We had such fun creating the Frankie Appetizers, that we just had to come up with Santa and his Reindeer to share with you. All this week, we are sharing recipes to add to your Holiday Menu.

Appetizers are often over looked, but as easy as a cracker and cheese ball or with a little cooking, you can prepare Fried Tortellini. And these Santa and Reindeer made with cheese and crackers are sure to be a hit.

Aren’t they fun? With just a few ingredients, you and your kiddos can create Santa and his Reindeer for your Holiday Party or even a special lunch.

Santa Appetizer


  • Monterey Jack Cheese
  • Triscuit Triangles
  • Red No-Taste Coloring
  • Cranberries
  • Raisins
  • Cream Cheese, very soft
  • Resealable bag for cream cheese
  • Wasa cracker or other large flat cracker


  1. Cut cheese with round cookie cutter  –  if cheese is thick, use a cheese slicer or even fishing line to slice in half
  2. Using a small paint brush, add red coloring to Triscuit Triangle – be sure to use “no-taste” red, it does make a difference
  3. Cut raisins for eyes and cranberries for nose
  4. Add hat, eyes and nose to cheese round
  5. Soften cream cheese and add to a resealable bag, cut off the tip of the bag and pipe cream cheese onto hat and create Santa’s beard

Reindeer Appetizer


  • Monterey Jack Cheese
  • Ritz Pretzel Rounds
  • Black Food Writer
  • Cranberries
  • Pepperoni
  • Large decorator tip for cutting out eyes
  • Chow Mein Noodles
  • Raisins
  • Wasa cracker or other large flat cracker


  1. Cut the cheese same as you did for Santa
  2. Using the end of a decorator tip, cut eyes from pepperoni
  3. Cut small raisins for inside of eyes
  4. Cut cranberry in half for the nose
  5. Add smile to pretzel round with food writer
  6. Add eyes to the cheese
  7. Add pretzel round for muzzle
  8. Add chow mein noodles for antlers and raisins for ears

Tip: You can use a little white corn syrup to apply pieces onto face, it dries clear

And in case you are looking for more Holiday Appetizer Recipes, here are a few that we love…

What is your favorite appetizer to serve for the Holidays?

Linking to…Show & Tell Friday



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