Valentines Day Charcuterie Board Ideas

I am getting ready for Valentine’s Day and today I made a Valentine’s Day Charcuterie Board. I made this One for dessert and is the perfect way to end your special day.

Valentine's Day Charcuterie Board

The hardest thing about making a Charcuterie Board is figuring out how to pronounce it. In case you need to know, it is pronounced “shar-KOOT-ter-ee”. Just kidding. I made an after-dinner/dessert Valentine’s Day Charcuterie board with lots of homemade goodies. Today you will find recipes for Pink Peppermint Swirl Marshmallows, Homemade Hot Chocolate, and Royal Icing Sugar Cookies. Yum. 

Today I have also joined nineteen other bloggers who are also sharing Charcuterie Board ideas. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post to see their ideas.

The Perfect Charcuterie Board
You might remember I made some Toasted Coconut S’more Marshmallows last summer. I adapted that recipe to make these Peppermint Swirl Marshmallows. The Hot Chololate takes about five minutes to make and the Sugar Cookies are the ones I made last week. (They store well in the freezer/refrigerator.) All of the recipes are below.

Pink peppermint design.

Putting together a Valentine’s Day Charcuterie Board is not only a lot of fun but very practical. I have a nice inventory of cutting boards and I use them all of the time. I love them for appetizers, deserts, salad items and just about anything. 

I created this board for Valentine’s Day and I am pretty sure my boys are going to love it.

pink desserts  

I try to make a Charcuterie Board for every dinner party I host. I even have a board that is five feet long. I cannot wait for the day I figure out how to use it affordably. It needs about one hundred items on it!

pink desserts 

Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

I wrote a blog post about how I decorated these sugar cookies while using Royal Icing for only the second time. The cookies weren’t hard to make and you can find the how-to instructions and a video here. I just love how these came out.

pink food

The Best Sugar Cookies

The Best Sugar Cookies

This sugar cookie recipe is my go-to recipe every time. It's almost flawless!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoons milk
  • 1 TBL lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

    Mix together flour, salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar; add dry ingredients, and mix until incorporated.

    With the mixer running, add egg, milk, lemon, and vanilla; mix until incorporated. Transfer dough to a work surface. Shape into 2 discs, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with nonstick baking mats or parchment paper; set aside.

    On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes, and transfer to prepared baking sheets, leaving an inch in between. Leftover dough can be rolled and cut once more. Bake until lightly golden, about 10 minutes; do not allow to brown. Transfer to wire racks to cool.

    Decorate with Royal Icing.

Hot Chocolate Mix

I made this hot chocolate using only three ingredients. You are going to love this recipe. In fact, it is so easy that I am going to just type it out. Mix two cups of powdered sugar, one cup of unsweetened cocoa, and two cups of powdered milk. Mix together and store in a tight jar with a lid. Add hot water and serve.

See, I told you it was easy.

Pink Swirl Peppermint Marshmallows

These Pink Swirl Peppermint Marshmallows were very easy to make too.

how to organize

Yield: 12

Homemade Peppermint Swirl Marshmallows

Homemade Peppermint Swirl Marshmallows

These homemade marshmallows are sweet and have a wonderful peppermint flavor.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cups cold water
  • 3 packets of gelatin (.75 oz.)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cups light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 TBL peppermint extract
  • pink food coloring
  • powdered sugar

Instructions

    Prepare a 7" x 7" baking pan by lining the bottom and edges of the pan with saran wrap. Spray with cooking spray and set aside.

Place 1/2 cup water in the bowl of a stand-up mixer and sprinkle gelatin on top. Let sit while cooking sugar mixture.

In a small saucepan combine sugar, light corn syrup, and 1/4 cup water. Stir until mixed well. Heat until sugar starts to boil and continue to boil for one minute. Remove from the stove.

Add sugar mixture to gelatin and add salt. Turn on the mixer and mix for 12 - 13 minutes until sugar is barely warm and thick. Add peppermint extract and mix thoroughly.

Put on gloves and spray with cooking spray. Transfer marshmallow mixture into prepared pan. Flatten the top with your fingers.

Lightly drop pink food coloring in drops on top of the marshmallows. With a wooden skewer, swirl the coloring until you get the effect that is desired.

Place plastic on top (after covering side with cooking spray).

Place in refrigerator until set, about 90 minutes.

When set, take marshmallow out of the pan by gently lifting plastic wrap. Cut marshmallows with a long skinny knife, dipping into powdered sugar to prevent sticking. Cut into pieces. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Notes

Once you refrigerate the marshmallows (for about two hours) you need to cut them. Coat your knife with powdered sugar and cut the marshmallows in rows with a very sharp knife. Be patient as this is the hard part. The marshmallows can and will be sticky. Once the squares are cut, place them on a plate. They will dry a bit in an hour or so and be much easier to handle. Store the marshmallows in an air tight container for up to a week.

I think the swirls in the maarshmallows are fun and let me show you how to make them.

This is what the marshmallow looks like when you add it to the saran wrapped pan. 

Sprinkle food coloring on top of the the marshmallow.

Using a wooden toothpick, swirl the coloring around in the pan.

Continue until you have reached the desired effect.

Once you refrigerate the marshmallows (for about two hours) you need to cut them. Coat your knife with powdered sugar and cut the marshmallows in rows with a very sharp knife. Be patient as this is the hard part. The marshmallows can and will be sticky. Once the squares are cut, place them on a plate. They will dry a bit in an hour or so and be much easier to handle. Store the marshmallows in an air tight container for up to a week.

I really do love these marshmallows.

comfort with a view.

Check out these twenty amazing Valentine’s Day Charcuterie Board ideas! 

20 Fabulous Charcuterie Boards!

Hallstrom Home | A Blue Nest | My Sweet Savannah | Cassie Bustamante

Happy Happy Nester | Inspiration For Moms | Art of Everyday Living | Twelve On Main

Craftberry Bush | Jennifer Maune | Zevy Joy | Modern Glam

My 100 Year Old Home | Tatertots and Jello | Two Twenty One | Today’s Creative Life

Sanctuary Home | She Gave It A Go | The Design Twins | Pink Peppermint Design

Pin the image below to your Recipe or Charcuterie boards on Pinterest (just click the Pin button in the top left corner). You can also follow along with me on Pinterest!

For more real-time updates, follow me on Instagram @My100YearOldHome

 

20 thoughts on “Valentines Day Charcuterie Board Ideas

  1. Do you have any suggestions for corn syrup substitute? Most young moms these days don’t want their children eating the high fructose corn syrup and I would love to make these for my grandchildren

    1. Corn Syrup (such as Karo brand) is not the same as high fructose corn syrup- it actually has no fructose! So it like using sugar (glucose). Some corn syrup brands used to add HGCS but if they do, it will be listed as an ingredient.

  2. Corn Syrup (such as Karo brand) is not the same as high fructose corn syrup- it actually has no fructose! So it like using sugar (glucose). Some corn syrup brands used to add HGCS but if they do, it will be listed as an ingredient.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *