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Ham Tortilla Rollup Christmas Tree


I was delighted to find out that Cook’s is based out of  Nebraska- nationally known for our meat. Cook’s begins by slow-curing their bone-in hams with ingredients like pure cane sugar, honey, brown sugar and maple syrup. For the perfect finish, they smoke the hams with hickory wood. Cook’s is the nations leading brand in traditional and spiral sliced smoked bone-in ham, corned beef and smoked picnics. Here’s a fun recipe for Christmas!

Cook’s Ham Tortilla Christmas Tree


  • 1 pound Leftover Cook’s Bone-In ham
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, whipped
  • 1 cup Sliced sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
  • 6 (6-inch) spinach flour tortillas


  1. Slice ham into approximately 1/2″ wide strips.
  2. Spread an even, thin layer of cream cheese over the entire surface of the tortilla. Place two strips of ham side by side along the lower third of the tortilla, so that they extend from one end of the tortilla. Line both sides of the ham strips with two strips of red pepper, and then one slice of cheese each; six strips total. Fold tortilla edge over entire contents and roll tightly.
  3. Cut into 1″ pinwheels.
  4. Stack layers of pinwheels in rings one on top of another, decreasing the size of each ring until you reach the top of the tree.
  5. Dress your tree with cranberries, or star-shaped cutouts of red or yellow pepper.

With Christmas around the corner, make sure and find out of you have Cook’s products near you! Let’s get to the good part. One lucky reader will win a coupon to purchase up to a $30 Cook’s product! (That’s a pretty big ham!) If you have a small family, don’t worry- Cook’s has some great recipes for leftover ham. Giveaway has ended.


  1. Every year about this time we make ribbon cookies with a recipe passed on from my husband’s aunt. We fill them with colorful preserves.

  2. delicious!

  3. This might possibly be one of the coolest things I have seen this year!

  4. I love the ham tortilla Christmas tree.. I may have to make it for our holiday party

  5. I’m making a Christmas Ornament for my great niece’s first Christmas right now. I plan to make one every year for her as I do for my Daughter. iheartsweeping@aol.com

  6. I love Christmas music, we always put it on while we decorate the tree and make cookies.

  7. i really think that christmas tree made with ham tortilla looks really neat. what a great idea.

  8. I’m listening to “Christmas Shoes” right now and crying….this song always reminds me of Mom who I miss so much this time of year. iheartsweeping@aol.com

  9. I’m making Santa’s Sleigh out of my Dried out Turkey carcass right now. Mom made one every year and I decided it was time for me to give it a try. iheartsweeping@aol.com

  10. We play Christmas music quite a bit in our house and our van. We all (well…maybe not my teenage son) love Christmas music and it always puts us in a holiday mood. Thanks.

  11. When my mother was alive she made the most amazing gingerbread house every year from scratch. She even had a little Santa and reindeer to go with it and she made little packages for his sleigh. It is one of my fondest memories. Thanks.

  12. One nice thing this holiday season will be that my oldest daughter will be home from college. YAY!!! We miss her! Thanks.

  13. Deborah Wellenstein says:

    Hamn, ham, glorious ham! We all love it, and I can do wonderful things with a ham. Thanks!

  14. Sarah Lehan says:

    I think the tortilla Christmas tree is very fun. I think I’ll try it out to take to a friend’s party. Thanks for the contest.

  15. Sarah Lehan says:

    For me ham is a New Year’s dinner. Turkey for Thanksgiving & Christmas. I love the leftovers you get.

  16. Sarah Lehan says:

    For some reason the only time I make my hot clam chip dip is around the holidays. It’s easy to make – I just seem to forget about it the rest of the year. But then again it makes it a special treat.

  17. Patti Sherman says:

    I decorate every room in my house, even the bathroom. We eat many festive foods and cook a ham for Christmas!

  18. I am going to have to try that! It looks so good and festive :)
    Christmas Eve the kids and I make homemade fried pizza pockets for dinner. Everyone gets to add their own ingredients and roll out the dough. I get to fry them up. Christmas Eve and Christmas day we all make Christmas cookies together.

  19. I’m enjoying reading all the holiday traditions & recipe ideas. One of our big traditions centers around food as well. My mother’s side of the family gets together right around Thanksgiving every year to make our homemade raviolis for Christmas. We get our assembly line going & make enough to feed an army!
    Happy Holidays to all!

  20. I have started each of my kids a giant box full of “THEIR” Christmas things. Each Christmas they get a new ornament from us, and when my mother was alive she got them each one per year. Plus they have nutcrackers or snow globes or ornaments they made in school, etc. They have so much fun putting their items on the tree each year and talking about them. Plus when they’re adults, they’ll be able to take all their memories with them. Thanks.

  21. Deb Anderson says:

    I remember one Christmas when I was only about seven or eight years old, I loved crafty things and I found a page from a Christmas coloring book of a pair of huge bells. I used it as a template to cut out more bells from construction paper and glued them together, decorated with ribbon and glitter, etc. Then I attached a hanging ribbon and went around the neighborhood hanging them on people’s doorknobs. It didn’t matter if they knew where the bells came from or not, it was a simple gift handmade by a child and given with love. I still remember that.

  22. Deb Anderson says:

    Rosie, I like Love Actually too, but that scene where Emma Thompson opens her husband’s gift and it’s not the necklace she expected, then when she goes to get her coat to get ready to leave and begins to cry, oh my, that just wrenches my heart for her. Emma is such a fab actress I really felt that character’s pain. So that was a very sad moment in an otherwise uplifting movie.

  23. Deb Anderson says:

    I like using leftover ham in many different ways as an extra flavor boost – such as a handful of chopped ham in a bowl of ramen noodles.

  24. Deb Anderson says:

    Ham and biscuits for breakfast are a fabulous way to start the day and use up some of the leftover ham.

  25. Jennifer gersch says:

    I make ham with honey glaze

  26. Jennifer gersch says:

    wanting this ham

  27. we are having a Cook’s Ham for Christmas Dinner.(Butt portion). My local supermarket was giving one holiday item away if a certain amount was spent. We did not need the turkey, so I chose the ham and froze it.

  28. Ham is one of my very favorite meats. I swell up like a balloon after eating it, but it’s worth it every once in a while. Thanks.

  29. Patricia Hill says:

    I am the grandma now. So, everyone comes here. Lots of baking , cooking, and fun for all. Very tiring, but I wouldn’t change a thing.

  30. Dang I go to bed and other people are hoping on my ham bandwagon. Tell them to go away LOL.

  31. We love baking Gingerbread cookies and making Gingerbread houses!

  32. We can eat for at least 3 days on a ham. First we have a wonderful ham dinner with all the fixings. Then the next day, we eat ham sandwiches. The third day is the best though, ham and beans. I soak the beans over night and put the leftover ham and beans in a crockpot and they taste SO yummy!

  33. I enjoy decorating the Christmas tree with my family.

  34. We’re trying to begin new holiday traditions since the birth of our daughter in the summer of 2008. We have requested that we have Christmas morning for our daughter at home, but haven’t decided upon other traditions. I suppose we’ll switch up each year. My family is mostly out of town, however.

  35. Every Christmas Eve, my family attends church with my inlaws and then goes back to their house for dinner and presents

  36. Veronica Garrett says:

    This will be the first Christmas my husband will be able to spend Christmas with us because he lost his job He has had to work every Christmas for years. We have a traditional dinner with family. We put up a tree and decorations. Our church takes up onations of food and clothes.

  37. Monique Rizzo says:

    one of our traditions is to get our Christmas tree on my Mom’s birthday. She passed away at only 42 years old 10 years ago, and I am still keeping that tradition alive. Thanks for the chance.

  38. Doesn’t anyone else think that Christmas movies make you feel warm and fuzzy? I watch Love Actually and The Family Stone almost every year. I also love the classics like Miracle on 34th Street.

  39. Angela Winesburg says:

    We have an annual cookie day and spend the whole day making various kinds of cookies its so much fun!

  40. I love ham, especially with a good Christmas dinner. Good homemade food is one of the main reasons why I love the holidays!

  41. Ack. I think my email address was wrong in my last comment. Two l’s in my last name, not one :-)

    I also love holiday decorations. We have our Christmas tree up and we love to drive around to admire the other decorations in the neighborhood.

  42. Debbie Stanton says:

    i read in another comment that their tradition is to bake a birthday cake for baby Jesus…. i love that and would like to incorporate tha into our family tradition.

  43. Yum. I love ham, especially with a good Christmas dinner. Good homemade food is one of the main reasons why I love the holidays!

  44. Debbie Stanton says:

    ham is our traditional holiday dinner…. it would be lovely to win one! thank you for the opportunity.

  45. Debbie Stanton says:

    my family makes something similar… it’s a slice of lunch meat ham, spread with softened chream cheese, put a green onion and/or pickle in the middle and roll. Slice after refigerating for 30 minutes or so to firm up cream cheese.

  46. One of our Christmas traditions is to bake a cake for baby Jesus to remember the true meaning of Christmas

  47. Another year, and another visit to the in-laws for their traditional pork loin. Not sure where that came from, no one seems to know.

  48. This year I have done my decorating in steps: one day I put up the tree, another day I put the ornaments and garland on, and then another day I put out the rest of the holiday decor

  49. Barbara Long says:

    I’m looking forward to decorating the house this weekend. I also need to start deciding what cookies I’m making for Christmas gift baskets. I love the way the house smells once baking commences.

  50. kathy pease says:

    my christmas isnt off to a great start my hub went out and bought a tree in the dark and it looks soooooooo bad..charlies browns looks awesome compared to this so next year im going to get it :(

  51. We always drive around town and check out the Christmas lights.

  52. Happi Shopr says:

    I love these pinwheel trees! What a great idea. Can’t wait to share it with my baby sister.

  53. We love ham. Growing up we always had turkey for Thanksgiving and Christmas, now we have both.

  54. make cinnamon cookies every eve

  55. one special thing i do is use the ornaments /towels/napkins my late MOM made/gave me every year and we always have a special Christmas Breakfast

  56. What a great recipe for fun finger food! I’ll definitely be making it up for the Christmas Eve party. Thanks.

  57. Nanette Olson says:

    We have turkey for Thanksgiving and Ham for Christmas. I love the ham tortilla christmas tree.

  58. Tari, lol, my Dad was like that, every year he added just a bit more. Luckily my guy isn’t into putting up the light, I usually do it and I do just enough to make it pretty. iheartsweeping@aol.com

  59. Tari Lawson says:

    My husband decorates the outside of our home with lots of lights. His goal is to one day be like the Griswald house :). Anyone else have a husband like this?

  60. I love snow but not the cold.

  61. Jennifer gersch says:

    would love to win

  62. Jennifer gersch says:

    I eat ham on xmas

  63. Jennifer gersch says:

    I eat ham on xmas

  64. Ahhh the holidays.

  65. There’s a big holiday party at our house Next weekend with my dysfunctional family. As much as we all hate these events, there’s always amazing food we get to enjoy!(i’m hoping there’ll be Ham) and since the economy is down everyone is bringing their favorite dish!

  66. Was it green ham and eggs, or green eggs and ham?

  67. I love this idea! Thanks!

  68. Elizabeth Ray says:

    One thing I ALWAYS do is read Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” aloud to the family. We are trying to incorporate more healthy “traditions.” As a result, we now go hiking together on Christmas afternoon.

  69. One special thing I like to decorate is our mantel. It is brick with a nice oak trim and deep mantel. So we hang our stockings wiht angel holders, and I decorate the mantel with my many angels I collect. I love it. Thanks.

  70. Ham and turkey leftovers help make the holidays last longer.

  71. This year I’ll be working on the big day. I don’t mind though, because we will be celebrating the day after. So it’s kind of nice to avoid all the hustle and bustle.

  72. The day after Christmas we always have Christmas with my family. Both of my parents are dead, and so it’s become awkward. My family lives out of town so we have to travel 2 1/2 hours to go. But it’s always nice to see everyone since we no longer get to see them very often. Thanks.

  73. Rebecca Graham says:

    We go to my 90 year old mother-in-law’s house for Christmas and we do all the cooking and let her relax and enjoy the grandchildren.

  74. Talitha Lee says:

    I love baking cookies with my kids. It’s sooo much fun! thanks for the contest!

  75. We always go visit my husband’s family on Christmas eve. It’s just our family and his sister’s family so it’s a small gathering, but always very cozy and cheery. We all look forward to it. Thanks.

  76. I checked it out, I have everything but one item to make the tree. Going to pick that up tomorrow. I am definitely going to give it a try. iheartsweeping@aol.com

  77. I love a white Christmas, just not the driving part of it!

  78. I just bookmarked this site with the darling picture of the pinwheel tree. I often make pinwheels for gatherings, but this would be so cute with the spinach tortillas!! Thanks for the idea and the giveaway.

  79. How cute is that Ham Christmas Tree? I am gonna try this next weekend for my family get together. We are doing finger foods so this would be so fun and festive.Plus everyone in the family of 14 loves ham except for my daughter, the vegetarian.

  80. Looks so cute! Just like Kristin #51 we also all get together and make krumkake. Its so fun!

  81. christopher h says:

    i wish we’d do potluck, i’m still tired from thanksgiving

  82. We always do a potluck with the relatives so the food is different every year.

  83. I love ideas like the tree too. Isn’t it funny how easy things are to do, but we never think of them??

  84. theodore esteghamat says:

    We love ham for christmas.

  85. Rita Singleton says:

    What an attractive potluck dish.

  86. I would like to try this

  87. Wow! I love Cooks Ham…I have been teaching my three year old great-grand-daughter how much fun Christmas cookies are to make and bake, Bet she would love to “help” make a ham!

  88. ham ham ham ham , it is so yummy! I would love to have some in my tummy!

  89. Ham and cheese on pumpernickle. MMMMMMMMM…….

  90. What a cute idea. I’ve done this recipe before but never into a tree. I have got to try this !

  91. Oh wow – we have always made these little pinwheels, but I never thought of making them into a tree! What an awesome idea!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  92. I think I’m going to have to try this for Christmas. It looks incredible!

  93. That is probably one of the most creative things I’ve ever seen!


  94. That picture above is SO beautiful! I think i may try these for christmas!

  95. what a neat tree

  96. Always a ham for Christmas, but know seeing that tortilla tree I have to kick it up a notch.

  97. It took me a minute to figure out exactly what the tree was made of lol. Too cute!

  98. Janice Mitchell says:

    Can’t wait to enjoy time with my family and friends!

  99. ymm I cant wait for ham leftovers! So many things to do with it

  100. The huge lottery winners a few years ago were all employees of the Cook’s plant in Lincoln, NE.

  101. I haven’t even started baking yet, I need to get organized and get going.

  102. I take my grandchildren shopping for a child who might not otherwise have a Christmas. I hope this instills in them the importance of helping others.

  103. Judith Musick says:


  104. Kathleen Fick says:

    I usually make prim rib

  105. We do a standing rib roast.

  106. Denise Johnson says:

    Yum! Can’t wait to try the recipe.

  107. Iliana Blair says:

    Christmas is a time for family and friends.

  108. Would love to take this tree to my Christmas bowling potluck, but would have to be very careful in transporting!

  109. Mary Shaffer says:

    I hsven’t had ham for a long time.The left overs would be good cooked with a pot of beans.

  110. Iliana Blair says:

    I only serve turkey for Thanksgiving and New Year’s day.

  111. Iliana Blair says:

    We usually donate food to area shelters and bake for friends.

  112. Iliana Blair says:

    I usually have our pork loin for Christmas eve dinner then open presents and pasta with ham for Christmas day. So this would be great to win!

  113. Not New Years Day without a baked Ham

  114. Iliana Blair says:

    What a great idea and recipe.

