This is possibly the most inflammatory thing I’ve ever said, but I don’t like Nutella. There, I said it. So when I saw this gorgeous puff pastry tree floating around everywhere filled with – you guessed it- Nutella, I immediately started thinking about how I could make it myself, but with something else.
I ended up deciding on the cinnamon butter that I use for my cinnamon butter braid. It was perfect.
The good news is, this is simple. Anybody can make it. It will cost you five dollars and take you ten minutes.
The bad news? It’s highly addictive and no way is it good for you.
Make it anyway.
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 tablespoons cream
1/16 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 sheets Pepperidge Farm puff pastry
1 egg yolk + 1 tablespoon water for egg wash.
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and set your puff pastry on the counter to thaw until you can flatten it into a square without breaking it.
Make your cinnamon butter by placing you butter and brown sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a low boil and stir constantly for one minute. Remove from heat and whisk in baking soda, cinnamon, and cream. Set aside.
Place one sheet of pastry on a piece of parchment paper. Cut it into the shape of a tree, like so.
Place the scraps over the top of the second piece of pastry and use to cut the second piece into exactly the same shape. Use the biggest scrap to cut out a star.
Spread cinnamon butter over one pastry tree and place the other piece of pastry on top.
Cut slots in the side of the tree.
Twist each piece together and pinch the ends.
Place your star on top and brush the whole thing with egg wash.
Bake for 20 minutes. Dust with powdered sugar if desired. Enjoy!