85 Easy Christmas Appetizers to Serve Before Your Big Holiday Dinner

Guests won't be able to resist these savory bites.

three cheese fondue christmas appetizers
Brian Woodcock

Before you serve Christmas dinner, offer your friends and family a mix of these savory Christmas appetizers to give them a little preview of how delicious the main meal is about to be. When you have a large group of people over during the holidays, many guests try to lend a helping hand, but oftentimes that means there are too many cooks in the kitchen. When you present these hearty holiday appetizers, you can be sure that everyone will keep busy snacking on these tasty bites. (And not bothering you as you're finishing up all the other dishes, like the much-anticipated Christmas ham and a variety of side dishes.) Of course, while your loved ones are enjoying their hors d'oeuvres, they're going to need something to sip on. All you have to do is serve these plates with a Christmas cocktail and everyone will be totally satisfied.

And because the holidays are a special time of year, these aren't just any ordinary appetizers. The fried goat cheese balls with cherries and pecans, crispy panko shrimp with cocktail sauce, and baked brie and prosciutto rolls are especially impressive options that everyone at your Christmas party will love. But don't worry: Though these appetizers look plenty impressive, and taste absolutely incredible, many of them are actually so easy to make with little prep time needed. Now that's a gift for you— and your guests!

christmas appetizers sandwiches
Brian Woodcock
Ham Biscuit Sandwiches With Apricot Mustard

You'll savor every bite of these buttery biscuits. They make a nice, hearty vehicle for all the tasty toppings.

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SHOP BAKING SHEETS

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christmas appetizers fritters
Brian Woodcock
Zucchini-and-Pecorino Fritters

You don't even have to mess with hot oil to whip up these cheese-filled fritters. They're actually baked to crispy perfection in the oven.

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SHOP BAKING SHEETS

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three cheese fondue christmas appetizers
Brian Woodcock
Three-Cheese Fondue With Cable-Knit Breadsticks

It doesn't get much easier than these braided breadsticks. You can use either store-bought or homemade pizza dough in this recipe—but your guests won't know the difference. They'll be too busy enjoying the decadent three-cheese fondue.

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polenta cakes with sauteed mushrooms christmas appetizers
Brian Woodcock
Polenta Cakes With Sautéed Mushrooms

Hearty and satisfying, these cheesy polenta cakes are perfect for a Southern-inspired Christmas dinner menu.

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SHOP NONSTICK SKILLETS

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christmas appetizers dip
Brian Woodcock
Skillet Spinach-Artichoke Dip With Fire-Roasted Bread

Fire up your indoor grill to make this cheesy dip recipe. Because this dish is grilled and served in cast iron skillet, you won't have a ton of dirty dishes to wash.

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SHOP CAST IRON SKILLETS

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Half Baked Harvest
Cranberry Brie Pastry Tarts

It's tough to beat these sweet and savory tarts. This blogger notes, "They’re quick, easy, and most importantly, everyone loves them!" We're sold.

Get the recipe at Half Baked Harvest.

SHOP BAKING SHEETS

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christmas appetizers shrimp
The Cookie Rookie
Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

Fact: Bacon makes everything better. These bites are absolutely addictive and will be devoured by your guests.

Get the recipe at The Cookie Rookie.

SHOP BAKING SHEETS

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christmas appetizers mushrooms
Dinner at the Zoo
Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

The best part about these mushrooms is that you can make them ahead of time. Just pop them in the oven when you're ready to serve.

Get the recipe at Dinner at the Zoo.

SHOP BAKING SHEETS

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christmas appetizers pinwheels
Ambitious Kitchen
Smoked Salmon Pinwheels

Believe it or not, these pinwheels can be prepared in a mere 10 minutes. And we promise they'll all be eaten in even less time!

Get the recipe at Ambitious Kitchen.

SHOP SERVING BOARDS

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Damn Delicious
Holiday Cheese Board

This spread is almost too stunning to eat. It features a delicious mix of finger foods including crackers, cheeses, and fruits.

Get the recipe at Damn Delicious.

SHOP CHEESE BOARDS

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christmas appetizers fried goat cheese
The Cookie Rookie
Fried Goat Cheese Balls With Cherries and Pecans

The only thing better than a ball of cheese is one that's fried and topped with pomegranate balsamic vinegar.

