Valentine's Day is a great opportunity to show your loved ones how much they mean to you and Valentine Charcuterie Boards are an easy way to celebrate this special day!
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Lets Make Valentine Charcuterie Boards
I mean, really, what better way is there to show someone that you love them than with a delicious and beautifully crafted Valentines day charcuterie board?
Everyone seems to love cheese boards, so why not kick it up a notch and make a Valentines Day dessert board with sweet treats like holiday candies and chocolate?
Valentine Charcuterie Boards Tips
Whether you're planning a romantic evening for your significant other or a fun and cozy gathering with friends, Valentines day charcuterie boards are a must-have!
Start with a Valentine's day charcuterie board theme
The first step in making perfect Valentine charcuterie boards is to choose a theme. Do you want a traditional Valentine's Day color scheme, with shades of pink, red, and white?
Do you want it to be a Valentines day snack board, a heart shaped charcuterie board or a Valentines dessert charcuterie board?
I'm going to share a few of our different Valentines charcuterie board ideas! Whatever your preference, pick a theme that resonates with your special someone and just have fun with it.
Do you need Valentine Charcuterie Boards Ideas?
We have shared a few different Charcuterie boards over the years, including a Breakfast Charcuterie Board, and Valentine Charcuterie Boards filled with store bought Valentine's Day candy and sweets that makes a perfect Galentines Charcuterie Board!
Today we're sharing our new Valentine dessert board with homemade heart shaped charcuterie board cookies with *pink* vanilla buttercream frosting!
Choose your meats and cheese for your Valentines day charcuterie
Charcuterie boards are usually all about the meats and cheese, so take your time when selecting them for your Valentine Charcuterie Boards. For Valentine's Day, you can add some heart-shaped slices of salami, prosciutto, and cheese.
For our Galentines Day Charcuterie Board that we shared last year, we included salami and white cheddar slices for the protein component.
You can find the full tutorial for putting together this version of our Valentine's Day Dessert Board by clicking here!
You can also choose cheeses with pink or red hues, like cranberry or red pepper jack for your Valentine Charcuterie Boards. Make sure to have a variety of textures and flavors, from soft cheeses to hard and salty meats.
Add some fruit and nuts to your Valentines Day Snack Board
Apart from meats and cheese, you can't have a traditional charcuterie board without fresh fruit and nuts. Choose fruits that match the season, such as strawberries or pomegranate, and add them to your Valentine Charcuterie Boards.
For instance, in this Breakfast Charcuterie Board that we made for Mother's Day last year, we included raspberries!
They add a sweet and refreshing touch and complement the saltiness of the meats and cheese. As for nuts, consider some candied pecans or almonds to add a crunchy texture!
If your sweetie likes spicy snacks, you may want to try our Sriracha Spiced Pecans recipe! These spicy snacks are a nice addition to the sweetness of Valentines Day Charcuterie boards!
Don't forget the dips and spreads for your Valentine Charcuterie Boards!
No charcuterie board is complete without dips and spreads. You can make your own or buy some ready-made ones, like hummus or spinach dip.
They add flavor to the board and make it easier to spread the cheese and meats on crackers and bread. For example, on our Mother's Day Charcuterie Board, we used honey fig preserves!
But today we have a vanilla buttercream that we're going to put right on our Valentine Charcuterie Boards to use as a dip and spread!
How to Arrange your Valentine Charcuterie Boards
Now that you have all your ingredients, it's time to arrange them on the board. Start with the larger items, like the cheese and meats, and then fill in the gaps with crackers, bread, and fruit.
Make sure that everything is easily accessible and take some arranging each item so that your Valentine's day charcuterie board is visually appealing.
You can use heart-shaped cookie cutters to add some creative touches, or use flowers or leaves to decorate the board like we did with this Dessert Charcuterie for Valentine's Day!
Making a Valentine charcuterie board is all about creativity and personalization. Don't be afraid to experiment with different ingredients and arrangements until you find what works best for you.
Whether you're celebrating a romantic Valentine's Day with your significant other or doing a Galentine's Day celebration with a group of your girlfriends, delicious and fun Valentine Charcuterie Boards will undoubtedly impress everyone.
So, get your ingredients ready, put on a great playlist, and have fun making the perfect Valentine charcuterie board. Happy Valentine's Day!
