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Think charcuterie boards are just for meats and cheeses? Guess again! This festive red and green Christmas themed dessert charcuterie board will be the hit of your holiday dessert table!
Last year, it seemed that everywhere I looked (Pinterest, Facebook groups, holiday gatherings), people were obsessing over charcuterie boards. We are no strangers no a fabulous looking cheese board – in fact, sometimes Bob and I will make a big board up for our dinner! Our charcuterie boards typically have an array of different cheeses and cured meats. We like to add nuts and fruits (like apple slices, grapes, and strawberries) to our boards as well.
So why should a charcuterie board be stuck with just meats and cheeses (tasty as they might be)? It turns out, they don’t!
Check out this awesome looking dessert charcuterie board that I whipped up for a recent party. I knew that I wanted to serve an array of baked goods that were different combinations of red, white and green.
Dessert Charcuterie Board Treats
Here are the items that I included on my board:
- Homemade Rice Krispie Treats
- Mint M&Ms
- Candy Canes
- Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark Candy
- Mini Cupcakes
- Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes
- Holiday Cookies
How to Arrange the Treats
The trick to making a really awesome looking charcuterie board is to arrange your items in small groups all over the board. For this dessert version, I tried to make things fairly symmetrical looking.
I started with a bowl in the center of the board. The bowl was red with white stripes (like a candy cane) and it matched perfectly with the food items. Mint M&Ms are green, white and red in color. They made the perfect center point!
Next I started placing some of the cookies on my board, again working in a mirror pattern.
The other two corners were filled with different items, though treats that matched in colors. Rice Krispie Treats went in one corner and the Christmas Tree Cakes went in the other corner.
Next up – mini cupcakes! these went in little groups in 4 different places on the board.
I picked up a pack of holiday iced sugar cookies and put a few of them down.
The final touches were a couple candy canes, followed by several squares of Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark candy.
I absolutely LOVED the final product – and so did our guests! Not only did the board look pretty awesome, but it was also a great way to offer a variety of snacks without putting out a ton of food!
Have you ever made a dessert board? What treats did you put on yours?
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