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 an appetizer the entire family will love.
Are you searching for a delicious savory appetizer idea this holiday season?
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 chowing down like it’s going out of style!
This Christmas tree bread is perfect as an appetizer for your holiday gathering on the big day, but it also works well as an accompaniment to your Christmas Charcuterie Board when you settle down to enjoy a favorite Family Christmas Movie!
Ingredients Needed For Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread
- String Cheese
- Cheddar Cheese Sticks
- Pepper Jack Cheese Sticks – Monterey Jack is another good option
- Grands Homestyle Biscuits – or any brand you prefer or use your own homemade dough
- Butter – salted or unsalted
- Garlic Powder – minced garlic could work as well if you prefer
- Cherry Tomatoes – quartered
- 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!
How To Make Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread
Begin by lining a large baking sheet with parchment paper and preheating the oven to 350 degrees.
Now you will cut the cheddar, pepper jack, and string cheese sticks into 4 equal size pieces.
Next open both cans of biscuits, split each biscuit in half, and slightly flatten each half. Then place 2 of the cut cheese cubes in the center.
Pinch each biscuit half up to the center and roll it into a ball.
Now you will begin building the tree by starting at the bottom of the baking sheet. Place 7 balls across the bottom to make the base of the tree.
For the next row, you will use, 6 of the balls. In the 3rd row, you will use 5 balls and so on and so on.
In a small microwave-safe bowl or saucepan, melt the butter and mix in the garlic powder. Then brush this mixture over the entire tree.
Next, you will sprinkle on the mozzarella cheese and parsley and place the cherry tomatoes evenly distributed on the bread tree.
Bake the tree for 30 – 35 minutes or until golden brown.
Finally, place the pretzel sticks at the bottom of the tree as the trunk.
Serve immediately with ranch dressing or marinara sauce.
Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread Recipe Notes And Tips
- 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.
Variations Of Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread To Try
- 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.
- 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 Christmasy 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.
Do I need to store any leftovers in the refrigerator?
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 air-tight 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.
More Easy And Delicious Bread Recipes To Try
Do you love bread (me too!)? Check out these other delicious recipes!
- Pretzel Bread Rolls
- Pumpkin Spice Bread
- Easy Pizza Pinwheels
- Strawberry Stuffed French Toast
- Banana Protein Muffins
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Cut each cheese stick into 4 equal size pieces.
- Split each biscuit in half, flatten a little and place 2 cheese cubes in the middle.
- Pinch the dough to the center and roll to make a ball.
- Start at the bottom of the baking sheet for the base of the tree with 7 balls.
- The next row will be 6 balls and so on and so on.
- Melt the butter and mix in the garlic powder.
- Brush butter mixture over entire tree.
- Sprinkle on cheese and parsley then evenly distribute the tomatoes.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden brown.
- Place pretzel sticks at the base of the tree for the trunk.
- Serve with ranch and marinara and enjoy!