How to Make Valentine Charcuterie Boards
Prep/Chill Time: 30 min | Cook Time: 13 min |Total Time: 43 min
Servings: Makes 1 cup of frosting, 2 DZ cookies, use as many additional ingredients as needed to fill your size board
Shortbread Cookie Ingredients
- salted butter
- all purpose flour
- light brown sugar
- 1” heart cookie cutter
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Ingredients
- unsalted room temp butter
- powdered sugar
- pure vanilla extract
- heavy cream
- Pinch of salt (to taste)
- Red food coloring
Extra Goodies you will need for your Valentine Charcuterie Boards
- Graham crackers
- Pink wafers
- Chocolate wafers
- Red m & ms
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Directions for how to make Valentine Charcuterie Boards
First prepare the cookie dough by cutting the cold butter into tiny cubes.
Add the butter and sugar to a large stand mixing bowl with a paddle attachment and mix on medium speed until combined.
This should take approximately 30 seconds.
On low speed, slowly add 1.5 cups of the all purpose flour to the bowl until it is mostly combined. Pause to scrape the sides.
The mixture should be crumbly but somewhat combined.
Sprinkle ¼ cup of the remaining flour onto a clean surface. Transfer cookie dough onto the surface and knead until a soft playdough like consistency forms.
Add the remaining flour if necessary. The dough should not be sticky.
Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for 30 min.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Meanwhile, make the frosting by adding the butter to a large mixing bowl. Mix on medium - high speed for 1 minute.
On medium speed, slowly add the powdered sugar, heavy cream and vanilla. Pause to scrape the sides and taste.
Add salt if necessary. Finish mixing until a light fluffy frosting has formed.
Add drops of red food coloring to frosting until desired shade of pink has been reached.
Then transfer the buttercream frosting to a piping bag and set it aside.
Once the cookie dough has chilled, place on a floured surface. Roll out until dough is approximately ¼ inch thick.
Then use a cookie cutter to cut out heart shaped cookies. We used a 1" cookie cutter, but you can use any size you like!
Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 13 minutes. Cookies should be just slightly brown on the bottom. Be careful not to overcook them!
To assemble the board, first pipe two hearts onto the charcuterie board using the vanilla butter cream frosting.
Then add your cookies, wafers, graham crackers and pretzels.
Fill in the spaces with your M&Ms, sprinkles and fruit, or any other sweets you're adding to your Valentines Dessert Board!
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Valentine Charcuterie Boards
- Shortbread Cookie Ingredients:
- 1 cup cold salted butter
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- 1 ” heart cookie cutter
- Frosting Ingredients:
- ½ cup unsalted room temp butter
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon heavy cream
- Pinch of salt to taste
- Red food coloring
- Extra Ingredients for board:
- Graham crackers
- Pink wafers
- Chocolate wafers
- Red m & ms
- First prepare the cookie dough by cutting the cold butter into tiny cubes. Add the butter and sugar to a large stand mixing bowl with a paddle attachment and mix on medium speed until combined. Approximately 30 seconds.
- On low speed, slowly add 1.5 cups of the flour to the bowl until mostly combined. Pause to scrape the sides. The mixture should be crumbly but somewhat combined.
- Sprinkle ¼ cup of the remaining flour onto a clean surface. Transfer cookie dough onto the surface and knead until a soft playdough like consistency forms. Add the remaining flour if necessary. The dough should not be sticky.
- Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for 30 min. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
- Meanwhile, make the frosting by adding the butter to a large mixing bowl. Mix on medium - high speed for 1 minute.
- On medium speed, slowly add the powdered sugar, heavy cream and vanilla. Pause to scrape the sides and taste. Add salt if necessary. Finish mixing until a light fluffy frosting has formed.
- Add drops of red food coloring to frosting until desired shade of pink has been reached. Transfer frosting to a piping bag.
- Once the cookie dough has chilled, place on a floured surface. Roll out until dough is approximately ¼ inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out heart shaped cookies.
- Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 13 minutes. Cookies should be just slightly brown on the bottom. Be very careful not to overcook.
- To assemble the board, first pipe two hearts using the buttercream frosting onto the cookies.
- Add cookies, wafers, graham crackers and pretzels. Fill in with m&ms, sprinkles and fruit.