How to make a SIMPLE Dessert Charcuterie Board

SIMPLE Patriotic Dessert Board - full of brownies, smores, fruit for a perfect ending to Memorial day or 4th of july

Want to WOW your guests?  This Dessert board is jam packed with such a variety of sweet treats for your guests to choose from they won’t know where to begin.

Most charcuterie boards are made with nuts, cheese, meats and cured hams.  But who says it can’t be sweet and full of desserts?

This board is made up of store bought items as well as some homemade ones.  What ends up going on it ultimately is your choice, these are just suggestions.


Choose a large serving tray, platter or even large cutting board. 

  • This can be made out of wood, a silver tray, a ceramic platter.  One with sides works best.

Choose a variety of desserts

  • Not everyone likes the same thing, so having a variety of options is important when making a dessert board.  Some may opt for fresh berries or something fruit inspired, while others want something salty or chocolatey.

Start by arranging groupings of items, items paired in THREES often look best.  

  • Arrange items in glass cups or jars for visual interest and to set them apart, especially ROUND items as they may roll off the board as more food is removed.
  • Fill the board with the larger items first as they take the most room.  Next the medium sized ones and fill in any remaining holes with the smallest items.
  • Try to place items next to eachother that contrast in color so they pop.  This is very pleasing to the eye and forces a ‘scan’ of the whole board.
  • Try to use various sizes and shapes.
  • Try adding something decorative to the board that represents the theme.  Say, little flags inserted into bite sized brownies for Memorial Day, red and green M&Ms around Christmas time, etc.

Much of what was included on this board is store bought:

  • rice krispie treats,
  • Chex mix,
  • brownies,
  • fruit,
  • chocolate covered pretzels

The mini cherry cobblers are a cinch to whip up and can be any berry flavor you choose.  Top them with some whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

If you want to get real fancy, layer a dozen or so of these crepes for your guests to fill up with fruits, yogurt, Nutella, etc.

Whatever items you choose for your board, just follow our simple rules for placement and it is sure to be a success!

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SIMPLE Patriotic Dessert Board - full of brownies, smores, fruit for a perfect ending to Memorial day or 4th of july

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Mini Cherry Cobbler

  • 1 can cherry pie filling
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup quick cooking oats
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • Whip cream for garnish, optional

Snack Mix

  • 4 cups rice chex cereal
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup chocolate coated candies
  • 1 cup Dried Cranberries
  • 1 package (16 oz) vanilla almond bark


  • Fruit – Strawberries, Blackberries, Red Raspberries, Blueberries
  • Yogurt Dipped Pretzel Twists
  • Yogurt Covered Raisins
  • Skewers – Rice Krispie treats, strawberries and store bought brownies


Mini Cherry Cobbler

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F
  2. Place 6 – 4 oz mason jars on a baking sheet
  3. Divide cherry pie filling into mason jars
  4. In a small bowl, combine together brown sugar, flour, oats and cinnamon until well combined
  5. Melt butter in microwave safe bowl, mix butter into oat mixture until crumbly
  6. Add crumble to top of cherry pie filling
  7. Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown
  8. Remove from oven and cool slightly – add whip cream to top if you like

Snack Mix

  1. In a large bowl combine all ingredients except almond bark and mix well
  2. Melt almond bark in a microwave safe bowl, heating 1 minute, then stir, then continue heating for 30 seconds at a time until pieces are almost melted. Stir until completely melted.
  3. Pour over snack mix and mix to coat
  4. Pour onto parchment paper lined baking sheet
  5. Let set about 15 minutes to harden, then break into pieces

To create board

  1. Start with large board, using one with edges will be the easiest
  2. Place cherry cobbler on first
  3. Add piles of snack mix
  4. Then fill with largest items in first
  5. Then add next largest items
  6. Add another section of medium size items
  7. Fill holes with smallest items


  • Serving Size: 1

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