‘Tis the season for holiday gatherings – and although fun and fellowship are on the menu, you’re looking for the perfect dishes to make your party memorable. Or maybe you and the kids are ready to make some goodies in anticipation of Santa’s visit.

Instead of creating the usual holiday fare, consider adding some seasonal style to your recipes – here are some Pinterest-worthy edible Christmas trees to add some extra holiday cheer to your holiday festivities.

Fruit Christmas Tree

Ingredients/Materials:

  • Styrofoam cone (small or medium size)
  • Toothpicks
  • Cookie cutters for various holiday shapes
  • Assorted fruits (green and black grapes, strawberries, kiwis, dried cranberries and a honeydew melon)
  • Cilantro garnish

Directions:

  • Use the cookie cutters to create various shapes out of the melon slices
  • Attach one piece each of a fruit to a toothpick
  • Attach toothpicks to the styrofoam cone
  • Build your tree as densely as you want
  • Use cilantro leaves as grass garnish

vegetable christmas tree

Vegetable Tree

Ingredients/Materials:

  • 4 lettuce leaves (optional)
  • 8 cups broccoli, & broccoflower heads blanched
  • 1 cup petite carrot
  • 4 -8 cups mixed vegetables, grape tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, mixed olives, Giardiniera (mixed pickled vegetables)
  • 1 slice carrot (cut in a star with a cookie cutter)
  • You’ll also need a styrofoam cone, toothpicks and a platter

Directions:

  • Place foam on platter
  • Using toothpicks secure lettuce on foam for covering (optional)
  • Starting with the largest broccoli and broccoflower heads place on foam starting at the base and work your way up securing with toothpicks
  • Push ½ of the carrots randomly into the foam. Take the rest of the veggies cut into small pieces and fill in the empty spots and brighten up the tree, using toothpicks only if needed
  • Mix the remaining carrots with the juice from the carrots, remaining vegetables with the juice from the gardenia mix and place around the base of the tree
  • Top with the star
  • Serve with a dip of choice

turkey wrap tree

Pinwheel Tree

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound(s) ham or turkey sliced 
  • 3 package(s) cream cheese 
  • 1 package(s) sharp cheddar cheese slices 
  • 1/2 cup(s) red bell pepper thinly sliced 
  • 6 large spinach tortilla

Directions:

  • Slice meat into 1/2 inch strips
  • Spread thin layer of cream cheese over tortilla
  • Place two strips of meat side by side along lower third of tortilla
  • Add two strips of red pepper and one slice of cheese
  • Repeat above steps two more times
  • Fold tortilla edge over contents and roll tightly
  • Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and chill
  • Slice roll into 1-inch pinwheels
  • Stack pinwheels in rings until desired Christmas tree shape is reached
  • Garnish with fresh cranberries and star-shaped cutouts of cheese and pepper

doughnut tree

Doughnut Tree

Ingredients/Materials:

  • About 70 doughnut holes of any flavor
  • Assorted candy decorations such as M&M's, Red Hots, licorice balls, etc.
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup with one teaspoon of water stirred in
  • Purchased or homemade chocolate or caramel sauce (optional)
  • Clear tape, 18-inch-tall styrofoam cone, wax or parchment paper or aluminum foil in color similar to doughnuts, cake-decorating turntable (optional), about 70 toothpicks, thimble and cloth leaves

Directions:

  • Using tape, cover cone with paper. Place cone on turntable if using
  • Arrange one ring of doughnut holes around base of cone, placing as closely together as possible. Insert toothpick through each doughnut hole into cone to attach doughnut hole to cone, leaving end of toothpick sticking out (you'll push it in later with thimble)
  • Attach second ring of doughnut holes above first, again packing tightly and staggering so doughnut holes in second ring are not directly above doughnut holes in first ring
  • Continue in same manner to attach remaining doughnut holes. For top tiers, if desired, slice off small amount of each doughnut hole on side facing toward cone to make shape more tapering. Finish covering cone with one doughnut hole attached to top of cone
  • Using thimble, push in toothpicks until not visible
  • Decorate by pushing candies and leaves into gaps between doughnut holes. If candies won't adhere, dip in corn syrup-water mixture before attaching
  • If desired, drizzle with chocolate or caramel sauce. Your doughnut Christmas tree should keep, covered loosely with aluminum foil and refrigerated, 2 to 3 days

Tip: Add shredded coconut to the platter to give the impression of snow

Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree – your leaves are very yummy! Bon appe-treet!