Having make ahead Christmas appetizers beforehand will save you so much time on Christmas day. Try these 55 Christmas appetizer recipes that will surely make your holidays better!

Having make ahead Christmas appetizers beforehand will save you so much time on Christmas day. Try these 55 Christmas appetizer recipes! Make ahead appetizers will make your life on Christmas day so much easier. #christmasonadime #makeaheadchristmasappetizers #appetizers
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Christmas Make Ahead Appetizers:

Christmas is a busy holiday where you spend most of your time cooking, giving gifts, and more. Make ahead appetizers will make your life on Christmas day so much easier.

Easy Christmas Appetizers Make-Ahead:

These recipes will save you lots of time and oven space, especially this coming holiday season! We even love deviled eggs or charcuterie board to prepare ahead of time. These are also perfect to enjoy while you are decorating you Christmas tree.

Also try Make ahead Christmas Breakfasts and Christmas Fruit Salad Recipes.

Having make ahead Christmas appetizers beforehand will save you so much time on Christmas day. Try these 55 Christmas appetizer recipes! Make ahead appetizers will make your life on Christmas day so much easier. #christmasonadime #makeaheadchristmasappetizers #appetizers

1. Tortilla Pinwheel

Tortilla pinwheel is a classic recipe to serve during holidays and parties. It is so quick and easy to make and its ingredients can be easily changed. This creamy and cheesy appetizer does not need to be baked and can be made ahead of time.

Tortilla Pinwheel
If you are looking for an easy appetizer to serve this holiday, make these Tortilla Pinwheels. Simple ingredients make these easy to make.
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2. Crockpot Christmas Candy

These crockpot Christmas candies are made with chocolate and peanut all melted inside the slow cooker. The candies are also topped with red and green colored sprinkles that make this treat look super festive.

Crockpot Christmas Candy
This Christmas crockpot Candy is made with milk chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and almond bark.
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3. Olive Garden Fried Lasagna

Recreate this copycat recipe of Olive Garden’s fried lasagna with this easy recipe. It is so cheesy and savory, plus the fried texture is so crunchy. You can make and freeze the noodles in advance and just fry it on the day of the celebration.

Olive Garden Fried Lasagna
If you looking for a delicious Italian dish to make this Christmas, make Olive Garden Fried Lasagna. Easy ingredients make this recipe so delicious.
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4. Hanky Panky

Hanky Panky is a delicious bread appetizer topped with a flavorful ground beef and sausage mixture. It is cheesy, delicious, and has a crunchy toast beneath. Make the beef mixture in advance and bake it with the bread when it is time to serve.

Hanky Panky
It is loaded with simple ingredients and is easy to make.
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5. Olive Garden Stuffed Mushrooms

These easy Olive Garden stuffed mushrooms are loaded with minced claims, cheese, bread crumbs, and simple seasoning. It is also topped with more cheese which gives this appetizer so much flavor.

Olive Garden Stuffed Mushrooms
Make these Olive Garden Stuffed Mushrooms as an appetizer for your holiday dinner. They are loaded with flavor and easy to make.
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6. Baked Brie

Make this delicious holiday appetizer using only 2 easy ingredients. Baked brie is so rich, decadent, and delicious. Store the brie cheese in your refrigerator for up to 2 days. Do the rest of the process on Christmas day for an easy appetizer.

We even love making cranberry brie bites for family and friends.

Baked Brie
Baked Brie is the ultimate holiday appetizer. If you need an easy appetizer to serve this Christmas make this 2-ingredient Brie.
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7. Olive Garden Toasted Ravioli

This copycat recipe is made with a bag of refrigerated ravioli and is breaded with simple seasonings. They are deep fried perfectly and give an amazing crunchy texture. You can freeze these Olive Garden toasted ravioli for an easy make-ahead appetizer.

