Christmas is coming and with it comes family get-togethers and parties. There’s no reason for buying store made appetizers when they’re so easy to make yourself! These finger food ideas can be used for appetizers, party snacks, a light lunch, the first course of a dinner, or just nibblies as you drink some fantastic wine.

We made sure to only include recipes that can be prepared in 30 minutes or less, and yes this includes the prep and cook time. Don’t waste any more time in the kitchen when you could be enjoying the party!

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1. Deviled Egg Bar

Deviled eggs are a crowd pleaser and are perfect for parties. But before you go and make your favorite deviled egg recipe, consider creating a deviled egg bar instead!

A deviled egg bar will allow your guests to build their own with toppings they enjoy. Some great topping ideas are assorted meats, herbs, cheeses, pickles, and more!


2. Make Your Own Bruschetta Bar

This classic Italian finger food never goes out of style. Instead of preparing the bruschetta yourself, create a bruschetta bar so that your guests can customize the toppings to suit their liking. This also helps alleviate the work for you making this a quick and easy recipe!

Simply dish out the toppings into serving bowls (which can be done ahead of time). Then all the work you have to do is grill the bread, set out the toppings and dig in!

PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: Countryside Cravings

3. Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Scallops

These bacon-wrapped scallops look gourmet but they’re incredibly easy to make. Better yet, this recipe comes together quickly too as the scallops can be ready to eat in just 20 minutes!

With a few simple ingredients like butter, brown sugar, and garlic you’ll be able to achieve an impressive flavor! The recipe provides several helpful tips to ensure the scallops are cooked to perfection.


4. Puff Pastry Sausage Rolls

Forget the frozen sausage rolls because this impressive recipe is so easy to make! Made with store-bought puff pastry, sausage and a few seasonings you’ll have this delicious appetizer ready in just 25 minutes.

These little bites are full of flavor thanks to seasonings like basil, oregano, and thyme. They’re so savory and delicious — everyone will be back for seconds!



5. Prosciutto Tea Sandwiches

Share these adorable tea sandwiches with your friends and family this Christmas and they’ll think that you hired a catering company. While this appetizer has an impressive design, they’re actually quite easy to make.

With step-by-step instructions, you’ll be able to make the prosciutto roses. Keep in mind, you’ll also need a round cookie cutter to make the perfect round sandwiches.


6. Apple Goat Cheese Crostini

Crostini’s are great because you can top them with whatever creative toppings you can think of. This recipe combines sharp goat cheese and sweet apple to create an unforgettable appetizer.

These crostinis come together in just 20 minutes and only require a handful of ingredients. Ingredients like lemon zest and juice, fresh tyme, and ground black pepper provide even more delicious flavor.

PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: Reluctant Entertainer

7. BLT Sliders

These delicious and adorable BLT sliders come together in just 20 minutes. Packed with fresh ingredients and an incredibly delicious secret sauce, this appetizer is dressed to impress.

Keep in mind this recipe yields 12 servings so you may need to double or triple the recipe depending on how many people you are serving.


8. Smoked Salmon And Cream Cheese Pastries

Would you believe that an impressive appetizer like this only takes 20 minutes to make? This recipe proves that it can be done, and better yet, it only requires 4 simple store-bought ingredients.

You’ll need 1 sheet of frozen puff pastry, cream cheese spread, a package of smoked salmon and fresh toppings. Be sure to keep an eye on the pastry as it bakes so that they don’t puff up too much, however, if they do this recipe provides a tip on what to do next



9. Loaded Baked Potato Bites

Everything you love about loaded baked potatoes can now be enjoyed in a delectable appetizer. This delicious recipe comes together in just 30 minutes.

Simply bake the potato slices until they’re tender and golden and then top with ooey-gooey cheese. After the cheese has become bubbly you’ll want to allow the potatoes to cool slightly before adding the delicious toppings.


