How to Make The BEST Dessert Charcuterie Board!

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This fun, festive, and gorgeous Dessert Charcuterie Board is filled with an assortment of mini pies, whipped cream, fresh blackberries, and cranberries. A super simple, budget-friendly, and fun dessert board that will shine at any event, party, or family gathering!

an overhead shot of a dessert charcuterie board filled with mini pie and a bowl of whipped cream.

What Makes This Recipe Great?

With the holidays right around the corner, this DIY Dessert Charcuterie Board will surely be a hit at your next party or gathering. It may look super fancy, but it’s simple and budget-friendly to put together, It would be the perfect addition to any special occasion menu: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Holiday Parties, you name it! 

Feel free to personalize this board however you choose according to your sweet tooth! For my tray, Walmart saved the day with their 50-cent mini pies. Not only are they reasonable, but they are super yummy! 

If you want to pair this dessert tray with something savory, be sure to check out my beautiful Traditional Fall Charcuterie Board. And for drink ideas, check out this Hot Cocoa Bar!

What Is A Charcuterie Board?

According to Webstraunt Store, “In the French tradition, charcuterie (a French term, pronounced “shahr-ku-tuh-ree”) is the art of preparing and assembling cured meats and meat products. … A charcuterie board is an assortment of meats, cheeses, artisan bread, olives, fruit, and nuts, all artfully arranged on a serving board.” It’s really quite the experience because there are so many different flavors and textures. Plus, it’s fun!

However, for this board, instead of filling it with traditional charcuterie board meats and cheeses, I have replaced it with mini pies and fruit for the ultimate dessert platter! 

It’s the exact same concept, but with different ingredients. The best part about any charcuterie board is they are versatile and can be presented in many different, unique ways.

How to Make a Simple Dessert Charcuterie Board

This whole tray only costs around $15.00 at Walmart. That includes pies, whipped cream, berries, and greenery. What I love most about this dessert charcuterie board is that everyone gets their own mini pie, and you don’t have to worry about slicing individual pieces of a larger one. The work is already done for you. Have your guest grab a pie and add whipped topping and berries of choice.

I found this adorable black hammered tray at Walmart for only $10.00 and the bowl for only $3. Then, I started placing the pies. I did blueberry, apple, pumpkin, cherry, and pecan. 

Finally, I added whipped cream to the bowl and garnished it with fresh berries and sage. Walmart has a lot of different flavors for the pies, so feel free to pick your favorites to add to your board.

numbered step by step photos showing how to assemble the board.

Ingredient Notes

The best part about a dessert charcuterie board is that you can really make it your own based on the event, guests and preferences, themes, and more! Plus, feel free to use store-bought items or homemade treats. Switch it up with your own favorite sweet treats and enjoy! 

  • Mini Pecan Pies
  • Mini Pumpkin Pies
  • Mini Blackberry Pies
  • Mini Apple Pies
  • Blackberries
  • Cranberries
  • Whipped Topping
  • Fresh Greenery/ Herbs: I used fresh sage. 

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Place the whipped topping in a medium-sized bowl and transfer to the middle of a large circle tray or wood board. From there, starting on the left side, start stacking the pies by flavor. I started with pecan, then it went to blackberry, pumpkin, and apple. 
  2. Add in the blackberries and cranberries in between all the pies. Finally, garnish with herbs and greenery. 
  3. Serve and enjoy!
a half circle dessert charcuterie board with mini pies, whipped cream and berries

Mac’s Pro TipS

Expert Tips

  • Be sure to leave the whipped topping in the refrigerator until right before serving. 
  • Nutrition information will vary depending on which pies and ingredients you choose. 
  • Get creative with your tray! If you have a wooden board or serving tray, use that! If you have a lazy susan, that can work too! You can really make this your own with items you already have at home without needing to buy anything new. 

Storage Tips

  • If you have leftovers, I recommend wrapping the dessert charcuterie board in plastic wrap and storing in the refrigerator.
  • If you don’t have enough space in the fridge for the original board, move the desserts to an airtight container and store.
  • Eat within a few days for optimal freshness. 

More Dessert Charcuterie Board Ideas and Variations

What you add to your dessert charcuter board really depends on the vibe you are going for. Below are some of my favorite dessert-style options.

