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40 Christmas Snacks and Festive Treats

Christmas snacks are your holiday hustle’s best friend. They’re always there when the munchies strike.

While decorating the tree or wrapping gifts, a bite of these treats makes everything more fun.

A bowl of Christmas Snack Mix
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This list is brimming with all the best nibbles, from snowflake cookies to peppermint patties.

They’re not just snacks; they’re holiday appetizers that turn any moment into a celebration.

Trust me, these Christmas snacks are the little things that make the holiday buzz a whole lot merrier.

Christmas Appetizers and Finger Foods

Candy cane shaped cream cheese spread.
Source: Alwaystheholidays.com

Candy Cane Cream Cheese Spread

This incredible cream cheese spread is much less minty.

There are no actual peppermints or candy canes in it, but if you shape it correctly, it does look like a giant candy cane.

It’s also smooth, creamy, and unbelievably herby. Serve it with crackers, toast, pretzels, chips, or veggies. Either way, it’s sure to be a hit.

Meats, cheeses, fruits, and nuts on skewers served on paper cups.
Source: Inspiredbycharm.com

Christmas Charcuterie Cups

Christmas charcuterie cups are the new stars of holiday appetizers. They add a personal touch to festive gatherings.

Imagine mini charcuterie boards in a cup, packed with meats, cheeses, fruits, and nuts.

Each cup is a delightful mix of flavors and textures, customized to tantalize every palate.

Mini cheese balls formed around a crunchy, salty pretzel arranged on a white tray. 
Source: Tastesbetterfromscratch.com

Mini Cheese Ball Bites

Cheese balls are always popular on any occasion.

But they’re not the most convenient snack, particularly if you’re holding up a long line of hungry people.

Mini-cheese ball bites are the ideal solution. They’re tiny, single-serving cheese balls formed around a crunchy, salty pretzel. 

Top them with nuts, scallions, more pretzels, or anything else you like to make a variety of flavors.

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A bunch of pizza rolls served with marinara sauce.

Pizza Rolls

Air fryer pizza rolls are less greasy and crispier than pizza rolls cooked in the microwave or oven. 

The insides have the same cheesy filling you’re used to enjoying, and they’re always a massive hit.

Sliced green veggies arranged with Christmas wreath inspiration served with dipping sauce.
Source: Eatingrichly.com

Veggie Christmas Wreath

I love appetizers that look like I put in a ton of work when in reality, I didn’t even have to cook anything to make them.

That’s how I feel about the veggie Christmas wreath.

I can whip up the dipping sauce in no time and arrange the veggies in 15 minutes or less.

Deviled eggs topped with bacon and paprika.

Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs bring a classic charm to your holiday party.

They’re creamy and rich, with a tangy twist from pickle juice and mustard. A hint of Tabasco adds just the right amount of heat.

Topped with bacon and paprika, these eggs transform from simple to extraordinary.

They’re the perfect mingle-friendly snack, adding an elegant touch to your holiday spread.

Soft and Gooey Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Peppers and Cream Cheese or Texas Twinkies

Texas Twinkies

Texas Twinkies light up the holiday season with a burst of Texas-sized flavor.

Think jalapeños stuffed with cream cheese and brisket, all wrapped in bacon.

They’re a meaty, smoky, and slightly spicy delight, perfect for a Christmas feast with a twist.

Sweet and Savory Dip Recipes

Creamy spinach dip on a white bowl.

Spinach Dip

Spinach dip is the perfect appetizer for a crowd.

And you don’t have to change the recipe to make it festive.

Just serve it in a cute holiday bowl with some fun dippers, and it’s ready for the party.

Creamy cranberry dip topped with crushed pecan nuts served with crackers.
Source: Wonkywonderful.com

Creamy Cranberry Dip

Cranberry cream cheese dip is perfect for adding a festive touch to your holiday table.

This creamy, tangy delight combines sweet cranberries with rich cream cheese.

Pair it with crackers, pita chips, or graham crackers for a perfect balance of flavors.

Quick to whip up, it’s an ideal choice for impromptu holiday gatherings.

Christmas dessert dip on a bowl with chocolate chips, peppermint candy pieces, Cool Whip and cream cheese and different cracker beside.
Source: Dinnerthendessert.com

Peppermint Bark Dip

This delectable dip tastes almost just like the bark, but it’s in dip form.

Serve it with sweet snacks for a double dose of decadence or something salty for a bit of contrast.

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Candy Cane Dip 

Sometimes, I don’t remember I’m supposed to bring something to a party until a couple of hours before I’m supposed to bring it.

Luckily, I can make this three-ingredient dip in 5 minutes by mixing three simple ingredients.

