34 Christmas Snacks Even the Busiest Hosts Can Pull Off
Did you know this holiday season is one of the shortest ever? With just 26 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, there isn’t much time to check all that shopping off your list, get the kids out the door to the school pageant, and make all the dips, bites and treats. Problem solved: We’ve got 34 savory and sweet Christmas snacks that even the busiest hosts can pull off.
2. Roasted Mixed Nuts
The best pairing for a winter cocktail: a handful of mixed nuts. Make your own in just 15 minutes (they’re great to keep on hand, then pull them out when someone pops by).
3. Avocado Toast with Persimmon, Pomegranate and Fennel
A healthy Christmas snack that includes winter ingredients like persimmon and pomegranate on our trusty favorite, avocado toast.
4. Mushroom Bruschetta with Triple Cream Brie, Sage and Truffle Oil
Hosting tip 101: Find go-to recipes that look fancier than they are. Case in point? This bruschetta topped with a triple cream Brie (ooo), mushrooms and drizzled truffle oil.
6. Cheesy Bacon Holiday Crack
It’s called “crack” for a reason: cheese and bacon. Yes and yes.
7. Holiday Cheese Board
Learn how to dress up even the simplest cheese board for a serious hostess wow factor. Prepare for your creation to be featured on every one of your friends’ Insta stories.
8. Three-Ingredient Chocolate Truffles
It doesn’t get much easier for a busy host than three-ingredient chocolate truffles. (Thanks for the recipe, Dorit Jaffe.)
9. Baked Coconut Shrimp
Honestly, we’d eat coconut shrimp on any day of the year. But it’s Christmas, so we’re having seconds. And thirds.
12. Small Batch Chocolate Guinness Cake
Beer bread takes on new meaning with this chocolate Guinness stout cake that’s decadent enough for the holidays (and easy on the host, too).
14. Actually Crispy Baked Chickpeas
If you’re tired of nuts, try your hand at these crunchy baked chickpeas. They’re packed with spices and ready in less than an hour.
15. French Onion Cups
Anything is possible with store-bought pastry dough. Now, go enjoy your holiday party with these bite-size French onion cups.
16. Lamb Chops with Crispy Shallots and Pomegranate Sauce
Hearty snacks are great for balancing out all the holiday sweets—and let’s be real, the alcohol too. That’s why we love these 25-minute lamb chops.
18. Fluffy Beer Biscuits
These little guys are like savory muffins, but with beer. They’re about to become our new holiday tradition.
20. Ham Sweet Potato Frittata
How to clean out the fridge: Throw your leftovers into a frittata for a quick and easy appetizer. Your guests will be none the wiser.
21. The Most Perfect (and Easiest) Sugar Cookie Recipe
Stash this recipe where you can easily access it. It will quickly become your holiday go-to, whether you decorate your cookies with frosting, sugar or little gold beads…or who are we kidding, all three?
22. Buffalo Chicken Bites with Blue Cheese Dressing
There’s no deep-frying involved in these stovetop chicken bites doused in buffalo sauce. Just add blue cheese.
24. Christmas Cookie Dough Dip
Who has time to actually make cookies? No one, which is why this cookie dough dip is the best Christmas snack.
25. Cranberry Orange White Chocolate Fudge
Five ingredients, a few minutes of prep and a gorgeous final product? We’re making this treat for everyone on our Christmas list.
27. Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies
If you’re feeling stressed about hosting this year, these are the easiest treats in the universe. They take only a few ingredients and minutes to “bake.”
30. Oreo-Stuffed Brownie
Cookies or brownies? We vote both. Bonus points: These Oreo-stuffed goodies are ready in less than an hour.
31. Mac and Cheese Cups
If it were up to us, we’d eat mac and cheese for every meal. Get one step closer by making your favorite dinner a finger food, and eat it as a snack all day long.
32. Loaded Christmas Tree Bark
You probably remember a neighbor always gifting you Christmas bark—it’s a tried-and-true easy holiday recipe. Give it a festive twist by adding sprinkles and white chocolate chips.
33. Salty, Sweet and Smoky Popcorn Snack Mix
Liz Harris’s savory and sweet snack mix—including popcorn, cranberries and smoked almonds—can be made two days in advance. Unexpected guests will be completely floored by your savvy hospitality.
34. Tahini Buckeyes
Jess Larson’s buckeye balls get a nut-free update with tahini. That means they’re safe for everyone at the school holiday party.