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Frosting Boards are the newest trend in charcuterie boards! Sweeter than a butter board, it’s the perfect easy party dessert and you can make them in fun shapes and colors, like a Christmas tree for the holidays.

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frosting on board decorated like a christmas tree surrounded by mini chocolate chip cookies

What is a frosting board?

A frosting board is a board or platter that’s spread with frosting and surrounded by dippers. It’s like dip without the bowl – and it’s a sweet relative of the butter board trend. It’s an easy way to make a fun sweet treat for any party or holiday!

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • It’s so cute – perfect for Christmas!
  • Use semi-homemade ingredients or make your ownl.
  • You can change this recipe in so many different ways!
ingredients in a frosting board

Ingredients in a Christmas Frosting Board

  • Frosting – you can use a can of frosting (no shame in that!) or make homemade. My vanilla buttercream would be fantastic in this.
  • Food Coloring – since we’re making a Christmas tree, you’ll want green food coloring. I love gel food colors best.
  • Candy and Sprinkles – these are to decorate your tree! Use whatever you like; I also used a mini Snickers bar for the trunk.
  • Parchment Paper – I recommend lining your board with parchment paper or wax paper. This is for easy clean-up but also to protect the wood – the oils from the frosting can seep into the board and stain it.
  • Dippers – You can use anything you like for dipping! I made mini chocolate chip cookies from a refrigerated pack but you can also make homemade.
frosting on board decorated like a christmas tree surrounded by mini chocolate chip cookies

How to make a Frosting Board

  • If you’re using a wood board, line it with parchment paper to protect the board.
  • Color your frosting green and spread it on the board in a Christmas tree shape.
  • Sprinkle the frosting with mini candies and sprinkles to resemble ornaments and lights. Add the tree stump with a candy bar.
  • Add a star to the tree, either from other cookies or sprinkles.
  • Surround the frosting tree with dippers and serve.

Recipe Swaps

  • Use vanilla buttercream for a homemade board.
  • Make homemade cookies for dippers: chocolate chip cookies or sugar cookies would be perfect.
  • Do any color and shape you want! Make a snowman with white frosting or change this up for other holidays and events.
  • Use other dippers: pretzels, fruit, crackers or so many other things.
frosting on board decorated like a christmas tree surrounded by mini chocolate chip cookies


Why do I need to use parchment paper?

You don’t – you can use wax paper or skip it, but I use the parchment to protect my wood boards from getting stained.

Can you make a frosting board ahead of time?

I don’t recomment making this more than an hour ahead – the frosting will harden over time.

Are frosting boards sanitary?

It’s not that different than having dips in a bowl – as long as people don’t double dip you’re totally fine.

frosting on board decorated like a christmas tree surrounded by mini chocolate chip cookies

Christmas Tree Frosting Board Recipe

5 from 4 votes
Make a sweet dessert board wtih frosting and cookies for the holidays!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 16 servings
Serving Size 1 serving


  • 1 16 ounce package bake and break chocolate chip cookies (see note)
  • 1 can vanilla frosting (see note)
  • Green Food Coloring
  • Sprinkles and mini candies for decorating
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  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Open cookie dough and slice the cookies in half too make 48. Place on cookie sheets and bake 8-12 minutes or until light golden. Cool before adding to board.
  • Add food coloring to the frosting to dye it green.
  • Cover a wooden board with parchment paper (or use a platter). Spread frosting in a Christmas tree decoration on the parchment. Top with sprinkles and candies and give the tree a stump.
  • Surround frosting with mini cookies. Serve within an hour or two.

Recipe Notes

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.1g | Protein: 0.003g | Fat: 0.02g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 0.01mg | Sodium: 0.3mg | Potassium: 0.1mg | Fiber: 0.001g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 0.02IU | Calcium: 0.01mg | Iron: 0.001mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

Other Fun Party Foods:

Christmas Tree Frosting Board is the fun new charcuterie board – move over butter boards – frosting boards are the sweet new party dessert recipe. This one is perfect for Christmas!

Last Updated on November 15, 2022

Dorothy Kern

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