45 Easiest Finger Foods Ever

No forks or spoons required for these easy-to-pick-up party foods.

  • Mini Peppermint and Chocolate Chip Cheesecakes
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Jan Gautro

    Mini Peppermint and Chocolate Chip Cheesecakes

    Instead of making one big cheesecake for a dessert buffet, make individual cheesecakes in mini-muffin pans. Serving them in their paper liners make them even easier to pick up and eat.
  • Cheese Dreams
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller  

    Cheese Dreams

    These little gems will be the first appetizer to disappear. Make them the day before and refrigerate, or freeze up to 3 weeks. If frozen, pop in the oven straight from the freezer; increase the bake time by 10 minutes.
  • Creamed Spinach Phyllo Cups
    Photo: Johnny Miller; Styling: Sarah Smart

    Creamed Spinach Phyllo Cups

    Turn a beloved side dish into a cute and savory appetizer. Frozen phyllo shells speed prep time, as does bagged baby spinach (rather than frozen). Toasting the phyllo cups keeps them crisp longer after being filled.
  • Skewered Persimmon and Herb Bites
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Emma Star Jensen

    Skewered Persimmon and Herb Bites

    The combination of persimmons with Southeast Asian herbs and dunk sauce comes as a surprise in these quick appetizers, and it's totally addictive.
  • Stuffed Celery
    Photo: Ryan Benyi; Styling: Gerri Williams for James Reps

    Stuffed Celery

    For an easy side dish, serve guests Stuffed Celery. This stuffing is also great as a dip.
  • Mini Quiches
    Photo: Antonis Achilleos

    Mini Quiches

    Five ingredients and 5 minutes of baking gets you these mini quiches, tasty pastry cups filled with egg and cheese and topped with bacon.
  • Caramelized Onion-Apple Bites
    Leo Gong

    Caramelized Onion-Apple Bites

    These savory hors d'oeuvres can be assembled in advance—ideal for relaxed entertaining.
  • Egg and Anchovy Crostini
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey

    Egg and Anchovy Crostini

    Enjoy eggs with soft yolk, nestled into lemon-scented toasts and topped with marinated white anchovies for a fresh, clean appetizer.
  • Pepper Jelly-Goat Cheese Cakes
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck

    Pepper Jelly-Goat Cheese Cakes

    These delightful goat cheese cakes topped with pepper jelly are a great make ahead appetizer and are served chilled so no warming is necessary.
  • Creamy Wild Mushroom and Goat Cheese Cups
    Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Mushroom and Goat Cheese Cups

    The filling can be made and refrigerated up to a day in advance, then brought to room temperature before filling the cups. Phyllo shells come conveniently prebaked, so they're ready to fill once thawed.
  • Sweet and Spicy Nut and Pretzel Mix
    Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Sweet and Spicy Nut Mix

    This sweet and spicy mix is a must for holiday entertaining. Make a batch at the beginning of month and serve all season long.
  • Pimiento Cheese Squares
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck

    Pimiento Cheese Squares

    The South’s classic spread made into savory bites of Pimiento Cheese Squares makes the perfect appetizer for parties— a taste of home the crowd will love.
  • Smoked Trout, Arugula, and Granny Smith Stacks
    Photo: Andrew Thomas Lee; Styling: Kaitlyn Du Ross  

    Smoked Trout, Arugula, and Granny Smith Stacks

    Crisp apples make a delicious and nutritious base this quick and easy appetizer.
  • Goat Cheese Poppers with Honey
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Linda Hirst  

    Goat Cheese Poppers with Honey

    In addition to being a delicious appetizer, Goat Cheese Poppers with Honey are great as croutons on salads or as "meat" balls for vegetarian pasta dishes
  • Herbed Onion Parmesan Toasts
    Photo: Aya Brackett; Styling: Emma Star Jensen

    Herbed Onion Parmesan Toasts

    An all-Chardonnay blanc de blancs has an herbal quality that loves the green onions and dill in this appetizer, a brioche layer that echoes the toast itself, and a bright acidity that cuts through the rich mayo and cheese.
  • Melted Manchego Tortas with Romesco and Chorizo
    Photo: Andrew Thomas Lee; Styling: Kaitlyn Du Ross  

