30 Easy Winter Appetizer Ideas

Easy winter appetizer ideas are ideal for all of your cold weather celebrations!

30 Easy Winter Appetizer Ideas

While the appetizers here are great for Christmas, I’ve rounded up appetizer recipes decidedly with winter in mind, not specifically the holiday season.

You’ll still be entertaining in January and February and won’t want your birthday parties, baby showers, bridal showers, and other social gatherings to feel too Christmasy. I selected easy winter appetizer ideas with these occasions in mind.

Easy winter appetizer ideas

Pomegranate Cheeseball How Sweet Eats

1. Pomegranate cheeseball

How Sweet Eats’ pomegranate jeweled cheeseball has so much flavor and texture, thanks to three kinds of cheese, toasted almonds, and crispy sage. Pomegranate arils add the perfect pop of color and tart finish. Make the cheeseball a day or two ahead of time to let the flavors meld, and then add the pomegranate arils right before serving.

Warm French Onion Dip Blue Jean Chef

2. French onion dip

Blue Jean Chef’s warm French onion dip combines the flavors of French onion dip and French onion soup in a dip that’s best served straight out of the oven. It’s ideal for dipping Parmesan crostini or sturdy crudites, such as carrots and celery.

Winter Squash Prosciutto Pizza The Original Dish

3. Squash and prosciutto pizza

The Original Dish’s winter squash and prosciutto pizza is loaded with garlicky kale, burrata, and fontina cheese. It’s such a comforting seasonal dish. You’ll be looking for excuses to make it multiple times throughout the cold months of the year.

Honey Baked Brie with Fig Jam and Walnuts Simply Scratch

4. Honey-baked Brie

Simply Scratch’s honey-baked Brie features a double cream Brie topped with honey. Once it’s baked, making it soft and creamy, you top it with fig jam, toasted walnuts, and rosemary. Serve it with crostini and your favorite white wine or champagne. It’s such an easy recipe but will wow guests every time.

Cranberry Jalapeno Dip Sparrows and Lily

5. Cranberry jalapeno dip

Sparrow and Lily’s cranberry jalapeno dip combines tart cranberries, spicy jalapenos, and sweet sugar for the ultimate sweet and savory flavor palette that has just the right amount of kick. With only eight ingredients, this dip will become your new go-to appetizer for all of your winter social gatherings.

Andouille Sausage Bites Cooking LSL

6. Andouille sausage bites

Cooking LSL’s andouille sausage bites are the perfect mini winter skewer. Each one has a slice of andouille sausage, a cube of cheddar cheese, and a cranberry sauce cranberry. It’s simple and seasonal with a wonderful flavor palette.

Cinnamon Popcorn Eating on a Dime

7. Cinnamon popcorn

It doesn’t get much cozier than Eating on a Dime’s cinnamon popcorn. Mix freshly popped popcorn with melted butter, cinnamon, sugar, vanilla extract, and salt to make this irresistible snack. For a party, serve popcorn in individual cups. Cinnamon popcorn is also a wonderful afternoon treat or movie night snack any time during the winter.

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts Food Lovin Family

8. Bacon-wrapped water chestnuts

Food Lovin’ Family’s bacon-wrapped water chestnuts are a fun twist on the popular bacon-wrapped smokies. They have a wonderful combination of salty and sweet with just the right amount of crunch. The homemade barbecue brown sugar glaze takes the flavor over the top.

Winter Greens and Pomegranate Pizza The Curious Plate

9. Winter greens and pomegranate pizza

The Curious Plate’s winter greens and pomegranate pizza is so flavorful and colorful. It’s a white pizza recipe with mozzarella and pesto, topped with collard greens, red onion, and pomegranate arils. Homemade or storebought pizza dough and pesto work well here.

Baked Brie Foodiecrush

10. Baked Brie with cranberries, pecans, fig jam, and thyme

You can’t have too many baked Brie recipes on hand. Switching up the toppings keeps this classic appetizer concept fresh and interesting for any season. Foodiecrush’s baked Brie is topped with dried cranberries, candied pecans, fig jam, and fresh thyme, which I love for the winter months.

Caramelized Cauliflower Hummus Cook Republic

11. Caramelized cauliflower hummus

Cook Republic’s caramelized cauliflower hummus features sticky, jammy pan-caramelized cauliflower and roasted garlic-infused olive oil. You’ve never tasted anything quite like it before. Chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, sea salt, and cumin bring the hummus together. For a social gathering, top your hummus with smoked paprika, parsley, and more cumin and olive oil.

Rosemary and Thyme Chex Mix Wandering Chickpea

12. Rosemary and thyme Chex mix

Wandering Chickpea’s rosemary and thyme Chex mix is healthy and hearty with three kinds of Chex cereal, pretzels, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds. The rosemary and thyme give it a savory depth that’s unexpected but just as addictive as the popular sweeter Chex mix flavors.

I have a round-up of 50 Chex mix recipes, which has lots more Chex mixes that are ideal for the winter months.

Mini Beef and Gruyere Savory Tarts Weekend at the Cottage

13. Mini roasted beef and gruyere savory tarts

Weekend at the Cottage’s mini tarts consist of mini tart shells filled with juicy roast beef, shallot-sauteed mushrooms, creamy egg, horseradish, thyme, and gruyere cheese. Frozen pre-made mini tart shells make this adorable, delicious appetizer recipe come together quickly and easily.

Cranberry Cream Cheese Spread Dinner Then Dessert

14. Cranberry cream cheese spread

Dinner Then Dessert’s cranberry cream cheese spread is so colorful. It’s ideal for the holiday season and will carry you straight through the remaining winter months. You get the flavor of a traditional cheeseball without all of the work. The appetizer contains just five ingredients and comes together in five minutes.

