These Party Snacks Are The Best Dishes To Serve At All Your Gatherings

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Happy holidays! Whether you’re the hostess with the mostess or you’re just trying to get through the season without anyone realizing you’re bringing Costco muffins to the party, holiday cooking can be stressful. 

Thankfully, we understand that stress and want to lessen your burdens this year with these delightful holiday snacks you’ll want to serve at every party!


Mini Cranberry Potpies

Thank you PureWow for the recipe!


  • 20 oz. cranberries

  • 1 orange

  • ¾ cup light brown sugar

  • ¼ cup maple syrup

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon 

  • ¾ tsp ground ginger

  • ¼ tsp fine sea salt

  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 2 sheets puff pastry

  • Egg wash

  • Whipped cream or ice cream


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place six to eight ramekins on a baking sheet. 

  2. In a medium saucepan, cook the cranberries, orange zest and juice, brown sugar, and maple syrup over medium-low heat until the cranberries start to soften and become juicy, 6-8 minutes. Add the cinnamon, ginger, and salt and continue to simmer over low heat until the cranberries burst and the mixture thickens a bit — 7-9 minutes. 

  3. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the butter and vanilla. Ladle the mixture into the prepared ramekins and cool to room temperature. 

  4. While the cranberry mixture cools, prepare the puff pastry. Cut each piece of dough into three or four rounds just larger than the size of your ramekins. Transfer to the parchment-lined baking sheet and chill it in the refrigerator while you work on the next piece of dough. 

  5. Lightly brush the chilled rounds of dough with egg wash and cut a small vent from the center of the round. 

  6. Gently transfer the prepared pieces of dough to the surface of the ramekins, pressing firmly at the edges to seal. 

  7. Transfer the ramekins to the oven and bake until the pastry is golden brown — 20-25 minutes. Cool them for at least 10 minutes before serving. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.


Walnut and Blue Cheese-Stuffed Mushrooms

Thank you Inspired by Charm for the recipe!


  • 24 large mushrooms 

  • ½ cup seasoned breadcrumbs

  • ⅓ cup parmesan cheese

  • ⅓ cup sour cream 

  • 2 Tbsp chopped parsley

  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)

  • ¼ tsp black pepper

  • ⅓ cup crumbled blue cheese

  • ¼ cup chopped toasted walnuts

  • 1-2 Tbsp olive oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Clean the mushrooms and remove and discard the stems. Place the mushrooms stem-side up on the baking sheet. 

  2. In a small bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, sour cream, parsley, garlic, black pepper, blue cheese, and walnuts. Spoon the mixture into the mushroom caps and lightly brush them with olive oil. 

  3. Bake for 17-20 minutes. Garnish with a sprinkle of parsley, if desired. 


Tarte Soleil

Thank you Camille Styles for the recipe!


  • 2 sheets puff pastry 

  • 1 wheel brie cheese

  • ⅓ cup apricot preserves 

  • Sea salt

  • ¾ tsp fresh ground black pepper

  • 1-2 sprigs fresh rosemary (leaves chopped)

  • 3-4 sprigs fresh thyme (leaves chopped)

  • Big pinch red chili powder

  • 1 egg for egg wash


  1. Flour two large sheets of parchment paper. Unfold one sheet of puff pastry and cover it with another floured sheet of parchment. Roll it out to about 13-inch wide and set it in the fridge while you do the same for the second sheet. 

  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F. 

  3. Take one sheet of puff pastry and shape it into a circle, cutting off the corners. Place the circle onto a large parchment-lined sheet tray. 

  4. Remove the top rind of brie cheese and place it in the middle of the circle. Spread the apricot preserves into an even layer around the brie on the dough and leave about a ½-inch border at the edge of the dough. Sprinkle it with salt, pepper, rosemary, thyme, and chili powder. 

  5. Remove the second sheet of dough from the fridge, shape it into a circle, and place it on top of the brie and apricot preserves. Use a fork to press a border into the dough around the brie. Next, use a knife to cut from the border around the brie to the edge of the dough at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock, dividing the circle into quarters. Cut each quarter in half, then cut each into 3 sections. Twist each strip 2-3 times. 

  6. Make the egg wash and brush it over the dough. 

  7. If possible, chill the prepared tart for 10-15 minutes. 

  8. Place the tart in the middle rack of the oven and bake it for 30-35 minutes, or until it’s golden brown.


Parmesan Garlic Roasted Shrimp

Thank you Inspired by Charm for the recipe!


  • 1 lb. medium raw shrimp (peeled and deveined)

  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan 

  • 4 garlic cloves (minced)

  • ½ tsp dried basil

  • ½ tsp kosher salt

  • ¼ tsp black pepper

  • Juice from ½ lemon

  • Parsley leaves

  • Cocktail sauce


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F and coat a baking sheet with oil or nonstick spray. 

  2. Place the shrimp in a single layer on the sheet. Evenly distribute the olive oil, parmesan, garlic, oregano, and basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Toss everything together. 

  3. Place the pan of shrimp in the oven and roast until the shrimp are just pink, firm, and cooked through — 7-9 minutes.


Cheesy Bacon Holiday Crack

Thank you Half-Baked Harvest for the recipe!


  • 10 slices thick-cut bacon (chopped)

  • 1 bag black pepper or sea salt potato chips

  • ¼ cup brown sugar

  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

  • ¼ cup maple syrup

  • ½ – 1 tsp cayenne pepper

  • Rosemary


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

  2. Cook the bacon in a large skillet over high heat until the fat renders and the bacon is just beginning to crisp, about 5-6 minutes. Slide the bacon onto a paper towel-lined plate to drain. 

  3. Arrange the potato chips on the prepared baking sheet and sprinkle the brown sugar evenly over the chips. Next, drizzle the maple syrup evenly over the chips. Add the cheese and bacon and sprinkle the cayenne pepper. Transfer the pan to the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the bacon is crisp and the cheese has melted. Remove and break the chips into pieces. 

  4. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Loaded Christmas Bark

Thank you Averie Cooks for the recipe!


  • 12 Oreos (quartered) 

  • 1 + ½ cups pretzels (chopped or broken)

  • ¾ cup salted peanuts

  • 1 lb. semi-sweet or dark chocolate (chopped)

  • ½ cup holiday-colored M&Ms 

  • ½ cup white chocolate chips 

  • 3-4 Tbsp holiday-colored sprinkles


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and scatter the Oreos, pretzels, and peanuts over it. Everything should be touching, but not overlapping. 

  2. Add the chocolate to a large, microwave-safe bowl and heat it on high power for 30 seconds to melt it. Reheat in 15-second bursts until it’s all melted. 

  3. Evenly drizzle the chocolate over the dry ingredients. Before the chocolate sets, sprinkle the M&Ms, white chocolate chips, and sprinkles over the mixture. 

  4. Place the tray in the fridge or freezer until the chocolate sets, then break it into pieces.


Which holiday snack are you bringing to your next holiday party? Comment below!

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