10. Hummus & Caramelized Onion Crostini

Sometimes the best appetizers and finger foods are the ones with the least amount of ingredients. Instead of the number of ingredients that are in the recipe, the focus is more on the flavor created between a few carefully selected foods.

The garlic hummus is complemented with the sweet notes of the caramelized onions. Top with a sprig of rosemary for added beauty in the presentation.


11. Spinach Artichoke Cups

Spinach Artichoke Dip is often a crowd favorite, especially when it’s served with some nacho chips or fresh bread. Make your artichoke dip a little tidier by having it preportioned into mini pastry cups.

With this approach, your guests can bite into both the dip and pastry without worrying about messy dip accidents on their clothing. You could also add a little bacon for added flavor!

PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: Don’t Sweat The Recipe

12. Ham and Cheese Slider

These ham and cheese sliders may be a simple appetizer but they have a remarkable flavor. These neat and tidy sandwiches are packed with quality cheese and scrumptious ham.

If you want to make it a little more gourmet, you can add a slice of tomato or roasted red pepper. Sometimes though, basic is better!



13. Simple Savory Christmas Trees

How adorable are these Christmas trees?! They present themselves so beautifully on a platter and are also really fun to create. Gather a few family members and make these fun Christmas trees as a family for your Christmas party.

All you need for this easy finger food is puff pastry, green olives, cheese, salami, and whipped cream cheese. Your guests won’t be able to get enough of this appetizer — and that’s a guarantee!

PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: An Italian In My Kitchen

14.  Caprese Garlic Bread

Garlic Bread is one of those recipes that you don’t want to mess with because it’s so good already. Why fix something that isn’t broken? Well, think about this recipe as garlic bread dressed up for Christmas.

This finger food is not only delicious and easy to eat, but it will be consistent with your Christmas decorations with the green basil and bright red tomatoes. Drizzle with a little balsamic reduction for the perfect tangy finish to this appetizer.

PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: Two Peas and their Pod

15. Fast and Fancy Cream Cheese Tea Sandwiches

Tea sandwiches are probably one of the most underrated appetizers out there! They are not to be confused with funeral sandwiches which can often be very bland.

This is an open-face sandwich with carefully woven toppings and is kept together with a decorative toothpick for an excellent gourmet presentation. Pick up some Christmas themed toothpicks for added festivity!


16. Cranberry Brie Bites

These elegant bites would be a stunning addition to your table. They may look fancy but they’re actually incredibly easy to make.

All you need to create this appetizer is store-bought crescent roll dough, brie cheese, and cranberry sauce. Cook them in a muffin tin to create the perfect single-sized portions. These only require 3 ingredients and 25 minutes to make — it doesn’t get any easier than that!



17. Turkey Cranberry Sliders

While turkey may be the main course at your Christmas dinner, these sliders would be a great way to get everyone’s appetites ready! These sliders contain slices of turkey deli meat, cheese, and cranberry sauce.

Sliders are excellent finger food because they’re filling enough to tide you over and they’re easy to put together. You’ll have this tasty treat ready to eat in just 25 minutes.


18. Caprese Christmas Wreath

Are you searching for a dish that can be the centerpiece of the table? This Caprese Christmas wreath is not only delicious but absolutely stunning.

Transform the flavors of a Caprese salad into fun skewers. This finger food is perfect for your Christmas get together and is insanely easy to put together.


19. Cheesy Garlic Pull-Apart Bread

Who doesn’t love garlic bread? Considering it’s a crowd favorite you’ll want to add it to the appetizer menu.

This isn’t any ordinary garlic bread recipe, it’s ooey-gooey cheesy and the pull-apart pieces make it an easy grab and go treat. To create the pull-apart pieces simply make generous slices throughout the bread and then fill with loads of cheese and garlic.


20. Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

You could buy store-bought jalapeno poppers but this version is better! After all, there is something so satisfying about creating and indulging in something homemade.

This recipe is simple and in no time you’ll have an exciting finger food to add to your holiday table. All you need are 3 ingredients which include: jalapeno peppers, cream cheese and slices of bacon.



