Make this cheesy Christmas tree pull apart bread for a fun and easy holiday appetizer. Great for holiday lunches, sides, or appetizers.
Whip up this Christmas Tree Loaf – with only 5 simple ingredients!
My kiddos absolutely devoured this cheesy bread! I can’t remember the last time I made a new recipe that was such a big hit in our home.
We like to eat this for lunch on Christmas eve with grapes. Almost like a play on a fruit and cheese plate. It makes for a great, light lunch to have before church and a rich Christmas Eve dinner.
How to Make Christmas Tree Pull Apart Bread
Start by dividing your dough and mozzarella sticks.
I find it easiest to peel apart the biscuits horizontally. Tube biscuit dough has lots of layers, so it’s pretty easy to peel apart. Just try to divide the biscuit in half equally.
Pop in a quarter of a cheese stick and you have a cheese-filled dough ball.
Assemble is pretty easy. With 32 dough balls, you can make a perfect Christmas tree. Just start with 7 dough balls for the bottom row, 6 for the row above that, 5 for the row above that, and so on until you reach one at the top. Then use the final 4 dough balls to make the tree trunk.
Watch the Christmas tree loaf carefully as it bakes. You want to be sure the the pieces aren’t dough inside, but you don’t want the edges of the dough to burn either.Print
- 2 (16-ounce) tube refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
- 8 mozzarella string cheese sticks
- 2 Tbsp. butter, melted
- 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- warmed marinara or pizza sauce for serving
- Preheat oven to 350°. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut mozzarella sticks into 4 equal pieces and set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk together melted butter, garlic, and Italian seasoning; set aside.
- Half, or peel apart, each of the 16 biscuits horizontally- so you have 32 roughly equally sized pieces of dough.
- Place one piece of cheese inside a round of biscuit dough. Fold dough edges up and over cheese; pinch firmly to seal. Repeat the process until you have 32 dough balls.
- Place dough balls, seam side down, on parchment-lined cookie sheet. To form a tree shape, line 7 dough balls for the base, 6 in the row above that, and so on. Save 4 dough balls for the tree trunk.
- Brush butter and herb mixture on tops of dough balls. Bake 20 to 22 minutes or until golden brown and biscuits are no longer doughy in center.
- Serve with warm marinara or pizza sauce.