Are you ready for a 5 minute Christmas appetizer that looks super festive on any holiday buffet spread? These Christmas Cheese Trees are made with just a few ingredients and make the perfect tree shaped appetizer for Christmas parties!
The holidays are SO wild, so I always recommend having a couple of go-to Christmas appetizers that you can pull together without ever having to turn an oven on! These holiday cheese trees are one of my favorites. They’re so easy, anyone can make them.
Another reason I love this appetizer? It’s low carb and doesn’t use too many ingredients (all easy to find at any grocery store).
Christmas Cheese Trees
Just a few ingredients
What’s the Best Cheese to Use?
If you want the fastest option, go with Laughing Cow Cheese Wedges are they are already the perfect size and shape. They even have lots of different flavors to choose from!
- Laughing Cow Cheese Wedges (this is a great option for a healthier holiday appetizer as Laughing Cow cheese wedges are low in calories)
- White Cheeses (like Provolone, Swiss, Mozzarella, etc) cut into triangles
Cheese Trees Seasoning Blend
You can absolutely use your own favorite seasonings for your holiday cheese trees, but I like to use a blend of fresh herbs like fresh rosemary and basil, herbs de provence, and crushed red pepper. I also like to add a sprinkling of smoked paprika too.
Get creative if you have time and make a tiny star to go on top our of a yellow bell pepper. There are lots of options with these Christmas cheese trees!
How to Make Christmas Cheese Trees:
These are SO EASY! Find the full recipe in the printable recipe card at the end of the blog post, but here’s a quick glance at the process!
Place your seasoning blend in a shallow plate. Unwrap your cheese wedges (if using Laughing Cow brand) and press each cheese wedge down into the seasoning blend.
Flip over and insert a pretzel stick (broken down to a short size) into the bottom of the triangular cheese wedge. Ta-da! DONE! Now that is what I call an easy Christmas appetizer.
TIP: If you have trouble with the pretzel “breaking” or splitting the cheese wedge, then first be sure your cheese is at room temperature and second, you may need to use a toothpick or wooden skewer to create a small hole first, then insert your pretzel stick.
Serve up these Christmas cheese trees on a holiday platter for guests to enjoy this Christmas season! You could also add them to a larger charcuterie board too. Their tree shape makes them the perfect festive addition to any appetizer spread.
Q: Can you make cheese trees in advance?
YES, you can! Just prep everything but the pretzel stick and wrap the herbed cheese wedges in plastic wrap or in an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Q: How do you make spicy cheese trees?
Love some extra heat? The crushed red pepper gives these a kick but add on some cayenne pepper for more spice!
I hope you give these Christmas cheese trees a try the next time you need an easy Christmas cheese appetizer for the holidays! They’re super festive and always a hit!
More Christmas Appetizers
Christmas Cheese Trees
- 8 Cheese Wedges (like Laughing Cow Cheese Wedges)
- 4 Pretzel Sticks cut in half
- 1/3 cup herbs (like basil, rosemary, dill, etc) diced or chopped
- 1 tsp crushed red pepper
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- Unwrap Laughing Cow cheese wedges, slice a brie wheel into wedges, slice white cheese into wedges, etc.
- Fill a shallow bowl or plate with seasonings and herbs.
- Press a cheese wedge down into the herbs to coat one side. Flip over and insert one half of a pretzel stick.
- Serve immediately.