Dessert Charcuterie Board

I love this notion of dessert charcuterie boards. As a member of GenX, when I think about an after-dinner spread, I think of those Viennese tables you would see at Bar and Bat Mitzvah events or weddings in the ’80s and ’90s. Maybe people still do them. I don’t know.

Nonetheless, when hosting a party at home, you can get on the charcuterie train with one devoted to desserts. This can be for a game night that you’re hosting or a holiday get together.

Just Desserts Charcuterie Board

easter dessert charcuterie board from overhead
Photo credit: Leah Ingram.

We created a sweet, dessert Easter board with plenty of store-bought delights. We chose chocolate and yogurt covered pretzels, chocolate covered raisins — the brand Raisinets as well as a store version; the Raisinets were far tastier.

Also, we added in chocolate marshmallow bunnies and cookies, mini pastry, candy eggs, a chocolate bunny and, of course, jelly beans. The strawberries add a pop of color and, dare we say, a smidge of healthy food to this dessert charcuterie. Take out the fruit and you can easily skip the basket and put together an Easter candy board.

Some of the pastries we included were rugelach (which we could have easily included on a Jewish desserts board), chocolate marshmallow cookies and pirouette rolled wafer cookies.

Ideas for a Dessert Board

dessert charcuterie board close up
Photo credit: Leah Ingram.

After making that aforementioned Easter board, we were inspired to create a new board devoted just to desserts. Like the Easter one, we filled ours with store-bought treats. That was more as a timesaver than a statement on Bill’s ability to make delicious desserts.

So, Bill headed out to Hannaford, our local supermarket, to create a cookie-heavy dessert board. Yes, some of them include many of the same sweet staples you found on our Easter board. But we’ve also made one devoted entirely to cookies, which I think you’re going to love.

Our dessert board was a combination of mini cupcakes, cookies, candy and more.

Items on this Dessert Charcuterie Board

dessert charcuterie overhead
Photo credit: Leah Ingram.
  • Lemon meringue mini cupcakes
  • Black and white cookies
  • Chocolate covered pretzels
  • Yogurt covered pretzels
  • Pink frosted cookies
  • Raisinets
  • Rugelach
  • Chocolate marshmallow cookies (hidden)
  • Pirouette rolled wafer cookies (hidden)
  • Strawberries

Other Kinds of Dessert Boards

There are additional themes that you can try for a dessert spread like these boards. For example, it can be all chocolate. We love chocolate in our house so we’ve already kind of tried our hand at that.

This Christmas, we’ll probably do one of these with Christmas tree-shaped marshmallow Peeps, red and green Hershey kisses and any other Christmas treats we may have stocked up on the previous year at those after-Christmas sales. Or it could be all Christmas cookies that we made or collected from a holiday cookie exchange or swap.

Happy Holidays Christmas bright colorful large dessert grazing platter charcuterie board with gingerbread, cookies, candy and fruit on bright pop color background, with negative copy space.
Photo credit: Adobe Photos.

For patriotic holidays like Memorial Day, 4th of July and even Labor Day, I could easily see creating a fruit-heavy board of red, white and blue. Red could be strawberries, blue, well, blueberries and then white could be marshmallows or even meringue cookies from Trader Joe’s. Strawberry fluff salad would work with a patriotic charcuterie board, too.

One thing we learned from making fruit-based charcuterie boards: berries easily stain wood. So if you use them for a fruit filled spread, especially cut berries, such as strawberries or raspberries — the worst culprit for staining — put them in a container.

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dessert charcuterie board

Dessert Charcuterie

We created a sweet, dessert Easter board with plenty of store-bought delights. We chose chocolate and yogurt covered pretzels, chocolate covered raisins — the brand Raisinets as well as a store version; the Raisinets were far tastier.
Also, we added in chocolate marshmallow bunnies and cookies, mini pastry, candy eggs, a chocolate bunny and, of course, jelly beans. The strawberries add a pop of color and, dare we say, a smidge of healthy food to this dessert charcuterie.
Keep in mind that we made this at Easter time. If we revisit the idea at Christmas or another time of the year, then we would change up the candies and sweets to reflect the season. Have fun creating your own dessert charcuterie board.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound grapes
  • ½ pound dried fruit, like apricots or dates
  • 1 pound chocolate and/or yogurt pretzels
  • 1 pound small candy like M&Ms or raisonetes (in a bowl)
  • 1 pound berries
  • 1 pound cookies (at least two varieties)
  • 10 mini-cupcakes or other small baked good.
  • ½ pound salted nuts

Disclaimer

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