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If you’re hosting a party or barbecue, attending a potluck, or simply love bite-sized appetizers, this recipe roundup is for you!
Finger foods are easy-to-prepare appetizers that are typically small and individually-sized. You don’t have to worry about making a mess when you’re eating finger foods.
Related: Check out our snacks + appetizers archive for more ideas.
This roundup of easy finger food ideas consists of things like:
Pigs in a Blanket
Pigs in a blanket is one of the most popular finger foods. They are so easy to make! This recipe is essentially two ingredients, and you can make homemade dipping sauce for them if you’re feeling fancy.
Homemade Chex Mix
Homemade Chex mix is 1000% more tasty than store bought snack mix. It doesn’t even compare! This recipe can be customized to your liking, and you can even add candy for a sweet and salty snack.
Homemade French Onion Dip
Homemade French onion dip is creamy, decadent and the perfect blend of savory with a little sweet. Serve it alongside fresh cut vegetables, crackers, or chips.
Deviled Eggs (3 Ways!)
Deviled eggs are a classic finger food for pretty much any occasion. This recipe includes a traditional version and two unique ways to make deviled eggs using ingredients like feta, dill, turmeric, and ginger.
Spring Rolls With Spicy Peanut Sauce
Fresh spring rolls are versatile—you can make them for dinner or you can enjoy them as an appetizer/finger food. And they are really easy to put together! Grab a vegetable chopper to make the process a little quicker.
Easy Popcorn Balls
Let’s throw something sweet and savory in the mix with these easy popcorn balls. You can easily customize this dessert with sprinkles, small candies, or breakfast cereal to fit any holiday or gathering.
Pretzel Pizza Bites
This recipe for pretzel pizza bites is as good as it sounds. Soft chewy pretzels combined with gooey melted cheese get dusted in fresh herbs and then dunked in hot marinara sauce.
Easy Cream Cheese Fruit Dip (4 Ways!)
You’ll love one (or all) of these easy 5-minute cream cheese fruit dips for your next party. Choose from vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, or caramel and serve with fresh fruit, pretzels, or vanilla wafers.
Crispy Air Fryer Wings
Wings in an air fryer? Oh, yes! This is a simple recipe for super crispy air fried chicken wings that can be easily be customized with any wing sauce or hot sauce. These are sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
Spicy Avocado Hummus
I love serving hummus when hosting a party. This homemade hummus is made with creamy avocado, red pepper, and jalapeños. Serve it with veggies or pita chips for a tasty appetizer. This hummus is great on mini toasts, too.
Spicy Pimento Cauliflower Bites
These spicy cauliflower bites are crunchy, spicy and pair so well with the creamy pimento cheese dip that goes with them. This recipe can be made with chicken if you don’t prefer a veggie option.
Nutella Puppy Chow
You may call it “puppy chow” or “muddy buddies,” but regardless of the name, this sweet bite-sized treat is absolutely delicious. Make a double batch just in case you run out—it’s addictive!
You don’t have to wait for the holidays to enjoy these amazing meatballs. They are easy to make, juicy, and delicious. They have all the flavors of Thanksgiving Day stuffing. Yum!
Baked Chili Cheese Chips
This is a lightened up version of Fritos with all ingredients you can pronounce (but still dangerously good). Fill a bowl with this homemade bite-sized snack and watch it disappear.
Grape & Honey Goat Cheese Crostini
Honey goat cheese pairs so well with the sweet taste of roasted grapes and rosemary. And it all comes together in a nice crunch with a toasted crostini underneath. Your guests will love this recipe.
Crispy Air Fryer Chickpeas
These chickpeas are anything but boring. Air fried chickpeas are ultra crispy, and there are so many options to season them with depending on your preference. Bonus points for a healthy finger food option!
Easy Creamy Chicken Dip
A delicious recipe homemade dip recipe that combines chicken with cream cheese and the salty tang of soy sauce. Serve on top of cucumber slices or with crackers.
Honey Butter Board
Have you tried the butter board trend? I can’t think of a better way to enjoy softened honey-infused butter with things like bread, toasted bagels, or croissants. So fun for a party or potluck!
Rocky Road Caramel Popcorn
I love setting popcorn out for a party, and a bite-size dessert like rocky road caramel popcorn (with marshmallows and chocolate chips) is a fun twist on a caramel corn. And, as always, homemade popcorn is so much better!
Baked Jalapeño Poppers (3 Ways)
I made these baked jalapeño poppers for an autumn party and they were a huge hit. This recipe has three flavor options with ingredients like pineapple, crushed chips, and bacon/ facon.
Rotel Cheese Dip
Rotel cheese dip is a great appetizer for literally any occasion—it’s a classic, easy, two-ingredient recipe that you can make in a crockpot. And it’s even better with fresh chopped cilantro on top.
Cheesy Sage Madeleines
If you’ve never had sage madeleines before, think of them as cheesy cornbread muffins. If you’re serving chili or soup, these are perfect companions, but they are also delicious on their own.
Chocolate Mousse Strawberries
Strawberries are a sweet guilt-free (bite-sized) treat, but filling them with rich chocolate mousse and chopped nuts is next level indulgent. This recipe is also dairy-free!
Whipped Feta Dip
This whipped feta dip is one of Elsie’s favorite appetizers, and it can be “whipped up” in less than 20 minutes. This honey-topped dip is sweet and salty, creamy, and totally unique.
Mini Polenta Pizzas with Roasted Tomatoes
Here’s a fun finger food idea—bite-size pizzas made with polenta and roasted tomatoes. These pizzas are topped with mozzarella and crispy on the outside with a savory, soft middle.
Crunchy & Cheesy Asparagus Sticks
I love this cheesy and crunchy asparagus-based finger food. Inspired by Emma’s favorite sushi recipe, these are made easy with pre-packaged cheese sticks. Serve them with homemade dip for the full experience.
Golden Spiced Sopapillas
Having a taco-themed dinner? I can’t think of a better time to enjoy homemade fried sopapillas. The dough in this recipe gets spiced up cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, and a little black pepper.
Smoked Salmon Dip
A creamy and savory dip made of smoked salmon and cream cheese (plus a few other ingredients). This appetizer is super easy to make! Serve it with pita chips, crackers, or vegetables.
Baked Potato Chip Crab Cakes
Baked potato chips? That’s right! These mini crab cakes have an added salty crunch from potato chips, and they can be made ahead in a muffin tin. And they look fancy.
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