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Christmas Tree Spinach Dip Bread

This Christmas Tree Spinach Dip Bread is a twist on the classic spinach dip and the perfect appetizer for any holiday party. So simple, cheesy and delicious!

Christmas Tree Spinach Dip Bread

Spinach dip is one of the most popular appetizers when it comes to gatherings, whether it’s a small or big party, spinach dip always takes center stage. Everyone loves dipping their favorite chips into this flavorful mixture that’s packed with cheesy goodness!

The spin on this recipe is that the dip is inside the tree shaped bread making it the perfect way to serve up your favorite cheesy spinach dip around the holidays! It’s easy to serve as everyone rips off of piece to enjoy. Watch them disappear in just one bite!

How to Make Christmas Tree Spinach Dip Bread

Tips & Variations

  • Can use a puff pastry dough in place of refrigerated pizza dough.
  • Can you fresh spinach in place of frozen but keep in mind that fresh spinach is stronger in taste than frozen and can give it a completely different flavor than using frozen.
  • If you want your dip to be extra cheesy feel free to use a combination of parmesan and cheddar cheese, however, keep in mind that the taste will be a little bit stronger and tangier.
  • If you want to give your dish a more light and refreshing flavor, use reduced fat cream cheese. This modification is healthier as well as delicious!

Alternative Breadstick Fillings

If you’re not a fan of spinach dip, there are other modifications that can be made to this classic spinach dip recipe. Feel free to experiment with your favorite ingredients and discover what works best for you or try one of the combinations below.

  • Seafood using a shrimp or crab dip recipe.
  • Pizza sauce and pepperoni.
  • Make it a dessert using sugar, cinnamons and apples.
  • Make it a puff pastry by adding chocolate in between the layers of the dough.
  • Basil pesto and parmesan.

Tools Needed

  • Pizza Cutter – this will help you get nice straight lines and good clean cuts in the pizza dough.
  • Large or Extra Large Cookie Sheet – use a large enough cookie sheet to fit the dough Christmas tree on.
  • Parchment Paper – will need 2 pieces of parchment paper for shaping the dough into a Christmas tree.

Dough Ingredients

1 tube refrigerated thin crust pizza crust

Spinach Filling Ingredients

12 oz frozen chopped spinach thawed and squeezed dry
6 oz cream cheese, softened
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 cup grated mozzarella cheese

Dough Brush Ingredients

2 tablespoons butter, melted
Pinch of garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning

How to Make Christmas Tree Breadsticks

Prepare the Filling

Preheat oven to 400F degrees.

Add the spinach and cream cheese in a bowl and beat together. Add onion powder, garlic, pepper, salt, chili powder and Italian seasoning to the bowl and beat together until combined.

Add parmesan cheese plus only half of the mozzarella cheese (save the other half of the mozzarella cheese for later) to the bowl and beat to combine. 

Shape the Christmas Tree

Lay a piece of parchment paper on a flat surface and unroll dough. Using a pizza cutter, cut 3 triangles, (one large one in the middle and 2 smaller ones on each side.)

Place a piece of parchment paper on a large cookie sheet. Take the 2 smaller triangles and connect them together on a separate piece of parchment paper on the cookie sheet and pinch together until they form one large triangle.

If you want to make a tree trunk, use the pizza cutter and cut about a 1-2 inch width all the way across the 2 connected triangles. Take that dough and shape into a tree trunk and connect to the bottom of the dough tree.

Take the spinach filling and spread all over the large triangle. Spread the remaining mozzarella cheese over top of the filling.

Take the remaining triangle dough and place over top of the spinach filling and spread across and pinch together until it is completely covered.

Use a pizza cutter and cut across but not all the way on each side to the bottom leaving a tree trunk about 2 inches wide all the way down the middle.

Take each cut slice and twist twice but only halfway each time, giving it a tree like appearance.

Bake and Serve

Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown on top and cooked through.

Christmas Tree Spinach Dip Breadsticks

In a bowl, melt butter and stir in garlic salt and Italian seasoning. Brush over breadsticks, allow to melt and serve warm.

Christmas Tree Bread with Spinach Dip

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Christmas Tree Spinach Dip Bread

Christmas Tree Spinach Dip Bread

Yield: Serves 20
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This Christmas Tree Spinach Dip Bread is a twist on the classic spinach dip and the perfect appetizer for any holiday party. So simple, cheesy and delicious!

Ingredients

Dough Ingredients

  • 1 tube refrigerated thin crust pizza crust

Spinach Filling Ingredients

  • 12 oz frozen chopped spinach thawed and squeezed dry
  • 6 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese

Dough Brush Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Pinch of garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Instructions

    Prepare the Filling

  1. Preheat oven to 400F degrees.
  2. Add the spinach and cream cheese in a bowl and beat together. Add onion powder, garlic, pepper, salt, chili powder and Italian seasoning to the bowl and beat together until combined.
  3. Add parmesan cheese plus only half of the mozzarella cheese (save the other half of the mozzarella cheese for later) to the bowl and beat to combine. 

Shape the Christmas Tree

  1. Lay a piece of parchment paper on a flat surface and unroll dough. Using a pizza cutter, cut 3 triangles, (one large one in the middle and 2 smaller ones on each side.)
  2. Place a piece of parchment paper on a large cookie sheet. Take the 2 smaller triangles and connect them together on a separate piece of parchment paper on the cookie sheet and pinch together until they form one large triangle.
  3. If you want to make a tree trunk, use the pizza cutter and cut about a 1-2 inch width all the way across the 2 connected triangles. Take that dough and shape into a tree trunk and connect to the bottom of the dough tree.
  4. Take the spinach filling and spread all over the large triangle. Spread the remaining mozzarella cheese over top of the filling.
  5. Take the remaining triangle dough and place over top of the spinach filling and spread across and pinch together until it is completely covered. 
  6. Use a pizza cutter and cut across but not all the way on each side to the bottom leaving a tree trunk about 2 inches wide all the way down the middle.
  7. Take each cut slice and twist twice but only halfway each time, giving it a tree like appearance.

Bake and Serve

  1. Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown on top and cooked through.
  2. In a bowl, melt butter and stir in garlic salt and Italian seasoning. Brush over breadsticks, allow to melt and serve warm.

Notes

Tips & Variations

  • Can use a puff pastry dough in place of refrigerated pizza dough.
  • Can you fresh spinach in place of frozen but keep in mind that fresh spinach is stronger in taste than frozen and can give it a completely different flavor than using frozen.
  • If you want your dip to be extra cheesy feel free to use a combination of parmesan and cheddar cheese, however, keep in mind that the taste will be a little bit stronger and tangier.
  • If you want to give your dish a more light and refreshing flavor, use reduced fat cream cheese. This modification is healthier as well as delicious!

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