Holiday Italian Herb Crescent Christmas Trees

Total Time
2hrs 30mins
Prep 2 hrs
Cook 30 mins

Posted per request. Great Christmas appetizer! From the Pillsbury Crescent Special Edition cook book. How ever I did replace the 1/2 cup chive - and - onion potato topper with 1/2 cup of my prepared Chive and Garlic Dip Mix. This dip has a better flavor than the potato topper. Recipe makes two trees. Prep time about an hour, decorating time...well thats up to you! I would love to see several pictures of this one, as it can be decorated several ways.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oven to 375°F.
  2. Unroll cans of dough and separate into 4 long rectangles; firmly press perforations together.
  3. Sprinkle each rectangle with 1 tablespoon cheese and 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning.
  4. Starting with one short side, roll up each rectangle, forming 4 rolls (like a jelly roll).
  5. With serrated knife, cut each roll into 8 slices (now they look like pinwheels).
  6. To form 1 tree, on cookie sheet, (I line mine with parchment paper it's easier to move trees to cool and to final decorating plate), Place 1 slice, cut side down, for top of tree.
  7. Arrange 2 slices below, sides touching.
  8. Continue arranging rows of 3, 4, and 5 slices.
  9. Use remaining slice for trunk.
  10. Bake first tree 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown.
  11. Cool 5 minutes on wire rack.
  12. Repeat for 2nd tree on another cool cookie sheet.
  13. Place trees on serving platter.
  14. If you do not have a decorators bag and tip, spoon the dip into a zip lock bag.
  15. Cut 1/4 inch hole in bottom corner of bag; and pipe over tree like garland, and a dollop of dip in on each pinwheel except trunk.
  16. Place tomato slice on each pinwheel except top and bottom ones.
  17. With 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inch star shaped cutter, cut 2 stars from yellow bell pepper; place one on top of each tree.
  18. Chop remaining bell pepper; sprinkle over trees.
  19. Sprinkle with parsley.
  20. Serve immediately, or refrigerate until serving time.
Most Helpful

I made this for my MIL and SIL when we were busy making their Christmas trays. They loved it so much and it was great for getting us in a festive mood after slaving away in the kitchen all morning. I made my own onion dip to use. I like that the bread was flavored, otherwise it would be a bit bland tasting. I think next time I make this, I will use freshly shredded or shaved Parmesan cheese for even more flavor. Made and Reviewed for Zaar Cookbooks Tag - Thanks much! :)

LilPinkieJ December 04, 2008

This was visually a great snack. I made it for a Cristmas eve party, but it wasn't amazing as far as tatse goes. It wasn't bad, but didn't have much flavor. I might try to think of different decorations for the trees to enhance the flavor, because it was too darn cute to give up on! Thank you!

Bri22 January 02, 2006

Great recipe! So easy to put together and so cute. I had lots of compliments on this one! I did have to make a few changes though. I made my star out of cheese and used a green pepper to garnish the tree due to the high cost of yellow peppers in my area. Thanks for posting, GrandmaG!

~cbw~ December 06, 2004

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