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30 Best Christmas Appetizers

Looking for some easy Christmas appetizers to keep everyone satisfied this season?

From cheese balls to dip to meatballs, these simple recipes are guaranteed to delight.

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For me, Christmas is about two things: family time and food!

From work gatherings to reconnecting with distant cousins, there’s nothing like a big table brimming with Christmas treats. 

Everything here is finger-food, making mingling that much easier. 

Just be sure your plates are big enough because you’re going to want to try one of each!

And even this year, when things might look a little different, there’s nothing stopping you from spoiling your nearest and dearest with a table full of love!

I promise this list of 30 bite-sized Christmas appetizers will put a smile on everyone’s face!

1. Crostini Appetizer with Goat Cheese

Crostini are wonderfully versatile appetizers. They’re made using sliced bread topped with any number of yummy spreads and cheeses.

I like to use baguettes for this because they make the perfect little bites, with a sturdy crust all the way around. 

Once the garlic and rosemary are mixed through the cheeses, you’ll want to dig in before it leaves the bowl. 

But hold off if you can, because the pomegranate makes for a sweet addition that also adds some beautiful color. 

2. Chicken Crescent Wreath

This is probably one of those recipes that you were saving for the next big party. 

Though it looks complex, it’s actually super simple to put together. 

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Once you have your filling made up, you’ll need to make a circle with the crescent rolls, with the pointy sides facing out like a star.

Add the filling, and when you bring the tip over the top of the filling, be sure to tuck it under so the shape stays perfect. 

3. Christmas Bacon Cheese Ball Wreath

A good old-fashioned cheese ball dip should contain cream cheese, some herbs, bacon, extra cheese, and some chopped nuts.

This recipe is full of bacon, chives, and diced red pepper for a flavorful and colorful cheese dip.

Not only that, it’s set in a bundt pan and decorated with parsley, olives, and rosemary, for an all-natural, edible Christmas Wreath. 

4. Christmas Pizza

I’ve advocated for Christmas Day pizza for years, only to be told it’s not festive enough. 

Well, hang on to your silver bells because it doesn’t get more festive than a tree-shaped pizza!

You can have so much fun with these, letting the kids make their own with a selection of toppings. 

I would even cut out some ham or pepperoni with a star cutter to make it extra special!

5. Merry Little Christmas Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are always a safe bet when cooking for a crowd. 

They’re simple, creamy, and easy to eat on the go. 

Piping the filling is really worth the extra effort to make these look restaurant and Instagram-worthy if you have the time. 

And the mini-pepper “berries” are such a fun and cute addition. 

6. Cranberry Salsa

Using cranberries instead of tomatoes might seem like an odd choice here, but I promise I haven’t just gotten into my Nana’s boozy Christmas Cake!

Given that cranberries are more tart than they are sweet, they make such an incredible flavor change when mixed with the jalapenos and onions. 

And the color is out of this world! 

Serve with cream cheese and crackers. 

7. Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts

Water chestnuts are slightly sweet and kind of nutty, with a crisp bite that will remind you of an apple.

When wrapped in bacon, the chestnuts are enhanced and so delicious.

For extra flavor, try brushing these with a touch of BBQ sauce and broiling for five minutes.

8. Smoked Salmon Appetizer Bites

There’s something so elegant about smoked salmon. 

And if you’ve never tried it before, you really should give it a go! 

This recipe uses liquid smoke, and all you need to do is let it rest overnight, covered in salt.

When layered with seasoned cream cheese and either tortillas or white bread, they make the loveliest savory Petit Fours.

9. Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms can be as simple as using garlic butter and bread crumbs. 

But this recipe takes it up a notch and adds in cream cheese and parmesan for a creamier, more filling version. 

These would make a great vegan option if you were to use coconut oil and silken tofu instead of butter and cream cheese. 

10. Parmesan Crusted Brussels Sprouts

I’ll admit that I didn’t always like Brussels sprouts, and I do get why most kids turn their noses up at the sight (or smell) of them. 

Even now, I cook mine with bacon and onion or as a cheesy gratin

This recipe takes the misunderstood sprout and gives it a Barefoot Contessa upgrade!

Doesn’t everything taste better when covered in bread crumbs and served with Caesar dressing?

11. Cranberry Brie Bites

I honestly don’t know why we limit these kinds of food for the holidays.

Not only are they insanely easy to make (just three ingredients!!), but they’re sweet, cheesy, and perfectly gooey. 

I think these would work especially well with puff pastry, to give them that buttery flake we all love. 

12. Mini-Cheese Ball Bites

Having one big cheese ball – or the wreath from above – looks extra special when served on a cute platter with a selection of crackers and veggies. 

But I have to admit that these little bites are beyond adorable. 

They look like little round elves lined up for work!

You’ll start with one fantastic base and then divide it into three. 

When covered in different toppings, they are colorful and have great texture.

13. Fried Mashed Potato Balls 

Potato skins loaded with bacon and cheese are pretty hard to resist. 

But mashed potatoes loaded with bacon and cheese and deep-fried? Hold me back!!

These can be made as an excellent way to use up leftover mashed potatoes or as crispy bites to add to your buffet table. 

Either way, they won’t last long. 

14. Bacon-Wrapped Apricot Bites

As good as the water chestnuts are, I adore the chewiness you get from dried apricots. 

Bacon can be so salty, and the sweetness of the fruit balances it out just right. 

If you want to take it up a notch, try adding just a touch of blue cheese and drizzling with honey after they crisp.

15. Sweet Potato Bites with Avocado and Bacon

These make super colorful appetizers that everyone will love. They’re dairy-free, gluten-free, and meat-free if you omit the bacon.

