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.

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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.)

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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