21 Appetizers for Christmas 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.

Crispy Lime Chips With Crab

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Follow the star right to your appetizer table. 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. (When you're ready for dessert, bake using these 14 Christmas cookie hacks.)

Get the recipe from Taste of Home.

Chicken Crescent Wreath

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This dish looks impressive but is deceptively easy to make. Plus, red pepper and green broccoli add a subtle festive touch. (Just don't make these 18 holiday decorating mistakes when prepping for the season.)

Get the recipe from Taste of Home.

Almond-Bacon Cheese Crostini

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

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Barbecued Meatballs

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This tasty meatball recipe has a kick of Worcestershire and chili sauce, but is 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 appetizers for Christmas.

Get the recipe from Taste of Home.

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Spice Cookies With Pumpkin Dip

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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.

Get the recipe from Taste of Home.

Holiday Salsa

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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 easy Mexican appetizers.)

Get the recipe from Taste of Home.

Shrimp Appetizer Spread

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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.

Get the recipe from Taste of Home.

German Beer Cheese Spread

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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! In a jar, it can even make a great homemade gift for foodies, like these other 15 healthy holiday food gifts.

 Get the recipe from Taste of Home.

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Bacon Cheese Wreath

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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.

Get the recipe from Taste of Home.

Inside-Out Veggie Dip

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This will be your new favorite way to eat your vegetables. (Find out what else you should eat before holiday parties to avoid weight gain.) The creamy dip is versatile, and the red tomatoes and green cucumbers make these appetizers for Christmas a little extra festive.

Get the recipe from Taste of Home.

Roasted Red Pepper Tapenade

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Olives can be love-it-or-hate-it, but this tapenade uses roasted red peppers instead for a crowd-pleasing twist.

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Onion and Brie Palmiers

Store-bought puff pastry makes quick work of these fancy-sounding appetizers for Christmas. Simply wrap the pastry around caramelized onions and Brie and bake until they're golden and sizzling. (Don't miss these 11 tricks for avoiding holiday belly bloat when you're chowing down.)

Get the recipe from Taste of Home.

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Mini Puff-Pastry Tartlets

These mouthwatering mini tartlets have three different toppings, so every guest should find something to their taste from these appetizers for Christmas. (Or try these 11 lucky NewYear's Eve foods.) The steam created by the damp baking sheets helps the pastry to rise quickly and evenly.

Get the recipe from Reader's Digest.

Steak and Scallion Rolls



Mellissa Sevigny

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 from I Breath... I'm Hungry.

Mini Christmas Quiches

Cassie Johnston

These mini Christmas appetizers from the 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 from Back to Her Roots.

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 from Jenny Steffens.

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Baked Coconut Shrimp with Pineapple Dipping Sauce

Christy Denney

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

Get the recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything.

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Jalapenos

Mellissa Sevigny

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 from I Breath...I'm Hungry.

Roasted Beet, Arugula, Goat Cheese, and Honey Crostini

Ali Ebright

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 from Gimme Some Oven.

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 from Taste of Home.

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Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Toasted Hazelnuts

Ambitious Kitchen

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 from Ambitious Kitchen.

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