Forget the Basket, This DIY Easter Dessert Board Will Be Your Sweetest Holiday Tradition
Build your own snack board that even the Easter Bunny can’t refuse.
We love gathering with friends and family during the holidays, especially around a delicious spread of food, but it’s easy to feel added pressure to make sure everything looks perfect. Especially with food trends like brunch boards popping up all over social media, there seems to be even more emphasis on food presentation these days, especially when guests are coming over.
Enter: Easter dessert boards! This twist on charcuterie boards combines all our favorite things about springtime into one colorful, easy, and delicious display. With just a few baked goodies, fresh fruit, and candy straight from your Easter basket, assemble a dessert board that looks as good as it tastes. Guests will rave over the cupcakes frosted to look like bunnies, and kids will love the chocolate-dipped marshmallow chicks. Follow the directions below to achieve the perfect Easter dessert board.
How to Make an Easter Dessert Board
- 1 batch Sugar Cookie Cutouts
- Purchased green frosting
- 1 batch Bunny Cupcakes
- Jelly beans
- Flower sprinkles
- Marshmallow chick candies
- Milk chocolate chips
- Colorful sprinkles
- Fresh fruit such as strawberries, raspberries, melon, and pineapple
- Chocolate Fruit Dip
- Chocolate truffles
- Chocolate egg candies
- Candy sticks
- Cotton candy
- Wafer cookies
- Graham crackers
- Pretzel rods
- Piping bag
- Mixing bowl
- Flower-shape cookie cutters
- Ceramic egg holder
- Assorted serving bowls and board
Step 1: Decorate Cupcakes and Cookies
Start by decorating plain cookies and cupcakes in a variety of colors. Frost the top of plain yellow cupcakes with frosting and add fun sprinkles, or try creating these easy-to-make bunny cupcakes. Then, use a piping bag filled with green frosting to decorate sugar cookies.
Frost the cookies in a spiral shape, slowly working your way towards the center of the cookie. To make the frosting look like grass, try using a piping bag (such as this Silicone Reusable Decorating Bag, $11.99, Target). Once frosted, dot cookies with flower-shaped confetti or add a few jelly beans to look like Easter eggs.
Step 2: Make Chocolate-Dipped Marshmallow Chicks
Melt milk chocolate chips in a medium microwave-safe bowl and dip the base of one marshmallow chick into the melted chocolate. Immediately sprinkle colorful sprinkles onto the bottom of the chick. Place on parchment paper to dry.
Step 3: Cut Fruit
Cut seasonal fruits like pineapple, honeydew, and cantaloupe into thin rectangles. Use flower-shaped metal cookie cutters (Scallop Flower Cookie Cutter, $6.09, Walmart) to punch shapes into each wedge, starting with the largest cookie cutter. Cut out smaller flowers and circles using scraps to minimize the amount of fruit you go through.
Step 4: Assemble Board
Arrange the dishes you intend to use on a wooden serving platter. Try using a ceramic egg tray to display chocolate truffles: fill the tray half-full of white jelly beans and place chocolate truffles on top so they can be seen more easily. Fill colorful egg cups with different goodies: jelly beans, chocolate covered eggs, and candy sticks.
Form white or pink cotton candy into a nest shape and place the chocolate egg candies. Add to dessert board, arranging them around the dishes you’ve already placed on the tray. Fill out the board with the bunny cupcakes, marshmallow chicks, sugar cookies, and strawberry and vanilla wafers. Include a decorative bowl filled with chocolate fruit dip and top with some of the leftover sprinkles. Stack fresh strawberries in any empty spaces on the board.
Step 5: Finishing Touches
Add fruit cutouts to a clear glass bowl and top with raspberries. Place this dish next to the dessert board. Include a smaller tray with stacked cookies, graham crackers, and pretzel sticks for dipping in the chocolate fruit dip.