This Dessert Charcuterie Board is simple, beautiful and delicious. Made with a variety of finger foods, it's easily customizable for different holidays such as Christmas, Easter and New Year's, or it it can make a fancy display for a wedding or party.
This Dessert Charcuterie Board is the perfect display for any holiday or celebration or just a fun group date night. It's an easy way to snack and have a variety of yummy treats and snacks. You can make it fancy for a wedding or party. It's the simplest way to make finger foods look amazing.
Try adding chocolate covered blueberries to the spread for a tasty homemade treat. Make it a girls night by adding it with our Angel Milk. We've even added this to our Gluten Free Thanksgiving Desserts list.
Below is a list of ingredients needed for this recipe. Follow our tips on each ingredient for best results.
- berries - berries are a little fancier and look great on a charctuerie, as we tested this charcuterie we found the berries to be very popular every time, and now when we make it we always make sure to include plenty of berries.
- popcorn - a great filler, we like to use the drizzled popcorn
- homemade caramel - this is the BEST recipe and perfect for dipping the goodies in
- nuts - for a little bit of protein and saltiness
- chocolates - use your favorites, we like to grab them from Aldi
- dipped pretzels - undipped would work great too!
- pirouettes - these are so cute and really make the board look amazing
- edible brownie batter - another fun dip for the goodies
- caramels -
- decorative elements for any holiday - pinecones, cranberries, gnomes, rabbits, etc.
See recipe card for quantities.
How to Make a Dessert Charcuterie Board
Use these process shots to help get the results you are wanting. The pictures can help with presentation and texture.
1. Prep anything needed first. Make the caramel, brownie batter, dip the strawberries, etc. For the layout, start with your anchors. Usually this would be any large decorative elements or bowls of things. Here I have a bowl of candied pecans, edible brownie batter, and homemade caramel.
2. Add some more large elements and things in the corners or along the anchors. This is how to get the layout correct.
3. Begin to fill in. Use large groupings of things. Place things of different colors and textures next to each other to add beauty and variety. Too many small clusters can make the board look cluttered and messy.
4. Fill in all gaps. Part of what makes a charcuterie board beautiful is how full it is.
Hint: On a large board use large groups of things for a less cluttered look. Place different colors next to each other for more of a pop and a stunning look.
Dessert Charcuterie Variations
We love switching things up when we're in the kitchen. Try any of these variations for something a little different.
- Christmas Dessert Charcuterie - keep the board similar, but add some Peppermint Brownies, Christmas Popcorn, and Spicy Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies.
- New Year's Eve Charcuterie Dessert Board- use White Chocolate Peppermint Puppy Chow, Tanghulu and some fun New Year's Eve elements like noisemakers and confetti.
- Fall- go all out with the pumpkin! Make our Pumpkin Bars, Pumpkin Snickerdoodles, and Pumpkin Chocolate Swirl Bread.
Learn From Us
The first couple of times I made a charcuterie board I made the mistake of not using enough food. I couldn't figure out why it didn't look great. Turns out it just needed to be stuffed full of those finger foods to get that really elegant look.
Store ingredients that need to be kept cold separately in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Store other ingredients at room temperature in airtight containers.
Have fun with the board and make it your own! Don't be afraid to make mistakes. Nothing placed on the board is permanent and can be moved around.
Dessert Charcuterie Board
- 1 charcuterie board
- edible brownie batter dip see notes below for link!
- caramel sauce see notes below for link!
- black and white popcorn
- dipped pretzels
- Prepare any elements necessary. Make edible brownie batter dip, caramel topping, dip strawberries, etc.
- Begin with your anchors. So any bowls of things or large decorative pieces. Place them evenly around the board. I recommend an odd number.
- Start placing groups of items around the anchors and around the edges of the charcuterie board.
- Begin to fill the gaps. Place items of different sizes and textures next to each other to add variety and make it beautiful.
- Make sure to fill in any final gaps. Part of what makes a charcuterie board so stunning and fancy is how full it is.
- You can use any foods/ finger foods that you'd like to, these are just suggestions of what works well
- The layout is simple and important for getting it to look right. Always pick your anchors and place them first (they may move a little, which is fine).
- The other key to a beautiful dessert charcuterie board is making sure it's nice and full
- Edible brownie batter dip recipe here
- Caramel topping recipe here
Start with your "anchors"- larger decorative elements or bowls of things. Then build around the anchors and edges of the board and work your way in! Use large groupings of foods for a beautiful look.