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Festive Appetizers for a Delicious Start to Your Christmas – 18 Easy Recipes That Wow

Genius shortcuts and make-ahead ideas let you impress without the stress!


It’s the most wonderful time of the year — and one of the most delicious too! And for an extra-special start to your celebrations, why not kick things off with appetizers full of holiday flair. Our Woman’s World test kitchen pros have busy creating these holiday-perfect dishes that make it easy to impress. You’ll love our clever shortcuts and make-ahead tricks that will leave you more time for fun. So keep reading for our favorite appetizers for Christmas! 

18 easy and delicious appetizers for Christmas

These recipes work on their own or for mixing and matching. Want even more holiday recipes? Try our Christmas casseroles and this rum ham. And click through for all things Christmas! 

1. Roast Beef Pinwheel Tree

Roast Beef Pinwheel Tree (Appetizers for Christmas)
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This towering holiday starter is guaranteed to wow everyone at the party!

2. Mini Pita Canapé Wreath

Mini Pita Canapé Wreath (Appetizers for Christmas)
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This savory Christmas treat will be the ultimate centerpiece at your next celebration.

3. Vegetable Wreath and Herb Dip

Vegetable Wreath and Herb Dip (Appetizers for Christmas)

Our red and green veggie wreath, with a garlicky herb dip, will add tasty sophistication to your holiday table.

4. Mini Cranberry & Brie Puff Pastry Bites

Mini Cranberry & Brie Puff Pastry Bites (Appetizers for Christmas)
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These light bites are the perfect way to use up extra cranberry sauce and take minutes to whip up.

5. Smoked Salmon Pinwheels

Smoked Salmon Pinwheels (Appetizers for Christmas)
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Filled with cream cheese, capers and smoked salmon, these tasty bites will disappear in a flash.

6. Baked Brie with Honey

Baked Brie with Honey (Appetizers for Christmas)
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With just 5 ingredients, this irresistible gourmet treat is decadently delicious yet a cinch to put together.

7. Antipasto Christmas Tree

Antipasto Christmas Tree (Appetizers for Christmas)

As tempting for the eyes as the taste buds, our wow-worthy antipasto tree is extra-tasty with a creamy basil vinaigrette for dipping.

8. Mini Spinach-Feta Tartlets

Mini Spinach-Feta Tartlets (Appetizers for Christmas)
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For extra-easy prep, make the filling up to one day in advance, then fill and bake just before serving.

9. Dilled Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Dilled Spinach and Artichoke Dip (Appetizers for Christmas)
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We used nonfat yogurt for a delicious lightened-up take on the classic dip.

10. Cornmeal Biscuit Stars

Cornmeal Biscuit Stars (Appetizers for Christmas)

Chive-flavored biscuits topped with cheese and a touch of hot pepper jelly are delicious.

11. Parmesan-Garlic Stuffed Jalapeños

Parmesan-Garlic Stuffed Jalapeños (Appetizers for Christmas)
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Make a double batch of these bites for your big Christmas gathering.

12. Spinach Artichoke Cheesecake

Spinach Artichoke Cheesecake (Appetizers for Christmas)

Spinach artichoke dip is transformed it into an elegant yet easy party-perfect appetizer.

13. Spinach-Stuffed Mushrooms

Spinach-Stuffed Mushrooms (Appetizers for Christmas)

Pecorino and panko deliver tangy crunch in these two-bite morsels.

14. Goat Cheese-Cucumber Crostini

Goat Cheese-Cucumber Crostini (Appetizers for Christmas)
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These tangy-fresh bites can be made several hours ahead — simply cover and chill until ready to serve.

15. French Onion Soup Crostini

French Onion Soup Crostini (Appetizers for Christmas)
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These handheld bites have all the flavors of the classic bistro soup—no spoon required.

16. Christmas Tree Cheese Spread

Christmas Tree Cheese Spread (Appetizers for Christmas)

Three layers of our lemony herb cheese spread get stacked up into a festive edible Christmas tree.

17. Cauliflower Mac ‘n’ Cheese Bites

Cauliflower Mac ‘n’ Cheese Bites (Appetizers for Christmas)

This fun twist on a comfort-food favorite would be a welcome addition at any holiday potluck.

18. Holiday Bruschetta

Holiday Bruschetta (Appetizers for Christmas)

Enjoy these tasty pesto-mozzarella toasts are as delicious as they are colorful.

For more Christmas recipes, click through the links below!

12 Christmas Cookie Recipes That Are Extra Easy With Just a Few Ingredients

Christmas Brownies That’ll Make Your Holidays Even Sweeter — 10 Easy Recipes

Christmas Cupcakes to Make Your Holidays Merry and Bright — 10 Easy Recipes

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