Cheesy Garlic Pull-Apart Christmas Tree

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"O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, how lovely are thy branches ๐ŸŽผ ๐ŸŽถ ๐ŸŽต ๐ŸŒฒ Especially when thy branches have turned into melty cheesy herby garlic branches!!"
-- @dianemorrisey
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Prep time 12mins
Cook time 20mins
Serves or Makes: 8 - 10

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  • 1 pound raw pizza dough
  • Egg wash (1 egg mixes with 1 tbsp water)
  • 7 mozzarella sticks
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped rosemary
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • Marinara sauce, warmed (for serving)


  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 450ยฐF. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • Step 2

    Cut mozzarella sticks into 1โ€ pieces and set aside.

  • Step 3

    On a floured surface, divide pizza dough into two pieces. Stretch and roll each piece of dough into a long rectangle, then cut dough into 2โ€ squares (youโ€™ll need 33 total).

  • Step 4

    Wrap a dough square around each piece of mozzarella, forming a tightly sealed ball. Place balls seam-side down on the baking sheet in the shape of a Christmas tree (they should be touching). Brush egg wash on dough balls and bake until golden about 20 minutes.

  • Step 5

    Meanwhile, whisk together melted butter, parmesan, garlic, and herbs. Brush on baked pizza balls. Serve warm with marinara for dipping.