Fruity Christmas Tree


1 pineapple
1 pear
2 cups strawberries, stems removed
6 oz fresh raspberries
6 oz fresh blackberries
2 kiwi, peeled and chopped
2 mandarin oranges, peeled and sectioned
1 cup red seedless grapes
1/2 cup chopped watermelon
1 large star-shaped cookie cutter
1 small heart-shaped cookie cutter (optional)
at least 35 wooden toothpicks


1.Begin by cutting the top and bottom off of your pineapple. Save a 1-inch-thick slice of your pineapple as well for cutting the star out of. Cut all of the skin off of the outside of the pineapple so that only the edible portion remains. Slice the top of your pineapple as well to give it a slightly pointed shape at the top. Save the edible pineapple scraps to decorate the tree with later.
2.Cut the bottom off of your pear and remove the stem. Use a toothpick to place the pear on top of the prepared pineapple. This is your tree.
3.Use a large star-shaped cookie cutter to cut out a star for the top of the tree from the reserved slice of pineapple.
4.Place the star on top of the Christmas tree with a wooden toothpick.
5.Insert many wooden toothpicks all over the pineapple and pear, fairly deep in so that they won’t show through the fruit once you have placed it on.
6.Decorate! Stick the prepared fruit onto the toothpicks all over the tree.