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14 Easy Holiday Appetizers That Look Way Fancier Than They Actually Are

Be an epic host without any kitchen drama!
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You don't have to be a culinary whiz to be a good hostess. And you do not need to spend a week prepping for a holiday party for it to slay (sleigh?), either. With a few clever ingredients and a touch of Insta-worthy design, you can be the hostess with the mostest this holiday season. Because, yes, there are easy snacks and appetizers out there that don't require a) a cart full of ingredients, b) 26 steps and c) the skill to cut a cranberry into perfect thirds! (Why would you ever need to do that?)

We have rounded up the best simple holiday recipes to make party planning easier so you can actually enjoy yourself when the day comes. Consider it our early holiday gift to you. These quick and easy snacks and apps have a pretty finish that would impress any foodie influencer. Furthermore, they pack all the festive and delicious goodness in a few bites. We bet you and your guests will have a hard time picking a favorite. Happy holidays!

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Candy Cane Beet Chips With Winter Pomegranate Guacamole
Candy cane beets add major festive spirit to this seasonal dip-and-chip plate, but traditional beets would be every bit as striking and delicious. Winterize your favorite guac with pomegranates.

Image and recipe via @kate_cooks_

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Baked Camembert With Dried Cranberries, Walnuts and Honey
Baked cheeses always look impressive — but the truth is that they're easy to prepare. Simply bake cheese until it's oozy in the center, then top with festive toppings, like dried cranberries and a sprig of rosemary. Serve with seasonal fruits and breads.

Image and recipe via @kt121_kitchen

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Whipped Ricotta and Fig Crostini
Crostini for the holiday win! They always look chic, but in reality, they're nothing more than few ingredients stacked on grilled bread. In this case it's a milk and ricotta blend with arugula and figs.

Image and recipe via @redkitchenette

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Orange and Cranberry Salsa With Cream Cheese and Crackers
Cranberry sauce? How about cranberry salsa instead? The combination is sweet and tart, and the heat can be increased depending on the amount of jalapeno you add — if any. Those who are feeling fancy can experiment with different cheese like chevre or brie.

Image and recipe via @addapinch

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