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Nutella Christmas Tree Pastry

Make this Nutella Christmas tree for your Holiday party or Christmas morning Breakfast. It’s a very simple idea with many possibilities for dressing it up.

This pastry is perfect for holiday parties or Christmas breakfast. When you would rather be a part of opening presents than stuck in the kitchen, set this tree out to keep everyone happy. They will be!

EVERYONE loves this yummy Nutella Christmas tree puff pastry and it serves as finger food. No serving plates or utensils required. Just twist off the branches. Then break off the tree trunk in sections. So yum!

This Nutella Christmas tree with puff pastry is made in a simple, yet attractive style that will make it a pleasure to create and serve.

This is such an attractive and yummy party food for Christmas. It uses only two major ingredients. The pastry and Nutella. All the rest are decorations you choose. Have fun with that!

Nutella Christmas Tree Pastry
Christmas Nutella Tree Pastry

You can save some money and enjoy extra flavor if you make the puff pastry from scratch. Here is our puff pastry recipe. The tree you see pictured is made with our homemade puff pastry. It’s pretty easy to make (follow ALL the instructions) but it does take some time.

So plan ahead (add several hours) to make your own puffed pastry. Also do check this recipe before you make it and make sure you have all the decorations you want to use handy.

When pressed for time, use purchased puff pastry sheets. This will save you hours of work and makes this Christmas tree project easy enough for older children to make with little to no supervision.

For this recipe you need to purchase (or make) PUFF PASTRY. It is easy to get confused in the store if you don’t know the difference. The most common mistake is buying phyllo dough. For this Nutella Christmas tree a puff pastry is the one you want.

Is Puff Pastry the Same as Phyllo Dough? How are They Different?

No, puff pastry and phyllo dough are not the same. Puff pastry is a type of dough that is made by layering butter or shortening between sheets of dough and then rolling and folding the dough to create many layers. This process is called lamination(read more about lamination on the KITCHN website).

When baked, the moisture in the butter or shortening causes the dough to puff up, creating a flaky and tender texture. Puff pastry is often used to make savory and sweet pastries, such as croissants, tarts, and turnovers. It works well in this recipe since the dough is easy to mould and results in a pastry that pulls apart easily and holds it’s shape.

Phyllo dough, on the other hand, is a very thin dough that is traditionally used in Greek and Middle Eastern cuisine. It is made by stretching and thinning a dough made with flour, water, and sometimes oil or butter. Phyllo dough is often used to make savory dishes such as baklava and spanakopita, as well as sweet pastries like strudels and turnovers. It has a crispy and flaky texture when baked.

Phyllo will not puff when baked but rather bake as a crispy pastry that will tend to fall apart when pulled on. Not your best choice for this recipe.

Can Melted Chocolate Replace Nutella in This Recipe?

Yes, melted chocolate can be used as a substitute for Nutella in many recipes, including this one.

However, Using Nutella for this Nutella Christmas tree is a no-brainer if you have it. Nutella is easy. Just spread it on the puff pastry. No preparation or mixing required. And it tastes EXCELLENT as a filling with puff pastry.

Nutella is a brand of chocolate-hazelnut spread, which is made with sugar, cocoa, hazelnuts, and milk. It has a smooth and creamy texture and a sweet, nutty flavor. You can find it at your local grocer. Costco sells it in two packs at a very good price.

You can use melted chocolate as a substitute for Nutella. You will need to melt chocolate chips or chopped chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl or over a double boiler. You can use any type of chocolate that you prefer, such as milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or semisweet chocolate. Once the chocolate is melted and smooth, you can use it as you would use Nutella in your recipe.

Keep in mind that melted chocolate may have a different consistency than Nutella and may not be as easy to spread or work with. You may also need to adjust the sweetness and flavor of your recipe to taste. You may need to add a little sugar or cocoa powder to the melted chocolate to make it sweeter or more chocolatey, or you can add a small amount of nut butter or chopped nuts to give it a nutty flavor.

Nutella Christmas Tree Pastry

Finishing Your Nutella Christmas Tree:

You can decorate your tree however you like. We kept it simple with an egg wash and cinnamon candies. Following baking we sprinkled powdered sugar on top. It was absolutely delicious. If you need more ideas here are some more ways to decorate your tree.

