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Vegetable Elf Hats: Quick and Easy Christmas Appetizer

Vegetable elf hats make a cute Christmas appetizer

Vegetable elf hats make a cute Christmas appetizer

No-Cook Christmas Appetizer

I was recently told by my doctor to eat a low-carb diet. With Christmas coming up, I've been thinking about how to adjust my favorite holiday recipes—and about how many other people might also be looking for these kinds of recipes, as well.

Since vegetables are good for those who need to eat healthy, I came up with a quick and easy vegetable and cheese appetizer version of the fruit Santa hats dessert that works for low-carb meal plans. These elf hats are similar to the Santa hats in terms of their design, but they are made with vegetables and cheese.

In addition to being healthy, these elf hats are really quick and easy to make. This is great for people who are busy and don't have much time to prepare food.

Cook Time

Prep timeReady inYields

20 min

20 min

18 elf hats


  • 1 mini cucumber, sliced
  • 9 grape tomatoes
  • 18 mozzarella balls or pearls


  1. Wash the grape tomatoes. Slice the tops off and then cut each one in half horizontally. Set aside.
  2. Take your mini cucumber, cut the ends off, and slice it into around 1-inch slices. Make sure you don't make them too thick. Set aside.
  3. Take out the toothpicks and the mozzarella balls. Pick up a toothpick and slide a mozzarella ball on it.
  4. Next, slide half of a tomato onto the toothpick. The rounded end (non-cut side) should rest against the mozzarella ball.
  5. Follow with a slice of cucumber and push that through also. The cucumber should rest against the cut side of the tomato.
  6. Place the finished elf hat on a tray or serving dish. Repeat the process until you have used up all ingredients.
  7. Serve and enjoy!


Now, wasn't that easy? I hope you and everyone enjoy this fun and festive appetizer. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

© 2022 Alyssa Scheidemann