A festive and super easy holiday recipe, Christmas Wreath Appetizers look fabulous on your appetizer table and will be scarfed up in no time. The perfect Christmas finger food!
If you’re looking for a fast and practically effortless appetizer and Christmas party food, step on the brakes!
Christmas Wreath Appetizers are easy to make and are irresistible three-bite bits of deliciousness! Just a few ingredients — canned crescent rolls biscuit dough, your favorite chopped veggies, and an herbed cream cheese spread, such as Boursin (one of my favorite holiday indulgences) — and you have a beautiful holiday finger food that pulls apart easily and keeps its shape.
How to make Christmas Wreath Appetizers
Start with the biscuit dough. Unwrap the dough from the can, and simply slice the unrolled cylinder of very cold dough into 1/2″ thick rounds with a serrated knife.
Arrange the rounds on a lined baking sheet, 1/2″ apart in all directions — the dough will expand and the rounds will join when baked. Don’t worry about the count: just place the rounds a half-inch apart in a circle, no matter how many you end up needing.
For the double wreath shown in the photos, I used a can and a half of reduced fat crescent dough.
You’ll use most of a 6 ounce package of cheese spread for the double wreath shown here. I topped the spread with a colorful mix of finely-diced vegetables: use your favorites! Keep the dice small, so they’ll sit snuggly on the cream cheese.
Use an offset spatula or sandwich spreader to carefully spread the cream cheese on the connected rounds. The biscuits are quite sturdy, so don’t hesitate to press down with your spreader to get the cream cheese onto the biscuits.
Add a big pinch of chopped veggies on top of the cream cheese. Then, press down lightly on the veggies so they’ll sink into the cream cheese.
Finally, sprinkle generous pinches of your favorite dried herbs, like dill, basil, marjoram, and seasoned salt over the entire wreath. I use the 4/S seasoned salt blend from Penzey’s — so tasty!
Isn’t that beautiful!
This recipe is an offshoot of one of my favorite childhood holiday appetizers, Crudité Pizza … but these Christmas wreath appetizers are even easier.
They pull apart neatly, and are walk-around safe — the perfect Christmas finger food.
I made this double wreath for a small Netflix binge party, but you can easily make a show-stopping, crowd-sized wreath, served on a festive platter — a great Christmas party food idea! You’re only limited by the size of your baking sheet (a pizza stone comes in handy for an extra large wreath).
The biscuit wreath can be baked ahead — or the whole thing prepared and assembled if you have room in the fridge. Set aside 10 minutes to spread the cream cheese over the biscuits, and put any little, Santa-manic, sweets-fueled kiddie hands to work by sprinkling veggies over the top.
I hope your holidays are full of joy and family and love!
Christmas Wreath Appetizers
- 2 cans crescent rolls, well chilled (rolled up dough)
- 1 cup finely chopped vegetables*
- 6 ounces spreadable herbed or garlic cream cheese (such as Boursin or Alouette)
- 1 teaspoon dried herbs, such as dill, basil, tarragon
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Remove the very cold dough from cans (do not unroll the dough).
- Slice the dough tubes into 1/2" rounds (pat them back into a round shape if slicing flattened them out a little). A small serrated knife works great here.
- Arrange the slices of dough on a parchment-lined round pizza pan or baking sheet about 1/2" apart (to allow the dough to expand while baking). Make one large wreath, or a smaller double-rowed wreath.
- Bake for 11 to 13 minutes, or until the tops are nice and golden. Note that the instructions on the can call for less time, but because the dough is unrolled, it takes a little longer to bake.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool.
- Spread the cream cheese on the top of each round (a nice wide spreader or offset spatula makes easy work of this), taking care not to break the wreath apart.
- Top each round with a big pinch of the vegetables, patting lightly to secure them into the spread. Sprinkle herbs over the top.
- Transfer to a serving platter or board, if desired.
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