Christmas Tree Sandwiches Recipe Your Guests Will Love

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Veruska is a a food travel journalist with awards to her credit, such as World Best Food Travel Journalist. She holds a certification as a sommelier and she is also an ardent lover of the outdoors. Aside from this, Veruska is a Multilingual SEO and Localization Consultant and co-owns multiple websites that cater to a global audience.
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The Christmas Tree Sandwiches are delicious appetizers to bring to the table both on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. For their simplicity and versatility, they can be adapted to any diner.

These appetizers’ peculiarity is shaped like a Christmas tree: the shape is obtained by cutting the slices of sandwich bread using the appropriate star-shaped cutters, having the foresight to cut them to at least 4 different sizes to compose a symmetrical tree.

Before jumping to the recipe, let us give you a little information on how to stuff your sandwiches and what you need to make them at home.

What do you put inside your Christmas tree sandwich?

The filling is really the strong part of these Christmas sandwiches: you can, in fact, stuff with the most classic combinations of Christmas but you can even dare and even prepare them in a sweet version.

These are some of the possible fillings:

  • Butter and salmon
  • Ham, mayonnaise, and lettuce
  • Cheese and vegetables
  • Paté of various kinds
  • Chocolate spread
  • Jam
  • Peanut butter.

The recipe is basic and in this case, I stuffed these Christmas trees with ham, salad, and red berries but the same amount of ingredients you can use it for any other filling.

What do you need to get the perfect shape?

Make sure you have the star-shaped cookie cutters and long skewer skewers to stop the various layers from drowning and keep the trees standing.

How to make Christmas sandwiches

Here you have the recipe for these star-shaped Christmas sandwiches, followed by advices on how to avoid soggy sandwiches.

Ingredients for 10 Christmas Trees

  • 50 slices of sandwich bread
  • 200 grams of ham
  • Curly lettuce
  • Red berries
  • Mayonnaise
  • Semi-aged cheese


  1. Take the crust out from the 50 slices of sandwich bread and get 10 sets of stars of different sizes by using a cookie cutter: each set of stars must contain a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 7 stars of different sizes, from one large to one small;
  2. Spread the largest stars with mayonnaise and assemble the trees by alternating layers of ingredients: in this case, ham and lettuce, and stars of bread until you get to the last star, the smallest.
  3. Use a skewer stick to lock the different stars and place a star made from semi-seasoned cheese on top of each tree.
  4. Place the red berries on top of the star and make sure to lock it in with a toothpick. Keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve.


Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 5 minutes

Total time: 20 minutes

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Tips For Preventing Soggy Christmas Sandwiches

  • If you are going to make these Sandwiches in advance, make sure you follow these tips to avoid them getting soggy:
  • Make sure you spread condiments all over and without saving on how much you are going to use: spreads act as a barrier between the bread and the other ingredients and prevent your sandwiches from getting completely soaked in water;
  • Use slightly stale bread so that in case liquids will start to spill, they will be absorbed by the bread that, being a bit stale, won’t become soggy;
  • Avoid making a sandwich with warm ingredients: warm ingredients create condensation, and condensation makes your bread extremely humid.
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