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A baked puff pastry Christmas tree, dusted with powdered sugar, on an oval platter. Christmas greenery, a red bow, and a small bowl of chocolate dipping sauce surround the platter.
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Nutella Puff Pastry Christmas Tree

This easy and pretty Nutella Puff Pastry Christmas Tree is so flaky and buttery, with the sweet hazelnut-chocolate flavor of Nutella and just a tiny bit of salt. It’s the perfect pull-apart sweet treat for the holidays!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas desserts, christmas treats, hazelnut spread
Servings: 8
Calories: 441kcal

Ingredients

For the Pastry

For the Dip (Optional)

Instructions

  • Mix the Nutella and salt for the pastry together in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • On a sheet of parchment paper, lay out the sheets of puff pastry dough, one directly on top of the other.
  • With a small, sharp knife, lightly score a triangle shape into the dough. Once you are happy with the shape, cut away the remaining puff pastry and set it aside for later use.
    puff pastry sheet cut into 3 pieces to shape it into a christmas tree.
  • Remove the top triangle of dough and set it aside. Spread the Nutella evenly on the bottom triangle, leaving about ¼ inch around the edges. Replace the top triangle of pastry.
    A triangle of puff pastry dough, spread with hazelnut spread.
  • Lightly score two lines down the middle of the tree, to create a ½ inch thick “tree trunk.” Do not cut these lines; they are just guides.
  • Starting from the base of the triangle, make the branches by cutting horizontally through the pastry, starting at the scored guidelines, and going all the way through to the outer edge of the triangle. Continue cutting lines ¾ inches apart, to make ¾ inch strips on both sides of the “tree trunk,” until you are about one inch away from the top.
    The cut-out triangle of puff pastry, filled with Nutella, with horizontal cuts along either side.
  • Gently twist each branch away from you, 2-4 times, until all of the branches are twisted
    The unbaked puff pastry tree, with the horizontal strips twisted to show the filling.
  • Using the leftover puff pastry, cut two small rectangles, about 1x2 inches. Spread Nutella between the two rectangles, and sandwich them together. Tuck this rectangle into the base of the tree.
  • Gently lift the edges of the parchment paper to transfer the paper along with the tree onto a baking sheet. If any parchment hangs over the edges of the baking sheet, trim it away with clean kitchen scissors. Lightly brush the top of the pastry with the egg and water mixture.
  • Bake the tree at 400°F for 15 minutes, or until the top is golden-brown and the pastry is puffed up.
  • Transfer the baked puff pastry Christmas tree to a cooling rack. Once it has cooled, sift confectioners sugar evenly over the top.
  • For the optional dip, simply swirl the Nutella into a small dip bowl, and sprinkle it with coarse salt.
  • Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 441kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 166mg | Potassium: 121mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 31IU | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 2mg