Olive Garden Toasted Ravioli
It is loaded with flavor and this copycat recipe is easy to make.
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8. Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

Bacon wrapped shrimp combines savory bacon and deliciously seasoned shrimp. It is so easy to make and will surely be a crowd pleaser at your next Christmas party. Prepare the ingredients a few days before Christmas, freeze them, and bake them on Christmas day.

Instead of making shrimp cocktail, make these bacon wrapped shrimp. These are perfect to make for your guests at a holiday parties.

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
Bacon Wrapped Shrimp is an easy appetizer to serve this Christmas. Seasoned shrimp are wrapped in bacon and baked to perfection.
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9. Homemade Cranberry Sauce

With just 3 easy ingredients, make homemade cranberry sauce that is tangy and sweet. They have so many uses and are the best appetizer for holidays. You can easily make a large batch of this sauce ahead of time. Because you can easily store it in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Cranberry sauce is so easy to make with just 3 ingredients. It is tangy, sweet, and perfect for your holiday meal.
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10. Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball

Bacon ranch cheese ball is a must try recipe you can serve on Christmas. Cream cheese, cheddar cheese, bacon, and more are mixed into a delicious ball of goodness. This appetizer can last up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator, so you can easily make them ahead of time.

Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball
Bacon ranch cheese ball recipe is a simple recipe but a real crowd-pleaser. Everyone loves bacon and this cheeseball is perfect for any occasion.
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11. Cranberry Pineapple Jello Salad

This cranberry pineapple jello salad will make you feel the holiday spirit. The sweet and tart cranberry flavor is perfect for this festive treat. It is an easy appetizer that tastes best when made in advance.

Cranberry Pineapple Jello Salad
You only need 3 ingredients to make this sweet and delicious jello salad.
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12. Bacon Wrapped Dates

These bacon wrapped dates are filled with sweet and salty flavors, combined with their crispy texture. It is made with goat cheese and wrapped with crispy savory bacon. The dates are cooked perfectly, leaving them tender and moist.

Bacon Wrapped Dates
Bacon-Wrapped Dates is an easy appetizer that will be everyone’s favorite. Stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped in bacon, you will be amazed at how delicious they are.
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13. Slow Cooker Grape Jelly Meatballs

This slow cooker grape jelly meatballs recipe saves so much time by making the meatballs in advance. After freezing the meatballs, just toss them in the slow cooker without thawing them. This easy appetizer is made with 3 ingredients that make the recipe so sweet and savory.

Slow Cooker Grape Jelly Meatballs
Make these delicious Crock Pot Grape Jelly Meatballs with only 3 ingredients! They are savory and sweet and amazing for game days, parties, and much more.
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14. Baked Brie in Crescent Rolls

This 3 ingredients baked brie in crescent rolls recipe is so cheesy, creamy, and delicious. It is the perfect classic holiday appetizer that your family will love. Assemble the brie and crescent rolls in advance and just bake them on Christmas day.

Baked Brie in Crescent Rolls
This 3-ingredient appetizer is cheesy, creamy, and delicious.
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15. Garlic and Onion Cheddar Cheese Balls

This snack is filled with tons of garlic, onion, and cheddar cheese that explodes with flavors. It is so delicious and easy to make with just 5 ingredients. Garlic and onion cheddar cheese balls can last for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

Serve with crackers, baguette slices and tortilla chips. Serve on platters for a delicious appetizer.

Garlic and Onion Cheddar Cheese Balls
Garlic onion cheese ball is a delicious and classic cheese ball recipe. Tons of garlic and cheddar flavor make this the best appetizer or snack.
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16. Pinwheel Sandwiches

Pinwheel sandwiches are the perfect party appetizers that are easy to make and taste amazing. This recipe is perfect to use what you have. You only need a few minutes to make this snack, plus you can make them ahead of time.

