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Christmas Tree Pull-Apart

Cheesy Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread

Christmas is almost here, and I’ve got one more treat that I just had to share. This adorable Christmas tree pull-apart is a quick and easy appetizer that everyone will love and takes just minutes to make. I’ve made this appetizer many times for family and friends and they have all loved it. It especially goes over well at pot-luck’s and other get-togethers. Everyone will ask you for the recipe!

I used Pillsbury pizza crust, cut in equal squares to make the pull-apart bread. For my tree, I used the Pillsbury’s artisan crust to make it a little more healthy. But you can also just use the regular Pillsbury pizza dough, or even a homemade pizza dough. Most grocery stores also now have a fresh pizza dough available for sale in their bakery departments that would work well too.

Cheesy Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread

I also 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 cream cheese and shredded Italian Blend cheese. My son had so much fun helping me with this tree too. Kids love to play with dough!

After I spooned the cheese filling onto each piece of dough, he helped me form the balls and arrange the dough on the cookie sheet. After baking it, I brushed my tree with melted butter and minced garlic and then sprinkled it with freshly chopped basil and rosemary. You could also use fresh basil and Italian parsley too, or any other combination. It was so easy!

Cheesy Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread

For the marinara dipping sauce, I just used my favorite jarred marinara sauce, and heated it before placing it in a small dipping bowl. You can also just use any spaghetti sauce you have in the pantry or a homemade marinara.

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Christmas Tree Pull-Apart

Ingredients:

1 can (13.8 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated artisan pizza crust with whole grain or Pillsbury® refrigerated regular pizza crust
4 oz, or half brick, cream cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella or Italian blend shredded cheese
2 tablespoons butter
1 clove garlic, minced very fine
3 tablespoons freshly chopped basil and rosemary
1 cup warmed marinara sauce for dipping

Directions:

Heat oven to 400┬░. Lay pizza dough on a work surface and stretch to a 10 x 15 inch size. Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into 36 equal squares. In a small bow, combine cream cheese and shredded cheese. Mix well.

Add one tablespoon of the cheese mixture to each dough square. Make a ball with the dough, sealing the edges. Place on a cookie sheet in a Christmas tree form as shown in the photos above. Bake for 15 - 17 minutes, or until golden brown.

After removing pull-apart from the oven, brush with butter and sprinkle with chopped herbs. Serve pull apart with marinara sauce.

Cheesy Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread

This post sponsored by Pillsbury. All opinions 100% mine.

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