Are you looking for Holiday appetizer ideas? Why not make these cute mini Christmas tree pizzas! They only take 30 minutes to make and look so festive.
5 reasons to make mini Christmas tree pizza appetizers
- Only 5 ingredients
- Easy recipe
- Quick preparation + baking time
- Fun Holiday appetizer
- Perfect baking project for kids
If you are thinking of throwing a party this festive season and looking for Christmas appetizer recipes, I highly recommend making Christmas tree pizza bites! And why not impress your guests with a DIY table centerpiece and make a gingerbread Christmas tree?
Ingredients and tools:
- Puff pastry
- Green pepper
- Grated cheese
- Pepperoni snack sticks
- Pizza sauce
- A tree-shaped cookie cutter
- Baking parchment paper or silicone mat
- Baking sheet (tray)
How to make mini Christmas tree pizzas
Unroll/unfold the puff pastry and using a tree cookie cutter cut out as many trees as possible. Transfer them onto a baking tray that you have lined with baking paper or a silicone mat.
Spread some pizza sauce over, sprinkle each with cheese and top with a few slices of slices tiny pepperoni sausage and green pepper.
Bake them until the pastry is cooked through, for about 10 minutes.
Good to know
I love using my recipe for homemade pizza sauce. It’s made by mixing oregano, ketchup, garlic and olive oil together. It only takes 3 minutes to make and I prefer it to the shop-bought version.
You can use any pizza sauce of your choice but if you have nothing on hand, this one works perfectly.
Baking these mini pizzas only takes about 10 minutes. However, every oven bakes differently and also the thickness of your puff pastry might be different from the one I used so keep an eye on them when making them for the first time.
To make these mini Christmas tree pizzas I used puff pastry instead of pizza dough. The reason is simple – the pizza dough is very soft and sticky which made cutting out the trees a real challenge.
If you still decide to give it a go, place the dough in the freezer for about 20-30 minutes. This will make it easier for you to cut the trees out.
The puff pastry will rise in the oven so use a reasonable amount of toppings. For the toppings, you can use anything you like. Instead of salami, ham can be also used.
- I used chilled (fresh) puff pastry that is ready-rolled so all I have to do is unroll it. This is the pastry that I can easily get in a supermarket so I always use it. If you like using frozen pastry that you thaw and roll out yourself, then go ahead and use that one. Just make sure to roll it out thin.
- Note that these Christmas tree pizza bites are really tiny so you need to cut all the ingredients into tiny pieces as well.
- Depending on the size of your pastry and your cookie cutter you might get more or less Christmas trees out of one sheet of pastry. My cutter was not very large but the size was perfect for a 2-bite snack. I wouldn’t use a cutter that is smaller than 2.5 inches.
- I find that it’s easier when the puff pastry is chilled before cutting out the shapes.
- Pizza sauce can be substituted with pesto (I have a few recipes on my blog. The easiest and cheapest to make would probably be parsley pesto or basil pesto).
This post appeared first on Julie’s Eats and Treats where I was a contributor.
Mini Christmas Tree Pizzas
- 1 puff pastry sheet , ready rolled (10 ounces/275 grams)
- 4 tablespoons pizza sauce
- 4.5 ounces grated cheese (130 grams)
- 3 pepperoni snack sticks or any other sausage snack sticks
- 1 green pepper
- Unroll (unfold) the puff pastry.
- Use a tree cookie cutter to cut out as many trees as possible out of your pastry sheet.
- Place them onto a baking tray lined with baking paper or a silicone mat. Spread pizza sauce over, sprinkle with some cheese and top with a few slices of pepperoni and finely chopped pepper.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 400°F/200°C for 10 minutes or until the pastry is puffed and golden brown.
- Best served right away.
- These mini pizzas are very versatile when it comes to the ingredients so feel free to use what you like. Just bear in mind they will be quite small so you will be able to top each tree with only a few pieces.
- Use any pizza sauce you like. Pesto is also a great option. For homemade pizza sauce combine 1 tablespoon dried oregano, 4 tablespoons ketchup, 1 teaspoon olive oil (optional) and 2 garlic cloves (minced).
- The puff pastry will rise in the oven but it will deflate a bit after it has been taken out of the oven.
- The tree cutter I used here is 3 inches long & 2.4 inches wide (in the widest part).