  115. Shannon Baas says:

    Probably be spending my christmas pigging out and working

  116. That’s a cute recipe. It sounds like a great party idea.

  117. Joni Chadwell says:

    Ham makes the Holiday…the leftovers are just as yummy!

  118. Michael Smith says:

    just great to spend time with family & friends

  119. I’m going to my son’s house for Christmas and we are having ham. Yum I can’t wait.

  120. Kimberly L says:

    I’ve never had Krumkake and Fattigman – my favorite snack for the Holidays is very simplistic – I love Peanut Brittle, or walnut brownies

  121. Melissa, we always do the Italian 7 fish dinner for Christmas Eve as well. Although this year with all our parents gone now, we are probably going to cut it down to the Lobster tails in sauce and pasta. Between the economy and the fact that their are only 6 of us this year, a 7 fish dinner just seems a bit much.

  122. I’ve been trying to decide between a Ham ( I found a great recipe for Praline Ham I would love to try) and a Roast for our Christmas Dinner. I keep leaning towards the Ham, now seeing some of the recipes on the Cook Ham site I think I have made up my mind.

  123. Roblyn Honeysucker says:

    We decorate with ornaments bought each year by my mom when I was growing up. My tree has ornaments from as far back as 1966.

  124. I always debate ham or roast beef for christmas. This year though, threw in a thought of salmon? I don’t know, seems odd to me

  125. I am debating whether we should have a ham or turkey for Christmas…if I won this the decision would be made:)

  126. Who knew ham could be so festive? I think that would look great as a centerpiece on a buffet table or something.

  127. Cheryl Barnett says:

    What a cute idea..and yummy looking too! Thanks for the recipe and the other’s shared also. I will definitely try this!

  128. Makes me hungry just looking at it. Almost too nice to eat.

  129. Rose Clark says:

    Since my parents are gone now the hoildays take on a different meaning. We are trying different things to make it our own !!!

  130. interesting recipe

  131. OH how adorable!! I think I really could make this too!! Thanks :)

  132. Kristin Price says:

    I love to make Norwegian cookies with my mother, aunts and grandmother! We always get together at the holidays and make Krumkake and Fattigman!


  133. The kids always wake us early Christmas Day!

  134. I love singing in our choir on Christmas day.

  135. I’m up to my elbows in cookie dough, I make tons of cookies!

  136. I suppose I could have let him decorate it, but it would be A MESS, and it goes on the tree… so ya know, it should look halfway decent! ;)

  137. I am SO excited for the years to come when he can actually decorate it himself. This year is too soon though.

  138. My ornament only cost me 70 cents, at Hobby Lobby. I decorated it with acrylic paint, and put a pic of my son in it.

  139. I just made a homemade ornament for our tree. :>)

  140. You can make ham omelets or ham casserole-type-things.. so many options!

  141. Ham also makes really yummy leftovers!

  142. I love ham for Christmas dinner!

  143. Ham is great for the holidays since you can do so much with the leftovers. Thanks for the chance.

  144. I’m trying to come up with a new idea for a homemade ornament for the grandmas. Any ideas?

  145. My great-grandmother always had a traditional Italian-Catholic 7 fish dinner for Christmas Eve, and I am hoping to continue that tradition this year. Christmas day is not a big cooking day for us…usually a ham, some veggies, potatoes and dessert.

  146. We always have ham and turkey for holidays. This would be great to have.

  147. This tree is adorable. This is a fantastic idea. Matter of fact, I think I need to make these for my daughter for her school lunch. The wraps not the trees – he he.

    Every year since I was a child we have celebrated a Polish traditional Christmas I posted about it last year. This year I am doing the Feast of the Seven Fishes, in honor of my Italian side.

  148. Ham is one of my favorite things to have on Christmas!

  149. ok.. have some things to tend to… 3 lil boys.. Will be back at naptime hopefully!
    itsjustmerene2003 at yahoo dot com

  150. For one of my nieces.. they are young adults I made a gift box of fun spices. Lots of fun things that she wouldn’t normally buy but would love to try.

