Buttery Herb Christmas Tree Recipe
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Buttery Herb Christmas Tree Recipe

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Your guests will be "pining" for this pull-apart treat shaped like a festive evergreen. Each roll is tender, flaky and flavored with a homemade herb butter, sure to make mouths water. If you like, add "decorations" to the tree using seasonings or veggies.—Kathryn Pollock, Tropic, Utah
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:17 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 17 servings


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2-1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 130 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 185mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, butter, egg, sugar, salt and 1-1/2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a firm dough.
  2. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Roll out dough to 1/8-in. thickness; cut out into seventeen 3-1/2-in. circles.
  4. For herb butter, combine the butter, garlic, basil, oregano, onion and cayenne. Set aside 1 teaspoon herb butter. Spread the remaining herb butter over dough circles to within 1/2-in. of edges. Using the dull edge of a table knife, make an off center crease in each roll. Fold along crease.
  5. To form tree, place one roll near the top center of a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Arrange 14 rolls overlapping slightly, forming a tree. Use water to moisten dough where it overlaps.
  6. For trunks, place remaining rolls on bottom of tree. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 40 minutes.
  7. In microwave, melt reserved butter mixture. Brush over rolls; sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm. Yield: 1 tree (17 rolls).
Originally published as Buttery Herb Christmas Tree in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2010, p35

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