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Transform Storebought Dip into a Stunning Christmas Butter Board with This Easy Hack

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Use this simple trick to turn storebought dip into a spectacular Christmas butter board in just minutes!

Christmas tree butter board on wooden serving tray

I’ve promised you all that I only share recipes that pass this test: No matter what, they have to be quick, easy, and low stress. (Bonus points if they seem much more complicated than they actually are so you have bragging rights for making a creative and delicious dish!)

This festive Christmas butter board passes with flying colors and then some! Not only did it only take about 10 minutes from start to finish, but it’s also fool-proof and kid-friendly when you have little “helpers” in the kitchen!

Leanna holding Christmas Tree butter board on wooden serving platter

Ingredients

You have a lot of leeway when it comes to choosing the dip or spread! I used chocolate-flavored Challenge Dessert Snack Spread from Target. (This does contain milk, so any friends with lactose sensitivity may want to use an alternative.)

Chocolate Dipping Spread

You could use any of your favorite dip recipes and just change up the dipping sides depending on if it is sweet or savory. If you’d prefer to make your own dip, some delicious options are my homemade Cinnamon Butter Spread or my Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cake dip!

For a festive touch, you could even use green food coloring to dye any dip green like a Christmas tree.

If you’d like your Christmas butter board to be the same recipe as mine, your grocery list should include:

  • Dessert Dipping Spread (I used one 6.5-ounce container of chocolate flavored Challenge Dessert Snack Spread from Target)
  • Festive Sprinkles
  • Pretzel Sticks (for tree trunk)
  • Dippers (such as Nilla Wafers, graham crackers, croissant rolls, wafer cookies, gingerbread cookies, ginger snaps, etc.) You could also do fresh fruit that goes well with chocolate, such as strawberries, raspberries, or bananas.
  • Optional: For the star topper, I used a gingerbread star cookie that I found at Aldi!

For the dippers and star topper, you could get this two-pack of cookies from Amazon!

Christmas Tree Butter Board with sprinkles

Making the Christmas Tree

If you aren’t feeling artistic, fear not, you’ve got this! Evergreen trees in nature aren’t precisely symmetrical, so yours is basically more realistic the less perfect it is. 🙂 You can also wipe off any flaws with a wet paper towel.

  • Using a knife or spreader, start at the bottom center of the serving board and make small brush strokes to resemble branches.
  • Then work your way out horizontally to each side to make the branches, getting progressively narrower as you go up the tree.
  • Apply pretzel sticks to the base to make the tree trunk.
  • Sprinkle with festival holiday sprinkles.
  • Serve with favorite dippers.

Tip: If you’re feeling extra crafty and want to create an additional Christmas butter board, you can make any shape out of the dip, such as a snowman, ornament, or present. The sky is the limit!

You Can Watch a Quick Video Tutorial Here!

What If I Don’t Think I Can Make the Tree Shape?

Don’t worry, I have a back-up plan! You can always put the dip on a plate shaped like a Christmas tree, such as this cute option from Target. Once the tray is covered with the spread, simply place it on a larger tray surrounded by dippers. Voila!

Close up of holiday dessert board

Perfect Presentation Platters

You have so many options for this Christmas butter board! Here are some of my suggestions:

MacKenzie Childs: I used my favorite checkered serving board by MacKenzie Childs. I often get asked what the checkered print accessories are in my kitchen and they are all MacKenzie Childs! You can shop some of my favorite products here and also get 20% off by using code Leanna20. 

Wooden Serving Boards: You really can’t go wrong with one of these! I love this raised trivet, this elevated serving board, or this wooden serving tray.

Gingerbread cookie with Christmas tree shaped butter board

Can I Make This Christmas Butter Board Ahead of Time?

Yes! You can create the tree shape out of the spread and store it in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Just save adding the sprinkles until you are ready to serve so they don’t dissolve.

How Should I Store Leftovers?

If there are any leftovers, you can return the remaining spread to the dip container for simple storage! You could also make a smaller tree the next day, and so on! Store in the fridge for as long as the freshness date guidelines on the package advise.

Delicious Christmas butter board with dipping sides

Happy Holidays!

I hope this fun Christmas butter board made your holidays just a bit less stressful! Thanks so much for being here and I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

Xoxo,

Leanna

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Stunning Christmas Butter Board with Storebought Dip

Try this hack of using storebought dip for a beautiful Christmas butter board that takes only minutes to assemble!

  • Author: Leanna
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: None
  • Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

For the spread, you can use any dip recipe you’d like!

  • Dessert Dipping Spread (I used one 6.5-ounce container of chocolate flavored Challenge Dessert Snack Spread from Target)
  • Festive Sprinkles
  • Pretzel Sticks (for tree trunk)
  • Dippers (such as Nilla Wafers, graham crackers, croissant rolls, wafer cookies, gingerbread cookies, ginger snaps, etc.) You could also do fresh fruit that goes well with chocolate, such as strawberries, raspberries, or bananas.
  • Optional: For the star topper, I used a gingerbread star cookie that I found at Aldi!

Instructions

If you aren’t feeling artistic, fear not, you’ve got this! Evergreen trees in nature aren’t precisely symmetrical, so yours is basically more realistic the less perfect it is. 🙂 You can also wipe off any flaws with a wet paper towel.

  • Using a knife or spreader, start at the bottom center of the serving board and make small brush strokes to resemble branches.
  • Then work your way out horizontally to each side to make the branches, getting progressively narrower as you go up the tree.
  • Apply pretzel sticks to the base to make the tree trunk.
  • Sprinkle with festival holiday sprinkles.
  • Serve with favorite dippers.

Notes

You can also spread the dip on a Christmas tree shaped platter for a double hack. Then simply place the tree platter on a larger platter and surround with dipping sides.

Keywords: Christmas dessert, Christmas appetizer

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