Pinwheel Sandwiches
These Easy Pinwheel Sandwiches are both easy to make and taste amazing. They are kid-friendly and adults love them too.
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17. Mandarin Orange Jello Salad

Each bite from this mandarin orange jello salad is so creamy and decadent. It is made with lots of marshmallows, whipped cream, jello, and fruit but it is not heavy at all. Make this recipe the night before the celebration to let all the flavors blend.

Mandarin Orange Jello Salad
Mandarin orange jello salad recipe has just 6 ingredients and takes minutes to prepare. Whipped topping, jello, fruit and more make this salad sweet and delicious.
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18. Raspberry Cream Cheese Dip

This creamy raspberry cream cheese dip won’t disappoint you at your next Christmas party. The cream cheese is blended with lemon juice and fresh raspberries. With just a few ingredients you can make this dip that everyone will love.

Raspberry Cream Cheese Dip
The cream cheese blended with the lemon juice and fresh raspberries come together for the best dip!
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19. Pepperoni Cheese Ball

Combine the flavors of pizza in one delicious cheese ball with this easy recipe. Everyone will love the pepperoni and delicious cream cheese. What’s more each pepperoni cheese ball is covered in crushed Ritz crackers mixed in with Parmesan cheese.

Pepperoni Cheese Ball
The best part is probably the delicious coating. Instead of rolling it in nuts, I rolled it in crushed ritz crackers mixed in with Parmesan cheese…. YUM!
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20. Creamy Cucumber and Tomato Salad

This creamy salad is packed with fresh vegetables and seasoning which makes it so healthy. Creamy cucumber and tomato salad is light, and refreshing, and is even better when made ahead of time.

Creamy Cucumber and Tomato Salad
Creamy cucumber tomato salad is easy to make and so creamy. This is the perfect side dish and is budget-friendly. This creamy salad is packed with fresh ingredients and spices.
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21. Crockpot Spinach Artichoke Dip

Make this delicious veggie dip a day before for an easy appetizer on Christmas day. Crockpot spinach artichoke dip is so creamy and is made effortlessly in the slow cooker. Serve this with delicious crackers, chips, or sliced baguettes for the perfect holiday snack.

Crockpot Spinach Artichoke Dip
This easy recipe combines the perfect blend of cheese, spinach, artichokes, and more.
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22. Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Bites

Pineapple bits covered with crispy, savory bacon make this recipe so delicious. It is the perfect appetizer that is full of flavor and only needs 3 ingredients. Bacon wrapped pineapple bites can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

These are the perfect bite size treats.

Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Bites
If you love a sweet and savory appetizer, make Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Bites. They are loaded with flavor and only require 3 ingredients.
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23. Spicy Ranch Crackers

These spicy ranch crackers are baked perfectly and each cracker is loaded with flavor. Each cracker is seasoned with red pepper flakes, garlic powder, and ranch dressing mix. Make them a few days in advance and store them in an airtight container at room temperature.

Spicy Ranch Crackers
Enjoy perfectly seasoned crackers when you make this easy Spicy Ranch Crackers recipe. Each cracker is so flavorful and baked to perfection as a snack everyone will enjoy.
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24. Keto Cheddar Biscuits

If you want to reduce your carbs for Christmas, make these keto cheddar biscuits. Using easy ingredients, you can make a cheesy snack that tastes just like Red Lobster Cheddar biscuits. It is the perfect make-ahead appetizer that is delicious and guilt free.

Loaded with easy seasoning with herb and basil.

Keto Cheddar Biscuits
They are loaded with cheese and so much flavor without all the carbs.
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25. Crock Pot Rotel Dip

Crock pot rotel dip is so cheesy and so easy to make in the slow cooker. It only needs 3 ingredients and can be made ahead for up to 5 days beforehand. Just reheat it in the slow cooker after storing it in the refrigerator.

This is the perfect melty cheese dip to serve with chips, vegetables and crackers.

