Create a beautiful holiday dessert board with lots of chocolate, fresh fruit, and coconut cookies from Emmy’s! Perfect idea for the holidays!
We’ve all seen the trend: Gigantic charcuterie board spreads perfectly arranged and stacked with fresh fruit, cheese, crackers, nuts, and meat. Not only do these boards provide a selection of finger foods for guests, they’re also totally great to look at!
This trend is one that I’ve happily partaken in, as there is just something about these boards that makes you want to try everything on it! They’re great for parties, gatherings, girls’ nights… you name it.
As the holidays sprung up on us this year, I got to thinking about how I could transform a regular charcuterie board into one fit for the holidays. Seeing as themes are best for boards, it hit me: a holiday dessert board! I immediately ran into my kitchen to gather a selection of my favorite holiday treats. I arranged them on a platter, and was pleasantly surprised with the results!
You’ve got to create a holiday dessert board this season. When placed as the focal point on a dessert table, they actually kind of double as Christmas decor!
Cookies and treats to include on your holiday dessert board
When it comes to the items that go on a dessert board, I like to use colorful options that will make the board as festive and pretty as possible! As you can see, my board features lots of red, green, and white.
When choosing the type of desserts to include, it’s best to use a wide selection of goodies to appeal to different tastes. Some people prefer chocolate, whereas others like to stick with fruity options!
Here’s a breakdown of what was included on my board:
- Double Chocolate Mint Cookies from Emmy’s: Emmy’s Organics is a gluten-free and vegan snack company that creates organic coconut cookies made with the highest quality ingredients. All of their treats are delicious, moist, and satisfying! They’re made from simple ingredients and are filled with incredible flavor, making them a great addition to any dessert board. They’re the perfect finger food, and their wide selection will satisfy every sweet tooth! My favorite Emmy’s treats are their Double Chocolate Mint Cookies!
- Peppermint Meringue Cookies: These little treats are perfect for holiday dessert boards because they look so festive!
- Gingerbread Cookies: Who can resist perfectly made gingerbread men? These are a fan favorite, as well as a dessert board must!
- Fresh Fruit: For those that prefer fruity desserts, it’s great to include options like strawberries, raspberries, and apples.
- Various Chocolates: Chocolate covered pretzels, nonpareils, and other chocolate cookies are great options!
- Dips: Including dips like like cool whip, chocolate tahini, and peanut butter adds a fun element to your board while also providing your guests with extra options!
- Candy Canes: Add some familiar holiday cheer with candy canes!
- Holiday Candies: Including various candies on your board is a great way to fill in any gaps. I love to use red and green candies to keep it festive!
- Marshmallows: Like with the candies, marshmallows are also a great filler. Plus, they add a different sort of sweet treat to the board!
What to use as the base
For the base of your holiday board, any large dish will work. It’s best to use a board without a raised edge, as cookies and treats look best when arranged hanging slightly over the edge. Cutting boards, large serving platters, marble trays, or any large dish will work perfectly.
In addition to your board, gather a few small bowls or jars that can hold small treats and candies. These will add depth!
How to arrange a holiday board
When it comes time to arrange your board, start by placing your bowls or jars. Fill them with the appropriate contents, and then select your first stack of cookies or treats. Place them throughout the board, grouping like items together and arranging them in different ways. You can stack some, set others on their side, fan some out, etc. Anything goes!
I like to intentionally arrange my treats in an order that alternates colors. For example, I don’t place all of the green items side by side. I throw reds and whites in there too!
No matter how you arrange your board, it is sure to wow guests. This season, mix up your Christmas desserts arrangement by creating a holiday dessert board!
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