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21 Christmas Appetizers That Everyone Will Love

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.

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Crispy Lime Chips with Crab

Follow the star right to your table of Christmas appetizers. A star-shaped cookie cutter helps make these appetizers for Christmas extra festive, but they’d be just as tasty in any form when dolloped with a creamy seafood topping.

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Chicken Crescent Wreath

This dish looks impressive but is deceptively easy to make. Plus, red pepper and green broccoli add a subtle festive touch.

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Almond-Bacon Cheese Crostini

Sharp cheddar cheese, slivered almonds, and bacon are combined with mayonnaise for a tangy, savory topping for crostini.

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Barbecued Meatballs

This tasty meatball recipe has a kick of Worcestershire and chili sauce, but it's balanced by the sweetness of grape jelly. Once you see how easy it is to throw together ahead of time, it will become one of your go-to Christmas appetizers.

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Spice Cookies with Pumpkin Dip

Anyone with a sweet tooth will flip if you put add this dippable dessert to your spread. Taste of Home’s cookies are great on their own, but a creamy dip takes them to the next level. Plus, check out these 14 Christmas cookie hacks to help you win the holiday season.

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Holiday Salsa

Bet you’ve never had anything like this festive salsa. Cranberries take the place of tomatoes for a sweet spin, but cilantro and jalapeno keep that kick you crave. If you'd rather stick with classic salsa, check out these 31 Mexican appetizers anyone can make.

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Shrimp Appetizer Spread

When shrimp cocktail starts getting ho-hum, get your seafood craving from this instead. Let guests load crackers up with the creamy spread, but don’t be surprised if it’s the first one gone.

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German Beer Cheese Spread

Kick your cheese platter up a notch by boosting sharp cheddar with Worcestershire sauce and mustard (and of course your favorite beer). Don’t forget the pretzels! You can even jar some as a great homemade gift for foodies, like these other 15 healthy holiday food gifts.

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Bacon Cheese Wreath

This cream cheese- and Parmesan-based cheese dip is delicious, but the presentation makes it one of the more particularly impressive appetizers for Christmas. The “holly” on top is actually made of parsley and pimentos.

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Inside-Out Veggie Dip

This will be your new favorite way to eat your vegetables. The creamy dip is versatile, and the red tomatoes and green cucumbers make these Christmas appetizers a little extra festive. Keep your eyes out for these 10 big grocery sales going on between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest