Holiday Sweets and Appetizers – Recipe Round Up

Holiday Sweets and Appetizers – Recipe Round Up is a collection of my favorite sweet and savory holiday recipes perfect for entertaining!

With the abundance of Holiday parties coming up, I wanted to compile a post of my favorite Holiday recipes. Last year I did a series called the 12 Days of Christmas and presented some tried and true recipes that I’ve come to depend on as holiday staples.

While I am certainly trying some new recipes this year, I still turn to these classics to round out my baking. I can safely say that each and every one of these (with the exception of the Buche de Noel, for lack of time) will make an appearance in my kitchen this season. I am also including some of my favorite appetizers, because a holiday party is not quite complete without them!


Christmas Butter Cookies are my grandma’s recipe. Buttery, bite-sized, and all around perfect.

Christmas Butter Cookies
My Grandma's Christmas Butter Cookies are a variation of a buttery spritz cookie. The dough is pressed with a cookie press into seasonal shapes.
Check out this recipe
Christmas Butter Cookies on a plate

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies are also my grandma’s recipe with my spin to make them chewier. Hands down the best oatmeal cookie I’ve ever had.

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies
The BEST Chewy Oatmeal Cookie ever! This family recipe is a great basic oatmeal cookie that can be customized with raisins, craisins, nuts, chocolate chips, or whatever you'd like.
Check out this recipe
Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

People go nuts for this Chocolate Cracker Candy! It is even referred to as “Christmas Crack”!

Chocolate Cracker Candy
Chocolate Cracker Candy is a sweet and salty homemade candy sometimes referred to as "Christmas Crack." It can be left plain chocolate or topped with toasted coconut, M&M candies, or sprinkles. It keeps well in the fridge and is perfect for holiday gifting in a festive tin!
Check out this recipe
Chocolate Cracker Candy with toasted coconut on top

Pineapple Carrot Bread is a perfectly-spiced quick bread with bits of sweet pineapple.

Pineapple Carrot Bread
An easy quick bread recipe with the sweetness of pineapple and flavor of cinnamon. Perfect for holiday gifting and entertaining!
Check out this recipe
Pineapple Carrot Bread slices on a plate

There is no lemon in this Poppy Seed Bread! This is an incredibly moist and flavorful bread with the flavors of butter and almond extract. The sweet drizzle on the crispy top adds another dimension to this already tasty confection.

Poppy Seed Bread
A super simple, delicious quick bread that is perfect for holiday gifting and entertaining. The bread is super moist and flavored with almond extract and a subtle orange glaze.
Check out this recipe
Poppy Seed Bread loaves on a cooling rack

Oreo Truffles are simple yet elegant. Surprise your friends with this easy homemade candy!

Oreo Truffles
Homemade Oreo Truffles are so easy and can be decorated for any holiday or celebration!
Check out this recipe
Holiday Oreo Truffles on a white plate

Triple Chocolate Biscotti is the perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee or tea! I am still surprised by how much I LOVE this recipe! It’s one of my favorites from all of last year.

Triple Chocolate Biscotti
A nut free biscotti with chunks of bittersweet chocolate and white chocolate.
Check out this recipe
biscotti tied with a red ribbon

As someone who doesn’t like marshmallows, I was shocked that I enjoyed these Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows. Soft and melt-in-your-mouth good. They would go great in a cup of Fancy Hot Chocolate.

Homemade Marshmallows
Homemade Marshmallows are so much softer than store bought and make the perfect holiday gift! They can be coated in chocolate and toasted coconut for homemade candies.
Check out this recipe
Homemade Marshmallows on a plate

One of my favorite inventions from last year:   Coconut and Chocolate Covered Homemade Marshmallows. I don’t often try to develop my own “recipes,” but I did for this one and I am so happy with the result. Serve these as candy!

Homemade Marshmallows with chocolate and toasted coconut

Nothing beats a good Coconut Macaroon in my book. Try dipping the bottoms in chocolate – a little tip from my friend Kat!

Gluten Free Macaroons
Gluten Free Macaroons are chewy coconut cookies that are perfect for the holidays. Leave them plain or dip the bottoms in chocolate!
Check out this recipe
Gluten Free Macaroons on a plate

Chocolate Spritz Cookies are buttery goodness with a chocolate flavor. So good topped with crushed peppermint!

