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Cream Puff Christmas Tree

Serving Size: 6 or more servings
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Desserts
Cream Puff Christmas Tree

Ingredients:

  • 9 oz. White Chocolate
  • 3 pkgs. M&M Mini Cream Puffs
  • gold or white sanding sugar
  • 3 pkgs. M&M Chocolate Hazelnut Cream Puffs
  • 1 cup white buttercream frosting
  • fresh mint leaves
  • powdered sugar

Preparation:

Place chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and heat on high for 20 seconds. Stir well, and continue warming in 20-second intervals until completely melted.

Line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper. Working one at a time, dip the tops of mini cream puffs into the melted chocolate, place on the prepared baking sheet and sprinkle with sanding sugar. Repeat with all 3 packages of the mini cream puffs.  

On a small plate, arrange both the mini cream puffs and the chocolate hazelnut cream puffs (in an alternating pattern) in an 8-inch wide circle, applying a smear of buttercream to the bottom of each one to hold it in place. Fill in the centre of the circle with cream puffs as well, using the same method.  

Repeat with the remaining cream puffs and frosting, making each tier slightly smaller than the one below it, creating a tree shape.   Garnish with fresh mint leaves, tucking them in between the cream puffs. Dust the entire tree with a generous sprinkling of powdered sugar.

Tips:

There is no need to thaw the cream puffs before using them. Once the tree has been built, transfer it to the fridge and allow the dessert to thaw for 2 hours. This holiday dessert is a hit with kids, and is easy enough for older ones to assemble on their own.