    Melted Manchego Tortas with Romesco and Chorizo

    Spanish flatbreads, or tortas, are a tapas staple and ready in just 25 minutes.
  • Chicken Sausage Puffs with Creamy Mustard Dipping Sauce
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Linda Hirst

    Chicken Sausage Puffs with Creamy Mustard Dipping Sauce

    Shortcut items, such as fully cooked chicken sausage and coarse-grained mustard make these Chicken Sausage Puffs an easy go-to recipe around the holidays.
  • Mini Corn Cakes with Smoked Salmon and Dill Crème Fraîche
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller  

    Mini Corn Cakes with Smoked Salmon and Dill Crème Fraîche

    Make these in the morning, and top with salmon and crème fraîche just before your guests arrive. Tight on time? Use store-bought blini instead.
  • Cumin-Roasted Cashews
    Photo: Theresa Raffetto; Styling: Gerri Williams for James Reps

    Cumin-Roasted Cashews

    This simple appetizer of Cumin-Roasted Cashews is full of flavor and will subdue an appetite until the feast is complete.
  • Brie with Jeweled Fruit Compote
    Photo: Johnny Miller; Styling: Sarah Smart

    Brie with Jeweled Fruit Compote

    This lovely appetizer is about as quick and easy as it gets--as tasty, too. You don't even need to let the cheese come to room temperature first; the warm fruit that goes on top will soften it up.
  • Peach-and-Blue Cheese Bites
    Photo: William Dickey; Styling: Rose Nguyen

    Peach-and-Blue Cheese Bites

    Cut refrigerated pie crust dough into rounds and bake in mini-muffin cups for these bite-size tartlet shells. The 3-ingredient filling is simply cheese, fruit spread, and almonds, or you can use a number of other flavor combinations.
  • Pecan-Raisin Mini-Tarts

    Pecan-Raisin Mini-Tarts

    Pecan pie is always a welcome treat during the holidays but is sometimes a bit messy to serve. With these little pecan tarts, there's no need for a fork since you can simply pick one up and pop it in your mouth. The raisins in the filling add a bit of extra sweetness.
  • Seared Beef Tenderloin Mini Sandwiches with Mustard-Horseradish Sauce
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Seared Beef Tenderloin Mini Sandwiches with Mustard-Horseradish Sauce

    Mini open-faced sandwiches are ideal for a light supper or appetizer buffet and a great way to stretch the number of servings you get from a pricey cut of meat.
  • Modern Cheese Balls
    Photo: Maura McEvoy

    Modern Cheese Balls

    Eliminate the need for cute party spreaders or knives when you offer bite-size cheese balls that guests can either pick up with their fingers or with wooden picks.
  • Brownie Bourbon Balls
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Brownie Bourbon Balls

    A packaged brownie mix is the shortcut ingredient in this fudgy favorite. You might need to make an extra batch as your guests will have a hard time stopping with one.
  • Classic Shrimp Cocktail with Red and Green Sauces
    Photo: Jan Smith

    Classic Shrimp Cocktail with Red and Green Sauces

    The tails of fresh shrimp beckon you to pick them up with your fingers and dip them into a savory sauce. If you need a few shortcuts, buy steamed shrimp at the seafood counter and use bottled green salsa and horseradish sauce instead of making your own.
  • Savory Parmesan Bites

    Savory Parmesan Bites

    Start with refrigerated crescent roll dough to make these cheesy little roll-ups. You can freeze the unbaked roll-ups for up to one month, and then bake just before serving.
  • Endive Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Walnuts
    Randy Mayor; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Endive Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Walnuts

    Endive leaves make a perfect container for the crumbled cheese, orange sections, and walnuts in this appetizer that's basically a hand-held salad.
  • Goat Cheese Tarts with Lemon-Fig Compote
    Photo: Jan Smith

    Goat Cheese Tarts with Lemon-Fig Compote

    Mini phyllo shells are definitely a "go-to ingredient" when you need to serve a sweet treat that doesn't require a fork or spoon.
  • Onion Frittata Bites
    Randy Mayor; Melanie J. Clarke

