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November 15, 2023

How to Create a Divine Dessert Board

Sweet Season's Eatings


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A Christmas dessert charcuterie board with cookies, gingerbread men, and cakes.

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'Tis the season for sweets, treats, and a sprinkle of holiday magic! Get ready to sleigh your dessert game with these delicious dessert charcuterie board ideas. Transform your usual cookie platter into a dessert wonderland that's perfect for festive gatherings or cozy nights in. It's not just a treat for your taste buds but also an Insta-worthy delight! 

A plus for busy parents? It’s a great way to empty out open bags of cookies, marshmallows, chocolates, and candies. It’s like spring cleaning for the dessert cabinet! 

Here are our tips for making a dessert board that will keep your company coming back for more.

Pick a Theme

Choose a color, or decorate with ornaments and greenery that matches the decor in your kitchen or dining room. Maybe add some sparkle and some boozy-filled chocolates or truffles to make your dessert board truly special.

A Christmas dessert charcuterie board with mince pies, gingerbread men, truffles, and nougat.
A Christmas dessert charcuterie board with mince pies, gingerbread men, truffles, and nougat.
iStockPhoto / MillefloreImages

Include Baked Goods: Store-Bought or Homemade

The best part of dessert boards is that you don’t have to bake anything: store-bought bakery items work just fine. But if you feel the need, add some homemade cookies, brownies, or even cake bites or mini cupcakes.

Add Some Savory Items

To balance all the sweets, add a few savory items like pretzels or little bowls of popcorn. The salty, savory taste is a welcome addition to avoid a total sugar rush!

Include Sweet Dips and Spreads

Why not have a chocolate sauce for graham cracker dipping? Or a peanut butter ball people can slice and spread! These are simple to make and will give your sweet charcuterie board a little extra deliciousness. 

Fill in Spaces with Candies

Wherever there’s a gap in your Christmas dessert board, add small candies like gumdrops or M&Ms… in holiday colors, of course!

Pick a Special Board

You can’t have a dessert board without the board. This classic one is beautiful and can be personalized for your special someone. This Black Marble and Mango Wood would be a chic foundation for your divine dessert creation!

Some of Our Favorites from Instagram

Rainy Day Dessert Board from @caramellyze

Sweet Dessert Platter from @_joannawanna

Nutella Fondue Dip from @reluctantentertainer


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