Don’t you love Christmas cookies? So beautiful or amusing or even funky. Well then, when entertaining or just for fun, why not decorate your appetizers as you would a cookie? These appetizers all have a bread base cut with a cookie cutter with a Christmas or winter theme. The cutouts are topped with a colorful spread and additional garnish. We could call them Christmas canapés.
To make, choose a base that compliments the toppings and the shape of the cookie cutter. Cover with the chosen spread; you may find it easiest to use your (very clean) fingers to make the outline clear. Add appropriate garnish. To make the task easy I used spreads available in groceries.
The base: Pita. The spread: Roasted red pepper dip. Garnish: A small circle of goat cheese topped with a dollop of guacamole.
The base: Toasted white bread. The spread: Goat cheese (add some sour cream if necessary to make it easy to spread). Garnish: Black olive eyes, roasted red pepper mouth, green olive buttons.
The base: Rye bread or a thin slice of bagel. The spread: Tzatziki. Garnish: Red pepper spread and chopped dill.
The base: Tortilla. The spread: Guacamole. The garnish: Pomegranate seeds.