This Nutella Christmas Tree is what holiday dreams are made of!! Puff pastry is filled with your favorite hazelnut spread and shaped into a Christmas tree — the perfect addition to a winter wonderland dessert spread. Use only 4 ingredients to make your very own puff pastry Christmas tree!
Nutella Christmas Tree
Listen, I could eat Nutella all day long. But rather than sneaking into my pantry for a spoonful, I’ve started incorporating it into dessert recipes instead!
But before you do, stick around to learn how to make my Nutella Christmas tree recipe. Did I mention I serve it with a homemade raspberry dipping sauce?
It’s absolutely perfect for the holidays. Not only is it incredibly tasty, but this Nutella puff pastry Christmas tree is also just so cute!
Munchkin went crazy for it, and I know your family will too!
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
- Nutella – The star of this puff pastry Christmas tree!
I love the name brand myself, but you can also use your supermarket’s generic brand or even an organic option if desired. Totally up to you!
- Puff Pastry – Head to the freezer section of the store to find your puff pastry.
You need to thaw it slightly before using, but make sure it’s still cold for the best results.
- Powdered Sugar – To sprinkle on top. The powdered sugar mimics snow — so fun for Christmas!
- Butter – Brush your Christmas tree puff pastry with melted butter before you pop it in the oven for a perfectly golden-brown finish.
- Homemade Raspberry Dip – I’m using frozen raspberries, granulated sugar, cornstarch, and powdered sugar to make the dipping sauce.
You could also use blueberries, strawberries, or blackberries… feel free to get creative with it!
How to Make a Puff Pastry Christmas Tree
- Puff pastry hacks.
Remember to keep that puff pastry as cold as possible. Let it sit out for just a few minutes before adding the Nutella layer.
If the pastry is too warm, it won’t puff up as nicely in the oven.
As a general rule, you’re going to have to work pretty quickly as you make this recipe.
Prep your ingredients before you get started — the goal is to get your Christmas tree puff pastry in the oven as quickly as possible!
- Use a cookie cutter for the decorations.
Rather than struggling to cut the puff pastry with a knife, use a cookie cutter! It is sooo much easier. Trust me!
Use a sharp knife to create the puff pastry Christmas tree and its branches, but opt for a star-shaped cookie cutter to make the decorations!
- Want more fillings?
Go for it! I love the idea of adding chopped hazelnuts or almonds, crushed candy canes, or even a layer of peanut butter or jam.
There are so many different possibilities when it comes to elevating your Nutella Christmas tree!
Storing and Reheating Leftover Christmas Tree Puff Pastry
You likely won’t have any leftovers (it’s that good). If you do, cut the pastry into smaller pieces and store them in an airtight container.
It will keep for up to 2 days at room temperature or 4 days in the fridge.
You can also freeze it! Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and foil and store it in the freezer for up to 2 months.
To reheat, let your Nutella Christmas tree thaw overnight before baking at 250°F for 10 minutes.
Kitchen Tools You Will Need
- Baking Sheets lined with parchment paper – Used for anything from cookies to roasting, a good baking pan will last for years.
- Star Cookie Cutter – This is the cutter I have been making my cookies with for over 10 years.
- A Sharp Knife – The best way to cut through puff pastry!
- Basting Brush – I like this one over the silicone ones.
- Wire Rack – Great for cooling all kinds of baked goods.
Nutella Puff Pastry Christmas Tree FAQ
Sure! If you want to get ahead for a holiday party, assemble the tree and transfer it to a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Don’t brush it with butter just yet! Cover it tightly with plastic wrap and store it in the fridge for up to 2 days.
On the day of the party, brush with butter and bake your Nutella puff pastry Christmas tree as you normally would.
You can serve it however you like! Warm, cold, room temperature… anything goes.
Personally, I like to enjoy this Nutella Christmas tree warm — the hazelnut spread is the perfect consistency straight out of the oven.
Absolutely! I love my Christmas tree puff pastry, but you could make the dough into whatever holiday-themed shape you’d like. Experiment with a wreath, Santa hat, star, an ornament… there are a ton of options!
You could also simply make a solid tree (without the twisted branches) and cut a star from the inside of the tree.
With love, from our simple kitchen to yours.
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Nutella Christmas Tree (4 Ingredient Puff Pastry Recipe)
For the tree:
- 1/2 cup Nutella
- 2 sheets puff pastry, thawed but still cold (17oz package)
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
For the raspberry dip:
- 1/2 cup frozen raspberries, thawed
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
For the tree:
- Prep: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Fill the pastry dough. Lay one sheet of pastry dough fat on the parchment-lined baking sheet and spread the Nutella over it in an even layer. Lay the other sheet of pastry dough on top. You should now have a large Nutella-filled pastry “sandwich”.
- Make the tree: Cut the largest triangle out of the puff pastry as you can. Start from the bottom corners and cut toward the center of the top of the pastry. This is your “tree”. To make “branches”, cut slices down 1 side of the tree, parallel to the base. You should leave about an inch of pastry in the center for the tree trunk. Cut the same slices on the other side of the tree. Twist the branches a few times each and lay them flat.
- Make decorations: Cut a square (for the base of the tree) and stars from the remaining scraps of dough. Use a small star cookie cutter or free-hand them. Pinch the square together with the base of the tree to create a “trunk” and scatter the stars randomly around the branches and trunk of the tree.
- Bake: Brush the tree and stars with melted butter, and bake for 12 minutes or until the tree is a nice golden brown but still a bit soft. Transfer the tree to a cooling rack once baked.
- Dust: Dust the tree with powdered sugar.
For the raspberry dip.
- Make the sauce: Heat the thawed raspberries, sugar, powder sugar, and cornstarch over medium heat in a small skillet on the stovetop, stirring occasionally until the raspberries release their juices and the sauce begins to thicken.
- Strain: Strain the sauce through a fine mesh sieve to get the seeds out. You can use a spoon to push the liquid through the sieve, it will be thick. You can skip this step if you don’t mind raspberry seeds.
- Serve: Tear branches off of the Christmas tree and dip them into the raspberry sauce.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
Originally published December 2023
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