Party Appetizers & Snacks

We have make ahead recipes, easy recipes, classic appetizers, finger foods, or try our latest party appetizer and snack recipes all designed to please your guests.

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Spicy-Sweet Maple Snack Mix

Maple syrup is teamed with cayenne pepper, vinegar, and fresh thyme to flavor this addictive party-ready blend of peanuts, pepitas, crackers, pretzels, and cereal.

Meatball Parmigiana Sliders

Rating: 4 stars 85
Meatballs coated in marinara sauce, smothered with cheese, and sandwiched in brioche rolls are a party-perfect nibble. For tender meatballs, combine the ingredients gently and don't pack the meat too tightly.

Bacon-Wrapped Prunes

Rating: 3 stars 141
Also known as Devils on Horseback, these sinful bacon-wrapped bites are perfect for a Halloween party hors d'oeuvre. With just two ingredients and about five minutes of prep work, they couldn't be easier to prepare either. They're best served warm, so pop them in the oven right before your guests arrive.

Loaded Potato Bites

Think of this finger food as mini loaded baked potatoes. Peewee potatoes are boiled, smashed, and roasted until crispy and golden, then finished with a flavorful mix of all your favorite toppings: sour cream, scallions, bacon, and cheddar. They're just the thing for an Oscar-night or Super Bowl party.

12 Fabulous French Appetizer Recipes That Bring the Bistro Home

Whether you're hosting friends for l'heure d'apéro, or aperitif hour, when drinks are poured and little snacks are available for nibbling, or you're looking for a dish to start your next dinner party, there's a French appetizer that's just right in this selection. Each of these hors d'oeuvres will add a touch of sophisticated simplicity to your gathering. We have classics like steak tartare, which you can and should make at home, an irresistible take on Brie en croute, cheesy pastries, pungent olive tapenade (so easy to make!), and more. Pour a round of drinks, or pop open a bottle of Champagne to complete the picture of elegance. Bon appetit!
By Martha Stewart Editors

Magnolia Bakery Vanilla Cupcakes

Rating: 3.5 stars 158
The most popular flavor at the celebrated New York City bakery is vanilla for a reason! With a moist, tender crumb and rich buttercream frosting, these cupcakes are a true classic. This recipe comes from "More from Magnolia: Recipes from the World-Famous Bakery and Allysa Torey's Home Kitchen."

Easy Steamed Artichokes

These leafy, mild-flavored veggies get at the heart of spring. Our method for steaming artichokes could not be easier, but the result is an impressive, delicious side dish.

Creamy Deviled Eggs

Rating: 3.5 stars 1068
Deviled eggs are a classic and one of Martha Stewart's favorite hors d'oeuvres. Deviled eggs are crowd-pleasing party snack that are the perfect way to start a casual evening. Make this creamy deviled egg recipe and get your party started in 30 minutes or less!

Devils on Horseback

Rating: 3.5 stars 333
Don't let the sinister name throw you -- these bacon-wrapped dates couldn't be more delicious. Martha takes them to the next level by stuffing the dried fruit with pungent Stilton.

Sausage-Cheddar Balls

Rating: 3.5 stars 1270
This reinterpretation of meatballs combines breakfast sausage, cheddar cheese, and onion for a very flavorful holiday appetizer, enough for a crowd of hungry folks.

Peanut Brittle

Rating: 3.5 stars 275
A picture of salty-sweet perfection, brittle is surprisingly easy to make. Serve it alongside coffee or tea for dessert, and save any leftovers for snacking. Peanuts make a classic brittle, but you can substitute cashews or almonds instead.

Inspiration and Ideas

18 Favorite Hors d'Oeuvres Recipes for Cocktail Parties and Other Special Celebrations
Some parties call for starters that go beyond your basic everyday snacks. When you want to pull out all the stops (or at least a few of them) and let your guests know that this is a special occasion, consider serving hors d'oeuvres. These tasty, savory bites may take more time to put together than simply setting out chips and dip, but the work is well worth it. Many of our hors d'oeuvres recipes result in one-bite delights. The rest can be enjoyed in two or three, tops. Arrange them on your nicest platters and trays, or better yet, pass them around the room while guests mingle and mix. They can hold their hors d'oeuvres in one hand and a festive cocktail in the other.
27 Quick and Easy Appetizers That Make Entertaining a Breeze
From classy three-ingredient canapés for a cocktail party to lightning-fast dips for game day, we're sharing a selection of super-easy appetizers guaranteed to get any party started.
Rum Balls
Rating: 3.5 stars 596

These rum-infused brownie balls are perfectly-sized treats for adults.