Chocolate Spritz Cookies
Chocolate Spritz Cookies are a chocolate version of your favorite classic butter spritz cookie. They can be decorated with festive sprinkles or with crushed peppermint!
Check out this recipe
Chocolate Butter Spritz Cookies

If you’re ambitious or have an event where you want to impress others with your baking skills, this Buche de Noel is the recipe for you! This classic French dessert is fun to make and even more enjoyable to decorate!

Buche de Noel
A traditional French Yule Log cake, Buche de Noel is the perfect show stopper dessert for any holiday gathering. This version is chocolate inside!
Check out this recipe
a Christmas yule log buche de noel on a platter decorated with sprigs of evergreen and holly berries

Pink Citrus Punch, or as we call it Christmas Punch, is surely a sugar rush but this festive punch will put you in the holiday spirit and it’s always a hit with kids.

Pink Citrus Punch
Called Christmas Punch in our family, a delicious festive punch with the flavors of orange, pineapple, lemon, and cherry. It's perfect for the holidays or any special occasion.
Check out this recipe
Pink Citrus Punch

Espresso Chocolate Chip Shortbread are buttery cookies with flavors of chocolate and coffee.

Espresso Chocolate Chip Shortbread
The perfect buttery shortbread cookie with the flavors of espresso and chocolate!
Check out this recipe
espresso chip shortbread cookies

Convince yourself these are a healthy option at an otherwise sugar-covered table. Stuffed Strawberries are filled with sweet, fluffy marshmallow cream cheese, this finger food is easily popped in your mouth with little mess.



Dill Dip in Rye Bread Round – one of my favorite holiday appetizers!


Hot Artichoke Dip is bubbly and cheesy . . . enough said.


Buffalo Chicken Dip is one of our favorite party snacks!

Buffalo Chicken Dip
Buffalo Chicken Dip has all of the flavors of chicken wings in an easy to eat dip. Serve with tortilla chips, crackers, or veggies.
Check out this recipe
Buffalo Chicken Dip on a plate with tortilla chips

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Meatballs are tangy and delicious. Kids and adults love these!

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Meatballs
Homemade chicken meatballs with a sweet and tangy sauce. These cocktail meatballs are always at a hit at parties!
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Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Meatballs

This Double Tomato Bruschetta is unbelievably good. I am always amazed each time I make them. These are always a crowd favorite!

Double Tomato Bruschetta
Double Tomato Bruschetta combines fresh tomatoes with sun dried tomatoes and classic Italian flavors. Toasted bread is broiled with the tomato mixture and mozzarella cheese.
Check out this recipe
double tomato bruschetta

Layered Taco Dip features common ingredients that come together in an uncommonly good dip.

Layered Taco Dip
A classic party dip with taco flavors that can be customized to your personal preference. Great served with tortilla chips or veggies!
Check out this recipe
Layered Taco Dip on a platter

Pan Fried Onion Dip is a homemade onion dip that goes well with chips or veggies.

Pan Fried Onion Dip
Pan Fried Onion Dip is a homemade onion dip that is worth the extra effort. The perfect party dip to serve with veggies, chips, or crackers!
Check out this recipe
pan fried onion dip in a bowl with carrots and celery surrounding

Spicy Buffalo Chicken Meatballs showcase the flavors of buffalo wings without the mess!

Spicy Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
Spicy Buffalo Chicken Meatballs are a different take on Buffalo Chicken Wings! Easy to eat and a perfect party appetizer, dipped in ranch or blue cheese dressing!
Check out this recipe
Buffalo Chicken Meatballs on a plate

Whole Foods Copycat Spinach Artichoke Dip is an awesome dip without the hefty price tag!

Whole Foods Copycat Spinach Artichoke Dip
Spinach Artichoke Dip – Whole Foods Copycat is inspired by the dip sold at the store. This homemade version has all the flavors and a much more affordable price tag!
Check out this recipe
whole foods copycat spinach artichoke dip

You can rarely go wrong with bacon, and people go crazy for these Bacon Stuffed Cherry Tomato Appetizers. Try using turkey bacon for a slightly healthy alternative.   

Bacon Stuffed Cherry Tomato Appetizers
Bacon mixed with mayonnaise and green onion and stuffed inside hollowed cherry tomatoes. A delicious bite sized appetizer that is low carb and gluten free!
Check out this recipe
tomato bacon appetizer bites

That’s it for the round-up! I will post details about my holiday party next week! (UPDATE: see my post on the 10 Best Holiday Dessert Recipes for an Open House). Have a happy and safe weekend! 🙂

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