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Christmas Tree Rolls

"Our kids love it when I bake these yummy rolls in the shape of a Christmas tree," shares Diedra Walker, a working mother from Martin, Tennessee who enjoys trying new recipes on weekends. Taking advantage of convenient crescent roll dough, she makes this impressive addition to a special brunch without a lot of fuss.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    22 rolls


  • 1 tube (8 ounces) refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons milk
  • Red and/or green candied cherries, optional


  • Unroll crescent roll dough into a rectangle. Press seams and perforations to seal; roll lightly with a rolling pin. Spread butter over dough. Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over butter. Roll up, jelly-roll style, starting with a long side. Seal edge. Cut into 22 slices. To form a tree, place slices on a greased baking sheet with sides touching and cut side up. Place one slice in the top row and two slices in the second row. Repeat with remaining rolls, adding one slice per row, until the tree has six rows. Center the one remaining slice under the last row for a truck. Bake at 350° for 16-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack. Combine confectioners' sugar and milk; drizzle over warm rolls. Decorate with cherries if desired.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 131 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 173mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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  • suefalk
    Dec 12, 2018

    Super quick and easy. Canned crescent rolls made into mini cinnamon rolls. I love the decorated tree shape for serving. Makes a great presentation for a breakfast buffet. Great idea!

  • Cheryl Clawson
    Feb 9, 2013

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  • kedunham
    Dec 28, 2009

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  • frankieb
    Apr 18, 2009

    Good idea Pat. I think I'm going to try this using cinnamon rolls!

  • Aprilbell
    Dec 30, 2008

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  • pat gutshall
    Dec 29, 2008

    I made this for Christmas dinner and the concept of the tree caught everyone's eye; however, using cinnamon rolls would have made more sense and a larger size roll per person.Pat

  • Bettyejane
    Dec 23, 2008

    I can't wait until Christmas Day to make this recipe for our Christmas brunch. I think everyone will be surprised. BJA

  • whiteyandpam
    Dec 23, 2008

    this recipe was a great find! fast and easy, I don't have the time! for kick I used 1T splenda, 1/2 t. cinnamon and 2T splenda brown sugar and 1/2 c chopped pecans for sprinkle over the butter before rolling up to cut. Then added baking mini M&Ms for christmas tree bulb decoration. I needed 2 one was not enough!

  • betwendy
    Dec 23, 2008

    I made these and everyone enjoyed them. They made beautiful Christmas trees and I know I will make them in the future.betwendy

  • ench87
    Dec 22, 2008

    i have not made this however, i prefer recipes that are from scratch not boxes or pre made processed things.. dont want to offend, but not everyone is in a huge hurry to get it done... i have the time and just think "home made" is best!