I love appetizers, dips, and snacky food. I live for parties where I don’t have to sit down to dinner and can just graze on appetizers. Variety is the spice of life, and making a meal out of apps is the best kind of ‘dinner party’.

Here are 25 favorite appetizers, dips, and snacks that are party favorites. Many are 5 minute recipes, made in one-bowl, and are stirred together easily.

The last thing you need before a party is a complicated or fussy recipe. No way. Not when you have eyeliner to get on straight and strappy shoes to fasten.

25 New Year's Eve Appetizers, Snacks, and Party Food Recipes - Easy, fuss-free recipes sure to please all your guests! Recipes at averiecooks.com

1. Baked Triple Cheese and Salsa Tortilla Chip Dip – Three kinds of cheese in this dip that’s like amped up nachos meets Mexican-inspired lasagna

Baked Triple Cheese & Salsa Tortilla Chip Dip - Loaded with 3 kinds of cheese & baked to browned, bubbly, golden perfection! Always a hit at parties & great for Superbowl! Easy recipe at averiecooks.com

2. Creamy Baked Double Cheese and Onion Dip (gluten-free) – One of my favorite dips and I used to think I hated onions. Stir it together in one bowl in minutes and bake for cheesy comfort food

Creamy Baked Double Cheese and Sweet Onion Dip - Cheesy, comforting & easy dip that everyone loves! Recipe at averiecooks.com

3. Macaroni and Cheese Baked Cheese Balls – A perfect use for the leftover macaroni that gets cold and stiff in your refrigerator. Bread it, bake it, devour it

Macaroni and Cheese Baked Cheese Balls 

4. Loaded Baked Tater Tot Dip –  Favorite baked potato fixings baked together in a dip

Loaded Baked Tater Tot Dip 

5. Baked Brie with Stovetop Hot Pepper Jelly poured over the top

 Stovetop Hot Pepper Jelly 

6. Corn and Double Cheese Dip (vegan, GF, fat free, serve warm or cold) – A five-minute dip to toss together and full of texture from the corn and peppers, or if you have extra time, bake it

Corn and Double Cheese Dip 

7. Double Melted Cheese and Red Pepper Dip (GF) – aka Queso Dip or Ro-Tel Dip – Comes together in five minutes in the microwave. Creamy, cheesy, with just a bit of heat

Double Melted Cheese and Red Pepper Dip (GF

8. Spinach Artichoke and Roasted Red Pepper Cheesy Squares – Like spinach and artichoke dip, in portable, hand-held form

 Spinach Artichoke and Roasted Red Pepper Cheesy Squares 

9. Lightened Up Spinach and Artichoke Dip (Fat-Free, Vegan, Gluten-Free) – A lighter twist on the original with zero compromise on taste. Can be served chilled or baked

Lightened Up Spinach and Artichoke Dip (Fat-Free, Vegan, Gluten-Free)

10. Cheater’s Guacamole (vegan, GF) – Nothing to dice, mince, or chop in this easy two-minute guac

Cheater’s Guacamole

11. Avocado, Cream Cheese, and Salsa-Stuffed Puff Pastries – Soft avocado and cream cheese with a touch of salsa baked into flaky puff pastry. One of my most popular recipes on Pinterest

Avocado, Cream Cheese, and Salsa-Stuffed Puff Pastries - An easy appetizer packed with bold flavor and creamy texture! Always a hit at parties! Recipe at averiecooks.com

12. Roasted Grapes and Balsamic Reduction with Cheese and Crackers – Homemade balsamic reduction in about 10 minutes, not hours, like with most recipes. Great recipe for grapes that have gotten a little soft and are past their prime crunchiness

Roasted Grapes and Balsamic Reduction with Cheese and Crackers

13. Sweet with Heat Cinnamon Sugar Candied Nuts – Make candied nuts like you get at the mall in 30 minutes at home. Homemade & DIY always tastes better

Sweet with Heat Cinnamon Sugar Candied Nuts - Recipe at averiecooks.com

14. Rosemary Chipotle Roasted Almonds (vegan, GF) – Rosemary adds a great winter-inspired flavor to the slightly spicy almonds

Rosemary Chipotle Roasted Almonds

15. Fruit Seed and Nut Crackers – The homemade version of the fancy crackers that are ridiculously expensive. Make your own instead

Fruit Seed and Nut Crackers averiecooks.com

16. Parmesan Ranch Snack Mix (no-bake) – A savory snack mix that’s ready in 5 minutes

Parmesan Ranch Snack Mix 

17. Peanut Butter Nutella Pretzel and Peanut Snack Mix – PB, Nutella, salty-and-sweet, ready in 5 minutes

Peanut Butter Nutella Pretzel and Peanut Snack Mix - Fast & Easy 5-Minute Recipe at averiecooks.com

18. Cinnamon Sugar Chocolate Pretzels (no-bake, vegan, GF) – Ready in 5 minutes in the micro, salty-and-sweet, and so good

Cinnamon Sugar Chocolate Pretzels

19. White Chocolate Buttery Waffles Snack Mix – Buttery waffles are tossed in with cereal, popcorn, white chocolate, and sprinkles

White Chocolate Buttery Waffles Snack Mix - Ready in 10 Minutes averiecooks.com

20. White Chocolate Vanilla Peanut Butter Puppy Chow (GF) – Like the classically addictive version, but with white chocolate rather than milk or dark, and just as addictive

White Chocolate Vanilla Peanut Butter Puppy Chow 

21. Vanilla Cake Batter and White Chocolate Chip Caramel Corn – Cake batter-flavored caramel corn with white chocolate is one of my favorite versions of caramel corn

Vanilla Cake Batter and White Chocolate Chip Caramel Corn

22. No-Bake Vanilla Cake Batter Chocolate Truffles – A huge Pinterest hit, year after year. People go nuts for these easy cake-batter flavored truffles

No-Bake Vanilla Cake Batter Chocolate Truffles

No-Bake Vanilla Cake Batter Chocolate Truffles

23. White Chocolate-Dipped Oreo Cookie Balls (no-bake) – The classic, easy holiday Oreo ball recipe. This version is coated with white chocolate and dusted with sprinkles

White Chocolate-Dipped Oreo Cookie Balls - Easy recipe for the classic truffles that everyone loves at averiecooks.com

24. Chocolate-Covered 7-Minute Microwave Caramels – Better than candy shop caramels, no thermometer required, and I’ll never make stovetop caramels again when I can make them mindlessly in the micro

Chocolate-Covered 7-Minute Microwave Caramels averiecooks.com

25. Old-Fashioned Butter Mints (no-bake, GF) – After all that food, you need some mints for breath control. Just like the mints your grandma may have kept in her candy jar or you get in restaurants

Old-Fashioned Butter Mints

What are you making or doing for New Years Eve? Celebrating?

I plan to be at home, awake at my desk and editing blog posts or photos about the stroke of midnight, same as I am every other night. I drink champagne multiple times per week, but usually not until I’m done editing. I’ll probably just start a little earlier.

Thank you for your loyalty, support, friendship, and being awesome. Averie Cooks couldn’t exist without you! Happy 2014!

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