Spicy Fontina Spinach Artichoke and Chorizo Stuffed Mushrooms Half Baked Harvest

15. Chorizo-stuffed mushrooms

Half Baked Harvest’s chorizo-stuffed mushrooms contain spicy fontina spinach and artichokes, and of course, your favorite chorizo sausage. A winter social gathering is the perfect excuse to make stuffed mushrooms, and I love this hearty version for winter.

Winter Cheese Board Platings and Pairings

16. Winter cheese board

Mixing up your cheese board spread for different seasons keeps the concept fresh and interesting. Platings and Pairings’ winter cheese board is intended for the months of the year with limited fresh produce. Her board boasts aged cheddar cheese, dried figs, almonds, pecans, and honey. Springing for raw honeycomb and high-quality olives adds the perfect finishing touches.

White Bean Dip with Crudite Cupcakes and Cashmere

17. White bean dip with crudites

Cupcakes and Cashmere’s white bean dip with crudites is a simple, healthy, and colorful appetizer that can be as straightforward or fancy as you like for any occasion. Everyone will be impressed that you made the dip yourself.

Chocolate Cranberry Trail Mix Bananas About Life

18. Chocolate cranberry trail mix

Homemade trail mix is so easy and allows you to customize the mix exactly to your tastes or simply what you have on hand. Bananas About Life’s chocolate cranberry trail mix has two types of nuts, two types of seeds, chocolate chips, dried cranberries, and chopped dates.

Beet Salad on a Stick Salty Canary

19. Beet salad on a stick

Salty Canary’s beet salad on a stick looks so fancy and makes a colorful addition to any party spread without a ton of work. I recommend roasting the beets ahead of time, so your appetizer comes together quickly the day of the party. Each skewer has beet, arugula, and goat cheese, and is then topped with chopped walnuts and a drizzle of honey balsamic vinaigrette.

Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Dijon Aioli Dash of Mandi

20. Crispy Brussels sprouts with Dijon aioli

Dash of Mandi’s crispy Brussels sprouts with Dijon aioli are the perfect vegetable appetizer to balance out more indulgent party food. They feel very fancy but are so easy to prepare. Air frying and oven baking both work well for the Brussels sprouts.

Whipped Brie Dip With Roasted Olives Nuts for Cheese

21. Whipped Brie dip with roasted olives

Nuts for Cheese’s whipped Brie dip with roasted olives is such a great flavor pairing. The rich roasted olive flavor compliments the creamy whipped Brie perfectly. Nuts of Cheese promotes their own dairy-free products for their recipes, but any Brie and butter work well here.

22. Winter fruit platter

When you entertain often, having seasonal variations on popular appetizers, such as fruit platters, keeps your menus fresh. Simmer and Sauce’s winter fruit platter features dried fruits and nuts paired with seasonal fruits, such as apples, pears, grapes, pomegranates, persimmons, and figs.

Mini Baked Potatoes Veggie Desserts

23. Mini baked potatoes

Mini versions of recipes allow guests to try that many more foods during a party, which is always fun. Veggie Desserts’ mini baked potatoes are baby or new potatoes loaded with sour cream and chives. She has lots of tips to ensure that your potatoes turn out perfectly every time.

Beef Wellington Bites with Dijon Sauce Sunday Table

24. Beef Wellington bites with Dijon sauce

Sunday Table’s beef Wellington bites with Dijon sauce are another mini food that’s great for entertaining. They’re made with puff pastry, prosciutto, mushrooms, and beef tenderloin. The Dijon sauce takes the flavor over the top.

Mascarpone Stuffed Dates Amee's Savory Dish

25. Mascarpone-stuffed dates

Amee’s Savory Dish’s mascarpone-stuffed dates with maple drizzle taste just like pecan pie but are much healthier. You only need four ingredients for this simple, delicious, and sweet appetizer recipe.

Savory Palmiers Striped Spatula

26. Savory palmiers with bacon, gruyere, and caramelized onions

Striped Spatula’s savory palmiers with bacon, gruyere, and caramelized onion are such a versatile appetizer concept. There are so many ways that you could switch up the ingredients. Prepare the palmiers in advance and even freeze them for later for stress-free entertaining.

Winter Fruit Salad Chelsea's Messy Apron

27. Winter fruit salad

Simply switch up your ingredients to keep making fruit salads all year long. Chelsea’s Messy Apron’s winter fruit salad features clementines, pomegranate arils, kiwis, and pears. She finishes it with a simple lemon-poppy seed dressing.

Roasted Vegetable Platter Brooklyn Supper

28. Roasted vegetable platter with whipped feta dip

Brooklyn Supper’s roasted vegetable platter with whipped feta dip is a winter take on a crudite platter. She includes broccoli, carrots, endive, purple cauliflower, mushrooms, hakurei turnips, and radicchio, served with a whipped feta dip that has lemon and red pepper flakes.

Cream Cheese and Hazelnut Stuffed Mushrooms Electric Blue Food

29. Cream cheese and hazelnut-stuffed mushrooms

Electric Blue Food’s cream cheese and hazelnut-stuffed mushrooms feature hazelnuts, which completely transforms this popular recipe concept. She recommends using the tiniest mushrooms that you can find to up the fancy factor.

Sweet Potato Rounds with Herbed Ricotta The Roasted Root

30. Sweet potato rounds with herbed ricotta

The Roasted Root’s sweet potato rounds with herbed ricotta are topped with dried cranberries, walnuts, and honey. The sweet potato base is unexpected but so flavorful, and the toppings add just the right amount of texture and flavor contrast.

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