51 Shortcut Christmas Appetizers

Why make it when you can fake it? With a few store-bought staples and these smart recipes in hand, you'll always have a quick party snack at the ready.

Parmesan Puffs

"Really tasty little morsels that couldn't be easier. They're perfect for munching with drinks. These little beauties will be made again and again!"


Perfect Cheese Ball

"A perfect party treat! This is such a simple recipe and such a sanity saver because you can even make it the night before and chill it overnight. I have made this cheese ball over and over and it always disapears quickly!"

- Pamela

Perky Olive Penguins

"These came out so cute that everyone said they felt bad eating them."

-Foofoo Sullivan

Simple Stuffed Mushrooms

"You can't get any easier than this, and they're so tasty. My husband loves mushrooms. He went crazy for these!"


Baked Brie with Mango Chutney

"This was excellent. It's so easy to prepare, delicious and impressive!"


Cheesy Jalapeño Popper Pull-Apart Bread

"This was sooo good!"


Party Ryes

"I mix the entire package of seasoning mix into the cream cheese before spreading it on the bread. It always comes out delicious and flavorful."


Sausage Balls

"Been making these for 25 years. TIP:To avoid being too dry make sure all ingredients are at room temperature and mix sausage and biscuit mix first then add the cheese. Yummmmmmm"

-Maggie Joe

Fire Crackers

"This was a very easy recipe, and it was a big hit. The guests kept asking for more. They couldn't seem to get enough of them!"

-Granny carol

Downunder Cheese Puffs

"So EASY and delish! I added a dash of ground black pepper to the cheese mixture before baking. These Cheese Puffs were turned out great! Will totally make them again with other spices."


Onion Roll Appetizers

"I am rating this recipe again because the first time I forgot to put the stars on it ( and it deserves AT Least 5 stars)! I made this, along with other appetizers for Christmas Day. They were delicious! There were none left! They were so easy to make."


Asparagus with Prosciutto

"This was the most popular item I brought to a potluck. Not only does it look good, but everyone loved it!"


Knorr Spinach Dip

"I absolutely love this spinach dip. The crunch of the water chestnuts adds a nice texture to it."


Ham & Okra Rollups

"These were different and delicious! I made them over the holidays and they were very inexpensive and easy to prepare."

-Amber of AZ

Party Meatballs

"These were fabulous! The spicy BBQ sauce was perfect with the sweet preserves and pineapple. I will definitely make these again."


Shrimp Cocktail Sauce

"Wonderful recipe! I made it on the spur of the moment and it was perfect!"


Holiday Appetizer Puffs

"These were fun for my kids to help make, and they enjoyed eating all the scrap pieces that i baked. I'll make these again for a quick holiday treat, or just to keep my kids entertained on a rainy day."


Blue Cheese & Pecan Stuffed Dates

"I loved these and so did my guests. Whoever developed this recipe is brilliant. Stop thinking about it and just make 'em already!"

-Chef #1244006

Spinach Dip

"Quick easy and simply delicious, with minimal ingredients. Took 10 minutes to make. Awesome recipe."

-Lisa Ruffin

Pesto-Stuffed Christmas Tree

Add Christmas spirit to your party table with this pesto and puff pastry creation.

Pizza Dip

"This dip is awesome! I made it for Christmas last year and my cousin ate the whole bowl. Everyone at the party wanted the recipe."


Baked Brie in Puff Pastry With fruit Preserves

"This baked brie puff pastry is rich, creamy, and dessert-like. It always disappears."


Spinach Balls

"These are so yummy! They have a strange appearance, due to the spinach, but once people try them they'll be gone! I make these for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner to serve as an appetizer."

-LeAnne Conaway

No-Brainer Shrimp Spread

"This is so yummy! Doesn't get any tastier and easier than this."

-Caroline Cooks


“Impress everyone with these delicious Calzones. The filling is what I enjoy, but just like a pizza it can be adapted to any taste.”

-Kathleen Talbot

Spicy Cranberry Cheese Spread

"This is just too easy to be so good! It has a surprising kick for unsuspecting guests. Everyone loved it!"


Blue Cheese Vodka Balls

"These are fabulous! Tonight I added 3 of them to the top of my tossed Italian salad and it made my average salad gourmet! Great to eat as an appetizer or an elegant top to a vinaigrette salad!"


Mushroom Puffs

"Oh man, these are good!!! We had to stop ourselves from eating so many!!! I love the mushroom filling, it is creamy and has great texture!! I used portobello mushrooms with a few button mushrooms thrown in. These really did "puff" in the oven and the filling looked so pretty coming out of the middle of each puff."


Pesto Feta Dip

"There is no going wrong with this simple recipe. It couldn't get any easier or tastier!"


Incredibly Delicious Cheese Garlic Bread Spread

"What a treat for me and my dinner guests!It is so easy to make, and I loved the garlic/cheeses."

-Miss Annie

Apricot-Gorgonzola Bites

"These were so delicious. The Gorgonzola gave it such a creamy and savory flavor."


Cranberry and Brie Bites

Need a last-minute app? Look no further.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

"My family and I loved this - gorgeous flavour. I also added some carrots & peas & corn to 'spread' the meal out - it was amazing! Lovely consistency in the sauce. Definitely a keeper!"


Spiced Almonds

"These perfectly balanced salty and spicy nuts got rave reviews from everyone! They're great to munch on while drinking wine."


Cranberry Sausage Tartlets

"These are great little appetizers! They are very easy to make and look pretty, too. I made these as written, using the mini phyllo tart shells. They are best when they're kept warm."


Easy Bruschetta

"These were very easy and satisfying — just like the recipe says!"


Bacon Deviled Eggs

"Delicious combination - I love the salty crunch that the bacon adds to these treats!!"


Spinach Artichoke Dip (Slow Cooker)

"This is a great, easy holiday recipe, it was gobbled down by my guests."


Roasted Olives

"Talk about delicious olives!"


Best Fruit Dip

"This is my favorite fruit dip recipe. I love the flavor the coconut milk adds — it gives it a slightly tropical taste that really enhances the fruit."


Cheddar Straws

"I'll never buy store-bought cheese straws again. This was fantastic and easy!"

-Georgia Dave

Christmas Cheese Ball

"Really excellent recipe! I've been searching for a cheese ball recipe and this turned out great. With the red and green ingredients, it really does look like Christmas."


Cheese & Garlic Filled Crescents

"These were so delicious! Everyone loved these so much that they were all gobbled up by the end of the meal."


Easy Pesto Dip

"This dip was so creamy and wonderful! This is my new party dish. It's super easy and flavorful."


Holiday Bacon Appetizers

“Easy to make and so yummy! These can be made ahead of time and stored. People can't get enough of these.”


Holiday Veggie Dip

"So easy to put together and just packed with flavor."

-Nimz I Am

Cranberry Cheese Holiday Dip

"Super easy and very yummy!"

-Candace Michelle 2

Red Onion Relish

"This spread is addicting! We like it best cooked at a higher temperature for a longer period of time so that the onions really caramelize."


Christmas Package Cheese Snack

"My grandkids and I had a lot of fun making this for our Christmas Eve dinner. I used the piminto out of a jar of green olives in place of the red pepper and minced up some of the green onion in with the cream cheese. Festive and tasty!"


Holiday Party Bean Salsa

"An easy-to-put-together QUICK little number that will tingle the taste buds with its perky piquant flavor combination."


Traditional Holiday Appetizer

“Cone shape vegetable appetizer to enhance the table during the Christmas holidays.”

-Texas Gran Mama