This spectacular pastry Christmas tree is easier to make than you might think. Just follow this step-by-step recipe! Indulgent Nutella® chocolate hazelnut spread is sandwiched between two layers of puff pasty, scored in all the right places then twisted to form tree branches. Ideal for Christmas parties and delicious washed down with some festive mulled wine.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

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  • Roll out one puff pastry sheet into a large rectangle on a lightly floured surface and place on the prepared baking sheet.

  • Lightly score puff pastry into the shape of a Christmas tree (triangle) with a wide base. Spread chocolate-hazelnut spread over the triangle in a thin layer with the back of a spoon.

  • Roll out the second sheet of puff pastry to a large rectangle and place on top of the first one. Carefully trace the shape of the chocolate covered triangle underneath and cut out the Christmas tree shape and the trunk. Pull away excess pastry.

  • Lightly score 2 lines down the middle of the triangle to form a tree trunk that is narrower at the top and gets wider towards the base. Using the trunk as a guide, cut branches into the sides of the triangle.

  • Twist the branches away from you, trying to get in 2 turns on the lower branches. Continue moving up the tree, twisting away from you as you go.

  • Cut a small star out of the excess pastry; place on top of the tree. Brush the star and tree with beaten egg.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until puffy and golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool slightly, about 5 minutes. Slide onto a serving plate, using a piece of parchment paper if needed.

Cook's Note:

You can also use coconut oil to grease baking sheet instead of butter.

Nutrition Facts

386.4 calories; 5.8 g protein; 32.4 g carbohydrates; 23.3 mg cholesterol; 168.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (36)

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Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2017
This is so easy and is always such a hit! Tip: Warm the Nutella in the microwave for 15-20 seconds before spreading -- otherwise it's difficult to spread evenly. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/01/2019
A bit messy when twisting the tree branches. No need to sugar on top. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 39
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 4
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Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2017
This is so easy and is always such a hit! Tip: Warm the Nutella in the microwave for 15-20 seconds before spreading -- otherwise it's difficult to spread evenly. Read More
(20)
Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2017
A friend made this the other day for an afternoon tea break and we gobbled it up. It was delicious! So I went and bought puff pastry and nutella (actually the store brand) and just made two trees this afternoon. So quick and easy that I didn't even need to refer to the recipe. If I had I might have remembered the egg wash--but even without it came out beautifully. Hint--zap the nutella jar for 10 seconds so it spreads easily. Go ahead and just slather one entire sheet of puff pastrywith nutella on a piece of parchment on a cookie sheet. Ease the top pastry on. Then cut the center triangle. Use the two half side triangles to make a second tree. Seal the two sides together on top with fingers dipped in water. This is a new family favorite! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2017
Added a dried cherry to the end of each branch to hold it down. This added a festive and flavorful touch. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2017
this was a christmas dessert hit this year. i'd never made it before but it's SO easy! i decorated it with some red and green m&m's just sprinkled here and there. my family loved it. a little light and a little sweet it didn't make anyone feel "stuffed." Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/29/2017
Made this with peanut butter and chocolate chips. Sprinkled powder sugar on once done. Good but needed a little bit more sweetness. Going to do a hame and cheese version next. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2017
Not a fan of Nutella. Would jam or other filling work as well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2018
This was so easy! However I cooked down fresh strawberries with a tbs of sugar and used it for filling. I also spread cream cheese on the dough before adding the strawberries. Yum! Next time I may drizzle melted dark chocolate over it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2018
Relatively simple. Family loved it! Will make again for Christmas morning Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2018
This is deceptively easy! Read up about how to handle puff pastry if you are unfamiliar before starting as it would be a shame to crack your pastry sheet. I used the two excess triangles from the sides to create two smaller herbed cream cheese trees made in a similar fashion and those were so delicious! This is best served right out the oven. I brought it to a party and it fared okay but ideally right out of the oven would be best. Now i am thinking of all the combos pesto/ricotta ham/cheese chorizo/cilantro. So so simple and delicious. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/01/2019
A bit messy when twisting the tree branches. No need to sugar on top. Read More