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Bring It to Ring It! 15 Last-Minute Snacks for Your NYE Party

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Don’t drop the ball on the ball drop! These easy last-minute party snacks will make sure you're ready to ring in the New Year.


Before you’re ticking off the seconds to midnight, there’s the real countdown: counting the minutes you have to prep for your big NYE bash. Fortunately, each of these recipes we’ve pulled together are fabulous, delicious, crowd-wowing, party-worthy hors-d’oeuvres, cocktails and desserts, made in the quickest of quicks. And that resolution to be totally prepared for the party? Crushed it.


1. Easy Crescent Party Poppers

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No, that’s POPPERS, not poopers, and they’re more like British party crackers than any other local-grown dessert. Entertain the kids (and the kids-at-heart) with these sprinkle-topped treats.


2. Easy Mix-and-Match Crescent Crostini

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Such an appetizing array of appetizers, with tasty crescent-roll crusts topped with a mix-and-match batch of delicioso. Get cooking, get creative, and get ’er done by the dozen.


3. New Year’s Eve Cat Cookies

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Maybe your invitations didn’t make it clear: this party is black tie only. Well, at least the kitty cookies are in proper formalwear, with a super-easy dipped chocolate layer and cute details you add at the last minute.


4. Chocolate-Covered Cheesecake Bites

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The bliss of biting into a slice of rich, luscious cheesecake; the sheer joy of getting to do it over and over again at a rockin’ party. C’mon, your guests totally deserve it.


5. Pomegranate-Ginger Prosecco Cocktails

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Gorgeous color, fruity flavor, and a surprise kick of ginger both in the drink and in the sugared rim. On the long list of things your guests will raise a glass to this special Eve, toasting your good taste will be a favorite.


6. Tiramisu Chex™ Party Mix

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Want a sweeter version of the party-hardy classic? This recipe is inspired by the traditional Italian dessert, made simple with instant coffee and cut-up cake bits.


7. White Velvet Cocktail

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They look like ultra-luxe gourmet mixologist creations—and you don’t need to tell anyone that they’re actually three-ingredient easy. Edible glitter adds the flash your big night deserves; a quick shake and the night is truly sparkling.


8. Pink Champagne Buttercream Cookie Cups

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Pearls and champagne at your party? Why would there be anything but! Elegantly assembled with nonpareils as the pearls and pink champagne whipped right into the frosting. Ooh-la-la and a ha-cha-cha.


9. Cosmopolitan Jelly Shots

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Two of the world’s greatest cocktails ever, blended into one. We love how the jelly shots appeal to the rowdies in the crowd, while the always-classy cosmopolitan angle means folks will hold out their pinkies as they indulge.


10. Honey-Roasted Chipotle-Rosemary Chex™ Party Mix

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No party is complete without the buttery, salty guest of honor: Chex™ Mix a-la-mashup. This version adds spicy chipotle chili powder with rosemary and honey; double up on the batch if you want any to make it into the first hours of 2016.


11. Feta and Tomato Crostini

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Ring in the New Year with fresh Mediterranean flavors.


12. Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms

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The shrooms that go zoom (sorry, we couldn’t resist). But seriously, these are the bread-and-butter of the appetizer table—deep mushroom flavor topped with nuthin’-but-the-good-stuff stuffin’.


13. Chex Mix™ Muddy Buddies™ Cookies

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An absolutely ultimate mashup that will take your guests by surprise. Think peanut butter cookies meet muddy buddies then go for a quick skinny-dip in a pool of peanut butter, butter and chocolate. Yeah, it’s that crazy. Yeah, it’s that good.


14. Chocolaty Peppermint Buddies Crunch

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The minty-fresh first cousin of muddy buddies, these eat-’em-by-the-handful treats are drizzled with three kinds of chocolate. Super simple to make and great for refilling the treat bowls as the New Year approaches.


15. Razzle-Dazzle Beef Bites

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A tasty deli sandwich-inspired treat, with luscious roast beef flavored with all the things that make it the roast best: Dijon mustard, horseradish, parsley and a few unexpected ingredients that take the taste totally over the top. Anything less than these beauts = so 2015. 

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