Christmas Cheese Appetizer Recipes

Easy and fancy appetizers made with cheese will please all your holiday guests. Wow them with cheese balls, cheese spreads, and more!

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Baked Stuffed Brie with Cranberries & Walnuts

Rating: Unrated
One of the most common mistakes people make when serving cheese is not letting it come to room temperature first, so that all the flavors can be fully realized. This beautiful baked stuffed brie takes that principle to the next level.
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Holiday Hot Spinach Dip

Rating: Unrated
A yummy hot vegetable dip! Serve with your favorite crackers.
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The Best Cheeseball

Rating: Unrated
For a slightly spicy cheeseball with lots of zing, try this easy recipe. If you don't care for cilantro, you can roll the ball in shredded Cheddar cheese or fresh chopped parsley.

Santa Finger Food for Christmas

I live to serve some cute, non-sweet foods on Christmas day and these little Santa crackers were a big hit last year. Serve them rather soon after making, so the crackers don't get too soggy.

Christmas Dip

Rating: Unrated
A creamy layered dip that looks beautiful, especially at Christmas, with layers of green pistachios and dried cranberries.

Pesto Puff Pastry Pinwheel

Rating: Unrated
With three main ingredients you can make this gorgeous giant puff pastry pinwheel in no time. Pesto and ricotta fill layers of puff pastry that are cut and twisted into a pinwheel which begs to be pulled apart!

Spinach and Ricotta Puff Pastry Christmas Tree

Rating: Unrated
Puff pastry pinwheels are a great appetizer for any occasion and during the Christmas season I arrange them to form a christmas tree. You can change the filling to your liking.

Cream Cheese Kolacky

Rating: Unrated
The dough for these cookies is what makes them exceptional. I always quadruple this recipe for the holidays. Most popular fillings are peach, apricot, raspberry and date. Use your imagination! This year I'm trying Michigan cherry preserves and cranberry marmalade. You better hide a few for Christmas day--these are the ones that go first!

Warm Brie and Pear Tartlets

Rating: Unrated
These make a simple, delicious, and elegant appetizer. They impress every time!

Chef John's Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

Rating: Unrated
I've always enjoyed hot spinach artichoke dip, but it always struck me as a little oily. I decided to try a mayo-less version, and then raised the stakes even higher by excluding the sour cream as well. To counter this, a bit more cheese was added, and the results were amazing. A rich, creamy, cheesy, not greasy dip.
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Traditional Christmas Cheese Ball

Rating: Unrated
I look forward to this simple, traditional cheese ball every year. It has been served during family Christmas Eve parties since before my time. The ingredients are few and inexpensive, and might be made year-round, but I reserve this one special appetizer for the holidays only to maintain its specialness. I love to serve Ritz crackers with the cheese ball to bring out its savory flavor.

Spanakopita II

Rating: Unrated
The recipe for these spinach and feta appetizer triangles came from a Greek family friend. They may be frozen prior to baking.

Inspiration and Ideas

Traditional Christmas Cheese Ball

"I served this for a Christmas buffet and everyone loved it!" – conniejane

Chef John's Holiday Cheese Board

Get recommendations on what to buy, plus helpful serving tips.

Cheese Straws

Rating: Unrated

This is a favorite Christmas recipe of my father's and husband's. It's fairly simple to do and tastes good.