star bread, christmas star bread, snowflake bread

How to Make Star Bread, Also Called a Christmas Star Bread or a Snowflake Bread

  • Author: From Taste of Home with a few tweaks
  • Prep Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes
  • Yield: 10 - 12 1x
  • Category: Sweet Bread
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Unknown


An enriched dough that makes a deliciously light bread with layers of jam



  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 3/4 cup warm whole milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 31/4 to 3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup strawberry jam
  • 1/4 cup apricot jam
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 egg mixed with a splash of water for egg wash
  • Swedish Pearl Sugar if desired for decoration
  • Confectioner’s sugar


  • Dissolve yeast in warm water until foamy. In another bowl, combine milk, egg, butter, sugar and salt; add yeast mixture and 3 cups flour. Beat on medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Secure the dough hook and knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into 4 portions. Roll 1 portion into a 12-in. circle. Place on a greased 14-in. pizza pan or pizza stone. Spread with half of the strawberry jam to within 1/2 in. from edge. Repeat twice, layering dough, apricot jam, dough strawberry jam, and ending with final portion of dough.
  • Place a 2-1/2-in. round cutter on top of the dough in center of circle (do not press down). With a sharp knife, make 16 evenly spaced cuts from round cutter to edge of dough, forming a starburst. Remove cutter; grasp 2 adjacent strips, one in each hand and rotate twice outward. Pinch ends together. Repeat with remaining strips.
  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Cover and let rise until almost doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Brush with egg wash and sprinkle center with Swedish pearl sugar if using.
  • Bake until golden brown, 18-22 minutes. (Watch during final 5 minutes for any dripping.) Remove from oven; brush with melted butter, avoiding areas where jam is visible. Cool completely on a wire rack. Dust with confectioners’ sugar.


There is a great video showing how to make this bread available HERE

Prep time includes rising time

Keywords: star bread, snowflake bread, Christmas star bread, pull apart bread