3-Ingredient Pesto-Parmesan Christmas Tree

3-ingredient pesto-parmesan christmas tree Side Dish
3-Ingredient Pesto-Parmesan Christmas Tree
  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 40 min
  • Servings 32

Would you believe us if we told you that you could go from a crescent to a Christmas tree in a matter of three ingredients? You can! This stackable tree doubles as a party starter and an impressive centrepiece for the holidays.


  • 1 can (8 count) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescents
  • 3 oz (85 g) Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup refrigerated basil pesto


  • 1
    Heat oven to 375°F. Spray large bakingcookie sheet with cooking spray. Unroll dough on work surface. Press into 12x9-inch rectangle. Firmly press perforations to seal. With pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut into 8 rows by 4 rows to make 32 squares.
  • 2
    Cut Parmesan in 3 equally-sized pieces. Reserve 1 piece for grating. Cut remaining 2 pieces in 16 cubes each. Top each piece of crescent dough with 1 of the cubes of cheese, then roll dough into small ball around cheese; place seam side down on baking sheet.
  • 3
    Place 10 balls in a single layer, clustered and touching together to form a round disk shape. Continue with a formation of 8 balls, then 6 balls, then 4 balls, 3 balls and finally a single ball. There will be a total of 6 disks (including the single ball), which will form the layers of the tree after baking.
  • 4
    Bake 14 to 17 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheet 2 minutes. Meanwhile, finely grate remaining piece of cheese.
  • 5
    Use large, flat spatula to transfer largest disk to serving platter or cake plate. Brush with pesto, and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of the remaining Parmesan cheese, then top with next largest disk. Brush with pesto and sprinkle with 1 more tablespoon Parmesan cheese. Continue with remaining disks, ending with single ball. Brush any remaining pesto over tree. Sprinkle remaining Parmesan over tree. Serve with additional pesto, if desired.

  • Have your own favourite pesto recipe? Feel free to use it instead of the packaged pesto.
  • For a cute topper, cut a small star shape out of a red bell pepper, and place on top of tree, using toothpick if necessary.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 32
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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