20+ Perfect Christmas Appetizers

So you've decked out your house with homemade Christmas decorations and piled your hand-crafted Christmas gifts under the tree -- now, complete your DIY holiday party with these Christmas appetizers you can whip up yourself.

Compiled by Reader's Digest Editors
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    Onion and Brie Palmiers

    Store-bought puff pastry makes quick work of these fancy-sounding appetizers. Simply wrap the pastry around caramelized onions and Brie and bake until they're golden and sizzling. Get the recipe at Taste of Home »

    Mini Puff-Pastry Tartlets

    These mouthwatering mini tartlets have three different toppings, so every guest should find something to their taste. The steam created by the damp baking sheets helps the pastry to rise quickly and evenly. Get the recipe »

    Crudités with Three Dips

    This delicious trio of dips can be whipped up in no time, which comes in handy during the busy Christmas holiday. Get the recipe »

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    Crispy Crab and Shrimp Cakes

    These rich crab-and-shrimp appetizers are spiced with mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and a little cayenne, then coated in bread crumbs and fried until the outside is a crunchy golden brown. Get the recipe »

    Crispy Ham and Cheese Balls

    These balls of mashed potato, cheese, and ham balls are then rolled in crispy corn flakes and baked. They're sure to go quickly—what's not to like? Get the recipe at Taste of Home »

    Katie Mears

    Jumbo Lump Crabmeat and Boursin Dip

    This indulgent dip from the blog Is There Any Wine Left is made with herb-flecked homemade Boursin cheese and seasoned jumbo lump crabmeat. Get the recipe »

    Mellissa Sevigny

    Steak and Scallion Rolls

    Inspired by the Japanese dish Beef Negimaki, bloggers at I Breathe...I'm Hungry coat thin slices of juicy steak in salty-sweet marinade and wrap them around crunchy scallions. Get the recipe »

    Laura's Best Recipes

    Mini Twice Baked Potatoes

    Shrink this traditional Christmas dish as blog Laura's Best Recipes does, and you'll have a perfect party appetizer with buttery, cheesy, and salty flavors. Get the recipe »

    Cassie Johnston

    Mini Christmas Quiches

    These mini Christmas appetizers from blog Back to Her Roots are versatile when it comes to the fillings; and their small size satisfies without being too filling. Get the recipe »

    jennysteffens.com

    Baked Brie in Puff Pastry with Caramelized Pecans and Apples

    This decadent Christmas appetizer from blogger Jenny Steffens is rich, with caramelized pecans melting into hot, gooey Brie wrapped in a buttery, flaky puff pastry. Pair with seasonal crisp apples and pears. Get the recipe »

    Christy Denney

    Baked Coconut Shrimp with Pineapple Dipping Sauce

    Forget traditional shrimp cocktail as a Christmas appetizer and try these decadent bites from the blog The Girl Who Ate Everything. You'll feel sand between your toes instead of snow gathering outside. Get the recipe »

    Mellissa Sevigny

    Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Jalapenos

    These peppers from the blog I Breathe...I'm Hungry are oven-roasted and wrapped with a slice of crisp bacon, a more sophisticated choice than that classic bar food, deep-fried poppers. Get the recipe »

    Crispy Potato Pancake and Smoked Salmon Canapés

    Potatoes make a sophisticated appetizer when transformed into these deliciously crisp pancakes. Top them with sour cream and succulent strips of smoked salmon. Get the recipe »

    Ali Ebright

    Roasted Beet, Arugula, Goat Cheese, and Honey Crostini

    Tangy goat cheese is cut by a drizzle of honey, sweet beets, and peppery arugula in this recipe from blog Gimme Some Oven. Get the recipe »

    Tessa Arias

    Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

    These Italian-inspired stuffed mushrooms from blog Handle the Heat are first marinated in wine and olive oil before being stuffed with a blend of mascarpone, Parmesan, and sweet Italian sausage and baked to a crisp. Get the recipe »

    Almond Cheddar Crostinis

    Sharp cheddar cheese, slivered almonds, and bacon are combined with mayonnaise for a tangy, savory topping for crostini. Get the recipe at Taste of Home »

    Sausage Wonton Cups

    These delicate little cups only look like you spent hours shaping them—while in reality, all you have to do is put store-bought wonton wrappers in muffin tins, stuff with sausage, and bake. Get the recipe at Taste of Home »

    Ambitious Kitchen

    Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Toasted Hazelnuts

    Seasonal Brussels sprouts are lightly caramelized with sweet maple syrup and savory bacon, then paired with the rich nutty flavor of the toasted hazelnuts in this recipe from the blog Ambitious Kitchen. Get the recipe »

    Roasted Vegetable Tart

    Vegetarians...this appetizer is for you! Rich and hearty butternut squash, zucchini, red onion, and peppers combine to provide a colorful burst of flavor. Get the recipe »

    Rosemary New Potatoes

    Baby potatoes roasted with lemon and rosemary makes for a finger-licking appetizer that is difficult to resist. Plus, this recipe is super easy to make. Get the recipe »

    Veggie Christmas Tree

    Turn basic crudites into an appetizer your guests will ooh and aah over—all it takes is a little artistic creativity, like the version here from Taste of Home. Get the recipe »