Festive cream puff Christmas tree

Dec 6, 2013 at 10:01 a.m. ET

We're big fans of centerpieces and decorations that can serve dual purposes, especially when one of those purposes is eating. This cream puff centerpiece not only looks beautiful on your table, but it tastes good when Christmas dinner is over!

 Festive cream puff christmas tree

You can make this one of two ways: You can spend a few hours making your own cream puffs or you can stick to the ones you buy at the store. Either way, you'll be left with a beautiful centerpiece that tastes about as good as it looks.

Festive cream puff christmas tree recipe

Serves about 14-16

 Festive cream puff christmas tree


  • 2 packages cream puffs, defrosted
  • 1 jar maraschino cherries
  • Green jelly beans
  • Powdered sugar
  • Fresh greens for decoration
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water



Prepare simple syrup

Add the sugar and water to a saucepan over medium heat. Bring mixture to a rapid boil and then reduce to low. Heat until sugar is completely dissolved and mixture is thick, like a syrup. Set aside.

 Festive cream puff christmas tree


Arrange the cream puffs in a cone shape

To create the tree, create a large base with cream puffs on a serving platter or plate. Try to make one as big as you can (the width of the plate) so your tree is taller.

Then, dipping each cream puff in simple syrup, stack the cream puffs on top of each other in gradual layers in a cone shape.

 Festive cream puff christmas tree

Once tree is prepared, let it sit for about 20 minutes so the simple syrup dries slightly and the tree doesn't move when you add the jelly beans and cherries.


Add cherries and jelly beans

Once dried a bit, add the cherries and beans. There's no real way to do this right, just stick them into the crevices made by the stacked cream puffs. We added a cherry on top for the star, but you can use whatever you have lying around!

 Festive cream puff christmas tree


Dust with powdered sugar

Once you have the cherries and jelly beans in, dust the whole tree with powdered sugar for added effect. Then serve immediately!

 Festive cream puff christmas tree

Note: The tree is meant to be consumed within 4 hours of making it. If you plan on bringing to a party, store in the fridge.

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