Easy Cheesy Christmas Tree Pull Apart Bread Recipe

Brighten up your holiday table with this flavor-filled Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread. This ooey-gooey savory treat is definitely garlic bread at its finest and makes a festive appetizer in the shape of a Christmas tree that the entire family will love. 

Christmas tree pull apart bread

Are you searching for a delicious savory appetizer idea this holiday season? 

The holidays are filled with sugary treats – and don’t get me wrong, I can munch on puppy chow, cupcakes, and cookies all day long!

But at some point, I begin to crave something savory to balance out all the sugary sweetness.

Well, today, I have an adorable – and delicious! – Christmas tree pull-apart bread that will have kids and adults at any holiday party or gathering chowing down like it’s going out of style! It’s sure to become one of your favorite recipes for holiday entertaining.

This Christmas tree bread is seriously a great addition to any holiday meal and also works well as an accompaniment to your Christmas Charcuterie Board when you settle down to enjoy a favorite Family Christmas Movie!

Ingredients Needed

Here are the simple ingredients you’ll need to gather to make your pull-apart Christmas tree appetizer:

  • String Cheese mozzarella cheese sticks
  • Cheddar Cheese Sticks
  • Pepper Jack Cheese Sticks – Monterey Jack is another good option
  • Grands Homestyle Biscuits – you can use store-bought dough or even your own homemade pizza dough
  • Butter – salted or unsalted
  • Garlic Powder – minced garlic could work as well if you prefer
  • Cherry Tomatoes – quartered (sun-dried tomatoes would also be amazing!)
  • Parsley – fresh, chopped
  • Mozzarella Cheese – shredded
  • Pretzel Sticks

NOTE: for the exact amounts and process, please check out the handy printable recipe card at the bottom of the post!

recipe ingredients

How To Make Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread

Just follow these simple steps to make your own Christmas tree cheese bread (yum!).

Step 1

Line a large baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper and pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2

Now you will cut the cheddar, pepper jack, and string cheese sticks into 4 equal size pieces.

cut up cheese sticks

Step 3

Next, open both cans of biscuits, split each biscuit in half, and slightly flatten each half of biscuit dough. Then place 2 of the cut cheese cubes in the center of each piece of dough.

placing cheese sticks in biscuit

Step 4

Pinch each biscuit half up to the center and roll it into a ball.

making a ball out of the filled biscuit

Step 5

Now begin building the Christmas tree shape by arranging your balls of dough into a large triangle, starting at the bottom of the baking sheet. Place 7 balls across the bottom to make the base of the tree.

adding biscuit balls to a baking tray

Step 6

For the next row, you will use, 6 of the balls. In the 3rd row, you will use 5 balls. Continue following the pattern until you have just one cheese dough ball at the top of the Christmas tree shape on the cookie sheet.

You can use the picture of my tree below as a reference!

pull apart bread in a tree shape

Step 7

In a small bowl, melt the butter and mix in the garlic powder. Then brush the melted butter mixture over the entire tree.

Step 8

Next, you will sprinkle on the mozzarella cheese and parsley and place the cherry tomatoes evenly distributed on the bread tree.

sprinkle cheese over the pull apart bread before baking

Step 9

Bake the tree for 30 – 35 minutes or until golden brown.

Step 10

Finally, place the pretzel sticks at the bottom to make the tree trunk. 

Step 11

Serve immediately with spinach dip, ranch dressing, pizza sauce, or your favorite marinara sauce.

If you’re looking for more amazing Christmas treats of all kinds, be sure to try our Santa Gnome Cake Mix Cookies and Grinch Chocolate-Covered Strawberries with a delicious mug of Homemade Eggnog.

holiday savory pull apart bread closeup

Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread Recipe Notes And Tips

Here are some tips to help you make your perfect Christmas appetizer or side dish without any hitches!

  • Lining your baking sheet with parchment paper will allow you to lift the tree directly from the pan to a serving platter or cutting board without the chance of it breaking. It also makes cleaning your baking sheet MUCH easier. 🙂
  • Use a pastry brush, if you have one, to brush the melted butter and garlic mixture onto the bread before baking. It will be much faster and less messy. Plus, it spreads the garlic butter much more evenly.
  • If you want all the flavor without any of the heat from the pepper jack cheese, replace the cheese with Monterrey Jack cheese and add Italian seasoning.
  • You do not need to do an egg wash on the dough because the garlic butter will act in a similar way.

Variations Of Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread To Try

  • Try different types of dough! I used biscuit dough, but there are so many options here. Try using crescent rolls, homemade bread dough, or homemade pizza dough!
  • This is a great recipe to use for other holidays as well. Make the dough balls into the shape of a rabbit for Easter, a shamrock for St. Patrick’s Day or a heart for Valentine’s Day. You may have to adjust quantity of dough balls you need but that is easy.
  • Sprinkle the top with a little (or alot) of parmesan cheese before baking. You can add this in addition to or in place of the mozzarella cheese.
  • Play around with the type of cheese you use! Get creative and use anything you like! Gouda or cream cheese could be amazing choices!
  • If you prefer a sweet and savory dish, take off the tomatoes and sprinkle some pomegranate pieces after the bread is finished baking.
  • Along with the cherry tomatoes that look like lights, add a little more color by topping with thinly sliced orange or yellow peppers for garland.
  • Add some green food coloring to the dough to make your tree a little more Christmas-y and festive.


Here are some questions I often see readers ask about this recipe. If you don’t see your question below, please leave it in the comments!

Can I make the Christmas Tree Pull-Apart bread in advance?

Of course! If you prefer to use homemade dough, you can make it the day before and keep it in the refrigerator.

If you want to assemble your tree ahead of time, it can be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated for up to a day before you bake it.

How do I store leftovers?

Once you have baked the Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread it can be covered loosely and kept at room temperature for up to 5 – 6 hours.

After serving, if you have any leftovers, store them in an airtight container for up to a week in the refrigerator.

Can I freeze the baked Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread?

YES!!! The Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread will freeze nicely in a freezer bag or freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.

When you are ready to serve, thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Then re-heat at 400 degrees for approximately 5 – 7 minutes.

Christmas tree pull apart bread

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Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread

Ooey, gooey cheesy garlic pull-apart bread is a delicious savory appetizer that's perfect for any holiday event or gathering!


  • 6 string cheese
  • 5 cheddar cheese sticks
  • 5 pepper jack cheese sticks
  • 2 cans Grands Homestyle Biscuits
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ⅓ cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • ⅓ cup parsley
  • ¼ cup mozzarella cheese, fine shred
  • Pretzel sticks, for the trunk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cut each cheese stick into 4 equal size pieces.
  3. Split each biscuit in half, flatten a little and place 2 cheese cubes in the middle.
  4. Pinch the dough to the center and roll to make a ball.
  5. Start at the bottom of the baking sheet for the base of the tree with 7 balls.
  6. The next row will be 6 balls and so on and so on.
  7. Melt the butter and mix in the garlic powder.
  8. Brush butter mixture over entire tree.
  9. Sprinkle on cheese and parsley then evenly distribute the tomatoes.
  10. Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden brown.
  11. Place pretzel sticks at the base of the tree for the trunk.
  12. Serve with ranch and marinara and enjoy!

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