Keto Puff Pastry Trees

by KetoFocus.com

These viral Puff Pastry Christmas trees are all over social media! The perfect fun, festive appetizer for the holiday season, these trees can easily be made sweet or savory and low carb. Of course, I opted for a pizza version.

With all of the holiday parties that take place this time of year, festive appetizers are just as desired as the main meal. This recipe for keto puff pastry trees is perfect for your next gathering. A puffy, low carb dough sandwiches gooey cheese, pepperoni and robust marinara sauce, and then folded to form a Christmas tree.

Three puff pastry Christmas trees on a wooden board next to pizza sauce, cheese stars and chopped parsley.

What makes this keto?

  • Fathead doughTraditional refrigerated puff pastry dough contains a lot carbs and is not keto approved. Instead of sandwiching the filling in between sheets of puff pastry, this recipe makes fathead dough – a keto pizza dough and solution to low carb puff pastry. The dough is keto friendly since it mostly made up of almond flour and melted mozzarella cheese. 
  • Keto pizza sauce – Although you can use store bought marinara for pizza sauce in this recipe, do make sure you check the label on the jar and look for one with no or low added sugars. Many brands like to add sugar to their sauce to help with flavor. Of course, the best course is to just make your own pizza sauce since you can control the ingredients.
  • Cheese, cheese, more cheese – Not implying that cheese makes something keto, but it does help with flavor and plays a roll in making the low carb puff pastry. Melted mozzarella cheese in the dough works similar to gluten in regular pizza dough. It makes the dough elastic and moldable so you can shape it and roll it into various shapes.

 

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Keto Pastry Dough Ingredients

  • 20 oz (7 cups) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3 cups almond flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs

Pizza Toppings Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup marinara sauce
  • 12 slices provolone cheese
  • 48 slices pepperoni
  • Italian seasoning
  • wooden skewers

Keto Puff Pastry Trees Directions

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A Christmas tree formed by keto puff pastry and filled with pizza toppings. Chopped parsley lies nearby.

Variations

Don’t like pizza? No problem. There are many different flavor combinations you can try to fill your puff pastry trees! From sweet to savory, here are a few to consider:

Spinach artichoke

Fill the trees with a spinach artichoke dip mixture! Either cheat and use the dip from the store or make your own.

Ham and cheese

Layer down swiss cheese and sliced ham for a classic puff pastry sandwich that can be served as an appetizer or for brunch.

Cinnamon twist

For a sweet option, brush on melted butter and sprinkle sugar-free sweetener and cinnamon. This Christmas tree appetizer will taste like a cinnamon roll!

Christmas tree appetizer skewers on a wooden board with cheese stars around and parsley.

Storage information

Make ahead instructions

The keto puff pastry dough can be made days ahead of time and either frozen for up to 3 months or stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Store the dough in a ball shape or in sheets.

The puff pastry trees can be assembled and stored in the refrigerator unbaked for 2-3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Storage

Once baked, this keto Christmas appetizer can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. 

Keto Puff Pastry Trees: FAQS

My dough flattened out on the edges. What did I do wrong?

To keep the dough from sliding when baking, don't cut the strips of dough any larger than 1 inch wide. Thinner strips of dough hold their shape better when baking.

Do I have to use a skewer?

The wooden skewer helps to hold the accordion shape of the tree while baking; however, if you press the dough tightly into it's shape, it should hold while baking.

How can I limit the cheese in this recipe?

The dough has cheese and the filling has cheese. In order to limit the amount of cheese used, just omit the cheese in the filling. Instead use sauce, pepperoni or even melted butter to fill the trees.

Nutritional information & Macros

Nutrition Information

Keto Puff Pastry Trees

Servings: 11

Amount Per Serving
Calories 471
Fat 38.2g
Protein 25.4g
Total Carbs 8.1g
Net Carbs 4g

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1 Comment

  1. I could only wish my friends would appreciate the work that went into these. Then I would try them. Maybe some time, I will just make them for me. I deserve to make the effort for me.

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