Easy Holiday Appetizer Ideas

If you are like me, I'm ALWAYS looking for easy appetizer ideas for when friends or family come over to visit.  

I had the pleasure of John WM Macy Cheesestick company sending me a bunch of samples to try.  I really liked the fact that they were baked (not fried) and didn't contain any artificial ingredients or preservatives.

They were really good! (especially the sweet sticks, you could just set out a bowl of them next to the coffee pot!)

 I liked that they were a PERFECT combination to classy up any type of dip.

My favorite EASY dip to bring to a holiday gathering is a block (or ball) of cream cheese with a red pepper jelly poured over the top.  It looks pretty and tastes amazing.  Pair it with the bread cheesesticks and you got yourself the nicest looking (easy) holiday appetizer!

Cream cheese, red pepper jelly and CheeseSticks (very similar to fancy breadsticks)

Doesn't that just say HOLIDAY!

Or how about making this Greek Salad Snack Dip
It's EASY!

1 box John Wm Macy’s Melting Parmesan CheeseSticks
8-ounce container sour cream
1/2 pound crumbled Feta cheese
Drained and chopped sun-dried tomatoes
Finely chopped cucumber, basil & olives (to your taste)

Mix all ingredients except CheeseSticks and season to taste. Chill overnight. Before serving sprinkle with fresh parsley or chopped chives over the top and don’t stir!
Serve with CheeseSticks on the side and maybe a couple sticking up from the dip.  This will look as beautiful as it tastes.

Another easy but classy appetizer is putting fun ingredients on top of a cracker and set it on a nice serving platter.
 (This is their cheesecrisps)


1 box John Wm Macy’s Cheddar & Asiago CheeseCrisps
1 tablespoon red onion, finely chopped
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 pound smoked salmon, cut in 24 one-inch squares
4 ounces cream cheese
24 springs fresh dill and 2 teaspoons chopped dill


Combine onion, mustard, honey and chopped dill in a small bowl. Mix well and chill. Spread cream cheese on CheeseCrisps. Top with a dollop of mustard mixture and one square of smoked salmon, rolled. Place sprig of fresh dill in rolled salmon and serve.

To be honest, the SWEET JAVA CINNAMON STICKS were my favorite.
Here was a fun recipe that would make a great holiday treat!


1 box John Wm. Macy’s Java Cinnamon SweetSticks
1 14 oz. bag of caramels unwrapped
2 tablespoons water
1 11.5 oz bag of real milk chocolate chips
1 cup pretzels, crushed

1. Heat caramels and water in a saucepan; cook on low heat until caramels are completely melted, stirring frequently.
2. Spay a cookie sheet with cooking spray, lightly.
3. Dip SweetSticks 3/4 into melted caramel, twirl until nicely covered. Set on cookie sheet. Allow to cool.
4. In microwaveable bowl heat chocolate chips on medium power (50% or level 5) for 4 minutes. Stir, until it’s smooth.
5. Dip caramel covered SweetSticks into smooth chocolate, twirl until even and dip into pretzel crumbs.
6. Place on cookie sheet until chocolate is set.

And let's not forget how EASY it is to do a tomato mozzarella balsamic vinegar combo!  I recently found the very BEST balsamic vinegar called Ariston Balsamic Vinegar.  I could drink the stuff it was just that good! (I ordered a gallon of it after trying a small bottle!!) 

I hope this has given you some inspiration for easy appetizers to bring (or serve) at your next holiday party!  


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