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Easy Cucumber Pepper Trees Recipe is the Perfect Christmas Party Dish

This holiday season, wow your guests with our adorable and delightful cucumber pepper trees! They’re easy to make, fun for the kids to assemble and ready to serve in just an hour. Even better? They’re delicious!  

Start by baking store-bought pie crusts to form mini shells, then fill them with a chive-and-onion cream cheese mixture flavored with lemon and chopped fresh parsley. Next, shave cucumbers into thin ribbons using a vegetable peeler, and stack them onto toothpicks. Finally,(and this is where the kids can help), cut stars from red bell peppers and place one on the top of each “tree.” It really is as easy as 1, 2, 3!  

Start With a Few Essential Tools

You’ll need a mini muffin pan to bake the pie crusts, and, ideally, a star cookie cutter that is 1¼” or smaller for the pepper stars to adorn the trees. Also, be sure you have plenty of toothpicks to hold the trees together, and a vegetable peeler to make the cucumber ribbons.  

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12 servings

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  • 1 sheet refrigerated piecrust dough, from 14.1-oz. pkg.
  • 3 mini cucumbers
  • ¾ cup chive-and-onion cream cheese, at room temp.
  • 2 Tbs. chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 red pepper
  • Toothpicks


Heat oven to 400°F. On lightly floured surface, unroll dough. Cut 12 (2.5") round shapes from dough; fit into mini-muffin cups. Prick bottoms with fork. Bake 10 min.; let cool. Using peeler, shave 24 slices lengthwise from cucumbers; chop remaining cucumber. In bowl, mix cream cheese, parsley, lemon juice and chopped cucumber; spread in cups.

Cut 12 (1.25") stars from pepper; dice remaining. Layer cucumber slices and diced pepper with toothpicks; top with stars.


  • Calories: 110
  • Fat: 8 gram
  • Saturated Fat: 4 gram
  • Protein: 2 gram
  • Carbohydrate: 10 gram
  • Cholesterol: 15 mg
  • Sugar: 1 gram
  • Sodium: 160 mg


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