Call us crazy, but we’re always in full holiday swing. We get that the holidays are a stressful time and we’re guilty of last minute decorations, gifts and parties, too, but fret no more.

Whether you’re hosting a holiday feast, or attending someone else’s potluck, this easy pesto appetizer is sure to impress a crowd. It’s simple and fast to make, but sounds sophisticated AF — and makes a great centerpiece for the dinner table.

Feel free to arrange in other fun shapes to celebrate other holidays as well.

Pesto and Cheese-Stuffed Pull-Apart Christmas Tree Rolls

  • Prep Time:10 minutes
  • Cook Time:20 minutes
  • Total Time:30 minutes
  • Servings:5
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 1 can Pillsbury refrigerated regular pizza crust
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoon pesto sauce
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 cup marinara sauce, for dipping
Photo by Heather Feibleman
Photo by Heather Feibleman
  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 400°F.

  • Step 2

    Unwrap pizza dough onto a clean surface and roll out into a 10×15 rectangle.

    Photo by Heather Feibleman
    Photo by Heather Feibleman
  • Step 3

    Using a knife or pizza cutter, cut into 36 equal pieces.

    Photo by Heather Feibleman
    Photo by Heather Feibleman
  • Step 4

    In a small bowl, mix mozzarella and cream cheese until thoroughly combined.

    Photo by Heather Feibleman
    Photo by Heather Feibleman
  • Step 5

    Scoop about 1 teaspoon of cheese mixture onto every square of dough.

    Photo by Heather Feibleman
    Photo by Heather Feibleman
  • Step 6

    Wrap dough edges around cheese and seal tightly to form a ball.

    Photo by Heather Feibleman
    Photo by Heather Feibleman
  • Step 7

    Place formed balls aside on a baking sheet.

    Photo by Heather Feibleman
    Photo by Heather Feibleman
  • Step 8

    Arrange rolls into a Christmas tree formation.

    #SpoonTip: We built a pyramid with a base of seven rolls and saved two for the tree trunk and five for the star at the top of the tree.

    Photo by Heather Feibleman
    Photo by Heather Feibleman
  • Step 9

    To make a star, arrange four rolls around one. For the outside rolls, gently flatten one side of the ball and pinch the other side.

    Photo by Heather Feibleman
    Photo by Heather Feibleman
  • Step 10

    Brush a generous amount of pesto sauce over each roll.

    Photo by Heather Feibleman
    Photo by Heather Feibleman
  • Step 11

    Bake for 17-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Meanwhile, microwave butter with dried rosemary and basil at 20-second intervals until melted.

    Photo by Heather Feibleman
    Photo by Heather Feibleman
  • Step 12

    Drizzle butter mixture over the rolls.

    #SpoonTip: For maximum efficiency before serving, warm your marinara sauce in the microwave for 30-60 seconds. Stir every 20 seconds to ensure even heating.

    Photo by Heather Feibleman
    Photo by Heather Feibleman
  • Step 13

    Serve immediately with warmed marinara sauce.

    Photo by Heather Feibleman
    Photo by Heather Feibleman
  • Step 14

    Pull apart, dip in marinara sauce and enjoy.

    Photo by Heather Feibleman
    Photo by Heather Feibleman