It's getting closer and closer to Christmas- I don't think I'm in the minority when I say that I'm not ready yet. There's always more to do, but it Christmas will come regardless.
We're hosting two family Christmases this year, which I totally enjoy, and I've had all kinds of ideas rattling around in the great hollow that sits on my shoulders. I had already planned on doing a cheese or charcuterie board- not because it's so trendy, but because salty meats and cheeses and pickled things are so delicious. I'd take that over a taco dip any day, and I love me a good taco dip (I think there should be a Blood Taco Dip Content test for all those who snacked away the 80s to see if we are all now 15% cream cheese)
Anyways....as I've been cruising for ideas for lovely looking cheese boards, I found my Holy Grail.
These ain't your gramma's cookie trays people!
Here's a couple of genius moments I found on Pinterest....
I pulled together some of the things I had planned on serving- a variety of cookies, some candies, chocolates and snowflake marshmellows, some fruit and caramel.
Grabbed a round wooden board.
Here are my non-expert tips for putting together a dessert board...
Like with like.
It makes more impact if you have a bunch of the same together, rather than one here and one there.
Add some colour.
Try to mix up where you put the cookies- not all the white-ish coloured ones together or if they are, break it up with some coloured candies or fruit.
If I had a bigger board I would have likely added at least one more. Maybe with some sweetened mascarpone for dipping.
If you can add shape- in cut out cookies, different candies, etc. - it just adds more interest.
Fill that sucker up.
These kind of boards look best (to me) if they are loaded and there's not a whole lot of board showing. Fill the empty spaces with little candies, fruits or nuts.
Don't limit yourself to just cookies.
Add some fruit; berries, clementines and grapes fit into those voids and add some colour.
Who doesn't like a mini donut- I know I sure do. Wouldn't a stack of those be cute on here too?
Squares. Lemon, date, raspberry- whatever. It adds another shape, and sometimes some colour too.
Candy. Cause why the heck not.
I think these boards look great, if you're hosting or if you're bringing something to a get together. You don't have to be a baker to make these boards- grab all the boxes of cookies and bags of candies and go to town. No one will care cause it will look so darn good!
Please note- no cookies or candies were injured or consumed during the assembly of these boards. I am a professional. 😏
Until next time,