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33 Appetizer Party Recipes and Easy Dessert Recipes

Making appetizers for a crowd has never been easier than with ideas from this collection!

By: Jamie Garcia, Editor, RecipeLion.com
Updated October 16, 2018
33 Appetizer Party Recipes and Easy Dessert Recipes

"Appetizers" is just a fancy way of saying, "snack recipes for adults," right? With no shortage of game days, tailgates, and holidays on the calendar, what better excuse do you need to whip up fun and delicious party food? A great appetizer recipe or dessert can bring a whole party together, and this collection of 33 Appetizer Party Recipes and Easy Dessert Recipes has loads of ideas to help you plan a flawless spread of hors d'oeuvres. 
 
Appetizer party recipes come in many different forms. From cold snacks to hot eats and of course, delicious sweet treats. Whether you're looking for food to make for a Memorial Day BBQ, a football tailgate, or just a fun cocktail party at home, these bite-size appetizers and desserts are sure to be the perfect complement to your good time. Plan the perfect affair with these appetizers for a crowd.

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Check out this quick video for a shareable pull apart bread everyone is sure to love!

Easy Hot Appetizers

Mozzarella Pepperoni Croissants

No party, game day, or holiday gathering would be complete without some hot and tasty appetizers. From hot, cheesy dips, to crunchy potato skins, appetizer party recipes like these are a must. This collection is loaded with our favorite hot appetizers like cheese fries, loaded nachos, and hot wings. They just never get old! We've also included delicious recipes for crispy baked zucchini rounds, pull apart cheesy onion bread, and chicken enchilada dip. Hungry yet? That's the idea, now get to it!

  • Cheesy Bloomin' Onion Bread

    We don't know why, but the best appetizer recipes are the ones that have loads of cheese in them.

  • Super Easy Hot Wings

    This is a perfect recipe to make for a tailgating party, game day viewing party, or other event where food is a focal point. 

  • BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Nachos

    Barbecue sauce, ground beef, crispy bacon, cheddar cheese and green onion make these the best nachos you've ever had.

  • 5-Minute Chicken Enchilada Dip

    This gooey, cheesy dip recipe is so easy to make and the perfect addition to any social gathering.

  • Baked Artichoke and Crab Rangoon Recipe

    For one of the best-loved party appetizers around, try serving this Baked Artichoke and Crab Rangoon Recipe at your next big gathering.

  • Grilled BBQ Chicken Potato Skins

    BBQ chicken, pineapple, red onion, barbecue sauce, and cheese, all loaded up in a tender potato shell, and grilled on the barbecue!

  • Spicy Buffalo Chicken Puffs

    These bite-size snacks are sure to become a staple at all your gatherings from now on! Good thing they only take about 20 minutes to prepare!

  • Zucchini Parmesan Crisps

    Simply fry them on the stovetop for about fifteen minutes, or bake them in the oven for the same amount of time. 

  • Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Potato Skins

    You can actually cook your baked potatoes ahead of time to help make this meal come together super quickly. 

  • BBQ Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots

    These tasty morsels are one of our very favorite ways to eat tater tots. This recipe transforms your average tater tot into something fun and completely addicting. 

Easy Cold Appetizers

How to Make Guacamole

Easy, cold appetizers are good all year round, and they never get old. They're also some of the easiest and cheapest appetizer party recipes you'll find. Are you hummus or guacamole fan? Perhaps shareable deli salads are your thing. You'll never go wrong with a cheese spread or cold snack tray, and who can get enough of those delicious tortilla pinwheel snacks?! Find all of these and more in this list of easy, cold appetizers.

  • Crowd Pleasing "Crack" Dip

    When you're pressed for time and need a great snack to serve for your party, fix this Crowd Pleasing "Crack" Dip, 

  • Smoked Salmon Wrapped Dill Chive Potatoes

    Smoked Salmon Wrapped Dill Chive Potatoes are an elegant appetizer that are sure to impress your guests!

  • Cheese & Charcuterie Platter

    I would argue that it’s also one of the easiest party dishes that you can make to get this ‘wow’ effect. 

  • Cobb Salad Dip

    Feel free to dress up or down the dip, depending on your preferences. And that’s it! Easy peasy and oh-so delicious.

  • Red Pepper Hummus

    Healthy Red Pepper Hummus is a five ingredient recipe that can be ready in less than 5 minutes. Plus it is vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and low calorie. 

  • Melon, Proscuitto, and Mozzarella Skewers

    These Melon, Proscuitto, and Mozzarella Skewers are a delicious Christmas appetizer to serve at this year's holiday party. 