21. Cheese Wontons

One of the best things about the holidays is the food spread. It can range from healthy fruit trays to delectable chocolates and even exciting treats like cheese wontons.

Better yet, this is a Panda Express Copycat recipe so prepare to see everyone’s amazement when they discover you made them yourself.


22. Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Bites

Add a pop of festive red and green color to your table with these sun-dried tomato pesto bites. These delectable bites look gourmet but they’re quite effortless to make.

To create this appetizer you’ll fill a flaky pastry cup with a creamy and cheesy mixture. For the red and green color, top the appetizer with chopped sundried tomatoes and fresh basil.


23. Crockpot Drunken Bourbon Whisky Meatballs

Meatballs make great appetizers! This is also a slow cooker recipe which means less work for you!

These meatballs get a boozy makeover with the drunken bourbon whiskey sauce. The sauce sounds fancy but we assure it’s actually quite simple. Provide your guests with toothpicks so they can grab-and-go and watch these meatballs quickly disappear.


24. Christmas Tree Cheese Platter

This idea is so easy you won’t even need a recipe! Finger foods can be as simple as whipping up a delicious cheese and cracker platter.

For Christmas, get creative and transform your cheese platter into one that looks like a Christmas tree. Start by choosing your favorite cheeses, crackers and possibly a few grapes too. Arrange the platter by decreasing the length of each row and before you know you’ll have a delightful Christmas tree shape.

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25. Cranberry Pecan Mini Goat Cheese Balls

Cheeseballs are often a Christmas party-favorite. Instead of creating one big cheese ball for everyone to dig into why not create these adorable mini goat cheese balls.

Roll the cheese balls in dried cranberries and sliced chives to create a festive red and green platter. The best thing about this recipe is it will only take you 10 minutes to put together.


26. Caprese Pastry Bites

This impressive appetizer comes together in 22 minutes or less! You’ll need simple store-bought ingredients that help to make this recipe incredibly easy.

These eye-catching Caprese pastry bites will surely capture your guest’s attention. However, it’s the impeccable fresh flavors of mozzarella, pesto, and sun-dried tomato that will leave a lasting impression.


 27. Cobb Salad On A Stick

People may not be drawn to a bowl of a salad but they will surely be drawn to a platter of salad on a stick! These cobb salad sticks include all the best ingredients of a cobb salad, from a hard-boiled egg to crispy bacon, and fresh tomatoes.

Be sure to serve the cobbs with this delicious homemade avocado ranch dip that truly sets this appetizer over the top. As a bonus, this is also a keto-friendly recipe. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY

28. Pigs In A Blanket

These miniature pigs in a blanket are delicious and come together in under 30 minutes. Topped with everything bagel seasoning, they’ll surely excite your taste buds.

If you can’t find the popular Trader Joes Everything But The Bagel Seasoning, this recipe provides instructions on how to make your own. You can also make the delicious homemade dipping sauce recipe that pairs perfectly with this appetizer.

PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: Chelsea’s Messy Apron


29. Seven Layer Dip

Every party needs delicious dips. This seven-layer dip will not disappoint as its full of many enticing flavors.

The first layer starts with refried beans followed by a layer that features sour cream, cream cheese, and taco seasoning. The dip is finished with a layer of salsa and loads of delicious toppings. Be sure to serve the dip with your favorite chips!


30. Easy Red Salsa

You can never go wrong with a bowl of salsa and tortilla chips for an appetizer. But if you’re looking to impress this holiday season be sure to make a batch of this delicious homemade red salsa.

Making your own salsa is easier than you may think and it’s full of fresh and flavorful ingredients that you’re going to love. Simply toss the ingredients into a food processor, pulse to mix, and serve!


31. Copycat Big Mac Bites

Surprise your friends with a platter of these delicious copycat Big Mac Bites. The sliders feature a juicy beef patty and an authentic copycat Big Mac sauce that everyone will enjoy!

