cheesy bites

Semi-Homemade Christmas Tree Cheesy Bites

The cheese ball is a staple of holiday parties. But take the next step and bring cheesy bites to the get together! This recipe is made with kitchen staples you probably already have.

Heidi Van Valkenburg, from Rhodes Bread, shares how to make this appetizer into a tasty Christmas tree.

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Seasoned Cheesy Bites


  • 11 Yeast Dinner Rolls, thawed but still cold
  • 7 mozzarella cheese sticks
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary


Cut each roll into 3 equal pieces. Cut each cheese stick into 5 equal pieces. Wrap a piece of dough around each piece of cheese to completely enclose and pinch tightly to seal. Dip each one in butter and roll in parmesan cheese.

Arrange stuffed dough balls onto a sprayed baking sheet in the shape of a tree using 2 for the trunk and 7 for the bottom layer of the tree. Place them about 1/2 inch apart. Continue up the tree using one less on each row. Cluster 3 around the top roll to make the star.

Bake at 350 F for 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven and lightly brush with left over butter. Sprinkle with herbs.

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