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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 Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pizza christmas tree, pull apart christmas tree
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 203kcal
Author: Cindy


  • 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)


Serving: 2pieces | Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 535mg | Potassium: 54mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 275IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 225mg | Iron: 1mg