Looking for a healthy alternative to Christmas cookies. Look at building a Fruit Christmas Tree with your kids, friends, or yourself then serve during Christmas Eve cocktail hour, leave it out for Santa, or let it star as a healthy holiday dessert table centerpiece.
If you’re searching for things your kids can do or looking to impress your family and friends., say hello to at least an hours worth of activity between picking out, prepping, and popping fresh fruit onto toothpicks stuck in a fresh pineapple and pear base.
1. Slice the top and bottom off, then cut a small slice off the top.
2. Insert a star cookie cutter into the thin slice, which will become the tree topper. If you don’t have a star cookie cutter – no problem, just use what you’ve got!
3.Set the star aside then slice a little off the sides of the pineapple to create a cone shape. Eat the trimmings. :)
4.Next take a bamboo skewer and push it through the center of the pineapple. This is why having a ripe pineapple is important. If it’s underripe it’ll be hard to get the skewer pushed through the core. Next, spike a slightly underripe pear onto the skewer leaving the end uncovered – that’s what you’ll stick the star onto at the end!
5.Tree trimming time! Use assortment of including clementines, kiwis with the skin left on so they don’t slide off the tree, strawberries, blackberries, and red and green grapes. Raspberries, blueberries, or chopped cantaloupe would work great too!
6. Start placing toothpicks into the “tree” at a slight angle then add the fruit, breaking the toothpicks if necessary. I found it best to place the bigger fruits first – strawberries, orange slices, kiwis, etc. – then fill in the gaps with small fruit like grapes and blackberries.
Keep going until the tree is completely filled up – have FUN with it!!
Stick the star topper on the skewer, then serve. Talk about merry and bright!