Cheesy Garlic Pull-Apart (Christmas Edition)

I saw this recipe a while ago and I’ve had in my repertoire ever since. It’s great for small gatherings or large house parties.

Cheesy Garlic Pull-Apart Christmas Tree

Difficulty: Easy
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  • 1 kg raw pizza dough

  • Egg wash (1 egg mixed with 1tbsp of water)

  • 10 mozarella sticks

  • 70ml of melted butter

  • 120ml of finely grated Parmesan

  • 1 tbsp of sliced basil

  • 2large garlic cloves (minced)

  • Marinara sauce (warmed up for dipping)


  • Preheat oven to 250°C. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Cut mozzarella sticks into 3cm pieces and set aside.
  • On a floured surface, divide pizza dough into two pieces. Stretch and roll each piece of dough into a long rectangle, then cut dough into 5-6cm squares (you’ll need 33 total for the tree).
  • Wrap a dough square around each piece of mozzarella, forming a tightly sealed ball. Place balls seam-side down on the baking sheet in the shape of a Christmas tree (they should be touching). Brush egg wash on dough balls and bake until golden about 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, whisk together melted butter, parmesan, garlic, and herbs. Brush on baked pizza balls. Serve warm with marinara for dipping.
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