During the holiday season we host parties or visitors on the regular and when we do I like to have some sweets ready to share. This Christmas cookie board is a great way to showcase some of your baking prowess while giving guests an amazing way to choose their preferred sweet treats.
This presentation works well for large parties as well as small gatherings and it’s incredibly customizable. Feature all of the seasonal treats that you’ve baked or even add some store-bought treats — you can even add little bowls of edible cookie dough or candies.
When you’re thinking of how to serve sweets at your next party, consider this Christmas cookie board. You can rely on your own recipe for the best cookies or check out the new recipes we suggest — either way this will be an incredible showcase of desserts for family gatherings or a Christmas party.
Common Questions about a Christmas Cookie Board
Which cookies should I use?
While we have a bunch of recommendations, you can use whichever cookies you like to make. Just make sure that there’s a variety for people to choose from.
What makes a cookie board look good?
A variety of colors, styles, textures, and flavors makes for the best cookie board. Also, remember you can include candies and other sweets.
Do I have to use a board?
Nope! You can use whatever presentation style you prefer.
Making Christmas Cookie Boards Ahead of Time
You can set this board out ahead of time but be sure to add any cookies or treats that need refrigeration at the last minute so that they’ll last through the party.
There likely won’t be leftovers, but if there are, store cookies in a ziploc bag or an airtight container. You can also individually wrap them in plastic wrap.
Refrigerator: Refrigerate any cookies that contain dairy for up to a week. Other cookies can be stored at room temperature.
Freezing: You can freeze most cookies for up to 3 months. The Linzer cookies and stained glass cookies are not recommended for freezing since they won’t retain their quality and textures.
Tips For The Best Christmas Cookie Board
There’s no wrong way to make a Christmas dessert board. Any guests at your holiday parties are going to love getting to choose their favorite cookies but here are a few tips to make it the best it can be.
- Vary the types of cookies and candies. Avoid sticking to one cookie style — mixing longer pastry style concoctions with round cookies and cookie bars makes for the best presentation.
- Include lots of flavors. From fruity to minty and chocolatey to cream-filled treats, this board is best when it’s covered with various flavors and textures.
- Sprinkle in other store-bought or homemade treats. Peanut butter cups, chocolate pretzels, reindeer chow, chocolate covered graham crackers, and other holiday sweets (either on the board or in bowls next to it) only build on the festivity.
Kitchen Supplies You’ll Need
All you need is a board to present this delicious display at your next holiday party!
How to Make a Christmas Cookie Board
- Use a large board that you might use for charcuterie or get creative with a tree trunk inspired board or other presentation piece you love.
- Place the largest cookies in the center. The raspberry twists will work well since they take up a lot of space — then also place them in other places throughout the board for visual interest.
- Next, place the other cookies of various sizes and types around the board. Stack them at varying heights.
- Spread the candied pecans and other holiday candies in the empty spaces. Choose whichever other candies you like, whether homemade or store-bought — if store-bought, those with seasonal wrapping will add pizzazz to the display.
- Place a couple small bowls of holiday-inspired candy like small candy canes adjacent to the board.
- If you prefer, instead of stacking cookies, place them in containers of varied shapes and/or colors and arrange those on the board.
What to Serve With a Christmas Cookie Board
The best accompaniment to a cookie board is an arrangement of beverages. Here are some ideas.
- Hot chocolate (try doing a hot chocolate bar)
- Coffee (a basic brew or the option for spiked versions)
- Milk (or milk alternatives)
Why You Should Make a Cookie Board
Why not — who doesn’t love a variety of holiday cookies to snack on? This is a fun way to display your own cookies so that everyone can enjoy them (and hopefully pass on all the compliments!).
- Unique – Sure, lots of people display charcuterie boards or a cheese board at parties but how often do you see a swath of sweets to snack on? Make your cookies the centerpiece of your holiday celebration.
- Cute – With the right aesthetically pleasing presentation, this is an adorable way to display and serve all of the sweets you have baked for the season.
- Efficient – A cookie board condenses all of the many treats into one place instead of spreading plates of cookies throughout the party.
Variations and Add-ins
This cookie board is so customizable you can modify it and take away or add what you like — sugar cookies and chocolate chip to gingerbread cookies or peppermint bark are all great options. Any kind of cookie works well.
Just fill it with a variety of cookies that you love to make and bake! Here are some other ideas for baked goods you can add to the board or substitute for other goodies.
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Christmas Cookie Board
- Stained Glass Cookies
- Candied Pecans
- Raspberry Pastry Twists
- Rum Balls
- Linzer Cookies
- Buckeye Cookies
- Peppermint Snowball Cookies
- Start with the the larger cookies that will fill in the center – here we did the raspberry twists since those will take the most space on the board. Arrange them around the board, in an aesthetically pleasing way.
- Then add the smaller cookies of different types, stacking them around the other items to give height and visual interest. You can also fan out the cookies individually if desired.
- Fill in the open spaces with candied pecans, your favorite holiday candy and any other goodies you have chosen to add.
- You can add some additional homemade goodies or more holiday candy in any remaining open spaces or place them in a small bowl or two if you have a bit more space.
- You can also place the cookies into different shaped containers and then arrange the containers on the tray with the candy around them.
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