Christmas Dessert Board

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Updated 2022

easy christmas dessert charcuterie board

I’ll be honest, my favorite part of any holiday gathering is the sweets. So, of course, I’ve put them all together on one beautiful dessert board. This epic array of holiday candy and sweets could rival any of Santa’s cookie platters! 

For more holiday board inspiration, check out my Christmas Boards and Winter Recipes, which include: Christmas CharcuterTREE Board,  Christmas Dessert Board, Oh Christmas Brie Board, Christmas Wreath Charcuterie, Charcuterie Chalet, Pine Cone Cheese BallHoliday Charcuterie Board, and Build Your Own Hot Chocolate Board.

Where to Get The Best Sweet Treats for Boards 

If you’re looking for shops to get unique candy, I have a whole write up of my favorite spots in this candy board post

What’s on This Candy Charcuterie Board 

I usually follow a few simple rules when creating a candy board. You can see the full breakdown in my Pink Baby Shower Board post. 

  • Start by picking a color palette. For Christmas, it’s a no brainer: red, green & white is perfect. For a Hanukkah Candy Board like this blue, yellow, and gold are super festive. 
  • Place the smaller candies in bowls or ramekins around the board (see below SHOP THIS POST for some fun star shaped dishes).
  • Arrange larger candy in uniform patterns around the board. For example, the gingerbread men and cookies along the edge of the board. 
  • I love the colored Oreos on their side to get some extra red color. 
  • Fill in any gaps with small or medium sized candy. Like small candy cane bites or gummies. 
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How to Serve a Candy Board

What I love about a board like this is how easy it is. Again, I’d much rather have a dessert board like this, ready to serve to my guests, than be worried about frosting a cake or timing a pie coming out of the oven. I’m not a huge cook, and this is my way of doing a holiday dessert!  

This sweets board will bring out the kid in you and your guests! It’s great to serve: 

  • As a side to any more traditional dessert (cake, pie, etc) 
  • A fun, festive twist on the more classic cookie plate (plus you can mix and match cookies and candy!) 
  • Bring it along as a dessert to share or have it out for grazing at any time of the holiday season.
  • NOTE: I like to set out plastic take home bags for friends to gather items and enjoy over the next few days. These snowflake cellophane treat bags are perfect.

Show Me Your Boards

I hope this post inspires you to create delicious ho-ho-holiday treats. Nothing makes me happier than seeing the beautiful spreads you create from my tips. If you make something inspired by this post, please tag me at @ainttooproudtomeg so I can see and share!

And, if you liked this board recipe, please rate and review.

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Christmas Candy Board

5 from 22 votes


This easy Christmas candy dessert recipe is a fun holiday themed treat!



  • Ghirardelli Squares
  • Red and green rock candy
  • Peppermint bark
  • Red and white M&Ms


  • Christmas red oreos
  • Snowmen gingerbread cookies
  • Gingerbread men
  • Chocolate covered cookies


  • Candy canes
  • Red, white, and green candy corns
  • Red, white, and green gummy bears

Salty stuff

  • White chocolate peppermint pretzel thins
  • Popcorn


  • Start by placing the gummy bears, candy corn, and popcorn in small bowls or ramekins around the board to anchor it.
  • Fan the Oreos (I like to style them on their side so the red frosting shows), pretzels, and peppermint bark around one of the bowls.
  • Fill in the space between the bowls with candy and chocolates, making sure to separate similar colors.
  • Arrange the rock candy, Ghirardelli Squares, and cookies in uniform patterns around the board.
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24 Reviews

  1. Nikki wrote:

    5 stars
    Big fan of the candy boards, this would be perfect for Christmas.

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
    • Jeff wrote:

      5 stars
      This is great for the kids who might not like the stuff on a normal board. Might borrow the idea for a work party in the summer.

      Posted 12.21.20 Reply
      • Tina Suh wrote:

        5 stars
        My kiddos would love this. Will have to try a mini version for this Christmas!

        Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  2. Cassidy wrote:

    Wow!! These look amazing. This will definitely be something I try to tackle this year

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  3. Jessica wrote:

    5 stars
    I didn’t realize how much I needed a dessert board in my life! Made this for my family at our Christmas last year, and it was devoured. Love it!

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  4. Kristi wrote:

    5 stars
    Loved making this!!

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  5. Gina Tiedemann wrote:

    5 stars
    I’m going to make a Christmas dessert board this weekend for our at home football tailgate. Can’t wait to make it! I haven’t done a dessert board before and I found some cute things to put on it. I’ll post it to Instagram and tag you. ♥️

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  6. Janelle wrote:

    I need to make this for the kiddos! LOVE IT

    Posted 12.17.20 Reply
  7. Heather wrote:

    5 stars
    Love this board! So beautiful!

    Posted 12.20.20 Reply
  8. Evelyn wrote:

    5 stars
    Making this for Christmas morning this is perfect for a hot chocolate bar.

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  9. Hillary wrote:

    5 stars

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  10. BoardGirls wrote:

    5 stars
    This is a must this holiday season! So beautiful!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  11. Marianne wrote:

    5 stars
    Love the way the colors and patterns came together on this one!!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  12. Jeannie wrote:

    5 stars
    I love this idea! I made a dessert board for us to enjoy with hot chocolate. It was a big hit & I think we have a new family tradition. YUM!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  13. Lena wrote:

    5 stars
    My kids would love this board and I would too! It’s so pretty. I love the tip about having bags ready for friends to take some home!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  14. Andrea wrote:

    5 stars
    I never thought of doing a dessert board! This is such a cute idea! I think my kids will truly enjoy this! Great idea! Love it! I will have to try this!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  15. Carly M wrote:

    5 stars
    Such a cute idea! I would love to dabble in making a sweet dessert board instead of heavy desserts especially after a big holiday meal.

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  16. Susan T. wrote:

    5 stars
    These Christmas candy boards are the best and festive for guests of all ages!

    Posted 4.24.21 Reply
  17. Kendra S wrote:

    5 stars
    This Christmas dessert board is such a great way to bring joy to any party. It is so festive and allows everyone to sample multiple things. It also a lot less work than baking a pie! 😉

    Posted 11.25.22 Reply
  18. Christy Counts wrote:

    5 stars
    Candy boards are so easy (with Meg’s instruction, of course!). No folding of meat, no cheese cutting, just stack and go! Thank you Meg! My kid thinks I’m a rockstar!

    Posted 11.25.22 Reply
  19. Neimy Rivera wrote:

    5 stars
    This is great for Christmas movie night! Will definitely make when the kids are over for elf night.

    Posted 11.26.22 Reply
  20. Lisa Stuckey wrote:

    5 stars
    All of Megs boards are amazing and her ideas are so fun and doable!

    Posted 11.29.22 Reply
  21. Susan wrote:

    5 stars
    Really, really cute and so, so creative! I want to make one for Christmas Eve for my grandchildren. Waiting for the blizzard to pass…

    Thank you, Meg. You’re a genius.

    Posted 12.22.22 Reply
  22. SAANVI SAMPAT wrote:

    5 stars

    Posted 10.26.23 Reply