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RECIPE: Parmesan and Pesto Christmas Tree Pull Apart

If you are looking for that perfect Christmas recipe to take to your Christmas party or school event or to serve on the big day, this Pesto Christmas Tree recipe is a proven hit. The kids can help prepare and cook, and they will certainly love to eat! It’s one of our favourite Christmas recipes each year.


  • 2 Sheets frozen puff pastry
  • 1 cup green pesto
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese of choice, grated
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan
  • 1 punnet cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 egg, whisked


  • Preheat the oven to 180c.
  • Line a large baking tray with baking paper.
  • Lay one sheet of puff pastry on the baking tray and then spread generously with the pesto, smooth out with a spatula.
  • Sprinkle with the grated cheese.
  • Top with the other sheet of puff pastry.
  • Use a sharp knife to cut out the Christmas tree shape.
  • Then use the knife to make slices 1cm apart along the sides of the ‘Tree’ stopping 1 cm from the centre.
  • Carefully twist the segments of pastry.
  • Add the cherry tomatoes halves to the tree decoratively.
  • Brush the pastry with the egg lightly.
  • Bake in the oven for 15 – 25 mins, depending on oven, until pastry is golden brown.
  • Remove and allow to cool a little on a wire rack.
  • Serve.
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Great job for toddlers and kids in this Christmas recipe

  • Get your kids to spread on the pesto.
  • Assign the task of chief cheese person and they can grate and sprinkle the cheddar and parmesan.
  • Official tree twisters! Get the kids twisting the pastry to form the tree – it’s a slightly messy step, but just remember looks aren’t nearly as important as taste, and they will have FUN!

Serving Tip: Decorate on a large tray with more Xmas scenery food around it for an amazing festive plate!

Recipe by the talented mind of Italian-born Australian award-winning designer Sharon Hunter, the mind behind the genius Emondo Kids eco-dinnerware range that has set Instagram alight with artistic toddler mealtimes and pictures that look too beautiful to eat!

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By Angela Sutherland
After spending many years hustling stories on busy editorial desks around the world, Angela is now mum of two little ones and owner/editor at Kids on the Coast / Kids in the City. She is an atrocious cook and loves cutting shapes to 90s dance music. Angela is the editor of Kids on the Coast - a free family magazine whats on guide for Kids: things to do, school holiday fun and free activities for kids... Fun attractions, family food & travel, kids health & wellbeing, kids parties venues, parenting, pregnancy & babies, guide for parents. Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and beyond, Kids on the Coast is an online guide for parents with kids things to do with kids, schools and education and lifestyle news located on Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane, QLD.

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