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Savory Crackers for Easy Holiday Entertaining

Featured in our 2019 Christmas Guide
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When we think about make-and-freeze holiday baking, cookies usually come to mind. But it’s a great idea for savory “cookies” or crackers too: make a big batch of dough (or use store-bought puff pastry), cut or shape it, and freeze. Then when guests come over or you need a quick hostess gift, bake off a few dozen, and everyone is wowed by your culinary genius.

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    Sesame-Poppy-Pecan Crackers

    These buttery bites are a great quick hors d’oeuvre that goes well on a cheese plate, with your favorite dip, or all on their own.

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    Cheese Sablés

    These crackers are great with drinks and go especially well with dry and off-dry sparkling wines. The dough keeps for two days in the fridge, and for months in the freezer (thaw it in the fridge before using).

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    Rosemary-Parmesan Coins

    These hors d’oeuvres are a great way to say “welcome” when guests arrive at your party: tender, savory cookies that pair perfectly with a glass of Champagne, sparkling cider, or any other cocktail. Everyone will want the recipe.

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    Spinach-Feta Rugelach

    The classic Greek combination of spinach and feta shines in this savory twist on rugelach cookies.

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    Ham, Cheese & Dijon Pinwheel Puffs

    With frozen puff pastry, these easy appetizers come together quickly and are a major crowd-pleaser for a holiday party.

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    Cheddar-Pecan Gougères

    These savory choux puffs prove that the French know the trick to picking the right appetizer: something that’s flavorful and substantial enough to be a partner to a glass of wine, but not too filling.

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    Amaranth Crackers with Cheddar and Pepitas

    In these crispy, gluten-free crackers, amaranth flour is paired with the bold Southwestern flavors of chili powder, cumin, and garlic, and topped with Cheddar and hulled pumpkin seeds (pepitas). Try them dunked in bold dips like Tomatillo-Avocado Salsa.

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    Apple, Fennel, and Cheddar Cheese Straws

    A sweet-tart apple purée, fennel seeds, and sharp Cheddar give crisp puff pastry straws big hits of flavor, both savory and sweet. The small holes of a box grater work best for grating the cheese; a rasp-style grater is too fine.

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