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Cheesy Pesto Crescent Christmas Tree

cheesy pesto crescent christmas tree Appetizer
Cheesy Pesto Crescent Christmas Tree
  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 60 min
  • Ingredients 6
  • Servings 16

If you ever wonder what we'll be serving as an appetizer for holiday parties, you're looking at it. This cheesy pesto-filled crescent Christmas tree (with bonus breadsticks baked on the side!) is the perfect shareable snack for everyone to enjoy. Make this your festive contribution to the party food spread, and prepare for all the compliments. MORE+ LESS-

Updated September 23, 2019
Pillsbury Crescents
Make with
Pillsbury Crescents

Ingredients

4
oz (from 8-oz package) cream cheese, softened
1/2
cup refrigerated basil pesto (from 7-oz container)
2
cans (8 oz each) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dough sheet
1
cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 oz)
1
tablespoon butter, melted
1
tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 2 large cookie sheets with cooking spray; line with cooking parchment paper.
  • 2
    In medium bowl, mix cream cheese and pesto until well blended.
  • 3
    Unroll 1 can of crescent dough onto 1 of the cookie sheets; reshape dough to 13x8-inch rectangle. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly on top of crescent dough. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
  • 4
    Unroll second can of dough, and place on top of cheese layer, stretching to cover. With pizza cutter or sharp knife, trim 2 small triangle sections from each of the top sides slightly to form a tree shape. Set dough scraps aside. (After cutting, dough shape should be about 2 1/2 inches wide at the top and 8 inches across the bottom.)
  • 5
    Using photo as a guide, with pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut dough horizontally completely across in 1-inch strips. Twist each strip a few times, and place down on cookie sheet in tree formation, using photo as a guide. Cut two small sections of dough from the scraps; twist and place next to the bottom of the tree for the trunk. Cut the remaining scraps of dough into four strips; twist into breadsticks, and place on remaining cookie sheet.
  • 6
    Brush top of tree and breadsticks with melted butter, and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake separately, refrigerating second sheet while first is baking. For the breadsticks: Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until dough is golden brown and cooked all the way through. Cover loosely with foil to keep warm. For the tree: Bake 16 to 21 minutes, or until dough is golden brown and cooked all the way through.

Expert Tips

  • Spray your cookie sheet with cooking spray before adding parchment paper so parchment paper stays in place when working with dough.
  • For best results when cutting dough, use a pizza cutter.
  • Serve with warm marinara sauce for dipping.
  • For a cute topper, cut a small star shape out of a red bell pepper, and place on top of tree, using toothpick if necessary.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
170
Calories from Fat
90
% Daily Value
Total Fat
11g
16%
Saturated Fat
4 1/2g
22%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
15mg
5%
Sodium
380mg
16%
Potassium
115mg
3%
Total Carbohydrate
15g
5%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
3g
Protein
4g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%
6%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
8%
8%
Iron
6%
6%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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