Dessert Charcuterie Board Ideas

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Making a dessert charcuterie board is a great idea for your next dinner party. It takes a lot of preparation, but the end result of how beautiful your dessert charcuterie board looks will all be worth it!

45 ideas for making a dessert charcuterie board

  • Chocolate covered pretzels
  • Plain pretzels
  • Rice krispie squares
  • Sugar cookies
  • Tarts
  • Raspberry thumbprint cookies
  • Chocolate chip cookies
  • Marshmallows
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Wafer cookies
  • Strawberries
  • Brownies
  • Peanut butter
  • Cookies and cream chocolate bar
  • Truffles
  • Graham crackers
  • Mendiants
  • Gingersnap
  • Grapes
  • Raspberry jam
  • Strawberry jam
  • Macaron
  • Peanut butter cup
  • Chocolate covered raisins
  • Chocolate covered almonds
  • Kiwi
  • Grapes
  • Watermelon
  • Pocky
  • Cashews
  • Shortbread
  • Oreos
  • Mandarin orange slices
  • Melted chocolate for dipping
  • Apple slices
  • Lemon loaf
  • Banana bread
  • Caramel sauce
  • Peanut butter cookies
  • Caramelized popcorn
  • Vanilla cake slice
  • Carrot cake slice
  • Cinnamon roll
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate dipped strawberries

How to make a dessert board

To make a dessert charcuterie board, gather your items:

  • Large wooden board/cutting board
  • Several small bowls
  • A few small knives/spoons for sauces
  • Melting chocolate (optional)
  • Food for your dessert charcuterie board
  1. Prepare your foods – slice fruit, cake, loaves, into bite sized pieces.
  2. Place your sauces on the charcuterie board – jam, peanut butter, etc. Only place the ones that will hold their space directly onto the wooden board. You can put them on the board with a knife or spoon, just put a heaping spoonful amount onto the board in random places. Place your other liquid sauces that need to be contained in small bowls – caramel sauce, melted chocolate.
  3. Place your fruit, cake, loaves, nuts, popcorn, pretzels, chocolate, cookies in random spots on the dessert board. Try to fan out the fruit, slices of cake, cookies, etc. so it looks presentable and eye catching.
  4. Add your cutlery to the sauces as needed.
  5. Serve immediately. If you’re preparing ahead of time, melt the chocolate for dipping right before serving. You can cover your board with plastic wrap to ensure your cakes don’t dry out before serving.
dessert charcuterie board ideas

How to make a mini dessert charcuterie board

You’ll need 

  • 1-2 types of fruit 
  • 1 cake
  • 1 cookie
  • jam/sauce (optional)
  • melting chocolate (optional)

Prepare your food by slicing your fruit, and cutting your cake into bite sized pieces. Depending on how big your cookies are, you might want to break them in half before placing on your mini dessert charcuterie board. Put your jam/sauces/melted chocolate into tiny bowls. Put the bowls in the center of your mini dessert charcuterie board. Consider putting the jam directly onto your charcuterie board to save space. Arrange your cookies, cakes, and fruit around the board in sections that look tasteful. Creating a mini dessert charcuterie board is enough for 2 people to have dessert comfortably.

How to make a chocolate dessert board

To make a chocolate dessert board, you’ll need between 4-7 different types of chocolate:

  • White chocolate
  • Dark chocolate
  • Milk chocolate
  • Flavored milk chocolate, ex. Mint, orange, fruit & nut, etc.
  • Truffles
  • Wafer filled chocolate
  • Chocolate covered almonds
  • Chocolate covered raisins or cranberries
  • Chocolate covered pretzels
  • Chocolate covered cookies

Select your chocolate for your chocolate dessert board. Break the chocolate into 2-3 piece sections. Arrange the different kinds of chocolate items randomly on the chocolate board. You could consider putting a couple of types of fruits – raspberries/strawberries or some peanut butter on the chocolate dessert board as well to give it a bit of variety.

How to make a cookie charcuterie board

To make a cookie charcuterie board, you’ll need 3-5 different types of cookies:

  • Chocolate chip cookies
  • Wafer cookies
  • Raspberry thumb cookies
  • Peanut butter cookies
  • Shortbread cookies
  • Oatmeal raisin cookies
  • Gingersnaps
  • Sugar cookies
  • Chocolate kiss cookies
  • Biscotti
  • Macarons
  • Macadamia nut cookies
  • Oreos 

Select your cookies for your cookie charcuterie board. Consider breaking the cookies into 2 halves if they are large. Place the cookies onto the cookie charcuterie board by fanning them out in different sections of the board. Add peanut butter, melting chocolate for dipping, and marshmallows on the cookie charcuterie board as well to give it a bit of variety for dipping or for making s’mores with.

How to make a pretzel charcuterie board

To make a pretzel charcuterie board, you’ll need 3-5 different types of pretzels plus 1-2 dipping sauces:

  • Plain pretzels
  • Milk chocolate covered pretzels
  • Dark chocolate covered pretzels 
  • White chocolate covered pretzels 
  • Stick shaped pretzels
  • Raspberry jam 
  • Strawberry jam 
  • Blueberry jam
  • Blackberry jam
  • Melting chocolate for dipping
  • Peanut butter
  • Caramel sauce
  • Honey

Pretzels are very versatile so you can add a lot of different items to make a pretzel charcuterie board. You can add a selection of jams and sauces to accompany your array of pretzels. Place the sauces into small bowls with cutlery to go with them. Put the small bowls in the center of the board. You can place the jams directly on the board to save space. Put the pretzels onto the pretzel charcuterie board in different sections so it looks eye catching.

How to make a birthday dessert board

To make a birthday dessert board, you’ll need to include at least a few items with sprinkles. You could include a bowl of sprinkles on your birthday dessert board. Your guests can dip fruit into the melting chocolate, and then put a few sprinkles on the chocolate to make it extra special. For a birthday dessert board, put a small slice of birthday cake in the center. When you’re ready to serve your birthday dessert board, place a lit candle in the birthday cake so you can still sing the person “Happy Birthday!”

Creating dessert charcuterie boards are so fun to prepare for your guests and family. It’s all in the preparation and presentation to have it stun your guests. They will love the attention to detail and the variety of dessert available to them!