Get the recipe at The Cookie Rookie.

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Cafe Delites
Caprese Christmas Wreath

Mimic your own Christmas wreath to make this stunning caprese plate.

Get the recipe at Cafe Delites.

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christmas appetizers sausage puffs
Brian Woodcock
Cajun Sausage Puffs With Bourbon Mustard

A spoonful of honey gives the homemade bourbon mustard sauce a hint of sweetness.

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christmas appetizers guacamole
Brian Woodcock
Pepita Guacamole

Serve this guacamole with a side of red salsa for a red-and-green display.

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christmas appetizers cranberry brie
Simply Delicious
Cranberry and Brie Puff Pastry Wreath

Pistachios give this irresistible ring a nutty crunch.

Get the recipe at Simply Delicious.

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christmas appetizers cranberry meatballs
Jo Cooks
Cranberry Meatballs

Make your own cranberry sauce for this delicious recipe.

Get the recipe at Jo Cooks.

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Cooking Classy
Crispy Panko Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce

These breaded bites are pan-fried to perfection.

Get the recipe at Cooking Classy.

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christmas appetizers goat cheese
Brian Woodcock
Herbed Goat Cheese Dip

Mixed with parsley, scallions, and lemon zest, this easy dip is bursting with flavor in every bite.

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christmas appetizers feta
Brian Woodcock
Sweet-and-Salty Feta Cubes

Be prepared to make plenty of these crunchy cheese bites. They'll fly right off the platter.

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SHOP SERVING PLATTERS

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Cook with Manali
Mushroom Spinach Ricotta Crescent Ring

This vegetarian dish might look intricate, but it's actually incredibly easy thanks to pre-packaged crescent rolls.

Get the recipe at Cook with Manali.

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Two Peas and Their Pod
Pomegranate Guacamole

Pomegranate arils add a sweet crunch to this classic guac. Plus, the Christmas colors will look so cheerful with the rest of your spread!

Get the recipe at Two Peas and Their Pod.

SHOP DIP SERVING DISHES

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christmas appetizers brie
Half Baked Harvest
Baked Brie and Prosciutto Rolls

Crispy phyllo dough and salty prosciutto give a classic baked brie a delicious upgrade.

Get the recipe at Half Baked Harvest.

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christmas appetizers pinwheels
Dinner at the Zoo
Ham and Cheese Pinwheels

This blogger says her butter and poppy seed-topped roll0s are one of the best things she's ever eaten.

Get the recipe at Dinner at the Zoo.

SHOP BAKING PANS

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christmas appetizers shrimp
Joyful Healthy Eats
Garlic and Herb-Roasted Shrimp

Serve this flavorful shrimp with an easy homemade cocktail sauce.

Get the recipe at Joyful Healthy Eats.

SHOP BAKING SHEETS

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christmas appetizers breadstick
It's Always Autumn
Christmas Tree Spinach Dip Breadsticks

What's more festive—or delicious—than stuffed, pull-apart breadsticks in the shape of a Christmas tree?

Get the recipe at It's Always Autumn.

SHOP PASTRY BRUSHES

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christmas appetizers bite
Well Plated by Erin
Sun-Dried Tomato and Pesto Bites

Store bought phyllo dough make these bites a breeze to assemble.

Get the recipe at Well Plated by Erin.

SHOP HAND MIXERS

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christmas appetizers cranberry
Gimme Some Oven
Very Merry Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

Serve this sweet and savory five-ingredient dip with a variety of crackers.

Get the recipe at Gimme Some Oven.

SHOP DIP BOWLS

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christmas appetizers meatballs
Damn Delicious
Slow Cooker Cocktail Meatballs

This blogger calls her homemade cranberry barbecue maple "heavenly."

Get the recipe at Damn Delicious.

SHOP SLOW COOKERS

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christmas appetizers cheese ball
Creme de la Crumb
Cranberry Pistachio Cheeseball

A creamy and crunchy white cheddar cheeseball is a fool-proof Christmas appetizer everyone will enjoy.

Get the recipe at Creme de la Crumb.

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christmas appetizers crostini
NeighborFood
Roasted Balsamic, Cranberry, and Brie Crostini

These bite-sized toasts are packed with all the flavors of Christmastime.

Get the recipe at NeighborFood.

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