They come together quickly too which makes them the perfect quick and easy appetizer to throw together. You can also serve a keto-friendly option like these low-carb Big Mac bites!


32. Goat Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers

You’ve probably had stuffed peppers for dinner but have you ever thought about serving mini stuffed peppers as an appetizer? This simple recipe stuffs sharp goat cheese into mini peppers to create a delicious bite.

This recipe can be ready to eat in just 25 minutes and only requires 3 ingredients! Which is perfect for when you leave your food preparations until the last minute!



33. Cake Batter Dessert Hummus

It may seem odd to enjoy a sweet flavored hummus, but we assure you it is a game-changer! This protein-rich appetizer will quench any sweet tooth craving.

To make this dessert hummus festive simply swap the rainbow sprinkles for red and green or any festive sprinkles that you like! As a bonus, this is a dairy-free and vegan-friendly recipe. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY

34. Instant Pot Artichoke and Spinach Dip

Prepare a bowl of ooey-gooey artichoke and spinach dip in a hurry using an Instant Pot! The delicious flavors of this dip are provided by ingredients like alfredo sauce mix, loads of cheese, and garlic powder!

By pressure cooking the dip you’ll be able to have it ready to eat very quickly! Once cooked, serve the dip in a bread bowl or with your favorite chips. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY

35. No-Bake Lemon Meringue Pie Dip

Who says you have to save dessert for last? Serve this lemon meringue pie dip as an appetizer and watch it disappear quickly!

This dip is full of zesty flavors of lemon and sweet condensed milk. Top the dip with a beautiful homemade meringue and you could even add a few festive sprinkles on top too. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY

36. Christmas Wreath Veggie Pizza

This recipe does require 35 minutes but trust us, it’s worth the extra 5 minutes! This fresh veggie pizza is formed into the shape of a Christmas wreath making it a perfect festive appetizer to enjoy over the holidays!

This appetizer comes together quickly thanks to store-bought ingredients like refrigerated crescent roll dough and cream cheese. Unlike traditional pizza, this pizza is served cold with fresh veggies!

PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: Clean and Scentsible


37. Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Sliders

Roasting chicken in the oven may take a while but if you cook it in your Instant Pot it can be done incredibly quickly! This quick and easy appetizer will definitely be a hit this holiday season.

Tender shredded chicken is smothered in the most creamy buffalo sauce. Top the sliders with ranch and garnish with a pickle! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY

38. Speedy Tzatziki Sauce

Tzatziki sauce can be enjoyed on salads, wraps and more but it also makes a great dip too. Thankfully, this recipe not only requires simple ingredients but it comes together in just 12 minutes.

The base of this tzatziki sauce is Greek yogurt and it is seasoned with fragrant dill, lemon juice, and garlic powder. Finally, serve the dip with pita bread and fresh veggies.

PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: Sweat Peas and Saffron

39. Tuna Pickle Boats

Tuna pickle boats are about to rock your world! This simple appetizer scoops tuna salad into a dill pickle.

As a bonus, this is also a keto-friendly recipe. The best part is that these pickle boats can come together in just 5 minutes and require 5 simple ingredients. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY

40. Quick and Easy Charcuterie Kabobs

Charcuterie boards are a growing trend, especially for parties! While you could serve one at your next holiday get together, we highly encourage that you try making these charcuterie kabobs!

You and your friends will get to indulge in all the same ingredients you love about charcuterie but the kabobs make it easy to grab, go, and enjoy! We recommend serving the kabobs with delicious dips such as balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, olive oil, or any dipping sauce you enjoy! PHOTO AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY

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Clarissa Vanner

Clarissa loves experimenting with food of all cultures to make unique healthy dishes. When she’s not browsing Pinterest for new recipe inspiration she likes to pick up a DIY project and use her creative hands to make art or crafts. In her down time you can find her watching the latest documentaries on Netflix or going for nature walks.

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