Puff pastry Christmas tree is a festive holiday appetizer with pull-apart breadsticks filled with savory toppings of your choice. Easy to make and delicious, it is sure to impress at your next Christmas party!

Puff pastry Christmas tree is a festive holiday appetizer with pull-apart breadsticks filled with savory toppings of your choice. Easy to make and delicious, it is sure to impress at your next Christmas party!

It’s almost too easy to share – but great recipes don’t have to be difficult. When you have a party to host, nothing’s better than a quick appetizer recipe to entertain the guests before moving to the next course. This puff pastry Christmas tree looks incredibly beautiful and is probably the easiest pastry you could possibly make. Follow along and check my step-by-step guide for a perfect puff pastry Christmas tree!

Puff pastry is something we use pretty often in France. This flaky light pastry is super versatile, can go both with sweet or savory filling options, and always makes your baking creations very festive. For a stunning result, best is to go for homemade puff pastry (see my step-by-step guide). I, myself, usually preach in favor of homemade baking, but on a regular basis most people just go for a store-bought puff pastry for a quicker version. Just know that you have options and go for what’s best for you.

Puff pastry Christmas tree is a festive holiday appetizer with pull-apart breadsticks filled with savory toppings of your choice. Easy to make and delicious, it is sure to impress at your next Christmas party!

An easy holiday appetizer

Don’t let you fool by the stunning result. This Christmas tree appetizer is easy to make and is a fun activity to do with kids! It’s important to keep in mind that not all Christmas trees you make from one time to another have to be the exact same ones. You can for instance make it larger or longer, with more or less breadsticks.

Puff pastry Christmas tree is a festive holiday appetizer with pull-apart breadsticks filled with savory toppings of your choice. Easy to make and delicious, it is sure to impress at your next Christmas party!

This recipe is very forgiving and leaves some space for your creativity too. You can for instance keep the leftovers of dough to make star-shaped puff pastry. Use them to decorate your Christmas tree appetizer or serve on the side.

How to shape puff pastry Christmas tree appetizer?

  1. Roll out the first sheet of puff pastry, spread pesto or savory topping and cover with the second sheet of puff pastry.
  2. Using a sharp knife and a ruler, cut out the dough into a Christmas tree (basically a triangle – but don’t forget the bottom part).
  3. Cut out the branches on both sides all the way to the top, leaving the Christmas tree “trunk” empty.
  4. Twist each branch so it forms a twisted breadstick, and voilà!

Sweet or savory toppings

Because puff pastry is neutral in taste, you could go for either sweet or savory toppings for your puff pastry Christmas tree. I personally like the idea to make it as a pull-apart appetizer so I went for this easy vegetarian mushroom pâté that has become my new obsession lately. It’s quick to prepare, delicious, and makes an original topping for your Christmas tree appetizer.

More savory options:

  • Pesto sauce: most people go for pesto when they make this Christmas tree. It’s easy and works very well. You can also add your own twist and prepare this almond basil pesto.
  • Olive tapenade 
  • Sun-dried tomato pesto
  • Walnut pesto
  • Garlic butter
  • Roasted beet pesto

You’ll also find 5 more homemade savory filling options in my tarte soleil recipe, which is based on the same idea of pulling apart breadsticks appetizer from the center.

Puff pastry Christmas tree is a festive holiday appetizer with pull-apart breadsticks filled with savory toppings of your choice. Easy to make and delicious, it is sure to impress at your next Christmas party!

On the sweet side:

If you’re more of a sweet tooth, I’ve got great news for you because this pull-apart Christmas tree works pretty well as a dessert too. You can go for homemade Nutella, any jam or marmelade of your choice (strawberry, raspberry, apricot…), or even use a cinnamon-sugar filling or a cardamom-sugar filling one, that you could dip in hot chocolate sauce (like churros!).

Other pull-apart appetizer you might like:

Puff pastry Christmas tree is a festive holiday appetizer with pull-apart breadsticks filled with savory toppings of your choice. Easy to make and delicious, it is sure to impress at your next Christmas party!

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Puff pastry Christmas tree is a festive holiday appetizer with pull-apart breadsticks filled with savory toppings of your choice. Easy to make and delicious, it is sure to impress at your next Christmas party!
  • Author: Delphine Fortin
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 pers. 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: Plant-based

Puff pastry Christmas tree is a festive holiday appetizer with pull-apart breadsticks filled with savory toppings of your choice. Easy to make and delicious, it is sure to impress at your next Christmas party!

Ingredients

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  • 2 sheets puff pastry
  • 34 Tablespoons pesto or savory spread of your choice (like this one or these ones)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • Sesame, for decoration (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat mat.
  2. Unfold one sheet of puff pastry on top of the parchment paper and spread the pesto sauce all over.
  3. Unfold the second sheet of puff pastry and place on top of the first sheet of puff pastry. Press gently to seal the two sheets together.
  4. Cut out puff pastry in the shape of a Christmas tree. Reserve the extra pieces.
  5. Using a pizza cutter or a sharp knife, cut slits on both sides of the tree spacing them about 0.5-inch apart (or about 1,5 cm), leaving the center intact. Then, twist each strip of pastry twice or three times, pressing the ends into the baking sheet. Repeat with the puff pastry leftovers and place on a different baking sheet.
  6. Brush pastry with egg yolk mixed with milk and sprinkle with sesame seeds (optional).
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden. Allow to cool slightly, and enjoy as a pull-apart appetizer!

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Puff pastry Christmas tree is a festive holiday appetizer with pull-apart breadsticks filled with savory toppings of your choice. Easy to make and delicious, it is sure to impress at your next Christmas party!