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