Between the crisp sweet potato and smooth guacamole, it’s like a platter of individual nachos.

And who doesn’t love nachos?

I would be tempted to spice up my sweet potatoes and probably throw some garlic into the guacamole for good measure. 

Sausage Wrapped Pigs in a Blanket

16. Pigs in a Blanket (with Cheese!)

I don’t know a single grownup who doesn’t squeal a little when they see a plate full of pigs in a blanket. 

Though I’m partial to the British version (which gets wrapped in bacon), who doesn’t love the fluffy, buttery taste of crescent rolls?

The addition of cheese is extra indulgent, and I might be tempted to go for smoked cheese, or maybe something with a little spice. 

17. Sweet and Sour Meatballs (Cocktail Meatballs)

You might not think it, but ketchup and grape jelly make a pretty tasty glaze for these little bites. 

You can make your own or use frozen if you’re in a hurry. I like to make pork or turkey at home since it’s a little leaner. 

The sugar in the jelly will keep the glaze nice and sticky, coating each ball completely. 

Serve in a dish with little forks or cocktail sticks. 

18. Perky Olive Penguins

Yes, I love elegant crostinis and a cheese wreath surrounded by crackers and veggies.

But nothing brings out my inner child like these precious penguins!

With carrot feet, cream cheese stuffed bellies, and pepper strip scarves, Happy Feet will be the talk of the night!

The pepper makes cute hats, or you could try cheese triangles, too!

19. Baked Cheddar Parmesan Crisps

We all love cheesy chips. Between the crunch and salty flavor, there’s a reason they make those little packs!

Whether you’re looking for something carb-free or just curious, these crisps are so easy to make and will make you think twice about buying chips every again!

The simple combination of parmesan, cheddar, and a sprinkling of Italian seasoning is all you need for one incredible snack.

20. Candy Cane Cream Cheese Spread

I know we’re not supposed to play with our food, but the holidays are the time to throw out the rules and have some fun.

And after the year we’ve had, we could all use a little joy!

I love the bright stripes made using chopped red peppers, but sundried tomatoes would also make for a delicious option.

21. Mini-Caprese Salad Bites

Even though I’m a firm believer in indulging during the holidays, having some lighter choices is always a good idea. 

These are not only light but super easy to throw together. 

You can even skip a step and buy balsamic glaze right from the store. 

Try using these adorably festive toothpicks to help the platter pop!

22. Sausage Balls Recipe 

Sausage and biscuits aren’t just for breakfast, you know!

I’m a huge fan of sausage meat and like to use it in a number of recipes, especially pasta!

When making this recipe, you can use any kind of sausage meat you prefer. I think a cheddar jalapeno sausage meat would be extra tasty here!

When mixed with the cheese and biscuit, it bakes into a fluffy, salty, creamy bite that you won’t be able to resist. 

23. Pumpkin Hummus

Hummus is my go-to when it comes to easy appetizers. 

I tend to stick to the classic, but when I saw this recipe with pumpkin, I knew I had to try it!

You’ll need a food processor to get it perfectly smooth, and I suggest you only add the salt at the end to taste. 

24. Eggplant Caponata Recipe

Creamy dips are great and will always be welcome on my table. 

But there’s something so satisfying about a big dish full of vibrant roasted veggies. 

Similar to a ratatouille, this recipe mixes eggplant, tomatoes, and capers with honey and raisins for a salty-sweet delight.

This is best made the day before, so the flavors can all marry together in the pot. 

25. Christmas Tree Veggie Tray

Sometimes the veggie tray looks sad and lonely at a party. 

Surrounded by bacon covered treats and breadcrumbed meatballs, who can blame you for looking the other way?

But if there is ever a time to have some fun with it, it’s Christmas!

Arranging the vegetables into a tree and adding pepper ‘tinsel’ and carrot ‘bark’ is something you can do with the kids, and it might even encourage them to give it a try!

26. Caramelized Onion Dip

If I had it my way, I would have caramelized onions on everything I eat. 

There’s nothing they don’t enhance. If they didn’t take so long to make, I’d always have a batch ready to go. 

The key is to cook the onions low and slow, stirring every five minutes before finishing with garlic and white wine. 

At this point, they would make another excellent topping for the goat cheese crostini from number one!

Or, you could mix them with sour cream, mayonnaise, and cream cheese for a truly indulgent dip.

27. Toasted Ravioli

Just when you thought cheese stuffed pasta was as good as it gets, someone decided to bread and bake them. 

I mean, crunchy pasta stuffed with cheese has to be it, right? We’ve peaked!

Serve with some warm marinara and extra parmesan grated over the top. 

28. Spinach and Goat Cheese Tartlets

The good news is, you can buy mini-tart shells in almost every grocery store these days. 

Making cute little tarts has never been easier!

I especially love the phyllo dough for these, adding some flaky crispness to each bite.

If goat cheese isn’t your thing, you could always use cream cheese instead. 

29. Baked Tahong with Sweet Chili-Mayo Topping

If you’re looking for something outside of the box, this recipe is for you!

You can use mussels or even oysters for this excellent show-stopper.

All you need is a teaspoon of sweet chili mayo and cheese.

Although, a simpler sweet chili jam and a crumbling of blue cheese would be a fantastic alternative.

Broil just until the cheese has melted, and the jam is bubbling slightly. 

30. Puff Pastry Twists with Pesto and Cheese

You can make these flaky puff pastry twists with both red and green pesto for a Christmas-colored platter.

Store-bought puff pastry not only keeps your prep down, but it’s no-fail! You’ll end up with golden and puffy pastry every time. 

Fill with a good mature cheddar for maximum flavor!

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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