  • Roasted Garlic Dip

    This is one of those recipes that everyone will be asking about. It's creamy, full of garlic flavor, and tastes delicious with potato chips. Give it a try.

  • How to Make Party Tortilla Pinwheels

    Summer is the season for potlucks, cookouts, picnics, family reunions, and a whole host of other celebrations. 

  • Fully Loaded Deviled Eggs Recipe

    Plan your Easter menu with ease with the addition of this easy Fully Loaded Deviled Eggs Recipe.

Easy Dessert Recipes

Layered No-Bake Banana Split Dessert

There are so many awesome dessert recipes that are perfect to bring along to a party or serve up at your own home. But you know which dessert recipes are always good? No bake desserts! They are the easiest, quickest and often cheapest dessert recipes! Find some great options below, as well as easy dessert recipes for shareable and bite-sized items that are not only easily transportable, but great for feeding crowds!

  • No Bake Chocolate Strawberry Icebox Cake

    If you love chocolate covered strawberries, you will love this fun new twist on dessert! This cool and refreshing icebox cake is not only tasty but perfect for a potluck or party! 

  • Frosted Texas Brownies

    They make a huge sheet pan and are perfect for potlucks! This Texas Brownies recipe is one my mom used to make when we were at home.

  • Peanut Butter Sheet Cake

    This delicious Peanut Butter Sheet Cake will satisfy all your cravings for the smooth, creamy stuff. Make this easy cake for birthday parties or family gatherings. 

  • Perfect No Bake Peanut Butter Balls

    If you're in search of a recipe that will please a crowd and add a touch of sweetness to any party or gathering, these Perfect No Bake Peanut Butter Balls are just the thing.

  • Angel Fluff Salad

    Packed with fruity goodness from cherry pie filling and crushed pineapple, this no-bake dessert recipe is easy to assemble and super refreshing.

  • Snickerdoodle Poppers

    A cinnamon sugar mixture coats the outside of these beautiful balls; inside tastes like heaven. The white chocolate filling is a pleasant surprise. 

  • Apple Pie Cups

    Apple pies are delicious, but they are so huge. Sometimes you just want a bite-sized apple dessert recipe, and that's when you need to try Apple Pie Cups. 

  • Lazy Cherry Dump Cake

    Cherry Dump Cake is a dessert that looks pretty but is so easy to make. Like other dump cakes, there is a lot of dumping in this recipe.

  • Creamy Vanilla Dessert Lasagna

    This Creamy Vanilla Dessert Lasagna is one of our favorite dessert recipes, and you'll quickly see why.

  • Mini Cheesecake Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

    These Mini Cheesecake Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are amazing and you need to try them immediately. 

Appetizers for a Crowd

Family Favorite Casserole Recipes

Need some tips and tricks on how to pick the perfect appetizers for your next get-together? Take food people love and make it mini (who doesn't love that?). We're talking mini quiches, mini burger sliders, mini meatballs, pigs in a blanket - you name it! It's quite easy to please a crowd and we're here to help make it even easier.

If mini isn't your style, we know this casserole recipe will rock your world. This Skinny Cheeseburger Casserole is one of a kind and is sure to have your guests buzzing with excitement. It's a lighter casserole, which is almost unheard of, and it is the ultimate crowd-pleaser.

This is a sneak preview of our upcoming cookbook, Family Favorite Casserole Recipes, featuring Chef Addie Gundry. This cookbook is now available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Be sure to hurry and get yourself a copy so that you'll be the talk of the town with these recipes. Coming to your kitchen, July 5, 2017!

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These all look so good! I'm getting hungry just reading about them. I will definitely be trying these the next time I have company over.

This is quite possibly the best page for party snack ideas. I really like that there are a lot of meaty options and even some zucchini parmesan chips, too. Fantastic!

There is nothing like the feeling of running through jalapenos in the food processor. This recipe looks like it would be worth the pain of it. I usually have a day with a big meal and the next are appetizers. This even looks festive. Adding this to my list for Christmas Day.

These snacks are perfect for New Year's day when you have lots of left overs, you are tired of eating heavy meals and of cooking and you want to sit back and relax....finally. We always have a family/friend get-together on New Year's day as each one of us has different plans on Old Year's Eve and go our separate ways. So this is where I am sourcing my ideas for that day!

Love your site. I do wish it had more pictures. Please add some type of logo that will pin your recipe on Pinterest.com It is great advertising and we can use the recipes better. Please consider. Thank you.

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