It’s sweet and full of peppermint flavor. Plat it with graham crackers, cookies, pretzels, or fruit, and it’s ready to go.

Cracker dipped into cheesecake dip on a bowl loaded with chocolate chips.

Cheesecake Dip

Cheesecake dip is a creamy, dreamy hit at any Christmas party.

It’s like diving into a cheesecake, but without the fuss of baking.

Sweet, rich, and creamy, it tastes astonishingly like the real deal.

This dip is perfect for easy entertaining – just mix, dip, and enjoy.

A bowl of creamy vanilla pudding, whipped cream, and crushed Oreos.

Oreo Fluff

Oreo fluff blends creamy vanilla pudding, whipped cream, and crushed Oreos.

It’s like a festive vanilla mousse sprinkled with cookie magic.

This no-bake treat is an instant hit, perfect for adding a sweet twist to your holiday spread.

It’s cookies and cream reimagined, a chilled, fluffy version of the classic ice cream.

Festive Snack Ideas

A bowl of white chocolate popcorn dusted with peppermint.
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Peppermint White Chocolate Popcorn

Peppermint, popcorn, and plenty of chocolate – this four-ingredient treat takes only 30 minutes to make. 

It’s sweet, chocolatey, and super minty. There’s also a delightful crunch and just a bit of salt, making it the perfect sweet and salty snack.

Pretzels covered with white and dark chocolate rolled into crushed peppermint candy cane.
Source: Wellplated.com

Chocolate Covered Peppermint Pretzels

If you love peppermint but prefer pretzels to popcorn, try this recipe instead.

These pretzels are just as easy to make and just as sweet, salty, and minty. Personally, I prefer them to the popcorn.

(Although to be fair, I love them both.)

Chocolate peppermint barks layered on each other on top of a brown cloth.

Peppermint Bark

Homemade peppermint bark takes some time to harden but only 15 minutes to prepare. 

All you’ll need to make it is chopped dark chocolate, chopped white chocolate, peppermint extract, and a lot of broken candy cane pieces. 

This crunchy, pepperminty treat is pretty much a Christmas staple around our house. 

Homemade Reindeer Pretzels with Chocolates and Eye Candies

ROLO Reindeer Pretzels

For a memorable, holiday party snack, check out these ROLO reindeer pretzels.

These adorable treats blend salty pretzels with sweet ROLO chocolates.

They’re so simple to make, just pretzels and candy, no baking wizardry needed.

Perfect for family fun – gather around, make a batch, and watch them disappear before the ball drops!

Hot Chocolate with Cinnamon and Marshmallows

Hot Chocolate

You could probably make it through the winter holidays without having hot chocolate.

But why would you want to, especially when you make it using premium hot cocoa and chocolate?

It’s rich and smooth, and you can add marshmallows, cinnamon, or even a dash of sea salt if you like.

Christmas Cookies

Stack of chocolate chip cookies on top of parchment paper.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies aren’t Christmas-specific, but they’re still a fan favorite.

These Ghirardelli chocolate chip cookies are the best.

They’re so soft; they nearly fall apart in your hands, and they’ll almost literally melt in your mouth.

Plus, you can make three dozen in less than 30 minutes.

Homemade rice krispie cookies with mini marshmallows and salted peanuts.

Rice Krispie Treat Cookies

Rice Krispie cookies are a Christmas snack sensation.

Each bite is a merry mix of Rice Krispies, fluffy marshmallows, and rich white chocolate.

They’re like festive little nuggets, perfect for the holiday season.

The best part? They’re no-bake and super easy, making them great for getting kids involved in the fun.

White chocolate Oreo cookies designed with miniature peanut butter cups and M&Ms.
Source: Sugarhero.com

Oreo Cookie Ornaments

If you’re looking for a fun Christmas activity you can do with the kiddos, these Oreo ornaments qualify. 

The recipe calls for miniature peanut butter cups and M&Ms. You and your children can use those to decorate, but don’t limit yourself.

Get some edible glitter, edible markers, other candies, etc., and go wild!

Bunch of cookies with colorful gumdrops.

Gumdrop Cookies

Cookies are always perfect for the holidays. But these sweet and chewy cookies contain sweet, colorful gumdrops – so they’re extra special.

I’d stick to red and green for the Christmassy look. But they’ll taste great no matter what color you use.

Green dough shaped in Christmas tree dipped on white chocolate decorated with M&M candies.
Source: Thereciperebel.com

Christmas Tree Cookies

If you’re not a big fan of cooking, you’ll love these no-bake Christmas tree cookies. 

