10 Christmas Trees Made Entirely of Delicious Food
Christmas trees in the kitchen or dining room don’t usually make the most sense. However, we’ll make an exception for these fun look-alike treats. Because presentation is key this time of year.
Whether you want to get creative with a cheese platter or make DIY sweets, these are some of our favorite edible Christmas trees.
Fruit and Cheese
This cheese board couldn’t be any simpler to put together. Use different colored cheese cubes and red and green grapes to create a layered Christmas tree. Use a celery stalk for the tree stump, and a rolled cream cheese ball for a tree topper. We love how Dan of Cakes Cottage added sprigs of rosemary and thyme to create a realistic pine needle effect to the appetizer platter. And those fresh herbs probably make the whole thing smell insanely delicious.
See more: Christmas Tree Cheese Board at Cakes Cottage
Part decoration, part dessert — and all fun! Chocolate cupcakes are the perfect base for pine trees made of ice cream cones and festive green frosting. Dust them with powdered sugar for a snow-covered effect, and you’ll have a sweet treat that’s almost too pretty to eat.
Get step-by-step directions: Christmas Tree Chocolate Cupcakes at Just a Taste
Peanut Butter Cups
If you still have some Halloween candy, this festive DIY is a great way to repurpose peanut butter cups of all sizes. And the best part about this dessert? You don’t even have to turn on your oven. You need two sizes of peanut butter cups, chocolate kisses, and melted chocolate — we recommend using white chocolate so you can color it green or red for the garland drizzle. Wrap these up for a tasty party favor or serve them at a holiday party.
See more pics: Peanut Butter Cup Christmas Trees at Teacher Chef
Who says pizza isn’t a Christmas food? This festive take on our favorite takeout dinner is a savory way to celebrate the holidays. Keep things as pine tree as possible with a pesto base, and top it with “decorations” of your choice. We love how Sonja and Alex of A Couple Cooks arranged slices of red onion to look like garland, and dotted diced red pepper all over the pie, but we’re thinking just about any of your favorite toppings can be made Christmas pizza-appropriate. Don’t forget to add a snowy dusting of mozzarella cheese!
Steal the recipe: Pesto Christmas Tree Pizza at A Couple Cooks
Waking up to this gooey cinnamon roll on Christmas morning might just be more exciting than opening presents. Maybe. Pamela, the blogger behind My Man’s Belly, uses her favorite cinnamon roll recipe and cleverly shapes the dough to resemble a Christmas tree. Top it off with a generous drizzle of icing, and dig in.
Learn how to make it: Christmas Morning Cinnamon Roll Tree at My Man’s Belly
We’re loving this super-simple veggie platter tree. Okay, so it’s just broccoli florets and cherry tomatoes, but it looks amazing. The colors pop perfectly, and it couldn’t be any more festive. Slice a star from your favorite citrus fruit for a tree topper, and pile some pretzel sticks to make a trunk. Serve with your favorite dip for a festive appetizer everyone will remember.
See the full celebration: Veggie Platter Tree at North Carolina Charm
Caprese Salad Skewers
Looking for an easy-to-eat appetizer for a holiday cocktail party? You’ve found it with these caprese salad skewers. To make them, all you have to do is load up three sizes of wooden skewers with cooked tortellini, basil leaves, cherry tomatoes, and mozzarella. Stack the skewer sizes to form a colorful Christmas tree, and drizzle with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. It looks im-pasta-bly fussy, but it’s so easy!
See more: Tortellini Caprese Salad Skewer Tree at Yesterday on Tuesday
Gingerbread houses are so last year — switch things up with these beautiful cookie trees. Stack different sizes of star-shaped gingerbread cookies to create a tree, held together by homemade icing. Sprinkle the assembled trees with a dusting of powdered sugar for a stunning snowy effect.
Get the recipe: Snowy Gingerbread Christmas Trees at Baked by an Introvert
You don’t need any special cutters or pans to make these Christmas tree-shaped brownies. Just make brownies the way you normally would, then slice them into triangle-shaped pieces. Debbie at One Little Project recommends using bamboo skewers to create a grid of triangles before you cut, so you can get as many as possible! Use green icing of your choice and drizzle over each brownie, and pop in candy canes for tree trunks.
See the how-to: Christmas Tree Brownies at One Little Project
These chocolate-covered strawberry trees just might be the cutest treats we’ve ever seen. Add green dye to melted white chocolate, and use chocolate sandwich cookies as the base for the dipped berries. We love the white sprinkles and baby stars on top!
For instructions: Chocolate Covered Strawberry Christmas Trees at Lovely Little Kitchen