Crock Pot Rotel Dip
With just a few simple ingredients and the slow cooker, this recipe takes hardly any work at all.
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26. Sausage Balls

This sausage ball recipe is a great appetizer idea for any kind of situation, especially holidays. They are easy sausage ingredients formed into delicious balls that are baked to perfection. You can make them ahead of time cooked or uncooked.

Sausage Balls
These are super easy to make and delicious too!
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27. Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies

Bacon wrapped little smokies are the best finger food to serve at holiday celebrations. They go so well with other food and snacks and come together in just about 35 minutes. The sausages taste so great together with bacon and seasoning.

Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies
These little smokes come together in about 35 minutes and will disappear before your eyes! The combination of bacon and brown sugar is magical!
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28. Pimento Cheese Dip

The secret behind this delicious pimento cheese dip is the use of really sharp cheddar. It is the perfect cheesy dip for your holiday celebrations that has the perfect balance of ingredients.

Pimento Cheese Dip
Pimento cheese dip is creamy and delicious with only a few ingredients.
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29. Homemade Hummus

This homemade hummus recipe is a perfectly healthy appetizer idea you can serve on Christmas day. It is so smooth and flavorful and goes perfectly with veggies or crackers. It is so quick and easy to make in just under 20 minutes.

Homemade Hummus
This middle eastern recipe is ready in less than 20 minutes and better than store-bought. It really is a great recipe without any extra time spent.
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30. The Best Taco Dip Recipe

The best taco dip recipe is made with a few simple ingredients and can be made in a few minutes. It is loaded with taco fillings with cream cheese, sour cream, and taco seasoning. This is great to make ahead for a holiday or a game day. That you can refrigerate for up to 5 days.

The Best Taco Dip Recipe
I love how simple this easy taco dip recipe is to make. With just a few basic ingredients you can have the best taco dip recipe made in minutes and ready to devour.
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31. Homemade Ranch Dip

You will never go wrong with serving a delicious homemade ranch dip at your next Christmas feast. This recipe doesn’t need any seasoning packets and can come together in minutes. If stored properly, this dip can last for up to 1 week.

Homemade Ranch Dip
Homemade ranch dip is super easy to make and perfect for dipping.
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32. Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

The presentation of these bacon wrapped green beans are perfect for your holiday dinner table. Each green bean bundle is seasoned perfectly using simple ingredients and tastes amazing. Assemble them a day before and bake them on Christmas day for a fun appetizer.

Bacon Wrapped Green Beans
The green beans are topped with brown sugar and bacon for the best flavor.
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33. Crock Pot Sausage Cheese Dip

This crock pot sausage cheese dip is the perfect hearty dip for your family. It has a delicious sausage blend mixed with cheese and more. You can make this up to 3 days ahead of time and just reheat it in the slow cooker.

Crock Pot Sausage Cheese Dip
With only 3 ingredients, Crock Pot Sausage Cheese Dip is super easy and oh so cheesy and delicious.
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34. Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts

These Bacon wrapped Brussels sprouts are so tender and flavorful that they will surely please the crowd. It has an amazing texture and a delicious brown sugar glaze. It is a delicious veggie appetizer that is full of healthy nutrients.

Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts
The Brussel Sprouts are made with simple ingredients for a flavorful side.
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35. Candied Bacon

The kids will love delicious candied bacon that is full of caramelized bacon flavors in each bite. All you need to make this easy snack is 3 ingredients and a few minutes of prep time. It is so crispy, sweet, and full of sugary deliciousness.

Candied Bacon
This easy candied bacon recipe is the perfect combination of salty and sweet.
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36. Creamy Cucumber Salad

This creamy cucumber salad will surely be a fan favorite at your next Christmas party. The cucumbers are so crunchy while the dressing is so creamy and tangy. Make this in advance and just grab them when you are ready to serve them.

Creamy Cucumber Salad
It is creamy, tangy, and budget-friendly. Serve it with grilled hot dogs and parmesan grilled corn for an easy and delicious dinner.
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37. Pigs in a Blanket

Pigs in a Blanket is a fun appetizer recipe that can be made with just 2 ingredients. It has a flaky crust and the hot dogs are so delicious. You can put them together ahead of time and just bake them later.