Basically, you’ll melt and mix ingredients, shape them into trees, and dip them in chocolate. 

Then, all that’s left is the decorating! It doesn’t get much simpler than that. Oh, and as a bonus, they taste fabulous.

Bunch of gingerbread cookies on a red plate.
Source: Momlovesbaking.com

Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread cookies are a Christmas classic.

They blend spices and molasses for that quintessential gingerbread taste.

Soft, chewy, and frosted with royal icing, they’re not just treats; they’re festive art.

Perfect for baking traditions, they bring sweetness and nostalgia to your holiday spread.

Sweet Christmas Treats

Cookie balls coated in white chocolate stack on a white plate.

Oreo Balls

Oreo balls are a Christmas treat jackpot

They’re made with a blend of crushed Oreos and cream cheese, coated in white chocolate.

They’re a creamy, crunchy mix, and an absolute hit at holiday gatherings.

Simple to make, and even easier to enjoy, these Oreo balls are sure to disappear quickly from the treat table.

Sliced bars with cranberries topped with frosting and chocolate syrup.

Cranberry Bliss Bars

Cranberry bliss bars are the essence of Christmas in every bite.

They’re a blend of tangy cranberries and white chocolate, topped with heavenly frosting.

They combine sweet and tart in perfect harmony.

Easy to make, they bring the joy of baking and the spirit of the season right into your kitchen.

Bunch of chocolate coated peanut butter balls with crushed pretzels.

Peanut Butter Balls

These balls of yumminess have thick peanut butter centers and rich chocolate coatings. 

Top them with shredded coconut, crushed pretzels, or anything that adds texture and flavor.

Popcorn balls laid on a parchment paper on top of a wooden table.

Popcorn Balls

Popcorn balls are a classic holiday appetizer.

Imagine handfuls of popcorn, stuck together in a delightful, munchable ball. It’s nostalgia wrapped in holiday joy!

They’re simple, fun, and a hit with everyone during the festive season.

Great for gifting or snacking, these treats embody the spirit of Christmas.

Bunch of donut balls on a bowl coated with sugar.


These miniature donuts – or donut holes, if you prefer – are light, airy, and melt-in-your-mouth fluffy.

They’re deep-fried to perfection and coated in cinnamon and sugar, and you won’t find many people who don’t enjoy them.

Caramel coated popcorn on a bowl.

Caramel Corn

I usually start making this light, crunchy caramel corn sometime in October and don’t stop until after New Year’s. It’s just so incredible. 

I can’t get enough of this slightly sticky but super scrumptious treat.

Plus, it takes so little time to make, making it ideal for snacking on during a Netflix binge.

Piled of peppermint candies covered in dark chocolate.
Source: Butterwithasideofbread.com

Peppermint Patties

York Peppermint Patties have nothing on these plump, refreshing homemade versions. 

You can make 40 of them in only 20 minutes with just five ingredients.

Each one is packed with cool, minty flavor and covered in velvety smooth dark chocolate.

Add some chocolate sprinkles on top if you like, but they’re pretty amazing as-is.

Marshmallow, strawberries and grapes on skewers.
Source: Ameessavorydish.com

Grinch Fruit Kabobs

I made these cutesy Grinch kabobs for Christmas a few years ago for Christmas dinner, and they were a huge hit.

I used banana slices for the hats’ bases. But even though I dipped them in lemon juice, they started turning brown within minutes.

So, unless you’re dead-set on including banana slices, I recommend using marshmallows instead.

They’ll stay nice and white no matter how long your party lasts.

Saltines covered in toffee and chocolate sprinkled with crushed pecan nuts and M&Ms candies.

Christmas Crack

Christmas crack is the perfect mix of salty and sweet. It’s a crunchy, chocolatey delight that’s simply addictive.

Think Saltines covered in toffee and chocolate, then sprinkled with your choice of toppings.

It’s not just a snack; it’s a Christmas adventure on a platter.

Perfect for sharing, gifting, or just enjoying by the fire.

Nougat bars with red and green gumdrops.
Source: Thefarmgirlgabs.com

Christmas Gumdrop Nougat

Nougat is always fun. It’s so soft and chewy, and you can add practically anything to it.

For this nougat, you’ll add squishy, colorful gumdrops. 

They add vibrancy, texture, and a bit of tartly sweet flavor that’s hard not to love. Plus, you can make a whole batch in 35 minutes. 

Sweet Homemade Christmas Cookie Fudge with Sprinkled Candies

Christmas Cookie Fudge

Christmas cookie fudge is set to become a holiday favorite.

