Petite Desserts Perfect for Assembling a Dessert Charcuterie

Meat and cheese boards are so last year. When it comes to charcuterie, we're putting dessert first. We've got everything you need to create the ultimate tray, including savory bacon bark and creamy cheesecake bites.

Our charcuterie inspiration? Fork & Beans' epic dessert platter. Loaded with a sweet cheese ball, chocolate salami, and more, her tray is definitely one we can get on board with.

First things first: chocolate. Go with chocolate-covered almonds, raisins, or pretzels—or all three. Either way, every dessert board deserves a little dunking.

Make It: Chocolate-Dipped Bacon

A good charcuterie tray knows how to mix and match textures. We're obsessed with these lush strawberry cheesecake bites. Did we mention they're topped in a honey-sour cream drizzle? Delish!

Bacon is delicious on its own. Now give the savory strips a playful twist by adding them as a topping to chocolate bark. Bonus: The salty addition helps balance out all the sweets.

Make It: Bacon Chocolate Bark

As for crackers, we're going straight graham. Top them with chocolate and mini marshmallows for a treat you'll totally want s'more of. Bonus points if they're slightly toasted.

Make It: Grown-Up S'mores

Swap the usual cheese ball for something unexpected: cookie dough. Crush any leftover graham crackers for a crumbly coating, or try something salty like pistachios. Smear the good stuff onto fruit, pretzels, and more!

Fruit is an easy (and healthy!) addition for a fresh pop of color. Look to figs, grapes, cherries, and sliced peaches to brighten up your board. Get dipping with honey-swirled whipped cream or our creamy marshmallow dip.

Feeling fancy? Scatter some raspberry-topped crème brûlée and mini soufflés on your tray. Top picks: salted caramel pots de crème and lemon soufflé.

Give your board the ooh la la factor with French macarons. These pretty little things get their flavor from a pineapple-studded cream, coconut, and chopped macadamia nuts.

A lot of boards look to rosemary for a final touch, but for a sweet tray like this, we'll make an exception. Try edible flowers as a fragrant way to fancy it up. Our favorites: clovers, chamomile, pansies, and marigolds.

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