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: 4.87 stars
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.

Holiday Hot Spinach Dip

Rating: 4.17 stars
A yummy hot vegetable dip! Serve with your favorite crackers.

The Best Cheeseball

Rating: 4.52 stars
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

Rating: 5 stars
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: 4.28 stars
A creamy layered dip that looks beautiful, especially at Christmas, with layers of green pistachios and dried cranberries.

Pesto Puff Pastry Pinwheel

Rating: 4.91 stars
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: 4.12 stars
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.

Grandma's Stuffed Celery

Rating: 4.51 stars
My grandma always made stuffed celery at Thanksgiving and Christmas. As kids, we were always so hungry before the holiday meal we would sneak and get a piece of celery to curb our appetite. It was nearly all gone by meal time and we always got fussed at with hint of a grin from Grandma. Now I never have holiday meals without it!

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.