    Onion Frittata Bites

    Instead of cooking a frittata in a skillet, bake the egg mixture in a baking dish and then cut into rectangular pieces. You can serve them either warm or at room temperature.
  • Barbecue Pizza Bites
    HOWARD L. PUCKETT

    Barbecue Pizza Bites

    Pizza wedges are perfect when you need a hearty party appetizer. Because of the sturdy Boboli crusts and a small amount of sauce, you can hold these pizzas bites in one hand and not make a mess.
  • Panko-crusted Crab Cake Bites with Roasted Pepper-Chive Aioli
    James Carrier

    Panko-crusted Crab Cake Bites with Roasted Pepper-Chive Aioli

    The panko crumbs make these bite-sized crab cakes crispy and easy to pick up. In fact, they might be way too easy to pick up and pop in your mouth. If you're expecting a crowd, you'd better make extras because these will be gone fast.
  • Ham-and-Cheese Skewers
    Charles Walton IV

    Ham-and-Cheese Skewers

    These 4-ingredient appetizer skewers are the perfect pick-up party food and an elegant addition to an appetizer menu.
  • Pigskins in a Blanket
    Photo: Quentin Bacon

    Pigskins in a Blanket

    Offer a slightly more sophisticated version of pigs-in-a-blanket for your next football party. You only need 3 ingredients: chicken sausage, frozen puff pastry, and whole-grain mustard.
  • Yummy Sausage Cups
    Photo: Gooseberry Patch

    Yummy Sausage Cups

    These phyllo cups filled with maple-flavored sausage, cheese, and sour cream are perfect for a brunch buffet or a holiday open house. Easy to grab and go, these little cups are sure to be a hit.
  • Greek Olive Cups
    Oxmoor House

    Greek Olive Cups

    Fill mini phyllo cups with a mixture of olives, pecans, pine nuts, and cheese for a savory holiday appetizer offering. These cups can be made ahead and frozen, so they’re ideal for holiday entertaining.
  • Double Peanut Butter Candy Bites with Granola
    Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Double Peanut Butter Candy Bites With Granola

    Make a little magic with peanut butter cookie dough, mini peanut butter cup candies, and granola. When you offer these 3-ingredient sweet treats at your next dessert party they’re sure to disappear quickly.
  • Tomato-Feta Bites
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Kristen Shelton Fielder

    Tomato-Feta Bites

    Start with frozen puff pastry to make these 6-ingredient Mediterranean-style appetizers featuring the savory goodness of tomatoes, kalamata olives, and feta cheese.
  • Crunchy Pecan Pie Bites
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine

    Crunchy Pecan Pie Bites

    Cram all the amazing flavor of pecan pie into these bite-sized treats that are perfect for parties and gift-giving alike.
  • Sausage Balls
    Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro, Laura Zapalowski

    Sausage Balls

    This 3-ingredient recipe is the perfect finger food for Christmas morning when children are too excited to sit down for breakfast, but it’s also a great choice for breakfast and brunch any time of the year.
  • Bourbon Balls
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Bourbon Balls

    These bourbon-flavored cookies offer up a powerful punch while packaged in a small bite. These sweet, no-bake treats are a favored gift and a perfect nibble for parties.
  • Goat Cheese-and-Olive Mini Tarts
    Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Mindi Shapiro

    Goat Cheese-and-Olive Mini Tarts

    Use frozen mini phyllo pastry shells, goat cheese and storebought olive tapenade to make these quick and easy 5-ingredient appetizers.
  • Mini Bacon Quiches
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Linda Hirst

    Mini Bacon Quiches

    These mini crustless quiches are filled with potato, bacon, Parmesan cheese and sour cream and baked in mini muffin pans. You can serve them either warm or at room temperature.
  • Mini Sausage Tarts
    Photo: Gooseberry Patch

    Mini Sausage Tarts

    You’ll only need 5 ingredients to make these tasty little sausage tarts for your next holiday party. The recipe makes 5 dozen, so it’s a perfect recipe to make if you’re having a crowd.
  • Chocolate Bruschetta
    Randy Mayor; Cindy Barr

    Chocolate Bruschetta

    Turn your bruschetta into a sweet treat for a change. Salt enhances the chocolate flavor. For best results, use good-quality chocolate and coarse sea salt.
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