Pigs in a Blanket
Crescent roll pigs in a blanket recipe have just 2 ingredients. The flaky crust and delicious hot dog make this amazing.
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38. Cucumber Tomato Salad

This cucumber tomato salad recipe will have the best results when made ahead. That is because the longer the vegetables sit in the vinegar dressing the more flavorful they will become. The salad is full of cucumber, tomato, and onion flavors.

Cucumber Tomato Salad
This quick and easy salad recipe is the perfect summer side dish! It will be your new go-to for potlucks.
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39. 30 Minute Dinner Rolls

If you are looking for the perfect bread to serve during the holidays, try this recipe. This 30 minute dinner roll recipe is so soft and fluffy. Plus, you can make it up to a day ahead and just bake them for a few minutes before serving.

30 Minute Dinner Rolls
Enjoy soft and fluffy yeast rolls in just 30 minutes!
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40. Cranberry Chutney

If you are not in the mood for cranberry sauce, cranberry chutney is a great alternative. It is full of sweet and tart mixture, warm seasoning, and creamy texture. It lasts up to 10 days in the refrigerator.

Cranberry Chutney
Cranberry Chutney is sweet, tart, and loaded with flavor. This cranberry sauce alternative is easy to make with simple ingredients.
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41. Ham and Cheese Sliders

Enjoy perfectly baked ham between melted cheese and Hawaiian rolls with this easy recipe. Ham and cheese sliders are the perfect snacks to serve at family gatherings. Prepare the sliders ahead of time and save prep time on Christmas day.

Ham and Cheese Sliders
One of our all-time favorite recipes is this Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sliders easy recipe. The ham is baked perfectly in between the melted cheese and Hawaiian Roll.
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42. BBQ Little Smokies Crock Pot

Create savory little smokies covered with a delicious BBQ sauce and jelly mixture. The recipe is only made with 3 easy ingredients and cooks effortlessly in the slow cooker. BBQ little Smokies crock pot also freezes well and can be reheated in the slow cooker.

BBQ Little Smokies Crock Pot
With just 3 simple ingredients, this recipe comes together easily in the slow cooker for the best little smokies recipe. The sauce is so delicious and flavorful.
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43. Homemade Garlic Butter

Homemade garlic butter can be used for lots of delicious holiday snacks, not only for garlic bread. Making them from scratch is so much cheaper than store bought. Make them ahead of time and use them to jazz up your Christmas dinner.

Homemade Garlic Butter
Make this easy Garlic butter recipe with just 4 ingredients. It is delicious served and adds so much flavor to French bread, steak, and even vegetables.
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44. Homemade Garlic Bread

Did you know that you can freeze homemade garlic bread? After the bread has cooled, place it in a freezer bag and freeze. This means that you can make them ahead of time which saves so much time and effort on Christmas day.

Homemade Garlic Bread
Learn how to make homemade garlic bread for the freezer. Save time and money with this delicious recipe.
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45. 2 Ingredient Fruit Dip

If you are planning to serve fruits at your next holiday feast, this recipe is for you. The simplicity of this 2 ingredient fruit dip complements the fruits perfectly. Not only is it easy to make, but you can also make it in advance.

2-Ingredient Fruit Dip
It has two super simple ingredients, and that’s it. It is a basic cream cheese fruit dip recipe. You have the option of adding in some additional flavor, but it is completely optional.
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46. Garlic Lime Steamed Asparagus

Garlic lime steamed asparagus is loaded with garlic salt and lime which gives the asparagus so much flavor. The asparagus are cooked perfectly and are not mushy.

