How to Create a Christmas Cookie Board

large, round cookie board with fresh fruit, cookies and trail mixe

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Be the talk of your next event by showing up with a show-stopping cookie board! This post has everything you need to know about cookie boards, from choosing treats to where to find them, how to maximize your time if you plan on baking to creating a visually stunning arrangement.



In a nutshell, arranging a cookie board comes down to working from largest to smallest. It’s also helpful to think about how you can create visually interesting boards by grouping or breaking up like items, shapes and colors, working in odd numbers or creating patterns in the foods themselves.

  1. Get all of your treats in one place: Having all of your goodies in one place will not only help you keep track of what you have to work with but it will help you keep everything in mind as you consider where you might want it to go.
  2. Start with bowls: In many cases the bowls you’re using to hold candies, trail mix, sliced fruit or other small items take up the most space, so it’s helpful to put them down first.
  3. Add large cookies and fruit: Large cookies, whole and sliced pieces of fruit are likely to be your next largest items. These are great for filling in space around the edges of your board or your bowls.
  4. Add remaining cookies: Small to mid-size cookies like thumbprints and meringues are great for filling in space between the large items you’ve already places on your board. You can also use them to fill any small gaps that remain around the edges.
  5. Garnish: Once all of your treats are down, you can fill in any empty spaces will small garnishes like small pieces of fruit, trail mix or loose candies.
  6. Make final adjustments and add utensils: With everything finally on the board, now’s the time to make any final tweaks to your layout and add any utensils that may be needed for cutting or serving.


Selecting a board:

Utensils and small bowls

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