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. These are all finger foods, meaning that they’re ready to eat without dipping or scooping. They’re one or two bite snacks that you can eat with one hand. All of these recipes come in at 30 minutes or less for prep and cook time. Don’t slave away in the kitchen when you could be enjoying the party!

1. Egg Buffet Bites

These cute egg finger food treats are a play on the class deviled egg recipe. Instead of mayonnaise being added, flavorful toppings are offered.

The recipe recommends salmon eggs and dill leaves, but if that’s not your speed then bacon and green onion would be brilliant. Leave the toppings out in containers so that your guests can make their own with their preferred toppings.

2. Bruschetta

This classic Italian finger food never goes out of style. The key is in the garlic. Rub a garlic clove all over one side of your bread. It adds a fragrance of garlic without the pungent bite.

Toast the bread under your broiler on both sides. Top it with fresh tomato, basil, and very good quality olive oil. Sprinkle salt and pepper over top to bring out the flavor of the tomato.

3. Bacon Wrapped Scallops

If you’re cooking for a crowd of meat lovers, they will love this bacon wrapped scallop finger food. The trick to perfectly cooked bacon and scallops is precooking the bacon.

Fry the bacon until almost fully cooked, but still flexible. The fresh orange sauce brings a freshness to this potentially greasy dish.

4. Italian Sausage Rolls

This super flavorful sausage roll will blow the frozen kind out of the water! They’re flavored with red wine and bacon. A mixture of beef and pork mince makes a rich sausage with a good fat content.

The result is a tender and delicious sausage with a hint of bacon. Use store-bought puff pastry to speed up this recipe.

5. Basil and Almond Canapes

Sometimes simple is best. This cute little finger sandwich is flavored simply with almond and basil. It’s a unique combination with a huge impact!

Your taste buds will come to life with this easy to make recipe. Use Christmas cookie cutters to make this finger food dish even more in season.

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6. Nacho Crostini

Go unique with this fun finger food. It’s Mexican meets Italian, and the result is beautiful. Baguette slices are used as a base for this dish. The bread is made luxurious with liberal use of butter.

Top with your favorite nacho toppings, such as salsa, cheese, sour cream, olives, and even sliced chicken.

7. BLT Caprese Sliders

These adorable mini sliders are made with puff pastry buns. These are baked into little buns and filled with some classic Italian toppings.

Slices of tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and bacon are layered with pesto. Make your own combination with different toppings, such as sliced meats or smoked salmon.

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8. Salmon Vol Au Vents

These little pastry cups can have many different types of delicious fillings. Use store-bought vol au vents for a very fast recipe. You can also make your own from puff pastry, but there’s a chance they don’t rise.

The pre-made ones are perfect and beautiful- just pretend you made them yourself. Your guests will be shocked at how gourmet and delicious these appetizers are.

9. Jalapeno Popper Potato Bites

These little potato bites are two tasty finger foods in one. They have the heat and bite of a jalapeno popper, with a delicious potato cup.

Use the potato cup part of the recipe and add your own toppings to make it unique. Leave the bacon out of the recipe if you want to make this vegetarian-friendly.

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10. Hummus & Caramelised 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.

With these mini crostinis, the garlic hummus is complimented perfected 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 at parties and celebrations, 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 messy dip accidents on their clothing. You can also add a little bacon for added flavor.

12. Ham and Cheese Slider

Ham and Cheese sliders are a great alternative to a hamburger slider which can take a lot longer to create and is messier! These neat and tidy sandwiches are packed with flavor, 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!

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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.

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 disgusting.

With this specific tea sandwich, it’s open-faced and each topping is carefully woven onto the 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 an 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 created in just 25 minutes.

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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

I haven’t met a person who doesn’t like garlic bread! Considering it’s a crowd favorite you’ll want to add it to the finger food menu.  However, 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.

This recipe is easy because you don’t have to bake any bread. Instead, you’ll start with store-bought sourdough bread. To create the pull apart pieces you’ll make generous slices throughout the bread. Fill all the layers with cheese, and a lovely garlic mixture and bake until cheese has reached an ooey-gooey consistency.

20. Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

You could buy store-bought jalapeno poppers but this version might be 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, jalapeno peppers, cream cheese and slices of bacon- It’s so easy!

21. Cheese Wontons

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

This recipe is so easy all you’ll need are wonton papers, cream cheese, scallions, and garlic powder. This is a Panda Express Copycat recipe so prepare to see everyone’s amazement when they discover you made them yourself.

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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 simple to make.

To create this appetizer you’ll fill a flaky pastry cup with a creamy and cheesy mixture. This mixture is made from cream cheese and Greek yogurt and is seasoned with a delightful pesto. For the red and green color, top these bites with chopped sundried tomatoes and fresh basil.

23. Crockpot Drunken Bourbon Whisky Meatballs

Meatballs make perfect finger foods! This is also a Crockpot recipe which means less work for you and a big payoff!

These meatballs get a boozy makeover with this drunken bourbon whiskey sauce. The sauce sounds fancy but it’s simple. All you’ll need is brown sugar, ketchup, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and bourbon whiskey. Provide toothpicks 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. You can also garnish with rosemary to give it an evergreen look. Arrange the platter by decreasing the length of each row and before you know you’ll have a delightful Christmas tree platter.

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.

They won’t require any additional effort than a regular cheese ball and the single-sized portions are perfect for a grab and go finger food. 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.

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