Chocolate Dessert Board (Dessert Charcuterie)

This Chocolate Dessert Board is a fun twist on a charcuterie board. This spread features cookies, pretzels, caramels, fruits, chocolates, and a creamy hazelnut spread for dipping.

Charcuterie boards are one of my favorite things to throw together for a party. They’re easy to throw together and all the work can be done ahead of time. But the best part is that they can become the centerpiece of your party. They’re always a hit.

Especially when they involve chocolate.

This post was inspired by my friend Melissa at Modern Honey. She created a stunning Chocolate Dessert Board that I couldn’t wait to recreate. And with the holidays right around the corner, I thought now was the perfect time.

How to Make a Dessert Board

Step 1: Choose your Board

You can make your board as small or as big as you’d like. Wood is really pretty because it compliments the tones of the chocolate so nicely. But you can also serve this on a piece of slate, or a marble serving tray.

Step 2: Add your Accompaniments

  • Cookies. I added some festive dark chocolate biscuits and shortbread.
  • Pretzels. They’re the perfect addition to a sweet & salty charcuterie board.
  • Fresh Fruit. Grab whatever looks great from your local market. During the holidays or Valentine’s Day, red fruits like strawberries, apples and raspberries are fun.
  • Nuts. Walnuts, hazelnuts, pistachios, Marcona almonds, even candied nuts.
  • Dip. Hazelnut spread, peanut butter, cookie butter, almond butter, honey, apple butter, whipped cream, caramel, hot fudge.
  • Chocolates. Whatever your favorite is – white chocolate, mixed chocolates, chocolate covered caramels, dark chocolate.
  • Marshmallows. A fun addition. You could even do a s’mores themed board.
Close up of dessert board.
Arranged Dessert Chocolate Board.

Step 3: Enjoy!

One of the key benefits to serving dessert charcuterie is that all your work can be done ahead of time, leaving you free to spend time with your guests.

Dessert Board Ideas

  • S’mores – Graham crackers, chocolate, marshmallows or marshmallow dip.
  • Strawberry Shortcake – Strawberries, cubed shortcake, whipped cream, strawberry coated pretzels, strawberry gummies.
  • Chocolate Lovers – Chocolates, hot fudge, chocolate cookies, chocolate covered pretzels.
  • Winter White – White chocolate, shortbread, vanilla cookies, yogurt covered raisins, yogurt covered pretzels.
Dessert chocolate board next to small bowl of strawberries.

Dessert Board Recipe

This Chocolate Dessert Board is a fun twist on a charcuterie board. This spread features cookies,pretzels, caramels, fruits, chocolates, and a creamy hazelnut spread for dipping.
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Ingredients

  • Cookies (I added some festive dark chocolate biscuits and shortbread.)
  • Pretzels ( They’re the perfect addition to a sweet & salty charcuterie board.)
  • Fresh Fruit (Grab whatever looks great from your local market. During the holidays or Valentine’s Day red fruits like strawberries, apples and raspberries are fun.)
  • Nuts (Walnuts, hazelnuts, pistachios, Marcona almonds, even candied nuts.)
  • Dip (Hazelnut spread, peanut butter, cookie butter, almond butter, honey, apple butter, whipped cream, caramel, hot fudge.)
  • Chocolates (Whatever your favorite is – white chocolate, mixed chocolates, chocolate covered caramels, dark chocolate.)
  • Marshmallows (A fun addition. You could even do a s’mores themed board.)

Instructions

  • Scatter chocolates, fruits, nuts, cookies, and pretzels amongst a board. Serve with desired dipping sauce.
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