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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

How to Make Mini Christmas Tree Pizzas



Although pizza isn't exactly a traditional holiday dish, one thing's for sure: Pizza is delicious all year round! So, why not make these mini Christmas tree pizzas as a festive snack or appetizer? Thanks to store-bought pizza sauce and canned crescent dough, this recipe is super quick and easy. You can even turn it into a family activity, as kids and adults alike will love making (and eating) these cheesy treats.

Mini Christmas tree pizzas

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Things You’ll Need

  • 2 8-ounce tubes of crescent dough, chilled

  • 3/4 cup pizza sauce

  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

  • 1/3 cup black olives, sliced

  • 1/3 cup green bell pepper, diced

  • 1/3 cup mini pepperoni

  • Fresh basil or parsley, chopped

  • Oil

  • Christmas tree cookie cutter

Ingredients for mini Christmas tree pizzas


Omit the pepperoni to make the vegetarian mini pizzas.

Step 1

Add about 1 teaspoon oil to a small skillet. Cook the bell peppers for 5 minutes, or until slightly tender. Set aside.

Cook diced bell peppers

Step 2

Preheat the oven to 350°F. If you'd like, line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats to catch burned cheese. Otherwise, you can use unlined baking sheets.

Roll out a tube of crescent dough on a sheet of parchment paper. Gently press the perforated lines together.

Roll out crescent dough

Step 3

Press a Christmas tree cookie cutter into the dough, cutting out as many trees as possible. You can do this by placing the cut-outs very close together. It also helps to flip the cookie after every cut-out to get the most out of your dough.

Repeat with the second tube of dough.

Cut out Christmas tree crescent pieces


To re-use leftover dough, roll the scraps into balls. Place each ball between two sheets of parchment paper, flatten with a rolling pin then transfer to a plate or baking dish. Chill for 10 to 15 minutes in the freezer; this will make the dough less sticky and easier to work with. Once chilled, cut out more trees.

Step 4

Place the crescent trees on the lined baking sheets. Bake for 5 minutes.

Pre-bake crescent trees

Step 5

Spoon about 1 tablespoon of pizza sauce on to each tree.

Top with pizza sauce

Step 6

Add the shredded mozzarella cheese. Top with bell peppers, sliced olives and/or mini pepperoni.

Add cheese, bell peppers, olives and pepperoni

Step 7

Bake for another 8 minutes, or until the edges are golden and the cheese is melted and bubbly. It may take more or less time to finish baking, depending on your oven.

Bake until cheese is melted

Step 8

Garnish with chopped basil or parsley. Serve immediately.

Garnish with basil or parsley

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