I love Christmas snacks. I love making festive appetizers for movie nights, to take to holiday gatherings, and to share with friends when they come over for Christmas. But what I do not like is being stuck in the kitchen when all the fun is starting. I’m a big believer in make-ahead recipes, and these make-ahead Christmas appetizers might be my absolute favorites. From seasonal-shaped snacks and apps to hearty dips that will last all the way through your Christmas movie marathon, there’s a perfect holiday appetizer here for you to prep in advance.
And don’t worry, a bunch of these can be prepped in advance and travel well. So if your mother-in-law has asked you to bring a Christmas appetizer or you want to take something delicious to the class holiday party, these are just great. I also appreciate that all of these make-ahead Christmas appetizers can easily be doubled or tripled and are pretty budget-friendly dishes. One more bonus? The right combination of these make-ahead holiday apps can be heavy enough to forgo making an actual meal. There’s truly nothing I love more than a dinner of appetizers, and having these all be make-ahead versions you can prep in advance? It’s the best of all the worlds. So happy dip season to all who celebrate — it’s time to make room in the fridge.
Christmas Wreath Antipasto Skewers
Another wreath, I know, but you can always have more than one on the appetizer table, and I can’t get over how perfect this antipasto skewer wreath is. It’s perfect for people to grab and enjoy, and you can prep it all in advance and have it sitting in the fridge.
Snowman Cheese Ball
Cheese balls are a holiday party classic for a reason, and I’m 100% obsessed with this snowman cheese ball recipe featured on Yummly. With just six ingredients, it takes no time at all to make, and you can prep the actual cheese mixture in advance and then just form it into the snowman right before the party starts. So perfect.
Pull-Apart Christmas Tree Pizza Bites
Everyone loves a pizza bite, and this pull-apart Christmas tree full of pizza bites is so fun. You’ll want to serve these warm, but you can roll the dough and veggies together and prep everything up until the sauce stage in advance. Then when you’re ready to bake, throw the sauce on and toss them in the oven. Super easy and so fun in a Christmas tree shape.
Slow-Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip
Anything that goes in the slow cooker is a win, but this slow cooker spinach artichoke dip from Gimme Some Oven is especially good. Toss it all in and set it to cook and stay warm just as guests arrive or your movie night starts — whatever holiday event is happening. This one also travels well if you want to cook it, then take it to someone’s house and just rewarm right there in the slow cooker.
Cheesy Sweet Potato Bites
You’ve probably got tons of sweet potatoes from all of the fall treats and dishes, so put them to good use with this recipe for cheesy sweet potato bites from Half-Baked Harvest. These can be totally made ahead and then just reheated, and they are perfectly crispy, savory, and delicious.
Bacon-Wrapped Dates With Goat Cheese
How fancy do these sound? While Pinch of Yum’s bacon wrapped dates with goat cheese aren’t exactly make-ahead in that you can keep them in the fridge until go-time (although you could, but these are really good warm), you can go ahead and fill the dates and get them all prepped and then just toss them in the oven right before the party starts.
My favorite thing about a dip is that it’s really just a bunch of ingredients someone once put together and it turned out delicious. That’s exactly how I feel about this Texas caviar dip from A Spicy Perspective. Each bite is swoon-worthy, and you can easily prep the whole thing in advance and let it get all marinated and delicious in the fridge.
Boozy Brie Appetizer
Brie is always a good holiday choice, and this boozy brie appetizer featured on Yummly is no different. You’ll want the brie warm when it’s time to serve, so just mix up the topping and get it all ready, then dump it on the brie and throw it in the oven when it’s time to eat.
Don’t stress yourself out over holiday snacks — these make-ahead Christmas appetizers are the best way to get a festive dish on the table and actually enjoy the company.