12 Easy Christmas Appetizers

Monday, December 13, 2021
The holiday is stressful enough without having to come up with new and festive ideas for food right? Well here is an assortment of easy finger foods to make in minutes to dress up your holiday tables with deliciousness.

With just some cookie cutters and a loaf of sliced bread, you can make fabulous bite-sized fun-filled sandwiches or grab some fresh strawberries from the market for white chocolate-dipped strawberries dipped in green sugar, or how about a fun holiday Caprese salad shaped in a candy cane or wreath with fresh basil tomatoes and mozzarella?

Keeping a few items on hand will make these appetizers super simple and done in minutes with a variety of festive treats on your tray!
To keep it a red and green food theme just check out the items list below and pick a few to keep on hand during this busy time to whip something up in a hurry.

I try to keep it simple and decorate with fresh rosemary,  fresh basil, tomatoes, and cheeses on hand, and you can even build a Christmas tree just by cutting some cheeses, olives, and layers of pepperoni in that shape!

Most of the photos are easy enough to follow without a recipe so have fun and lose the stress!

Scroll down and check out these easy appetizers for all your holiday needs and some of these even the kids can do for you they're so simple.

this is a collage of Christmas themed food appetizers shaped in holiday creative edibles

Holiday Creative Appetizer Recipes

Between planning the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day menu plus trying to wrap gifts and party planning, it's hard to get creative in thought for festive-looking finger foods.

These simple easy appetizers can be made quickly and be a fantastic addition to dress up the holiday table no less very tasty before that big holiday dinner.

Our appetizers are also great to bring to that last-minute party and not have to take all day to make them and look like you spent all day making them!

All of them can be adapted to the red and green colors of food you prefer, and I will give you some ideas to substitute some of the ingredients used below.

Holiday Wreath or Candy Cane Caprese Salad

this is a holiday christmas caprese wreath and candy cane with caprese

Tortilla Pinwheels

these are tortilla rollups

Christmas Antipasto Skewers

these are antipasto skewers

Pita Pizza

pita bread pizza made easy recipe

Raspberry Pecan Brie

this is a festive brie cheese for Christmas

Italian Bruschetta

this is a holiday themed colorful bruschetta for Christmas with proscuitto and basil tomato

Mini Zucchini Pizza

these are zucchini pizza bites

Prosciutto Asparagus Spirals

these are asparagus wrapped in dough

Garnish Ingredients to Keep on Hand and Ideas

  1. Mint leaves
  2. Fresh basil
  3. Fresh parsley or dried
  4. Chopped tomatoes
  5. Fresh rosemary
  6. Dill
  7. Sprinkle foods with paprika
  8. Fill cherry tomatoes with cream cheese and parsley
  9. Fresh strawberries dipped in melted white chocolate roll the bottoms in green sugar
  10. Any kind of cheese that you can easily cut with appetizer cutters
  11. Tomatoes
  12. Limes
  13. Slice the bottom off of some Strawberries slice, remove a little in the center then add cream cheese and top with the cut part to look like a Santa hats
  14. Cream cheese
  15. Green pimento olives
  16. Avocado
  17. Cucumbers
  18. Romaine lettuce and Arugula
  19. Eggs
  20. Whole Mushrooms
  21. Deli Meats

Strawberry Ricotta Bruschetta

this is a strawberry ricotta bruschetta

Holiday Finger Tea Sandwiches

this is a Christmas Tree and Gingerbread man finger sandwich

Veggie Mini Quiche

these are mini vegeable quiches

Avocado Cucumber Tomato Appetizers

cucumbers with avocado chopped in lime juice on top with a slice of grape tomato

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Don't forget to try our White Chocolate Covered Festive Strawberries and they make great gifts too!

white chocolate covered strawberries for Christmas

Pin for later

pin for later Christmas appetizers

More Quick Appetizers Ideas

  1. stuffed mushrooms and sprinkle the tops with chopped tomatoes and parsley
  2. use the refrigerated dough to make an edible Christmas Tree: and you will need 15 balls to build a tree, roll the balls with cheese or pepperoni in the center starting with making the balls 5, at the bottom then 4, then 3, then 2, 1 for the top, and viola. Bake as directed on the packaging
  3. shape pigs in a blanket in a round ring and decorate the outside with rosemary sprigs for a wreath effect
  4. make my cheeseball recipe and roll into small bite-sized balls then roll in parsley with dried cranberries and use a mini pretzel stick in the center to pick them up off the platter
  5. turn my Patriotic skewers into red, green, and white by adding grapes to the stick
  6. Top Deviled Eggs with paprika and chopped parsley

this is a collage of Christmas themed food appetizers shaped in holiday creative edibles


  1. These are all so festive! love the candy cane shaped caprese salad! Easy yet fun!

  2. I am loving all of these appetizers. I could eat these instead of a big meal on the Holiday.

  3. Such a wonderful collection of holiday recipes! I especially love the Candy Cane Caprese Salad. Yum!

  4. Great ideas. I'm happy I found these recipes!

  5. There is not one on your list that I don't want to try. So much fun!

  6. These are some really great ideas! Asparagus spirals are my favourite.

  7. Excellent compilation of recipes! I will sure make a few of them for Christmas! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Definitely adding a few of these to my holiday dinner line up! They all look too good to pass up!

  9. hahnelkate@gmail.comDecember 14, 2021 at 4:05 PM

    Love the collection! I already tried the candy cane caprese salad and it was perfect! Saving this for Christmas.

  10. How fun and festive! Love the pinwheels!

  11. We really enjoyed featuring your awesome post at Full Plate Thursday,568! Wishing you a Happy New Year and hope to see you real soon!
    Miz Helen


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