Garlic Lime Steamed Asparagus
Oh my! This Garlic Lime Steamed asparagus is so easy to make and tastes amazing! It is packed with flavor and takes just minutes to make.
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47. Homemade Salsa

If you want to have delicious Mexican food at your holiday feast, delicious homemade salsa should never be missing. It is an easy recipe that you can make in minutes and store in the fridge for up to 2 months.

Homemade Salsa
It is easy enough to whip up for a snack and it is seriously so good. Since you only need a few ingredients, it is a breeze to make.
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48. Grilled Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders

Jazz up your regular chicken tenders with this delicious grill recipe. Grilled bacon wrapped chicken tenders are so tender and juicy on the inside, plus the bacon is so smoky. Store them in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Grilled Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders
Grilled Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders has the best flavor with just 4 ingredients. This is an easy weeknight recipe for the grill that everyone will enjoy.
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49. Strawberry Banana Cheesecake Salad

This strawberry banana cheesecake salad looks so festive and appetizing. It is filled with strawberries, bananas, cheesecake, and vanilla yogurt. Make this the night before and store it in the fridge for a nice cold salad on Christmas day.

Strawberry Banana Cheesecake Salad
Strawberry Banana Cheesecake Salad is a delicious, creamy salad that is easy to make.
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50. Indian Fry Bread

Indian fry bread is a simple bread snack that is fried to a nice golden crisp. This recipe only needs a few ingredients and results in crispy flatbread that goes well with your favorite topping. Make the dough the night before the celebration to save time.

Indian Fry Bread
Indian Fry Bread Recipe only requires a few ingredients making it super easy to make. This fry bread recipe is fried to a golden crisp and delicious with your favorite toppings.
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51. Trail Mix Bar

Making a trail mix bar is a fun way to get the kids involved in preparing snacks. You can put various items and combine them to create the perfect snack. Put them in baggies and set them up at the dinner table.

Trail Mix Bar
Making a Trail Mix Bar is a fun way to set out all your favorite trail mix ingredients to combine for a tasty snack.
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52. Crock Pot Cowboy Crack Dip

This dip has so much flavor with only 5 ingredients. Crock pot cowboy crack dip is a spicy and creamy dip that is perfect for large crowds.

Crock Pot Cowboy Crack Dip
Crock Pot Cowboy Crack Dip is the perfect dip to serve for any occasion. You only need a few ingredients to make this flavorful dip.
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53. Texas Roadhouse Fried Pickles

Turn dilled pickles into crispy, crunchy, flavorful Texas Roadhouse fried pickles using this recipe. All you need for this recipe are a few easy ingredients and a delicious dipping sauce.

Texas Roadhouse Fried Pickles
Copycat Texas Roadhouse Fried Pickles are served as a fried food appetizer on their menu. Slice pickles are seasoned and fried to create a crispy, crunchy texture.
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54. Macaroni Salad

Macaroni salad is a staple for all holidays. This recipe has an amazing tangy salad dressing covering the delicious macaroni. Make them on Christmas Eve and serve them on Christmas Day.

Macaroni Salad
This Easy Macaroni Salad Recipe is my go-to dish to bring to potlucks, BBQs, parties, and more. It is loaded with lots of delicious veggies, cheese, and more!
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55. Beer Cheese Dip

Beer cheese dip is a fun and interesting appetizer for adults. It is made with two different kinds of cheese, a can of beer, and simple seasoning.

Beer Cheese Dip
It is made with two different kinds of cheese, a can of beer, and simple seasoning. This dip is creamy, cheesy, and delicious that it is always a crowd favorite.
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56. Christmas Cheese Ball

Christmas Tree Cheese Ball
If you need a fun and festive appetizer, make this Christmas Tree Cheese Ball. It is the perfect Christmas Party appetizer and is easy to make.
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Having make ahead Christmas appetizers beforehand will save you so much time on Christmas day. Try these 55 Christmas appetizer recipes! Make ahead appetizers will make your life on Christmas day so much easier. #christmasonadime #makeaheadchristmasappetizers #appetizers

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