  151. I am hoping to finish up my Christmas Shopping on Saturday with a trip to Trader Joe’s.. My niece loves to cook, and loves to try new things. I am going to stock her up with a basket of fun sauces and oils and mustards and stuff from Trader JOes.

  152. Deb Anderson I will keep my fingers crossed that your gifts arrive on time.

  153. I am hoping my photo Christmas cards get here in time.. I just ordered them last night online.. I hope production is fast.. One Day shipping!

  154. I think I will make this to take for a snack at our Christmas Cookie Decorating Party. We always bring finger foods.. this looks great. I think I will do two of them one with some Jalepenos diced into the cream cheese.
    itsjustmerene2003 at yahoo dot com

  155. Are those cranberries dressing the pinwheel tree, or cherry/grape tomatoes?

  156. I worked a christmas season at Dillards when I was 16 and learned to wrap presents, boot camp style. SO grateful for that, because I still use those skillz!

  157. Laurie Murley says:

    glad to get something made in the usa, so many things are made else where and shipped to the usa, love christmas and ham do taste so good we have a large family and i have 2 teenage sons their is no leftovers after my sons get threw.

  158. This will be my first Christmas dinner at home, so I’m making a ham.

  159. I noticed at Target that their holiday meal you can order includes a turkey. For me, turkey is Thanksgiving and ham is for Christmas. What do you serve for your Christmas dinner?

  160. THANK GOODNESS for Amazon, or I wouldn’t be half done with xmas shopping!

  161. I am about 80% done with my xmas shopping… slowly but surely!

  162. Ham always makes me want swiss cheese….

  163. Deb Anderson says:

    I’ve done so much of my Christmas shopping online this year, I’m beginning to get a little antsy that everything will show up on time!! One year I didn’t plan far enough in advance and many of my intended gifts weren’t delivered in time for Christmas. So there I was, scrambling to shop for last minute things, which I HATE!! I like to be done with my shopping at least a week before Christmas so I can actually enjoy the holiday and not be so stressed.

  164. Deb Anderson says:

    Ham is my favorite food of all time! It’s just so flavorful. Yum! And I love how versatile ham is for other dishes after the main course, using leftovers. Everything from breakfast to snacks. Love me some ham!!

  165. Angela Bailey says:

    This post is making me hungry. I didn’t bring any breakfast or lunch to work today!!!

  166. Angela Bailey says:

    We’re thinking about cooking our own ham this Christmas and having people over at our house instead of going to theirs.

  167. Angela Bailey says:

    I subscribe to your blog via email.

  168. We love to decorate for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving.. I get antsy otherwise.

  169. Angela Bailey says:

    It’s snowing here which makes me realize I really need to finish my Christmas shopping this weekend.

  170. Angela Bailey says:

    Kroger, Wal-Mart Supercenter and Save-A-Lot all near me sells Cook’s products.

  171. The pic above reminds me that I need to attempt tortilla roll-ups someday, I never have… they scare me a little. Too detailed looking!

  172. And we so love ham, of course. :) Turkey too.

  173. Angela Bailey says:

    The Cook’s Ham Tortilla Christmas Tree looks so yummy.

  174. I look forward to watching Charlie Brown Christmas on tv like you would not BELIEVE!!!

  175. the holidays make me SOOOO happy!! I love this time of year!

  176. Christmas is the one holiday when all of my family are together at one time. It’s nice to sit around the table and tell stories about our children and growing up. Ham has always been on the table at Christmas. Wouldn’t be Christmas without it.

  177. I love ham for the holidays with candied yams, and our stores carry Cook’s

  178. Love the idea to make a Christmas tree out of the rolls…cute presentation….and it made me hungry looking at it

  179. So glad to see I can buy it nearby! Love having ham on Christmas Eve.

  180. Turkey and ham are the classic Christmas dinners. Wish we didn’t have so many vegetarians or only-chicken eaters in the family.

  181. Mmmm, ham. I didn’t realize how many stores near me sold the Cook’s products. yay for ham : )

  182. Thankfully there are Cook’s products near us! And for Christmas there is always Ham, Turkey, and 100’s of side dishes I dig into!

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