Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Pizza Bread Recipe

If you celebrate Christmas, you're probably on the hunt for tasty holiday recipes. And while pizza isn't the most traditionally festive dish, it's safe to say that everyone loves it. So, why not use it as inspiration for a pull-apart bread recipe? You can be sure that it will be a hit, whether you're hosting a potluck or feeding a crowd. Plus, by arranging the bread in the shape of a Christmas tree, you can instantly give it a seasonal spin. Read on to learn how to make it!

Christmas tree pull-apart pizza bread
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Things You'll Need

  • 1 can (13.8 ounces) refrigerated pizza dough

  • 5 ounces cream cheese, softened

  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

  • 3/4 cup mini pepperoni (or chopped pepperoni)

  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

  • 1/2 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

  • Butter for greasing

  • Extra pepperoni and fresh herbs for garnish

Ingredients for pull-apart pizza bread
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To quickly soften the cream cheese, microwave it for 20 to 30 seconds.

Step 1

Pre-heat the oven to 400° Fahrenheit.

In a bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, and 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning. Mix well.

Mix pizza bread fillings
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Step 2

Roll out the pizza dough onto a flat surface. With a pizza cutter or knife, slice the dough into 24 equal squares.

Cut pizza dough
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Step 3

Now, it's time to add the pizza filling.

Stretch out each square of dough. Add about 1/2 tablespoon of cream cheese filling to the center. Fold up the corners and roll the dough into a ball. Make sure the filling is completely encased in the dough.

Add cream cheese pizza filling
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Step 4

Repeat the process until all 24 pieces are filled and rolled up.

Pull-apart pizza bread pieces
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Step 5

On a greased metal baking sheet, arrange the 24 pieces in the shape of a Christmas tree.

Arrange the pull-apart pizza bread
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Step 6

In a small bowl, mix the melted butter, 1/2 tablespoon Italian seasoning, and garlic powder. If you want a more intense garlic flavor, add more garlic powder.

Mix Italian seasoning and garlic with butter
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Step 7

Brush the butter mixture onto the pull-apart bread.

Brush pizza bread with butter
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Step 8

If you'd like, add mini pepperoni "ornaments."

Add mini pepperoni
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Step 9

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until light golden brown.

Christmas tree pull-apart pizza bread
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Garnish with fresh herbs, such as rosemary or oregano. Serve with a side of warm marinara or pizza sauce.

Christmas tree pull-apart pizza bread
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This festive recipe is easy to make, share and eat. Happy holidays!

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