  • Cookes and Frosting: This would be perfect for any special occasion, especially with kids. Pick a spread of sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies, etc, and offer frosting for dipping! 
  • Candy, Chocolate, and Fruit: Choose an array of fresh fruit like strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries, as well as your favorite dried fruit. Then add dark chocolate truffles, white chocolate, and other favorite sweets and candies like chocolate covered pretzels, gummy bears, and more. Garnish with greenery, as well small bowls of nuts like almonds, hazelnuts, or cashews.. 
  • Cupcakes or Cake Slices: Arrange a variety of cake slices or mini cupcakes so everyone can choose their favorite flavor, or try a bit of each. 
  • S’mores and Coffee: Make a beautiful spread of graham crackers, peanut butter cups, chocolate bars, marshmallow dip, and fresh coffee for drinking. 
  • Chocolate Fondue Board: A pot of melted chocolate ganache and your favorite fresh berries, apple slices, nuts, pretzels, and crackers. 
  • Donut Board: Pick your favorite donuts and donut holes in different shapes, sizes, and colors and serve a donut dessert platter! 
  • Ice Cream Sundae Board: Small bowls with all the toppings: sprinkles, cherries, caramel sauce, hot fudge, marshmallows, whipped cream, and a large bowl of ice cream to scoop. This is a super fun idea for a birthday party!

There really are so many endless options to choose from. Keep your eyes peeled for my upcoming Halloween Charcuterie Board and Christmas Charcuterie Board! Coming this 2023 Holiday season! 

another side of the dessert board showing pecan pies and pumpkin pies and a small bowl of whipped cream.

Recipe FAQs

What type of tray or wooden board do I need?

Feel free to use wooden cutting boards or any type of trays, metal, or wood. You can find these cutting boards and trays really anywhere such as Walmart, Target, Amazon, Tj Maxx, Marshalls, and Home Goods. If you are wanting to keep it simple and not purchase anything new, simply slap some brown butcher paper on a table and build it on that. Clean-up will be a breeze.

How to build a charcuterie board correctly?

For me, I always like to place my dips and bowls first, then add in the larger items equally throughout the board. Finally, I add the fruit for color and greens for garnish. There is no right or wrong way to build a charcuterie board. Just focus on making it balanced throughout.

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How to Make The BEST Dessert Charcuterie Board!

By: Ashley McCrary
5 from 1 vote
This fun, festive, and gorgeous Dessert Charcuterie Board is filled with an assortment of mini pies, whipped cream, fresh blackberries, and cranberries. A super simple, budget-friendly, and fun dessert board that will shine at any event, party, or family gathering!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 16 servings

Ingredients  

  • 4 mini pecan pies
  • 4 mini pumpkin pies
  • 4 mini blackberry pies
  • 4 mini apple pies
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 1 cup whipped topping
  • Garnish with fresh greenery/herbs

Instructions 

  • Place the whipped topping in a medium-sized bowl and transfer to the middle of a large circle tray or wood board. From there starting on the left side, start stacking the pies by flavor. I started with pecan then it went, blackberry, pumpkin, and apple. 
  • Add in the blackberries and cranberries in between all the pies. Finally, garnish with herbs and greenery. 
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Expert Tips

    • Be sure to leave the whipped topping in the refrigerator until right before serving. 
    • Nutrition information will vary depending on which pies and ingredients you choose. 
    • Get creative with your tray! If you have a wooden board or serving tray, use that! If you have a lazy susan, that can work too! You can really make this your own with items you already have at home without needing to buy anything new. 

Storage Tips

    • If you have leftovers, I recommend wrapping the dessert charcuterie board in plastic wrap and storing in the refrigerator.
    • If you don’t have enough space in the fridge for the original board, move the desserts to an airtight container and store.
    • Eat within a few days for optimal freshness. 

Recipe Variations

    • Cookes and Frosting: This would be perfect for any special occasion, especially with kids. Pick a spread of sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies, etc, and offer frosting for dipping! 
    • Candy, Chocolate, and Fruit: Choose an array of fresh fruit like strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries, as well as your favorite dried fruit. Then add dark chocolate truffles, white chocolate, and other favorite sweets and candies like chocolate covered pretzels, gummy bears, and more. Garnish with greenery, as well small bowls of nuts like almonds, hazelnuts, or cashews.. 
    • Cupcakes or Cake Slices: Arrange a variety of cake slices or mini cupcakes so everyone can choose their favorite flavor, or try a bit of each. 
    • S’mores and Coffee: Make a beautiful spread of graham crackers, peanut butter cups, chocolate bars, marshmallow dip, and fresh coffee for drinking. 
    • Chocolate Fondue Board: A pot of melted chocolate ganache and your favorite fresh berries, apple slices, nuts, pretzels, and crackers. 
    • Donut Board: Pick your favorite donuts and donut holes in different shapes, sizes, and colors and serve a donut dessert platter! 
    • Ice Cream Sundae Board: Small bowls with all the toppings: sprinkles, cherries, caramel sauce, hot fudge, marshmallows, whipped cream, and a large bowl of ice cream to scoop. This is a super fun idea for a birthday party!
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1mini pie + 1 tbsp. whipped topping | Calories: 350kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 350mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 20g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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