Charcuterie Board Dessert
This Dessert Charcuterie Board is the most fun interactive experience for a party, and a versatile way to serve a wide array of sweet options for diverse preferences.
This Charcuterie Board Dessert has something for everyone!
When it comes to satisfying a lot of different sweet tooths (sweet teeth?) at once, a Dessert Charcuterie Board is the perfect crowd-pleaser.
Unlike most of my savory charcuterie board ideas that are meant to be served before a meal or as a light savory snack, this dessert board is destined to be served after dinner, maybe with espresso martinis, hot chocolate, or another type of dessert drink.
From rich chocolate dip to fresh fruit to crunchy cookies and pretzels, this board can be a go-to option for a variety of events.
Why you’ll love a Charcuterie Dessert Board
- It’s a versatile way to serve a wide array of sweet options, catering to diverse tastes and preferences. There’s something for everybody!
- A dessert board is a fun interactive experience for a party, encouraging socializing and interaction amongst your guests.
- Not only is it a conversation starter, but it’s an Instagrammable moment. Everybody will want to snap a photo before it’s devoured!
What is Dessert Charcuterie?
Dessert charcuterie takes the concept of a traditional savory charcuterie board and transforms it into a sweet dessert platter.
Instead of cured meats and cheeses, this type of board focuses on an array of sweet treats (and there’s actually still a bit of cheese, too).
Charcuterie Board Dessert Ideas
The possibilities of what to add to a charcuterie dessert board are practically endless, but here are some ideas that I’ve used on my board:
- chocolate dip – you can buy this at the store, but I very much prefer my homemade chocolate dip recipe.
- chocolate chunks
- clementine segments
- pretzel twists
- pizzelles (waffle cookies)
- gingersnap cookies
- mini chocolate chip cookies – store bought or homemade
- chocolate hazelnut creme filled wafers
- shortbread (I bought a package of birthday cake-flavored shortbread for fun)
- festive mini cupcakes
- small flowers, for garnish (optional) – baby’s breath, waxflowers and small carnations are what I’ve used here.
What cheese to serve as dessert?
Even though the main focus of this charcuterie board dessert is the sweet elements, I wanted to give a nod to a traditional savory board by including a cheese.
Plus, I think many types of cheese are a natural pairing with dessert flavors. Some popular dessert cheeses include brie, goat cheese and fresh mozzarella.
Here, I’ve used cubed Gouda. It’s creamy texture and mild sweetness make it an excellent match for dessert flavors. If you get an aged Gouda, it’s also likely to have caramel and butterscotch undertones, adding dimension to the dessert board.
How to assemble a Dessert Charcuterie Board
1. DIP. Place the bowl of chocolate dip on the board first, so you can build the rest of the board around it.
2. BIG ITEMS. Start by placing the largest items, like the pizzelles, shortbread, other cookies, cupcakes and large strawberries around the dip on the board.
3. SMALL ITEMS. Fill in any empty spots with smaller items like raspberries, pretzels, chopped chocolate and clementine segements.
4. FINISHING TOUCHES. If you’d like, add some small, festive flowers as a finishing touch to your board. Just a few, strategically placed, are enough to make your board absolutely beautiful.
Can I make charcuterie boards ahead of time?
Certainly! Many elements for dessert charcuterie board ideas can be prepared and placed on the board well ahead of time, for a stress-free way to entertain. Tightly wrap the board and keep it in the refrigerator until it is time to serve.
The only elements I suggest adding right at the end, JUST before serving, is anything crunchy – crackers, pretzels, crunchy cookies and the like. These would get soggy if refrigerated with moist ingredients like fruit, so it’s best to add them to the board right at the end.
Charcuterie Dessert Board Home Chef Tips
- Aim for a balance of flavors and textures, making sure you have sweet and tart, and soft and crunchy items.
- Make sure that you allow your chocolate dip and cheese to come to room temperature for about 30 minutes, for best flavor and texture.
- Invest in high-quality chocolate, cheese and fruits for this board to elevate the overall presentation.
Dessert Charcuterie Board: Ideas on how to serve
While the classic presentation of arranging everything on a large platter will always be a great option, there are a few more ways to create a visually appealing and interactive experience:
- TIERED DESSERT STAND – Using a tiered dessert stand will add height and dimension to the presentation. Arrange smaller treats on higher tiers and larger items on lower tiers.
- INTERACTIVE STATIONS – Instead of arranging everything on one board, another option is to set up stations where different components of the board are separated, allowing each guest to kind of build their own board on their plate as they move through the stations.
- LABELS – If you think if would be helpful to your guests, place small cards or labels next to each item. This is also a helpful way to label allergens such as dairy and gluten.
Charcuterie Board Dessert: Ideas on how to store
To assemble ahead of time, see the section above titled “Can I make charcuterie boards ahead of time?”
For any leftovers you may have, separate the crunchy bits (crackers, pretzels, crunchy cookies) and store them at room temperature in airtight containers. The rest of these dessert charcuterie board ideas can be wrapped and refrigerated for up to a day.
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- 1-1/2 cups Chocolate Dip
- 1 cup strawberries
- 4 to 8 festive mini cupcakes
- 4 to 8 gingersnap cookies
- 4 to 8 mini chocolate chip cookies
- 4 to 8 pizzelles (waffle cookies)
- 4 large pieces shortbread
- 4 to 8 chocolate hazelnut creme filled wafers
- 1 clementine, segemented
- 1/2 cup cubed aged Gouda cheese
- 1/2 cup raspberries
- 1/4 cup chocolate chunks
- 1/2 cup pretzel twists
- Small flowers, for garnish (optional)
- Select a large cutting board or platter. Place the chocolate dip in a bowl, and place that on the board first, so you can build the rest of the board around it.
- Arrange the strawberries, mini cupcakes, gingersnaps, mini chocolate chip cookies, pizzelles, and shortbread around the board.
- Fill in any empty spots with wafers, clementine segments, cheese, raspberries, chocolate chunks and pretzels.
- If you'd like, add some small, festive flowers as a finishing touch to your board.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 505Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 303mgCarbohydrates: 58gFiber: 4gSugar: 39gProtein: 8g
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