  • Substitute red or Green (or a mix of the two) M&Ms for the cinnamon candies.
  • Crushed Peppermint candies make a nice flavor combination with this puff pastry Christmas tree Nutella taste fabulous with peppermint.
  • Rather than use a powdered sugar sprinkle, make a powdered sugar icing and dollop or spread it on like flocking.
  • choose any other candies or sprinkles you have that will bring in the Christmas holiday cheer. Just be mindful of weather they bake well. For many decorations baking the tree and allowing it to cool first is necessary so your decorations don’t melt. Read your labels.
  • Chopped nuts can be baked into the topping or sprinkled on after baking.
  • When its all done if you want more goodies on top, chocolate chips or any baking chips or peppermint drops or kisses can also be chopped or placed on whole.

Nutella Puff Pastry Christmas Tree Recipe:

Nutella Christmas Tree Pastry
Yield: 16 servings

Nutella Christmas Tree Pastry

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Make this nutella christmas tree pastry to serve at hoiday parties or for a special christmas morning pastry to serve while opening gifts.

It's easy to make and SO good! kids love this pastry and enjoy ehlping to make and decorate it. Happy Holidays!

Ingredients

  • 2 sheets puffed pastry
  • 2 cups Nutella hazelnut spread (as desired)
  • 2 Tablespoons coarse sanding sugar
  • 1 egg (+water for wash)
  • 20 cinnamon candies

Garnish:

  • 2 fresh rosemary sprigs

Instructions

PREP:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Making the Tree:

  1. Roll out a sheet of puffed pastry and lay it on the baking sheet.
  2. Cut out a christmas tree shape to fill the baking sheet length and width. (see video)
  3. Use a star shaped cookie cutter to make the tree topper out of scrap dough. (if desired). Complete the star with a filling and two layers of pastry. set aside.
  4. Spread Nutella in an even layer out to the edges of the tree shape.
  5. Roll out the second puffed pastry sheet and lay it over the nutella spread.
  6. Press the star shaped tree topper onto the pastry tree top if using.
  7. Press the pastry firmly onto the nutella to create an outline.
  8. Cut around that outline to make the finished filled tree shape.
  9. Cut through the pastry sides to make the branches. DO NOT cut through the tree center. (see video)
  10. Twist each branch of the tree in the same direction to create evenly spaced tree branches.
  11. Mix egg and 1 tablespoon of water in a cup. Brush it over the entire pastry. This creates a shine on the pastry and helps hold on the decorations.
  12. Decorate the egg washed dough as you wish. We used coarse sanding sugar, cinnamon candies and powdered sugar. We have also used green and white M&Ms and other decorations. It's all good. You do you! If using chocolate candies like M&Ms do NOT add them before baking.
  13. Bake 15 minutes. Cool, finish decorating as desired
  14. Serve on a party tray with fresh rosemary sprigs.

Notes

*If you choose to make your own puff pasty you will need to add several hours to the completion time for this recipe.

Finishing Your Nutella Christmas Tree:

You can do whatever you like. We kept it simple with an egg wash and cinnamon candies. Following baking we sprinkled powdered sugar on top. It was absolutely delicious. If you need more ideas here are some more ways to decorate your tree.

  • Substitute red or Green (or a mix of the two) M&Ms for the cinnamon candies.
  • Crushed Peppermint candies make a nice flavor combination with this puff pastry Christmas tree Nutella taste fabulous with peppermint.
  • Rather than use a powdered sugar sprinkle, make a powdered sugar icing and dollop or spread it on like flocking.
  • choose any other candies or sprinkles you have that will bring in the Christmas holiday cheer. Just be mindful of weather they bake well. For many decorations baking the tree and allowing it to cool first is necessary so your decorations don't melt. Read your labels.
  • Chopped nuts can be baked into the topping or sprinkled on after baking.
  • When its all done if you want more goodies on top, chocolate chips or any baking chips or peppermint drops or kisses can also be chopped or placed on whole.

Nutrition Information

Yield

16

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 227Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 17mgSodium 54mgCarbohydrates 27gFiber 2gSugar 21gProtein 3g

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