I’ve lovingly shaped these Cheese-Filled Pull-Apart Rolls into a Christmas tree to create the ultimate holiday appetizer. Serve with a bowl of marinara sauce for a grand, festive treat!
Cheese-Filled Pull-Apart Rolls:
I thought my collection of Christmas appetizer recipes could use a new addition which is why I created these Cheese-Filled Pull-Apart Rolls. Naturally, I had to form them into the shape of a tree to make them suit the season.
If you’re looking for a really easy and flavorful recipe, these Cheese-Filled Pull-Apart Rolls are it! This recipe uses thawed frozen bread dough, so it comes together very quickly. Its cute shape and festive garnish give it that extra wow factor. Plus who wouldn’t love a ball of warm bread filled with cheese?
Looking for more festive appetizers? Try these:
- Christmas Tree Cheese Ball
- Artichoke Wonton Wrappers
- Tortilla Roll-Ups with Salsa
- Rosted Parmesan Garlic Shrimp
- Cranberry Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts
Speaking of cheese, you can use your favorite kind inside the rolls. However, I think mozzarella works really well and goes nicely with the rest of the flavors.
It’s also worth mentioning that while my rolls definitely have a holiday feel because of how I arranged them, you could certainly make these anytime of the year and just change the shape. Even something as simple as a square or as fancy as a wreath would work well and be lovely.
So, if you’re stumped on what else to serve this holiday season that will please everyone at the table, I highly recommend these Cheese-Filled Pull-Apart Rolls. You can also visit this post HERE which has a full array of seasonal appetizer recipes that might satisfy your needs as well.
Let me walk you through the recipe!
Kitchen Tools I Recommend for This Recipe:
Whether you’re wondering what equipment you’ll need for this recipe, curious about my favorite utensils, or if you’re just looking to stock your own kitchen, these are the kitchen tools I recommend for this recipe:
Want more? You can find the list of My Ultimate Kitchen Essentials HERE.
How to Make Cheese-Filled Pull-Apart Rolls:
Begin by dividing the dough into 24 portions. Shape each dough ball around a cheese cube and cover completely. Pinch the dough together to seal. I’ve provided a full list of the ingredients and detailed recipe instructions in a printable recipe card below.
Place the rolls, seam side down on a parchment-lined baking sheet to form a tree shape. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise until double in size: about 30 minutes.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
In a small bowl, mix together the melted butter, garlic, parsley, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Brush over the rolls. Bake for 18 minutes or until golden brown.
Decorate with fresh herbs, cherry tomatoes, and serve with a marinara sauce for dipping.
And let me tell you: These are delicious! I mean you can’t miss the mark with cheese-filled bread coated in garlic and dipped in marinara sauce, right?
If you’re looking for a new, festive, and tasty holiday appetizer, I definitely recommend giving these Cheese-Filled Pull-Apart Rolls a try!
Enjoy and Happy Holiday Entertaining my friends!
Love this Recipe and Want More?
Join the IBC Mailing List to get all of my recipes, projects, and ideas sent straight to your inbox! I hope you’ll also join me on social media for daily updates and behind-the-scenes looks at my work and adventures.
Have you tried this recipe? Follow me on Instagram, then share YOUR dish with #myIBC and tag @inspiredbycharm. It’s fun to see how folks are using recipes from IBC.
Cheese-Filled Pull-Apart Rolls Recipe:
Cheese-Filled Pull-Apart Rolls
- 1 loaf (1 pound) frozen bread dough - thawed
- 1 10 oz block part-skim mozzarella cheese - cut into 24 cubes
- 3 tablespoons butter - melted
- 1 clove garlic - minced
- 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- pinch salt
- pinch pepper
- fresh herbs and cherry tomatoes to garnish
- marinara sauce for serving
- Begin by dividing the dough into 24 portions. Shape each dough ball around a cheese cube and cover completely. Pinch the dough together to seal.
- Place the rolls, seam side down on a parchment-lined baking sheet to form a tree shape. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise until double in size: about 30 minutes.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a small bowl, mix together the melted butter, garlic, parsley, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Brush over the rolls.
- Bake for about 18 minutes or until golden brown.
- Decorate with fresh herbs, cherry tomatoes, and serve with a marinara sauce for dipping.