Are you ready to party this holiday season? These quick and easy Christmas appetizer recipes are a delicious mix of cheesy decadence and lighter indulgence. Dig through this list of awesome appetizer recipes to help you plan your best holiday party ever.
Honey and Tangerine Whipped Goat Cheese Crotini from The Lemon Bowl
I love serving platters of crostini at holiday parties and these sound amazing. Tangy goat cheese is whipped together with sweet honey and tart tangerine juice to create an amazing crostini topping. And those little raspberries on top? So festive (and fun!).
Smoked Salmon and Tarragon Egg Salad Crostini from Sarah’s Cucina Bella
Oh, this little bite has so much good stuff going on. Salty smoked salmon and creamy egg salad with tarragon combine to top this delicious crostini.
Olive Crostini from Simply Recipes
A mixture of olives and cheese are baked onto bread slices for a delicious — and easy — appetizer. What’s awesome about this recipe is that Elise (of Simply Recipes) demonstrates how great this is for kid helpers to assist with. So when your little ones want to help, say yes and make this for the party.
Cheesy Edamame Crostini from Running to the Kitchen
This lemony crostini made with farmer’s cheese, parmesan and edamame is ready in just minutes — and the delicious flavor combination will make it a total favorite.
Garlic Tomato Crostini with Ricotta from Sarah’s Cucina Bella
Creamy ricotta — a highly underrated cheese — is spread on little bits of tasty bread and then topped with garlicky tomatoes.
Mini Brie and Cranberry Bites from Crumb
I am a complete sucker for puff pastry, and these little bites of flaky pastry, creamy brie and tangy cranberry sauce look too good to pass up. Your guests will devour them.
Kahlua-Pecan-Brown Sugar Baked Brie from Nobel Pig
Droool … this baked brie has the sweet-savory-delectable goodness thing down pat. It’s literally dripping with sweet deliciousness.
Cranberry Conserve Brie en Croute from Sweetnicks
Creamy brie is topped with cranberry conserve and baked in a flaky crust. Are you drooling yet? It’s simply ooey, gooey, cheesy goodness.
Bruschetta with Brie and Peach Salsa from In Good Taste
As far as Christmas appetizer recipes, this has it all: beauty, flavor, fun. Warm bread topped with melty brie cheese and an easy peach salsa? Pass these delicious bites to me! (Seriously, doesn’t it sound so good?!?)
Baked Clam Dip from My Sequined Life
Ooey, gooey, clam goodness! This Baked Clam Dip looks like perfect party food.
Cheesy Sausage Lasagna Dip from Sarah’s Cucina Bella
All the goodness of lasagna (minus the noodles) baked into a super cheesy dip. Can you say yum?
Hot Bacon and Cheese Dip from Sweetnicks
I can personally attest to just how amazingly good this dip recipe is. The salty bacon, creamy cheeses and crunchy cracker crumbs make it totally irresistible.
White Bean and Kale Pesto Dip from Kitchen Treaty
Earthy kale is combined with white beans, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar and more to create this garlicky, nutty, tangy dip. Yum.
Artichoke and Roasted Garlic Dip from Wonky Wonderful
Artichoke hearts! Roasted garlic! Cheese! This hot dip has all the makings of something wonderful — and I totally believe it when the creator says that it’s lick-the-bowl good.
Apple Brickle Dip from Lemony Thyme
This sweet dip perfect for apples is too good to be ignored. It’s creamy and dotted with toffee … you really want to try this. Best of all, it only requires mixing and chilling. It totally couldn’t be easier to make!
More Christmas Appetizer Recipes: Little Bites
Loaded Baked Potato Bites from Diethood
Cheesy, bacony, oniony goodness — all served in a petite potato half. How cute (and droolworthy) are these?!?
Apple Pastry Bites from Fam Friends Food
Creamy cheese is mixed with apples, chives and sugar and baked into flaky pastry. Trust me, you won’t be able to eat just one.
Roasted Shrimp Cocktail with Spicy Sriracha Cocktail Sauce from Sarah’s Cucina Bella
Traditional shrimp cocktail gets a flavorful makeover in this unforgettable (and easy!) dish — make it ahead and be sure to serve with the easy, delicious homemade cocktail sauce.
Oven Toasted Ravioli from Healthy Delicious
Have you ever had breaded ravioli? It’s the kind of appetizer that people drool over. And I love this baked one that is ready in just 30 minutes. Delicious and easy!
Roasted Spicy Herbed Green Olives from Sarah’s Cucina Bella
Olives are a must-have for every party I host, and these roasted ones are a great (quick and easy, inexpensive) option that guests will love.
Cheesy Loaded Potato Bites from Sarah’s Cucina Bella
Mashed potatoes are transformed into crispy, creamy (on the inside!) puffs of loaded potato goodness.
Looking for more ideas?
If you like these ideas, then you’ll want to check out my latest cookbook, The Easy Appetizer Cookbook. It’s filled with sweet and savory ideas for appetizers perfect for any party. Now available where books are sold.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of four cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to a tween and a teen, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.