweet apricots. This is one easy appetizer certain to make any occasion “special.”

Cranberry Meatballs and Sausage

Cranberry Meatballs and Sausage

Cranberry Meatballs and Sausage

Years ago, I found a version of this recipe in a cookbook. At first taste, my family judged it a keeper. The tangy saucy meatballs are requested by our friends whenever I host card night. We also take the yummy dish on camping trips.

Fruit and Caramel Brie

Fruit and Caramel Brie

Fruit and Caramel Brie

"I’m a stay-at-home mother with two boys and I enjoy cooking—especially appetizers," shares Tracy Schuhmacher from Penfield, New York. "It must run in the family because my mom served appetizers and desserts exclusively for several Christmas Eve celebrations. Brie is one of my favorite cheeses and this sweet-savory recipe is party-special but especially easy to throw together."
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Bacon Jalapeno Poppers

Bacon Jalapeno Poppers

Bacon Jalapeno Poppers

For a delicious appetizer for two, try this spicy recipe. The bacon adds a smokey flavor to the traditional popper.—Bernice Knutson, Danbury, Iowa

Cranberry Chutney

Cranberry Chutney

Cranberry Chutney

You can serve this chunky chutney over cream cheese or Brie with crackers, or as a condiment with roast pork or poultry. Either way, its slightly tart flavor and deep red hue lend a festive flair to the table. —Karyn Gordon, Rockledge, Florida

German Beer Cheese Spread

German Beer Cheese Spread

German Beer Cheese Spread

We’re of German heritage, so we love bold flavors. Cheddar and beer make a tangy dip to serve with pretzels, crackers, pumpernickel and brats. Choose a beer that you really enjoy the flavor of, as it will come through in your finished recipe. —Angela Spengler, Tampa, Florida

Jalapeno Popper & Sausage Dip

Jalapeno Popper & Sausage Dip

Jalapeno Popper & Sausage Dip

My workplace had an appetizer contest, and I won it with my jalapeno and cheese dip. Every time I take it anywhere, folks empty the slow cooker. —Bev Slabik, Dilworth, Minnesota

Pork Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms

Pork Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms

Pork Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms

A few years back, I was looking for a snack that would suit my family's tastes. I combined three different recipes and came up with this one. They love the rich Parmesan flavor.

Zesty Marinated Shrimp

Zesty Marinated Shrimp

Zesty Marinated Shrimp

These easy shrimp look impressive on a buffet table and taste even better! The zesty sauce has a wonderful spicy citrus flavor. I especially like this recipe because I can prepare it ahead of time. —Mary Jane Guest, Alamosa, Colorado

Cranberry Appetizer Meatballs

Cranberry Appetizer Meatballs

Cranberry Appetizer Meatballs

For a memorable meatball party snack with a tangy non-traditional sauce, I suggest this recipe. The meatballs are mouthwatering.—Jim Ulberg, Elk Rapids, Michigan

Brie Phyllo Cups

Brie Phyllo Cups

Brie Phyllo Cups

Mini phyllo shells from the freezer section hurry along these elegant cups. They look fancy and taste delicious but are a snap to put together for a special occasion.—Brenda Little, Boise, Idaho
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