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30 Christmas Appetizer Recipes - Dinner at the Zoo

These amazing Christmas appetizer recipes are sure to bring holiday cheer with favorite dishes like baked buffalo wings, bacon deviled eggs and spinach dip.

Put some merry in your Christmas with these savory hot appetizes, cool dips, crunchy snacks and more!

A collection of images of Christmas appetizer recipes such as veggie pinwheels, bacon wrapped water chestnuts and steak bites.

Christmas appetizer recipes do not have to be extravagant. They don’t need to require days to prepare or even hours if you’re short on time. In fact, some of the best Christmas appetizer recipes take little to no time at all. Quick recipes leave you with more family time for the holidays.

30 Christmas Appetizer Recipes

I gathered some of the top recipes for all your holiday appetizer needs.  You can easily make your grocery list from the recipes below and plan your holiday meal in advance.

These recipes contain a variety of festive flavors. There are meaty dishes like sausage and cheese balls and steak bites. I have crowd pleasers like homemade Chex mix and candied pecans. If you want to indulge a sweet tooth, try my cherry cheesecake dip or Christmas sugar cookie dip. They are to die for. Whatever you need for your party or gathering, there is a recipe for you!

Hot Appetizers

Sometimes you want something a little heartier for your holiday party. I often have get togethers where I just serve appetizers and desserts! These hot Christmas appetizer recipes are meaty, cheesy and packed with tons of savory flavors. You can even make some of them in your slow cooker!

A group of images of Christmas appetizer recipes including ham and cheese pinwheels, baked buffalo wings and bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers.
Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

This prosciutto wrapped asparagus is fresh asparagus stalks flavored with savory prosciutto, then broiled to crispy perfection. A 4 ingredient appetizer or side dish that’s easy, yet elegant and always gets rave reviews.

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A plate of prosciutto wrapped asparagus garnished with fresh parsley.
Turkey Meatballs

These slow cooker turkey meatballs are Italian style and made with lean ground turkey, parmesan cheese, herbs and spices. They’re slow simmered to tender perfection in the crock pot and are perfect served over spaghetti or as a hearty appetizer.

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Turkey meatballs in tomato sauce inside a slow cooker.
Sausage Cheese Balls

These easy sausage cheese balls are the perfect party appetizer, they’re packed full of savory flavor!

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A platter of sausage cheese balls with honey mustard sauce for dipping.
Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

These bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers are creamy, spicy and loaded with cheese. The perfect party appetizer!

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A plate of bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers served with ranch dressing.
Ham and Cheese Pinwheels

These hot ham and cheese pinwheels are rolls loaded with plenty of meat and swiss, then topped with a butter poppy seed sauce and baked to golden brown perfection. I serve ham and cheese roll ups at every party and there are never any leftovers!

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Ham and cheese pinwheels are an easy savory party snack.
Baked Buffalo Wings

This recipe for baked buffalo wings is ultra crispy baked chicken wings tossed in a classic spicy sauce and served with a lightened up blue cheese dip. Snack away with less guilt!

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Baked buffalo wings tossed in hot sauce, served with celery sticks.
Steak Bites with Garlic Butter

These seared steak bites are cubes of sirloin steak cooked to perfection in a garlic butter sauce. An easy meal or party snack that’s ready in just minutes!

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Bites of sirloin steak in a garlic sauce.
Fried Ravioli

These fried ravioli are cheese ravioli coated in seasoned breadcrumbs, then fried to golden brown perfection. Toasted ravioli are a fun and unique appetizer that are easy to make!

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A plate of fried ravioli topped with parmesan and parsley, and served with a side of marinara sauce.
Bacon Wrapped Scallops

These bacon wrapped scallops are jumbo scallops coated in a sweet and savory glaze, then broiled to perfection. A simple yet elegant appetizer or main course option that is sure to get rave reviews!

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Bacon wrapped scallops coated in glaze and topped with parsley.
Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

These bacon wrapped water chestnuts are crunchy marinated water chestnuts covered in bacon and a sweet and savory sauce, then baked to perfection. A quick and easy appetizer option that’s always a big hit!

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A tray of bacon wrapped water chestnuts garnished with parsley.

Cold Christmas Appetizer Recipes

These cold offerings range from snack mixes to elegant bites and more! The great thing about cold appetizers is that they can often be prepared in advance which is great for entertaining.

A group of holiday favorite snacks including bacon deviled eggs, homemade Chex mix and antipasto skewers.
Homemade Chex Mix

The absolute best homemade Chex mix, even better than the recipe on the box!

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Your search for the perfect homemade chex mix ends here - this version is SO much better than the recipe on the box!
Mexican Shrimp Bites

This recipe for Mexican shrimp bites is seared shrimp and guacamole layered onto individual potato chips. A super easy appetizer that’s perfect for entertaining!

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This recipe for Mexican shrimp bites is seared shrimp and guacamole layered onto individual potato chips. A super easy appetizer that's elegant enough for entertaining! #ad
Antipasto Skewers

These antipasto skewers are a variety of italian meats, cheeses, olives and vegetables threaded onto sticks – an easy yet elegant appetizer.

