Add a Sweet Touch to Your Winter Party with These Holiday Dessert Boards

It’s time to winterize your charcuterie. Traditional cheese and meat boards are turning into a more festive and sugary version just in time for the holiday season.

Plates with different holiday desserts like cookies and peppermint bark

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If you couldn’t get enough of the fall caramel apple dipping board trend, it’s (somehow) already time to put a wintery spin on it for the holidays. Themed dessert boards are about amplifying the festivity and coziness factor of a regular charcuterie board—once again proving they make the best option to serve sweet treats for a party (or for enjoying solo).

Whether or not you consider yourself much of a baker, you have plenty of creative, easy ideas to indulge at your disposal: candy canes, peppermint bark, marshmallows, or chocolate popcorn. If you are ready to put your chef’s hat on, fill up your dessert board with mini holiday cookies, chocolates, and cake pops.

TikTok creator @valgejahelge’s holiday board, featuring details like drizzled chocolate trees and snowman cake pops, is a viral favorite on TikTok with nearly 568,000 likes. These handmade sweets only require a few steps to make but still look like you put in effort. Plus, they all follow the cardinal rule of party dessert boards: You can eat every offering on the tray without a plate or utensils. 

In an innovative take, @ash__guzman used winter-themed cookie cutters as bowls for her dessert board, which can easily be arranged to hold everything from chocolates to nuts. It's also a helpful hack for making a board look holiday-themed without using seasonal snacks (however, she opts for green and red M&Ms, chocolate peppermint almonds, holiday cake balls, and Christmas tree cookies). Her snowflake bowls are equally charming—serving as a reminder that a holiday dessert board is the perfect opportunity to break out your special, seasonal dishware.

The boards don’t stop at holiday sweets, though. Users are already putting their own personal spin on them, from trays featuring hot chocolate mixes, marshmallows, and chocolate straws to sweet-and-savory boards that feature fruits and seasonal cheese blends. Making your own is as simple as pulling out a few of your favorite snacks from your pantry, girl-dinner style—or use it as an excuse to try out some seasonal baked goods recipes. Either way, you can't deny there's a tastier way to get into the spirit.

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