Frugal Christmas Appetizer Ideas So You Can Spend Money on Something Else

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Ring in the season with Christmas cheer bites no one can resist! From tasty dips to cookie dough delights, get tasty holiday finger foods that come together in a hurry without spending much.

Ring in the season with Christmas cheer bites no one can resist! From tasty dips and cheesy cracker appetizers to cookie dough delights, get tasty holiday finger foods that come together in a hurry without spending much.

Frugal Christmas Appetizers

Are you still on the hunt for some yummy finger foods to make to go with your Christmas feast?

Each year on Christmas Eve our family does a “snacky day”. Pretty much all we eat all day is snack foods, cookies, and appetizers. I’m not sure when or how the tradition got started but we like it!

Today I thought I’d share with you some of my frugal appetizer recipes that can be used for Christmas.

Keep scrolling down to find something you like!

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Seven Layer Taco Dip
7 Layer Taco Dip Recipe – 5 Minute Layered Mexican Taco Dip
7 Layer Taco Dip is a delicious appetizer, potluck food, or even a whole meal in its own. Great for any time of year and perfect for the whole family!
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Cream CHeese Taco Dip
Cream Cheese Taco Dip Recipe
This delicious Cream Cheese Taco Dip recipe is an easy and simple way to feed your family or have it on hand for guests. Use it as a dip or make it an entire meal!
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Do you love queso and chips? Enjoy them guilt-free with this Homemade Queso Dip made from scratch with fresh ingredients and no processed products!
Easy Homemade Queso Dip: Completely From Scratch
Do you love queso and chips? Enjoy them guilt-free with this Homemade Queso Dip made from scratch with fresh ingredients and no processed products!
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4
The Best Creamy Pimento Cheese Spread
Looking for an easy and delicious snack? This Creamy Cheese Pimento Spread will surely become a new favorite with your friends and family!
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5
Classic Cheddar Cheese Ball Recipe in 5 Minutes
With just 5 ingredients you likely have on hand and 5 mere minutes of prep, you can be snacking on a creamy, tangy cheddar cheese ball that looks fancy but couldn’t be simpler.
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Jalapeno Popper Dip Recipe
Looking for a delicious dip to make for an upcoming party or get-together? This Jalapeno Popper Dip recipe has just the right amount of kick but is still mild enough for the whole family to enjoy.
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Black Bean Dip
Super Easy Black Bean Dip
With just a few simple ingredients and a blender or food processor, you can whip up the creamiest, dreamiest black bean dip that will be the star of snack time. This simple plant-based dip comes together in 5 minutes flat.
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8
Cream Cheese Sour Cream Pinwheels Recipe
Need a super easy appetizer to make for your next get together? These Cream Cheese Sour Cream Pinwheels will be the hit of the party!
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9
Egg Rolls
Homemade Egg Rolls From Scratch
How to make delicious homemade Egg Rolls from scratch. These egg rolls can be fried or baked and are delicious either way!
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10
Fresh and Easy Avocado Corn Salsa Recipe
Looking for the perfect dish to take to your next potluck or dinner? How about an easy and delicious snack? This Avocado Corn Salsa Recipe is perfect for both! It’s easy to put together and uses lots of fresh vegetables from your garden.
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11
Old Fashioned Crispy Homemade Onion Rings Recipe
Do you love onion rings? Learn to make Homemade Onion Rings at home, from scratch, that are just as good (or better) than the ones you love from the restaurant!
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Soft Pretzels
Soft pretzels are frugal and relatively easy to make. Make these in different shapes for the holidays or the traditional pretzel shape.
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13
Simple Salsa Recipe
Commercial salsas can be loaded with sodium and contain preservatives, so making your own easy homemade salsa recipe is a good idea. Plus, fresh always tastes better!
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14
Taco Dip Recipe
Taco Dip Recipe with Ground Beef
This taco dip recipe using ground beef is the perfect quick meal or would be great for a hearty appetizer dish. It is super easy and takes minimal, usually on hand ingredients.
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Simple 5 Ingredient Recipe for White Cheese Dip
Love homemade Queso? This recipe for White Cheese Dip contains no processed cheese products and is sure to be a favorite with everyone at your next gathering!
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Savory Warm Cream Cheese Spinach Dip Recipe
This delicious Cream Cheese Spinach Dip recipe is a wonderful way to use fresh spinach. Even if you don’t have any in your garden right now, you should be able to easily find the ingredients for this recipe to make a perfect afternoon snack.
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Cookie Dough Balls

Easy Christmas Appetizers You Don’t Need a Recipe For

Cheesy Sprinkle Crackers – Top crackers or baguette slices with cheese slices, sprinkles, herbs. Cheese can be melted.

Caprese Skewers – Skewer mozzarella, cherry tomato, basil leaves.

Fruity Brie Bites – Top brie slices with cranberries, apple or pear slices.

Cinnamon Sugar Almonds – Toss almonds in melted butter, cinnamon and sugar.

Pepperoni Pizza Bites – Top pepperoni slices with mozzarella cube and pizza sauce.

Ants on a Log – Top celery sticks with nut butter and raisins.

Peppermint Bark Dip – Mix chocolate chips and peppermint pieces into cream cheese.

Cookie Dough Bites – Roll edible cookie dough into balls, chill, and top with sprinkles before baking.

What kind of appetizers are you making to go with your Christmas meal?

Me and Kady

Merissa Alink

Merissa has been blogging about and living the simple and frugal life on Little House Living since 2009 and has internationally published 2 books on the topic. You can read about Merissa’s journey from penniless to freedom on the About Page. You can send her a message any time from the Contact Page.

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  1. Merissa, these are great! So many of them can be adapted to various “diets,” too, if folks are dairy-free, wheat-free, etc! LOVE that!

    We don’t do this on Christmas Eve, but it 100% our NEW YEAR’S EVE tradition, every year!! Always looking for fun switch-ups besides the baked artichoke dip, mini cocktail dogs/meatballs, and the classic cream-cheese/Hormel chili/cheddar cheese microwave dip!!! Thanks for posting!!!