5-Ingredient Holiday Party Foods

Make holiday entertaining stress-free with these festive 5-ingredient easy appetizers and desserts.

  • Red Pepper-Walnut Dip
    Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Mindi Shapiro

    Red Pepper-Walnut Dip

    Guests will be surprised to learn that walnuts and raisins give this dip its unique flavor. Serve with toasted pita wedges or sourdough baguette slices.
  • Goat Cheese and Chocolate-Stuffed Dates
    Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Mindi Shapiro

    Goat Cheese and Chocolate-Stuffed Dates

    With goat cheese, dates, unsweetened chocolate and powdered sugar, you might consider this recipe a dessert masquerading as an appetizer. Either way, you’ll find these stuffed dates hard to resist.
  • Olive-Nut Spread Sandwiches
    Lee Harrelson; Styling: Mindi Shapiro

    Olive-Nut Spread Sandwiches

    Toasted pecans add a nice crunch to the olive and cream cheese spread for these tasty party sandwiches.
  • White Chocolate-Peppermint Mousse
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Linda Hirst

    White Chocolate-Peppermint Mousse

    Heavy cream, white chocolate, and peppermint extract are the only ingredients you'll need to make these cute-as-can-be dessert cups. Top with crushed peppermint candies for crunch, if desired.
  • Candied Hazelnut Brittle
    Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Mindi Shapiro

    Candied Hazelnut Brittle

    Offer a bite of something sweet to guest with this easy-to-make candy that looks beautiful on the serving table.
  • Bacon-Wrapped Figs
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Bacon-Wrapped Figs

    Stuff figs with soft goat cheese and pecan halves, and then wrap in bacon for a savory-sweet appetizer.
  • Pepper Jelly-Pecan Rugelach
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck

    Pepper Jelly-Pecan Rugelach

    Pepper Jelly-Pecan Rugelach are buttery and flaky with just the right amount of sweet heat thanks to the red pepper jelly.
  • Goat Cheese-and-Olive Mini Tarts
    Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Mindi Shapiro

    Goat Cheese-and-Olive Mini Tarts

    Fill frozen mini phyllo sheets with a savory mixture of goat cheese and olive tapenade for a super-quick, sophisticated appetizer.
  • Browned Butter-Pecan Shortbread
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    Browned Butter-Pecan Shortbread

    These “not-too-sweet” wafers pair nicely with fruits, cheeses and wines for a cocktail buffet party.
  • No-Bake Peanut Butter Clusters
    Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Mindi Shapiro

    No-Bake Peanut Butter Clusters

    You might want to make an extra batch of these crispy cereal treats as they’ll get gobbled up quickly at any holiday party.
  • Rocky Top Brownies
    Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Mindi Shapiro

    Rocky Top Brownies

    To serve at a holiday dessert party, we suggest cutting these candy-topped brownies into small squares that are easy to pick up from the platter.
  • Pimiento Cheese Rolls
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell

    Pimiento Cheese Rolls

    Serve up a twist on the Southern staple with this easy appetizer.
  • White Chocolate-Cherry Bark
    Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr and Leigh Ann Ross

    White Chocolate-Cherry Bark

    White chocolate, pretzels, almonds, and cherries are the stars in this sweet holiday bark.
  • Duchess Potatoes

    Duchess Potatoes

    A great choice for entertaining, Duchess Potatoes are cooked potatoes that are blended with egg yolks, butter and cream, piped into a decorative shape and baked.
  • Lemon-and-Black-Pepper Cheese Straws

    Lemon-and-Black-Pepper Cheese Straws

    Use frozen puff pastry to make these pretty twists. No one can resist a good cheese straw!
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