Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread

If you celebrate Christmas, you’re probably on the hunt for tasty holiday recipes. This festive and Cheesy Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread is loaded with cheddar, mozzarella and other cheeses for a surprise in every warm, buttery, and garlicky bite. If you are entertaining this holiday season, you definitely need to take a look this! This is one Christmas tree you’ll have no problem taking down:)

This tasty Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread is loaded with cheddar, mozzarella and other cheeses for a surprise in every warm, buttery, and garlicky bite.

Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread

This festive Christmas tree pull-apart bread is perfect when you need to feed a crowd. With ingredients like mozzarella cheese and fresh spinach and tomatoes, you can be sure that it will be a hit. And while pizza isn’t the most traditionally festive dish, it’s safe to say that everyone loves it. So, why not use it as inspiration for a pull-apart bread recipe?

This tasty Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread is loaded with cheddar, mozzarella and other cheeses for a surprise in every warm, buttery, and garlicky bite.

I stuffed the little dough balls with cheese before forming the dough into the shape of a Christmas tree. For the cheese, I used a combination of mozzarella, sharp cheddar, and pepper jack. Not into spicy cheese? Consider using Colby jack cheese instead! Each cheesy ball is made out of 1/2 of an uncooked Grands biscuit.

This tasty Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread is loaded with cheddar, mozzarella and other cheeses for a surprise in every warm, buttery, and garlicky bite.

The buttery glaze that is brushed on top is made with melted butter and just the right amount of garlic powder. You could also use fresh garlic or minced garlic depending on how much you love garlic. The Pull-Apart Christmas Tree bread is topped with finely shredded mozzarella, finely chopped spinach, and chunks of cherry tomatoes. Cherry tomatoes are my favorite to use because they add SO much color and flavor while the texture is perfect in every bite.

Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread

First, decide which kind of string cheese you want to use. If you just want one kind of cheese, we recommend mozzarella. Cut each string cheese into 4 pieces.

String cheese cut into 4 pieces

Next, remove the 8 Grands buttermilk biscuits from the container. Separate each biscuit in half, making 16 pieces for each container of Grands biscuits. They split in half very easily! Next, put 2 pieces of the same type of cheese in the middle of each piece of dough. Fold the dough around the cheese, pinch it shut, and shape it to make a nice round ball.

Arrange the uncooked cheese filled dough balls into the shape of a Christmas tree. For this recipe you have two options. If you want to make a large tree, you will need a large 18x 14 baking sheet. In this case, your bottom row on the Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread will have 7 pieces. On the other hand, if you don’t have a large enough baking sheet, you can make two smaller baking sheets to create two Christmas Trees. In this case, the smaller trees will have 5 pieces at the bottom of the Christmas tree. If you only want to make one small tree, simply cut the recipe in half (full recipe below).

How to make a pull-apart Christmas Tree

Top the uncooked Christmas tree with a melted buttery glaze! Then, sprinkle on finely shredded mozzarella. Finally, top it with red and green! We chopped baby spinach into small pieces (kitchen scissors make this job super easy) and diced cheery tomatoes. Now it’s ready to bake! Cook it for 30 minutes or until the edges are golden and the middle of the tree is baked.

This tasty Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread is loaded with cheddar, mozzarella and other cheeses for a surprise in every warm, buttery, and garlicky bite.

Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread

Once it is done, gently slide it off the parchment paper onto a pretty cutting board or serving dish. Then, take your finely shredded mozzarella and sprinkle it around the outside of the tree for an adorable snowy effect! Create the tree trunk with and handful of pretzel sticks… SO CUTE!

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Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread Video:

You Will Need

  • 6 mozzarella cheese sticks (string cheese)
  • 5 sharp cheddar cheese sticks
  • 5 pepper jack cheese sticks
  • 2 containers of Pillsbury Grands Homestyle Buttermilk Biscuits
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/3 cup of diced cherry tomatoes (I cut each tomato into 4 pieces)
  • 1/3 cup of finely diced baby spinach. Use kitchen scissors to make this part easy!
  • 1/4 cup of finely shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Pretzel sticks

Other Supplies Needed:

  • Parchment paper
  • Microwave safe bowl
  • Basting brush
  • Baking sheets: two 9×13 sheets OR one 19×13 sheet.
    • If you just want to make one small tree, cut the entire recipe in half:)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Cut each cheese stick into 4 pieces, making 64 pieces
  3. Remove the buttermilk biscuits from their containers and split them in half, making 32 circles of dough
  4. Flatten the dough circles
  5. Place two piece of the same kind of cheese in the middle of each piece of dough
  6. Pinch the dough together and roll the dough in your hands to make perfect circles
  7. Place parchment paper on baking sheet(s)
  8. For one large tree, use the large baking sheet and start with 7 cheese filled dough balls for the bottom of the tree. For two small trees, use 5 cheese fill dough balls for the bottom of the Christmas tree.
  9. Working upwards, place 1 less dough ball in each layer until you get to the top of the tree (as seen in the video)
  10. Microwave the butter until fully melted
  11. Stir in the garlic powder
  12. Using a basting brush, cover the Christmas tree(s) with the buttery, garlicky glaze
  13. Sprinkle finely shredded mozzarella over the uncooked tree
  14. Top with spinach and tomatoes
  15. For any cheese or spinach that fell onto the parchment paper, push it under the uncooked dough balls (or remove it altogether).
  16. Bake for 30 minutes or until the dough is golden and the center of the tree is fully cooked. For a larger tree, this could be around 34 minutes.
  17. Gently slide the cooked tree onto a large cutting board or serving dish
  18. Sprinkle more finely shredded mozzarella around the tree (optional)
  19. Place a handful of pretzel sticks under the tree to create the tree trunk
  20. Optional: Serve with warm marinara sauce for dipping

* Cut recipe in half to make just 1 smaller size tree on a 9×13 baking sheet

Be sure to watch the recipe video above to see how easy it is to make!

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