~ These Easy Christmas Appetizers will help make your busy life a little simpler at the holidays. So many great ideas to choose from! But all of these munchies come together quickly (most in under 15 minutes) … and many can even be made ahead. Relax, make things EASY for yourself, and give yourself permission to enjoy the holidays with less stress this year! ~
If you’re like me, then you put even more stress on yourself at holiday time. Trying to make sure everything is just perfect. All the food is extra-special, and everybody you care about feels like you made a little bit of thoughtful, additional effort, just for them.
But you don’t have to make your own holidays more stressful just to create joy for everyone else. And, truly, when you’re relaxed and able to revel in each festive moment, everybody around you will feel all the more relaxed and happy, too.
So make things EASY this year!
Starting with deliciously simple recipe ideas!
These Easy Christmas Appetizers all take just a few minutes to make.
Most are 5-, 10-, or 15-minute recipes.
Only a few require any cooking or baking at all.
And most of them can also be made entirely ahead of time, or at least partially prepped ahead.
I scoured my own recipe archives and asked hundreds of other bloggers to share their favorites. These Christmas party appetizers are all deliciously special, but easy for the chef, too.
So, relax … take things a little easier … and rest assured knowing that you can still create scrumptious holiday magic, without all the effort and stress!
A holiday version of our beloved Layered Pesto Appetizer Dip! This layered Mediterranean dip may look tricky and time consuming, but it's truly not! It only takes about 10 minutes. And, it can be made ahead of time, too. A cream cheese base is highlighted by pretty green pesto and plenty of festive toppings – plus a sprinkling of feta "snow." So festive!
This vibrant, holiday salsa ingeniously slashes refined sugar – succulent pineapple adds sweetness and salsa-y flair. Delicious, quick and easy (and guilt-free, too)! Keeps well for up to 3 days ahead.
Gonna have kids at the Christmas party? This is an adaptable, fun idea for kids (of all ages)! Toss it together in about 15 minutes, and use the list of suggestions to tailor it to what you like or have on hand. Includes handy "Tips for Success" from someone who's made lots of kid-friendly charcuterie boards.
Candied pecans are wonderful little nibbles to offer alongside more hearty appetizers, or at the drinks station. This particular recipe is among the all-time most popular recipes here at Two Healthy Kitchens. It comes together super-fast ... about 5 minutes of hands-on time, plus cooling. It's a must-try, for sure!
This recipe requires a little more time and effort up front, but I've included it here because the meatballs can be stored with the sauce in the fridge for 2-3 days, or the recipe freezes well for up to 3 months. A great make-ahead party recipe! Plus ... you've got that hands-off slow cooker thing happening, too! (Psssst ... love slow cooker recipes? Then don't miss our collection of Easy Christmas Crockpot Recipes!)
Seriously low on time? Grab some fruit and cheese, plus maybe some herb sprigs and pretzels. You can toss this together in no time, but it's totally Christmas party ready, and perfect with wine! Any variety of fruit will work, and you can use celery sticks or more fruit instead of pretzels if you don't have them. Easy-peasy!
Or, if you'd rather shape your cheese board as a festive wreath instead of a Christmas tree, try this idea! Includes great tips, like the suggestion that a wreath-shaped cheese board looks terrific with lots of ball-shaped items such as cherry tomatoes, cocktail onions, olives, and grapes (in addition to things like cheese cubes).
Ok ok ... you do have to fire up the oven for this one. But beyond that, this appetizer really is super easy to make. And I love that the combo of veggies highlights those red and green colors of Christmas!
About the easiest possible way to turn a typical vegetable tray into a celebration-worthy holiday appetizer! Use hummus or whatever dip you prefer, but stick with red and green veggies to keep the Christmas vibe.
Simply spread thinly sliced apples with cheese and sprinkle them with fresh chives, crunchy celery, toasted walnuts, and jewel-toned pomegranate. And VOILA! Your gorgeously festive and delicious appetizer is ready to serve!
Stuffed mushrooms may seem like a fussy, time consuming appetizer. BUT ... this recipe can be assembled ahead and stored in the fridge until you're ready to bake them. Or, it can even be frozen, either before or after baking. Then, when it’s time, just pull it out and bake. You don’t even need to thaw the stuffed mushrooms before you bake them!
Serve this merry dip sprinkled with goat cheese and piled beautifully on crostini, or offer it with crackers alongside – so versatile! It's irresistibly tart and creamy, and can be prepped almost entirely ahead in about 10 minutes flat.
These take just 5 minutes to prepare, with no cooking and minimal chopping. All you have to do is thread everything onto a skewer! Adapt the recipe to use up what you have in the fridge. These can be made ahead, too, since they store really well in an airtight container.