Prep Time: 20 min.

Celebrate the run-up to Christmas with this joyful avocado tree pair. I made one with colored lights and the other just plain. Top them onto sourdough toast as a fun starter, or make them as a December after-school snack for your kids. You could even place the pepper lights next to the avocado and ask the kids to help decorate the tree.

What you need

Instructions

1. Halve the avocado.

2. Remove the pit.

3. Cut a small piece off the back of each avocado to ensure the avocados lie flat.

4. Shape the peel into a rectangle for the tree trunk.

5. Slice a piece of red, yellow and orange pepper.

6. Use the metal straw to make the round cut-outs for the lights (you can get them out of the straw by using a skewer).

7. Cut a star out of yellow pepper and use the end of a toothpick to insert it in place on top of the avocado halves.

8. Shape the remaining pepper pieces you have into square-shaped gifts.

9. Top with contrasting pepper ‘gift wrap’ and a bow, both of which you can cut by hand.

10. Arrange all the elements: the eyes, curved mouth, pepper lights, treetrunk and gifts.

Notes

The cookie cutter and candy eyes are linked in my Shop.