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This Pull Apart Christmas Tree is a festive appetizer to serve for a holiday party! It’s easy to make using pizza dough, cheese and fresh herbs on top. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce!

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One of our all-time favorite party appetizers during the holiday season is this pull-apart Christmas tree. It’s festive, colorful and full of melty cheesy goodness! Plus, it’s always fun to eat with guests pulling off a piece.


  • Pizza dough: The fastest way is to use Pillsbury pizza dough (crescent roll dough will also work). Or use this homemade pizza dough to make it from scratch.
  • Cheese: You’ll want a 1-pound brick of cheese such as mozzarella or cheddar. Use full-fat cheese for the best cheese pulls.
  • Butter
  • Herbs: I recommend fresh basil and rosemary, but you can also use dried.
  • Cherry tomatoes: Add fresh tomatoes for a pop of color – grape tomatoes also work.

How to Make Pull Apart Christmas Tree

To make it, start by stretching out your pizza dough to about 1/4-inch thickness. Then you can cut out 3-inch rounds using a knife tip. place one cube of cheese in the middle and wrap it in the dough until sealed tight. Repeat this process until you have about 30-32 balls.

Next, you’ll want to arrange the balls in a Christmas tree shape. An easy pattern is 7 balls in a straight line for a base, followed by adjacent lines of 6 balls, 5 balls etc. until you reach a single ball for the top.

When you’re satisfied with the shape, brush with butter and sprinkle the herbs on top. Bake for 15-17 minutes (following the package direction if using store-bought dough) until puffy and golden. Serve with pizza sauce or your favorite dipping sauce.

Recipe Video: Pull Apart Christmas Tree

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This Cheesy Pull Apart Christmas Tree is a fabulous appetizer for a holiday party
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Cheesy Pull Apart Christmas Tree

A festive appetizer to serve for a holiday party with amazing cheese pulls!
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Servings: 16 servings


  • 28 oz refrigerated pizza dough, 2 cans or homemade pizza dough
  • 16 oz mozzarella cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes, or cheddar
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary, fresh or dried
  • 12 grape tomatoes, halved, or cherry tomatoes
  • pizza sauce, or your favorite dipping sauce (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat.
  • Place the pizza dough on a work surface. Stretch it out to roughly a 1/4-inch thickness. Then cut into about 32 three-inch squares.
  • Cut the cheese into 1-inch cubes. Place one cube on top of each dough square. Then pinch the edges of each square together tightly to form a ball.
  • Arrange the balls on the prepared baking sheet in a Christmas tree formation: a straight line of 7 balls for the base followed by 6 balls, 5 balls etc. until you reach a single ball for the top. Use the remaining balls to make a stump and/or star.
  • Brush the balls with melted butter and sprinkle herbs on top. Then add the cherry tomatoes in between the balls.
  • Bake for 15-17 minutes following the package directions is using store-bought dough. If the tops start darkening, you can always cover with foil for the remaining time.
  • Remove from the oven and use the parchment to transfer the Christmas tree to a cheese board or other platter. Serve with optional dipping sauce.


  • Recipe yield: 16 servings (2 pieces per serving)
Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Pull Apart Christmas Tree
Amount Per Serving (2 pieces)
Calories 203 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 535mg22%
Potassium 54mg2%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 275IU6%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 225mg23%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Author: Cindy
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pizza christmas tree, pull apart christmas tree
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