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

By Pie Squared
Created March 6, 2017
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. MORE+ LESS-

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ring in the New Year with fresh Mediterranean flavors.

12. Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms

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

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

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

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.