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Christmas Tree Scones

Last week was my daughter’s class Christmas party, and this week is my son’s. Boys had to bring in something savoury, but I still wanted it to have a Christmas-y touch. Christmas tree scones were perfect!

Pesto Christmas Tree Scones (4)

I mixed up a buttermilk scone dough with parmesan for a cheesy taste. The scones were cut out with a Christmas tree cookie cutter. I smeared over some pesto sauce for a bit of green, and added chopped sun-dried tomato for the decorations.

Pesto Christmas Tree Scones (3)

I didn’t add sun-dried tomatoes to all of them as my son doesn’t like them, and I’m not sure how many Year 2 kids do.

Pesto Christmas Tree Scones (2)

The scones spread as they cooked, so the trees don’t look perfect, but it was still a fun savoury Christmas dish for the school party.

Pesto Christmas Tree Scones (1)

Here’s the recipe:



Christmas Tree Scones

Christmas Tree Scones


  • 440g (16oz) self-raising flour
  • 60g (2oz) cold butter, chopped
  • 380g (13oz) Buttermilk (or milk with a splash of vinegar)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 small jar basil pesto sauce
  • Handful of sun-dried tomatoes, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 220°C (430°F).
  2. Place flour, salt and butter in a food processor and pulse for approximately 5 seconds, until mixture starts to clump and look like breadcrumbs.
  3. Add buttermilk and parmesan cheese and process for 5 seconds, until dough starts to come together and form a ball.
  4. Tip dough onto a floured workbench (or silicon mat) and gently knead until it forms a ball. The dough will be very sticky. Press the dough out until it is about 2cm high.
  5. Dip the Christmas tree cookie cutter in flour and cut out the scones. With the stickiness of the dough, I found it easiest to push the cookie cutter into the dough, remove the surrounding dough, lift the cookie cutter with the dough inside, and then place it on a non-stick oven tray, poking the dough onto the tray.
  6. Gently press together the scraps of dough and repeat to make more scones.
  7. Spread basil pesto sauce on top of each scone and then poke a few pieces of sun-dried tomato into the scone. The scones will spread as they cook, so put a few more than you think you’ll need on to get good coverage!
  8. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown without the sun-dried tomatoes getting burnt.
  9. Cool on a wire rack, or serve hot!


If you're looking for a cute, savoury treat to take to a Chirstmas party, these Christmas tree scones are perfect. Such an easy recipe, using pesto sauce, but so much fun!

And there you have fun Christmas tree scones to take to a Christmas party. What savoury foods do you make for school Christmas parties?