It’s a dreamy, no-bake delight that tastes just like a sugar cookie. Each piece melts in your mouth, bursting with sweet, festive flavor.

Ideal for holiday parties or as a thoughtful gift, this fudge is a hit.

Christmas tree shaped brownies coated in chocolate decorated with drizzle of caramel syrup and star candies garnish.
Source: Thelittleblogofvegan.com

Holiday Tree Brownies

These holiday tree brownies are a chocolate lover’s dream, perfect for gracing your holiday table.

Imagine classic brownies turned into charming Christmas trees, complete with festive decorations.

Decorate with sprinkles, maybe some edible gold stars, to add a touch of magic.

Bunch of candies pecans on a glass.
Source: Kalejunkie.com

Candied Pecans

Candied pecans add a sweet and crunchy twist to the holiday festivities.

Coated in a sugary glaze, these little gems are irresistible.

Everyone loves their toasty, caramelized flavor, making them a holiday favorite.

They’re perfect for snacking and also add a festive touch to desserts and charcuterie boards.

Festive Snack Mixes

Mixture of Chex, pretzels, peanuts, and M&Ms, covered in melted white chocolate.

Christmas Reindeer Crack

For the longest time, I was skeptical about people calling different foods “crack.” 

But after getting hooked on the last five “crack” foods I tried, I gave in.

Some foods really are as addictive as any drug.  And this sweet, salty, and crunchy Chex Mix is one of them.

It has Chex, pretzels, peanuts, and M&Ms, all covered in melted white chocolate.

It’s one of the best things I’ve ever tasted.

Chex coated in melted sugar and peanut butter mixture on a white bowl.

Puppy Chow

Do you like to eat dry Kellogg’s Krave cereal? If so, you’ll love puppy chow because it’s like Krave on steroids.

You’ll start with a square, crispy rice cereal, like Chex. Then, you’ll coat each square in a warm, rich, melted chocolate and peanut butter mixture. 

Once the squares are dry, you’ll also drop them in a bag of powdered sugar.

One bite, and you’ll be in heaven.

Chex mix, nuts, pretzels, and M&M candies, all coated in smooth, melting white chocolate served on a baking tray.

White Trash

White Trash is a must-have for your holiday spread.

Picture Chex mix, nuts, pretzels, and M&M candies, all coated in smooth, melting white chocolate.

It’s a festive treat, especially with red and green M&M’s for that extra Christmas sparkle.

Delicious, easy to make, and ideal for gifting – White Trash is the hidden gem of Christmas snacks.

40 Festive Christmas Snacks

Course: Snacks, AppetizersCuisine: American


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Gather around for a Christmas snack mix that’s a merry mosaic of crunch, sweetness, and seasonal charm. Every handful is a jolly jumble of flavors that’ll keep you reaching back for more.


  • 1 cup pretzels

  • 1 cup popped popcorn

  • 1 cup whole almonds

  • 1/2 cup red and green M&M’s

  • 1/2 cup mini marshmallows

  • Optional: 1 cup white chocolate chips for coating


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the pretzels, popcorn, almonds, M&M’s, and mini marshmallows. Gently toss to mix.
  • If opting for a white chocolate coating, melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave, heating in 30-second intervals and stirring in between until smooth.
  • Drizzle the melted white chocolate over the snack mix, stirring gently to coat each piece evenly.
  • Spread the coated mix onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate for 20 minutes, or until the white chocolate is set.
  • Break apart any large clusters.
  • Serve and enjoy!


  • Serve it in festive paper cones or clear ornaments for a creative and decorative presentation.
  • The nutrition facts for this Christmas snack mix are calculated without the optional white chocolate coating.


  • Calories: 267kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 38g
  • Protein: 7g
  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 2mg
  • Sodium: 393mg
  • Potassium: 181mg
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Calcium: 55mg
  • Iron: 2mg
Christmas Snacks

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NaTaya Hastings
NaTaya Hastings is a food and recipe writer for Insanely Good Recipes. She’s an educator, boy mom, dog mom, and whatever-stray-enters-the-yard mom. As a result, she's constantly cooking for both humans and animals.

Luckily, she enjoys it!

Though born, raised, and still living in Alabama, her specialty is NOT down-home Southern cooking. Instead, she loves to experiment with Asian, Mexican, Italian, and other ethnic cuisines. She has two mottos when it comes to cooking. “The more spice, the better!” and “There’s no such thing as too much garlic!”

She’s also pretty good with desserts. Especially the easy, no-bake ones.

Her favorite things are cuddling with her four giant dogs, traveling, reading, writing, and hanging out in nature. She’s also pretty excellent at Dominoes.

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