Get in the festive spirit with this Christmas Pizza in the shape of a Christmas tree. Kids, and adults, will love decorating this pizza with all of their favourite toppings to make it look like a glistening Christmas tree. Use a ready made base and cut it in to a Christmas tree for a quick and easy meal that is perfect for Christmas Eve.
This Christmas Tree Pizza has become a tradition in our house as our Christmas Eve meal. It's really easy to make, which suits us as there is enough cooking to do for the big day. Everyone can make their own pizza, so everyone gets the toppings they want, and it's festive theme. What more could you want?
It's a great way to get a few extra veggies into your belly before you drown in Christmas chocolate and Prosecco. No? Just us?
Why you will love it
- Festive meal - We can never have too many festive themed meals and it doesn't get much more festive than something shaped like a Christmas tree.
- Quick - This is ready in just 20 minutes.
- Great for feeding a crowd - If you have people over for Christmas Eve, then this is Christmas tree pizza is so easy to make, so you don't have to be stuck in the kitchen whilst everyone else is enjoying themselves.
- Veggie packed - You can easily load this Christmas pizza with vegetables, as they look like Christmas tree decorations once they are on the pizza base.
- Everyone can top their own - Everyone has their own idea of what is the best pizza topping, so why not make mini tree pizzas and let everyone top their own.
If you want an activity to keep your kids and their friends occupied this Christmas, that results in food afterwards as well, then why not host a little pizza making party. It is pretty cheap to do, and they will have lots of fun.
They could even make our Santa Hat Brownies to eat after too.
- Pizza dough - We cheated and used store bought to make this a really easy festive meal. But feel free to make your own dough if you want. You could also use puff pastry.
- Pizza sauce - We used our own pizza sauce, which we have provided the recipe for below, but you could just use some tomato puree (tomato paste) or even some passata with mixed Italian herbs mixed in.
- Cheese - We used cheddar. Use a mature cheddar, as it has a strong flavour and a little goes a long way.
- Toppings - The great thing about these Christmas tree pizzas is that there are so many topping options. We have give lots of choices below, but we went with bell peppers, cherry tomatoes and olives. We then added sweetcorn to look like lights and pepperoni for giant baubles. You can also use mini pepperami for little baubles.
How to make a Christmas Tree Pizza - Step by step
One: Roll the pizza dough out and cut in to a Christmas tree shape.
Two: Spread the pizza sauce or tomato puree out and add any herbs if using.
Three: Sprinkle over grated cheese.
Four: Add toppings to make it look like a Christmas tree.
Five: Put in the oven at 200°C/400°F/Gas 6 for 12-15 minutes, until the base has cooked and serve.
Don't judge us, but we used a ready rolled pizza base for this Christmas tree pizza recipe. Of course you could make your own pizza dough, which we often do, but at Christmas time we are always looking for ways to save some time and a ready rolled base it great for that. If you want to go homemade, then use our Pizza Dough Recipe.
You could even use puff pastry instead of pizza dough for something a bit different.
You can pick them up fairly cheap in the supermarket and then you just roll it out and cut it in to a Christmas tree shape, or any shape you want really. If your cutting skills are really good, why not go for a reindeer, or a Santa?
If you are hosting a party, why not cut out mini Christmas trees and top them (you will need to use smaller toppings) and serve them up as party food. I bet they wouldn't last long.
A pizza is really all about the toppings, and it's the toppings that really bring this Christmas tree to life. Once you have your tomato paste and cheese base, then you get to go wild with the toppings. Or why not use our Easy Pizza Sauce?
Kids will love putting together their own take on a Christmas tree. Perfect for if you don't trust them to decorate the real tree.
We like to use strips of pepper to look like tinsel, pepperoni and cherry tomatoes to look like giant baubles and then chopped up pepper and sweetcorn to look like twinkly lights.
You could add small spinach leaves to look like leaves of the tree or even chop it up and put it under the cheese to give it a bit of a green veggie boost.
How to use the leftover dough
Once you have your dough rolled out and cut your Christmas tree shape, you are going to be left with quite a bit of leftover dough. DON'T THROW IT!! You could either shape it into a ball and roll it out again to cut more Christmas pizzas, or you could make a dough-ball Christmas tree.
To make a stuffed dough ball Christmas tree, shape the leftover dough in to a ball and then divide in to 15 pieces. Take each piece and make a circle and put a small bit of mozzarella at the centre of it.
Roll it into a ball around it and then put on a lined pizza tray. Continue making the rest in the same way and form a Christmas tree shape with them.
Put them in the oven for around 15-18 minutes, until starting to brown. Then brush them with a garlic and herb butter mix and let that soak in for a few minutes before serving.
This pizza is very forgiving and you can put almost anything on it, so it makes it a great way to use up Christmas leftovers too. We used a mixture of cheddar, mozzarella and red Leicester. But you could put some goats cheese or blue cheese on it, or whatever you have leftover from the cheeseboard.
You can cut the dough shapes and chop up all your toppings in advance, but I wouldn't build the pizza until you are ready to put it in the oven. This would make the base quite soggy and it might not cook the same way.
But everything can be prepared in advance, ready to get out of the first for everyone to build their own Christmas pizza.
If you have leftovers of this pizza then you can store it in an air tight container in the fridge until the next day. You can reheat slices in the microwave for 30 seconds.
• Don't throw away the leftover dough. Either roll it out to make another Christmas tree, or make our Christmas tree dough balls.
• Why not make lots of little mini Christmas trees and turn this in to party food.
• Feel free to use different cheeses, and make it an easy way to use over the leftovers from the cheeseboard.
• Host a Christmas tree pizza making party for kids and let them all decorate their own.
• Don't want a traditional pizza base? Use puff pasty instead for something a bit different.
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Christmas Tree Pizza
- 200 g (7 oz) Ready rolled pizza dough
- 3 tablespoon Tomato puree
- 0.5 teaspoon Dried oregano
- 30 g (0.25 cups) Cheddar cheese - grated
- 0.25 Red bell pepper - sliced
- 0.25 Green bell pepper - diced
- 2 tablespoon Sweetcorn
- 3 slices Pepperoni
- 4 Olives - halved
- Preheat your oven to 180°C/160°C(fan)/350°F/Gas 4.
- Roll out 200 g Ready rolled pizza dough and cut in to a Christmas tree shape.
- Spread 3 tablespoon Tomato puree over the dough and 0.5 teaspoon Dried oregano if using.
- Sprinkle over 30 g Cheddar cheese.
- Add 0.25 Red bell pepper, 0.25 Green bell pepper, 2 tablespoon Sweetcorn, 3 slices Pepperoni and 4 Olives to make it look like a Christmas tree decorations.
- Put into the oven for 12-15 minutes, until the base has cooked and serve.
- Don't throw away the leftover dough. Either roll it out to make another Christmas tree, or make our Christmas tree dough balls.
- Why not make lots of little mini Christmas trees and turn this in to party food.
- Feel free to use different cheeses, and make it an easy way to use over the leftovers from the cheeseboard.
- Host a Christmas tree pizza making party for kids and let them all decorate their own.
- Don't want a traditional pizza base? Use puff pasty instead for something a bit different.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.