Entertain with ease this holiday season by creating a festive Christmas charcuterie board using your favorite Christmas cookies!
One of the reasons I love the Christmas time of year is the “excuse” to get together with friends and family.
But, the other side of things is the stress of getting it all organized!
Enter the world of charcuterie boards. They just might be the answer for the best way to serve your guests special Christmas treats!
What is a Charcuterie Board?
I’ve read that charcuterie boards have actually been around in France for hundreds of years. But recently, the charcuterie “trend” has caught up to America and now it’s a hot “new” thing!
A traditional charcuterie board is a large wooden board filled with a variety of cheeses, sliced meat, and other finger foods – like cherry tomatoes, green grapes, baby carrots, and fresh fruits – that make it perfect idea for favorite appetizers for family gatherings or a Christmas party.
The board itself can really be any size or shape, but if you tend to have big parties, it’s handy to have it large. Traditional charcuterie boards are big platters with a flat surface with no lip or sides, making it easier to arrange and serve from.
For this charcuterie board, I used a large oversized wooden cutting board.
Here are some options for sources for other charcuterie boards:
How to assemble a Christmas Cookie Dessert Charcuterie Board
This perfect party platter idea strays from the traditional appetizer board idea and uses different ingredients – Christmas cookies – to make a dessert board.
You can use any variety of cookies that you’d like. And, you certainly don’t need to use all homemade cookies! But, for this example, they all do happen to be homemade.
Here’s a step by step process for how to arrange a Christmas cookie board for a festive charcuterie board look.
- Fill a rectangle platter with a type of cookie that you’d like to be the “star” in the center of the board. Place it diagonally on the board.
- Start in one corner of the board and arrange one type of cookie and “pile” it up to make it look full.
- Move around the board, alternating colors and shapes of cookies to provide a variety of colors and shapes.
- Sprinkle dessert treats – like mini marshmallows and red and green M&Ms – around the tray.
- Fill in empty spaces in the board with greenery, or even fresh sprigs of fresh rosemary would be a great way to add a festive touch.
- Arrange the charcuterie board ahead of time and cover with plastic wrap until you are ready to serve it.
Although those are the steps of this particular board, the fun part about putting together charcuterie boards is that there are so many different ways and great options. The sky’s the limit!
Homemade Cookies Perfect for a Tray of Cookies
The cookies shown in this charcuterie board are all favorite Christmas cookies and pair well on cookie trays. They are:
- Snowflake sugar cookies you can make with old fashioned cut out sugar cookies dough
- Rocky Road Fudge
- Smores Magic Cookie Bars
- Santa’s Whiskers
- Peanut Butter Blossoms
All of the recipes for these cookies and more are included in the 12 Christmas Cookie Recipes E-book that is on sale now!
More Epic Holiday Charcuterie Board Ideas with a Christmas Theme
There are so many fun ideas for unique Christmas charcuterie boards. Here are some more suggestions:
- Arrange cookies in a tree shape with sprigs of rosemary peaking out underneath.
- Make a charcuterie wreath by arranging cookies in a wreath shape.
- Save yourself the stress from making all the Christmas cookies from scratch and add in some yummy store bought cookies from your local grocery store and bakery.
- Include small plates of fresh fruit scattered around the cookies.
- Add some candy cane treats into the mix of cookies.
- Hershey’s kisses, Christmas oreo cookies, and red and green m&ms would look so cute on a Christmas Dessert Charcuterie Board
- Take the idea to a whole new level and serve charcuterie cups at your next party by putting a variey of little cookies individual jars. It’s called “jarcuterie”! (Isn’t that cute?)
- Charcuterie board themes are perfect for any season. Check out this amazing Thanksgiving Charcuterie Board!
For more Christmas Cookies recipes, you may want to check out:
- The Ultimate List of Christmas Cookies Recipes with Pictures
- Old Fashioned Rolled Sugar Cookie Recipe
- No Bake Church Window Cookies (also called Chocolate Marshmallow Log)
- Jam Sandwich Cookies with Purchased Sugar Cookie Dough
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