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Christmas Dessert Charcuterie Board

Nothing says holiday spirit like a Christmas dessert charcuterie board! It can be filled with all your favourite holiday treats and whatever sweetness you’d like to indulge in. Store bought or homemade, this fun step up from the traditional dessert plate is sure to impress your family and friends! ‘Tis the season!

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A close up of the bottom left corner of a Christmas dessert charcuterie board.

What is a Christmas dessert charcuterie board?

A Christmas dessert charcuterie board is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. If you’ve ever had a regular charcuterie board you know that it’s full of different food items that are easy to pick at – small meats, cheeses, crackers, spreads, fruit, etc. The dessert version follows the exact same format just with sweet treats. It’s a board filled with yummy desserts that are easy to grab and looks extra pretty. In the most simple terms it’s dessert on a board, who doesn’t love that?  

What do you need to make a Christmas dessert charcuterie board?

There are a few things you’ll need for your own Christmas dessert charcuterie board. The first thing is a board of course. You can find them at a pretty reasonable price now but if you don’t have one and don’t want to get one a tray will work just fine! You can also ask around and see if any friends or family members have one you can borrow. Secondly, you’ll need some bowls, preferably different sizes for visual interest. This is where you’ll put your really tiny items or things that can’t layer as nicely on a flat board. The last thing you will need is the most important and those are your desserts! 

A close up of the bottom right corner of a Christmas dessert charcuterie board.

What kind of dessert should you add?

Any sweet treats your heart desires! There is absolutely no formula here, variety is a fantastic thing to aim for but that’s pretty much it. For Christmas time I like to think about all the different kinds of treats people like to enjoy during the holiday/winter months. Adding lots of red and green doesn’t hurt either! And don’t feel like you have to make anything for this, I love adding home made elements but store bought will work just as well. Here is what I am adding to mine:

Chai Cookies: A spice cookie that fits in very well during the winter time. Find the recipe here

Christmas Crack Chex Mix: A yummy snack mix filled with mainly cereal and has an added secret ingredient. This adds the perfect holiday themed crunchy element to the board. Find the recipe here

Chocolate Orange Brownies: A classic winter flavour profile, and who doesn’t love a good brownie? I have an easy recipe for this right here

Edible Sugar Cookie Dough: Consider this kind of like a spread, you can dip other cookies in it or eat it as is. This is something that would go perfectly in a little bowl. This recipe is coming very soon! 

Pillsbury Sugar Cookies: The most classic of all classics. I don’t think a Christmas dessert charcuterie board would be complete without these. 

Graham Crackers: Something neutral and sweet that will fit in nicely. Maybe these would be a good dipper for the sugar cookie dough! 

Candy Cane Kisses: A delicious candy cane flavoured treat that can perfectly fill any empty spaces on the board. 

Sugar Cookie Chocolate: Something I saw in the store and thought would fit well. Any chocolate would be a great addition. 

Pretzels: My personal favourite salty treat, they always just go so well with every dessert. Also a good dip idea for the sugar cookie dough!  

Peppermints: A total classic, another great filler item. 

Holiday Life Savers: Wonderfully themed and again, another filler.  

Hazelnut Wafers: Perfect for layering into a little pile on the board. I always love wafers on boards because they’re so light, but that hazelnut just adds an extra kick of indulgence. 

Small Christmas Candies: I honestly just bought these because they were too cute to resist. Small candies are a great addition for variation.   

How to make a Christmas dessert charcuterie board 

Here’s where you let your inner artist shine. I make my boards very intuitively and just go with what looks and feels right. Don’t be too hard on yourself while doing this, let’s be honest here, anything put on a board immediately looks 10x better. I ended up using 3 bowls and put the biggest in the middle with the others on two corners. I knew that I wanted a big bowl in the centre for the Christmas Crack Chex Mix and small ones for the edible sugar cookie dough, and little candies. After that I started working with the “main” pieces, so for me that meant the cookies and brownies. 

Start with the things you know, like if you want to have something as the centrepiece, any bowls you’ll be using, certain things in certain places. Then, work with the bigger items that take up more space. I found that working on the corners, then around the biggest bowl, then filling in the blanks was the easiest strategy for what I was using. Keep in mind that you want to vary your colours, shapes, and sizes when placing your items. Again just vibe with it and do what you feel is best, there are no wrong ways to make a Christmas dessert charcuterie board. 

Okay I made it…now what?

This is the best part! You can make a gorgeous dessert table with it for a holiday dinner party. Impress your friends by making one for a night of watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Elf, and your other favourite holiday movies. Maybe make a tiny version in a box as a treat for your loved ones. Or of course, always the option of just straight up eating it yourself. A Christmas dessert charcuterie board is such a fun way to enjoy some sweet treats and absolutely anyone can participate! Customize it to your liking, don’t worry about it being perfect, and have fun making it!

Now go forth with some holiday cheer!

Here are some other recipes that are less holiday themed but would still be a great addition to your board: 

Loaded Peanut Butter Cookies

Cocoa Pebbles Treats

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Brownies

Cake Pop Bars 

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Christmas Dessert Charcuterie Board

What says holiday spirit like a Christmas dessert charcuterie board? It can be filled with all your favourite holiday treats and whatever sweetness you'd like to indulge in. Store bought or homemade, this fun step up from the traditional dessert plate is sure to impress your family and friends! 'Tis the season!
Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chai cookies, christmas crack chex mix, christmas dessert charcuterie board, christmas desserts, dessert board, easy treats, edible sugar cookie dough, orange chocolate brownies, snacks
Servings: 10 people
Author: Gianna

Ingredients

  • Christmas Crack Chex Mix
  • small festive candies
  • edible sugar cookie dough
  • festive sugar cookies
  • orange chocolate brownies
  • chai cookies
  • pretzels
  • graham crackers
  • sugar cookie chocolate
  • candy cane kisses
  • hazelnut wafers
  • peppermints
  • holiday Life Savers

Instructions

  • Bake any desserts that you would like to make yourself.
  • Gather all items that will be going on the board.
  • Put items that are either very small or loose into bowls.
  • Place the bowls where you would like them to go.
  • Start filling in the outside sections, then work around the bowls, adding in different desserts as you go. Aim for variety in colour, shape, and size while placing.
  • Fill in any empty spots.
  • Add any props/decorations if desired.
  • Enjoy your dessert board!

Notes

The cook time is 0 assuming that you have either made your treats beforehand or you are using store bought. 
The ingredients list is what I used for mine, you can use anything you want for your own. 

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