25 Five-Minute Holiday Party Bites

Whenever you need a lightning-fast nibble, turn to these 25 superb starters, snacks and desserts that can be ready in five minutes or even less.

Fresh Dates with Brie

"These couldn't be any easier to make. They really are outstanding and something I can easily add to my finger food buffet!"

-Sydney Mike

Garlicky Parmesan Bread Dip

"Yum, this was so easy, quick to put together and yielded an excellent dip for crudites! I loved the creaminess and cheesy taste of this recipe."


Salmon Dip

"Wow, with so little time and so few ingredients, you'd think this wouldn't taste as good as it does. But then again, how can you go wrong with cream cheese and salmon? Yummy!"


Shrimp Cocktail

"What a simple and tasty sauce! This will be a regular at my house."


Smoked Oysters Appetizer

"I was in smoked oyster heaven — one of my favorite treats! I will be making this often. A great, yet simple, idea."


Chocolate-Covered Oranges

"Wow! What a treat! Watch out, chocolate-covered strawberries, you have some competition in town."

-Marg (CaymanDesigns)

Bite Me Pretzel Dip

"This simple recipe was a hit, and I loved the presentation! It tastes terrific, especially if you like spicy foods. I served it with pretzel and vegetable sticks."

-Susie D

Deli Cracker Dip

"Simple and quick to make — and delicious! Excellent for a snack after school, at a tailgate party or as an appetizer at a fancy party."


Sour Cream & Onion Snack

"Wow, this is easy-peasy to make, super quick and tastes so yummy! I made a mini party version using whole-wheat bread slices cut into rounds."


Poor Man's Pizza

"This seems really corny, but it's so good! Use as an appetizer if you like — or just a great snack for yourself."

-Monkey 7

Caramel Cream Cheese Apple Dip

"I almost didn't post this recipe because it is so simple, but it's also so good that I had to share it!"


Taco Popcorn

"Wow! I just made this for a party we're going to this evening. I hope there's some left to bring to the party — it's so addicting!"

-Chef #1471487

50-Second Fudge

"My grandson and I made it together, and he had a blast helping me (he licked the spoon!). These turned out really good."

-Sooz Cooks

Crackers with Cheese & Onion (Aussie Bikkies)

"I caramelized the onions with butter for a couple of minutes and daintily put them on the cheese. My husband thought he had died and gone to heaven! Yummy in the tummy."

-Andi of Longmeadow Farm

Easy Cream Cheese Dip

"I've made this twice, both times for company, and everyone loved it. I'm almost embarrassed when people ask me how I made it because it's so easy!"


Gherkin Dip

"Yummy! My hubby really loves gherkin dip and he really enjoyed this. I used low-fat sour cream and served them with water cracker biscuits."

-Chef floWer

Radishes with Butter & Fleur De Sel

"My guests were surprised at how tasty such a simple dish could be — a smash hit with everyone. It's a lovely appetizer for any time of the year!"


Bresaola & Tomato Salad Bites

"Simple yet elegant, easy to prepare yet complex in flavor. Love it! I had never tried bresaola before, so that was a treat. The basil truly brings all the flavors together."


Raspberry Chipotle Cream Cheese

"Oh my heavens, this was divine! Fantastically easy, and a yummy appetizer for our Christmas Eve celebration!"

-Mama's Kitchen (Hope)

Lisa's Chocolate-Covered Peanuts

"I made these for a party, and everyone went crazy over them! They would be great as a hostess gift or in a holiday goodie basket or tray."


Orange-Rosemary Popcorn

"Wonderful! We love snacking on popcorn, and this is a great variation. I love the flavor of the orange and rosemary."


Jicama Chili Sticks

"Wonderful! An absolutely perfect little snack. Super crunchy, super satisfying and super healthy."


Easy Graham Cracker Delight

"These are incredible! It was like eating mini fruit cheesecakes. They would make a lovely appetizer or dessert at a party!"

-Marg (CaymanDesigns)

Oyster Crackin's

"Oh my goodness, these are sooo addictive! What's not to love about a snack that is easy enough for the kids to make on their own, but is flavorful enough that the adults love them too."


Pizza Crackers

"A fast, tasty way to satisfy a craving for pizza, or they can be served as a fun no-cook hors d'oeuvre."