25 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.
  • 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.
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