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Christmas Tree Bread Recipe

Today, I’m sharing a nostalgic Christmas treat from my childhood. In high school, my best friend Natalie’s mom would make this Christmas Tree Bread treat for our family each year, and I thought it was the most wonderful gift:  Delicious and cute, what a great combination!  The yummy flavor I would liken unto the cousin of a cinnamon roll with an almond twist.

First take your favorite dough recipe (or the one I’m sharing below) and prepare it as usual. This rises a few times, so plan on that when preparing.

As you can see above, I drew lines on the dough for how I would cut it out.

I then cut that part out, and it kinda looks like a mushroom now;)

I then sliced some lines on either side of my dough tree, with plans to pull them and twist.

I then started at the bottom and began twisting each “strand” and folded it in like below:

Doesn’t that look pretty? If you didn’t want something sweet, you could just bake the bread like this. As I twisted, I also gently stretched each branch of the tree as well. This next part is where you have options. There are two “fillings” that technically go inside the  folded arms of the tree. I just showed you the above first so you know what you are creating. After I did the above, I gently pulled off the arms (though you can put the filling in before you create the arms) to put in the filling.

My friends’ recipes does not call for dying the first filling green, but I thought adding some food coloring would make it more festive.

There seemed to be too much to just put in the middle, so I folded the limbs back over and put more green frosting/filling on top as well. The next crumbly filling could have also gone inside, but I just crumbled it all on the top. I may have snitched a bite or two instead of putting it inside (oats, butter, sugar, almond extract). My son took this pic of my hand—handling the filling.

Mmmm, yum!

I made little dough balls with the cut out part from the bottom, and covered the tree with the oats filling. It has almond extract in this topping, and though ILOOOOVE the taste with the extract in it, if there are nut allergies, you can simply omit that ingredient.

Pop it in the oven and—Voila!  I popped a bunch of halved marachino cherries as “ornaments” on top. My friend also said you can purchase the candied green and red cherries at Christmas time, but I just used the stemmed cherries here.

Pull apart, and enjoy!

Christmas Tree Bread Recipe


Christmas Tree Bread


  • 2 T yeast
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 4 cups flour

Cream Filling:

  • 1 c. milk
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 3 T flour
  • 1 t.vanilla
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • green food coloring, optional
  • maraschino cherries, halved

Almond Filling:

  • 1/4 lb. butter (1/2 stick)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 2 t. almond extract


Dissolve yeast in milk which has been scalded and is lukewarm. Add eggs, salt, sugar, shortening, and 3 cups of flour until the dough ise soft.  Knead until smooth and elastic, add the last cup as needed. Let the dough rise until it doubles in bulk. Make into giant oval on an oil sprayed baking sheet, and cut to the desired shape. Let that rise 1 hour. Add the cream filling, add the almond filling. Bake at 400 for 10-12 minutes. Top with halved cherries. *Use this dough recipe, or your favorite.

I hope you enjoy this treat this holiday season, and can make a few to share with your friends–they will surely love it!

You might also like:

Cornflake Christmas Wreath Recipe

Corn Flake Christmas Wreath Recipe

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies



To see more of my past Christmas Ideas, click here!


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  1. This is SO cute! I’m having a Christmas party and I think I’ll make this. I just pinned it.


    • Kristen Duke says:

      I’m so excited to hear all about it—it would be a great addition to any Christmas party (and it’s so pretty AND yummy!)

  2. Yum! I so have to make this!

  3. That is such a fun idea! I love it! I bet you could make a pizza out of it and use mini pepperoni’s as the ornaments! :)

  4. I’ve never seen this before! I love it! I’m going to make it for some Christmas celebrations this year for sure…just wondering – does it need to be served warm, fresh from the oven, or could you make it earlier in the day and serve at room temp?


    • Kristen Duke says:

      Sorry I didn’t see this sooner, did you make it? I like it room temperature, but it’s also yummy warm!

      • I am making it this Saturday to take to a friends for dinner. Is it wrong that I’ve been dreaming about it since I saw this post???!!!

  5. Hi! This looks tasty and fun! I’m trying to make it, but the cream filling turned out really thin. Am I missing something? I used 1 cup milk, 1 egg yolk, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 3 tablespoons flour, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1/3 cup sugar. Thanks for the fun recipe!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Hmmm, sounds right. You could always add more flour to thicken it…did it run off and not stay on? Mine was a bit runny.

  6. What a fun idea Kristen!
    Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up
    Have a great rest of the weekend.

  7. That is a great idea, I have to have a shot at this, although I think I’m going to do a savory option, pinning

  8. Oh my, this sounds delicious! And what a fun thing to share with family and friends! I’ll be featuring this on my blog tomorrow.


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  10. This may be the prettiest tree I’ve seen this season Kristen! What a fun idea!
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