Cherry, Coconut, and Pistachio Puff Pastry Christmas Tree

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This puff pastry Christmas dessert is filled with delicious Bing cherries, coconut, and pistachios. It's flaky, sweet, and perfect for any festive holiday party.

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Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup canned, pitted Bing cherries in syrup

  • 1 (17.3 ounce) package frozen puff pastry (2 sheets), thawed

  • ¼ cup unsweetened desiccated coconut

  • ½ cup lightly salted pistachio nuts, coarsely ground

  • 1 large egg, beaten

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. Drain cherries and reserve juice for another use. Finely chop cherries and place in a bowl with coconut; mix well. Let sit until coconut absorbs excess liquid from the cherries, about 5 minutes.

  3. Place 1 puff pastry sheet on a clean counter and lightly score a large triangle shape into it, like a Christmas tree; don't cut all the way through. Repeat with the second puff pastry sheet.

  4. Set aside 2 tablespoons of the coconut-cherry mixture. Spread the rest inside the scored triangle on the first sheet of pastry. Sprinkle with ground pistachios and place the second pastry sheet on top, lining up the triangles. Transfer to one of the prepared baking sheets.

  5. Cut out the shape of the tree along the triangular score line, and remove the outer pastry scraps. Make horizontal cuts on the tree from the outer edges in toward the middle, leaving about 1 inch intact in the center to resemble a trunk. Gently lift each horizontal strip, making sure to lift both sheets of pastry, and twist it a couple of times to expose the filling.

  6. Use the puff pastry scraps to cut out a star shape for the top of the tree and a tree trunk for the bottom. Make sure to use both layers of pastry. Fill the trunk and star with the reserved cherry mix.

  7. Place the star, trunk, and any extra pastry scraps onto the remaining baking sheet. Brush all pastry pieces with beaten egg.

  8. Bake in the preheated oven until puffed and browned all over, 25 to 30 minutes. Gently lift parchment paper onto wire racks and allow to cool completely before serving, about 20 minutes.

Cook's Note:

The Bing cherry juice can be used for cocktails or added to sparkling water for the kids.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

284 Calories
20g Fat
23g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 284
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 25%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 131mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 15mg 1%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 121mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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