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These antipasto skewers are an assortment of italian meats, cheeses, olives and vegetables threaded onto a stick for a super easy yet elegant appetizer.
Rainbow Veggie Pinwheels

A rainbow of veggies and chicken are combined with ranch spread on a rolled tortilla to make healthy and delicious pinwheel sandwiches.

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Veggie pinwheels on a board filled with bell peppers, carrots, cabbage and spinach.
Reindeer Chow

No holiday party is complete without a big bowl of reindeer chow! This Christmas chex mix is loaded with chocolate flavor and is perfect for feeding a crowd.

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Christmas Chex Mix
Candied Pecans

This recipe for candied pecans is pecan halves coated in a sweet cinnamon sugar mixture and baked to crispy and crunchy perfection. Candied pecans are perfect for salads, snacking or package them up for a fun homemade gift idea!

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A bowl filled with homemade candied pecans.
Charcuterie Board

A complete guide on how to put together the best charcuterie board, with a selection of meats, cheeses, crackers, fruit, veggies and other snack foods. The ultimate party appetizer that always gets rave reviews!

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A charcuterie board filled with meats, cheeses, crackers, fruit and nuts.
Jalapeno Cheddar Cheese Ball

This jalapeno cheddar cheese ball is full of zesty Mexican flavor and takes just minutes to make. The perfect snack for game day!

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This Jalapeno Cheddar Cheese Ball is full of zesty Mexican flavor and takes just minutes to make. The perfect snack for game day! #KickUpTheFlavor Ad
Shrimp Ceviche

This shrimp ceviche recipe is fresh shrimp marinated with cucumber, red onions, cilantro, avocado and diced jalapenos. It takes just minutes to make and is full of bold and zesty flavors.

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A bowl of shrimp ceviche marinated in citrus juice with tomato, avocado, cilantro and jalapeno.
Bacon Deviled Eggs

These easy bacon deviled eggs are a classic recipe dressed up with the addition of bacon bits and chives. Plus learn my tricks for the best deviled eggs ever!

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A plate of bacon deviled eggs garnished with sliced chives and smoked paprika.

Christmas Dips and Spreads

Here is a selection of dips and spreads that are perfect for the holidays, with everything from homemade spinach dip to decadent sugar cookie dip!

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Cowboy Caviar

This cowboy caviar is a colorful and hearty dip that’s loaded with beans, avocado and veggies, all tossed in a zesty homemade sauce. It’s the perfect make-ahead dish for a potluck!

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A serving bowl of cowboy caviar made with beans and veggies, and garnished with cilantro.
Christmas Cookie Dough Dip

This christmas cookie dough dip has a creamy and fluffy eggless sugar cookie base swirled with holiday sprinkles for a fun and festive appetizer or dessert.

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This Christmas cookie dough dip has a fluffy and creamy base that's swirled with plenty of holiday sprinkles and served with fruit and cookies for dipping. It only takes 5 minutes to make! #HolidayWithChobani Ad
Pesto Dip

This pesto dip is a blend of mayonnaise, sour cream, basil pesto and seasonings that are combined to create a rich and creamy dip in just minutes. The easiest last minute appetizer option that pairs well with bread, veggies or can even be used on a sandwich or as a salad dressing.

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A bowl of pesto dipped topped with tomatoes and served with breads and vegetables.
Spinach Dip

This hot spinach dip is a blend of cooked spinach, three types of cheese and seasonings, all baked together to melted cheesy perfection. An easy make-ahead party snack that’s sure to be a crowd pleaser.

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A piece of bread scooping into a pan of spinach dip.
Bacon Ranch Dip

This creamy bacon ranch dip takes just 5 minutes to make and is loaded with flavor.

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A bowl of creamy dip topped with bacon and green onions.
Crab Dip Recipe

This hot crab dip is a mixture of crab, cheese and spices, all baked together to form a creamy dip that’s bound to get rave reviews. A super easy make-ahead appetizer that is always a crowd pleaser!

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Hot crab dip in a skillet topped with tomatoes and green onions.
Cherry Cheesecake Dip

This 4 ingredient cheesecake dip is light, fluffy and so delicious! Serve with graham crackers and cookies for a fun appetizer or dessert.

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A plate of cherry cheesecake dip with a graham cracker in it.
Mediterranean Layered Dip

This mediterranean layered dip starts with a base of whipped feta cheese and is topped with artichokes, olives, sun dried tomatoes and pine nuts.

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This mediterranean layered dip starts with a base of whipped feta cheese and is topped with artichokes, olives, sun dried tomatoes and pine nuts. Ready in about 10 minutes, it's the perfect party appetizer!
Smoked Salmon Dip

This smoked salmon dip is a creamy base filled with smoked salmon and fresh herbs. This smoked salmon appetizer is the perfect 5 minute party dip!

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A bowl of smoked salmon dip surrounded by bread, crackers and vegetables.
Jalapeno Popper Dip with Bacon

This recipe for jalapeno popper dip is creamy, cheesy, spicy and loaded with bacon! Serve with tortilla chips for the perfect easy appetizer.

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This jalapeno popper dip is creamy, cheesy, spicy, loaded with bacon and totally addicting! Serve it with tortilla chips for the ultimate party snack.

Have a festive holiday with the perfect party snack or dinner appetizer. Whether you are in the mood for something hot and savory, cool and creamy or sweet and decadent, try some of the fantastic flavors in these recipes!

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