Cheesy Christmas Tree Bread

tree shaped bread with bowl of marinara

Cheesy Christmas Tree Bread from refrigerator pizza dough. Outrageously good appetizer or side dish loaded with garlic butter, fresh herbs and plenty of cheese baked until golden gooey cheese perfection.

Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree, how lovely is your warm, fresh baked bread flavored with garlic butter and herbs and loaded with cheese. Wait, what?

Cheesy Christmas Tree Bread individual pieces of cheese-filled pull apart bread is an easy appetizer or side dish by itself, but serve it with marinara or pesto for dipping and it’s practically a party.

tree shaped bread with marinara

Whether you’re hosting or attending a holiday party, this Cheesy Christmas Tree Bread needs to make an appearance. I cannot stress enough: it is seriously good stuff.

It starts with premade refrigerated pizza dough from the grocery store. It’s filled with mozzarella cheese, baked then topped with butter and fresh chopped herbs that elevate this easy festive bread. 

I used my favorite jarred marinara for dipping and heated some in a small bowl before serving. You can also use pesto or homemade sauce. 

What’s in Cheesy Christmas Tree Bread:

  • refrigerator pizza dough
  • parchment paper
  • packaged mozzarella cheese sticks
  • egg
  • butter
  • grated parmesan cheese
  • parsley
  • rosemary
  • basil
  • garlic
  • Marinara and/or pesto for dipping

How to make Cheesy Christmas Tree Bread:

Preheat the oven to 400° then line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Spread the pizza dough out on a lightly floured surface. Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut the dough into 30 squares then cut the mozzarella cheese sticks into 30 bite size pieces.

Add a piece of mozzarella to each square of dough then form a ball, rolling with your hands, pinching to seal the edges.

Place the balls on the prepared baking sheet seam side down in the tree shape as shown (the balls should be touching) then whisk the egg and water together in a small bowl and lightly brush each ball with the egg wash.

Bake 16-18 minutes or until golden brown. While the bread is baking, microwave the butter until melted then stir in half of the parmesan cheese and all of the herbs.

When the bread is finished baking, brush the herb butter on then sprinkle the remaining parmesan cheese over the top. Serve right away with marinara and/or pesto for dipping.

golden baked pull apart balls of bread on white parchment paper in shape of christmas tree

What does this bread go with?

As a side dish, this bread is practically perfection with Baked Mostaccioli, Braised Beef Ragu or even Pesto Chicken Mac and Cheese

Enjoy!

bread balls shaped as christmas tree with bowl of marinara for dipping

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tree shaped bread with bowl of marinara

Cheesy Christmas Tree Bread

Cheesy Christmas Tree Bread from refrigerated pizza dough. Warm, pull apart bread loaded with garlic butter and tons of cheese. Dip in marinara or pesto!
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CourseAppetizer
CuisineAmerican
Keywordpull apart bread, cheesy pull apart bread, holiday appetizers
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time16 minutes
Servings15

Ingredients

  • 13 ounce canned refrigerator pizza dough
  • parchment paper for lining baking sheet
  • 6-7 mozzarella cheese sticks
  • 1 large egg + 1 tablespoon water for egg wash
  • 3 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese divided
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh rosemary finely chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh basil finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic grated
  • 1 jar marinara and/or pesto for dipping

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400° then line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  • Cut the dough into 30 approximately equal squares then cut the mozzarella cheese sticks into 30 bite size pieces.
  • Add a piece of mozzarella to each square of dough then form a ball, rolling with your hands to smooth and seal the edges.
  • Place the balls on the prepared baking sheet seam side down in the shape of a tree (see photos) - so the balls are touching. Blend the egg and water in a small bowl and lightly brush each ball with the egg wash.
  • Bake 16-18 minutes or until golden brown. While the bread is baking, microwave the butter until melted then stir in half of the parmesan cheese and all of the herbs. Brush onto the rolls, then sprinkle with the remaining parmesan cheese over the top then serve right away with marinara and/or pesto for dipping.

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