Christmas Charcuterie Cups


If you want to wow your guests this holiday season with a spectacular appetizer, then you need to make these Christmas Charcuterie Cups. A winner in both presentation and flavor, these are individual festive charcuterie boards served in a cup.

jarcuterie for christmas in paper cup.

Charcuterie Cups for Christmas

This past spring I created and shared a blog post all about jarcuteries. You all loved it so much that I knew I had to do it again for Christmas (my favorite time of year)! 

While the general idea behind these handheld charcuterie boards is the same as before, I wanted to adapt them to the upcoming holidays. One thing I did was switch up my container. Instead of using a small mason jar, I’m using these fun paper cups. I also swapped out a few of the ingredients for more seasonal goodies. (I’ll share more about that below.) 

If you’re hosting a gathering for the holiday season, I highly recommend you give these Christmas charcuterie cups a try. I promise that you’ll get a “wow” or two from the crowd. 

jarcuteries for christmas in paper cups.

What’s a Charcuterie Cup?

Charcuterie Cups (also know as jarcuteries) are single-serving charcuteries assembled in small jars, glasses, or cups. They typically contain things like cured meats, cheeses, olives, fruits, berries, nuts, and crackers arranged in a pleasing way. 

hand holding christmas jarcuterie.
jarcuterie for christmas in paper cups.

Charcuterie cups are a beautiful gourmet appetizer idea that can be served at potlucks, celebrations, or even small get-togethers at home. They can be made with a variety of ingredients so you can customize them to suit your party and menu. 

I tailored mine to Christmas by adding in a few seasonal elements like sugared cranberries and cheese slices cut into festive shapes. I even found some mini gold forks that I just had to use. 

single serving jarcuterie styled for Christmas.

What to Put in Charcuterie cups:

You’ll most likely want to stick to things you’d find on a charcuterie or grazing board, but in the end, you could do whatever you’d like. Since it’s the holiday season, think about seasonal flavors such as cranberry, figs, citrus, etc. If you’re looking for a little more guidance, here are some of the things I included with some additional suggestions as well. 

  • Cheeses: Use what you love. I find harder cheeses a bit easier to manage, but you could certainly make anything work. I used cheddar, pepper jack, and mini mozzarella balls. I love the mini mozzarella balls on the fork. 

Want to make it extra festive? Use small cookie cutters like THESE to cut festive shapes from cheese slices. I used a star and a snowflake, but any holiday shape would work. 

  • Meats: Charcuterie literally translated means “the products of a fancy pork butcher,” so including cured meats is a must. Prosciutto, salami, pepperoni, soppressata, capicola, etc. are some of my favorites. I like to skewer these on a toothpick or decorative wood pick. 
  • Berries and Fruits: Berries and fruits add freshening sweetness. Try blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, grapes, apples, and/or pear slices. With these Christmas jarcuteries I added my sugared cranberries for the perfect festive touch. 
  • Veggies: I didn’t use any here, but sugar snap peas, carrots, radishes, etc. would be lovely. You can even use pickled vegetables like carrots, onions, gherkins, etc. 
  • Nuts: Pistachios, walnuts, almonds, pecans, etc. 
  • Dried Fruit: Raisins, Craisins, figs, apricots, etc. 
  • Olives: Kalamata, stuffed olives, etc. (I recommend using pitted olives.) 
  • Crackers/Bread:  Tall and thin works best. I really love La Panzanella crackers. The tall thin crusty breadstick-style crackers work great too. 
  • Fresh Herbs (to garnish): A sprig of fresh herbs makes any dish look gourmet. Rosemary, thyme, or sage is perfect here. I especially like rosemary for Christmas. 
eight christmas jarcuterie on a plate.

Other Christmas Charcuterie cup Ideas:

If you’re looking to break the jarcuterie rules and really want to switch things up, try one of these unique ideas:

  • Christmas Cookie – Fill with a selection of homemade Christmas cookies
  • Christmas Breakfast – Fill with breakfast favorites like fruit, mini pancakes, bacon, etc.
  • Candy – Fill with your favorite holiday sweets and candies
  • Berries and Chocolates – Fill with fresh berries and assorted chocolates. 
single jarcuterie appetizer for christmas.

Picks and Vessels:

Here are some of my favorite toothpick and containers to make your Charcuterie cups shine!

Toothpicks:

Toothpicks are great for skewering items to give them height, thus allowing them to “spill” out of your jars. They also make things look fancier! There are so many beautiful toothpicks, forks, and skewers to choose from. Since you are working with small containers, you’ll want to get many of your items up and out while still being contained within the cup. 

Here are a few of my favorites for the holidays:

Vessels:

You can use a small jar, paper cup, or even a rocks glass to assemble your charcuterie cups. Use what you have or buy something special. Here are a few of my favorites.

Tip: If you enjoy Oui yogurt, it comes in the cutest little glass jar that would be perfect for a jarcuterie. 

making jarcuterie with gold fork.

How To:

Here’s a quick rundown of how to assemble charcuterie cups. A detailed recipe with an ingredient list is available as a printable recipe card at the end of this post. 

  1. Begin by filling your containers (I used THESE paper cups) with smaller items like nuts and grapes. 
  2. Tuck in your crackers toward the back of the container. 
assembling jarcuterie with crackers and meats.
  1. Using the toothpicks, skewer a few of your ingredients such as cheeses, meats, olives, etc. 
  2. Place the toothpick-skewered items into your container. Vary heights and colors to create interest. 
assembling jarcuterie with crackers and meats.
  1. Fill in with extra ingredients to hold things in place.
  2. Garnish with a sprig of fresh herb and cheese slices cut from mini Christmas cookie cutters. 

And you’re ready to serve.

eight christmas jarcuterie on a plate.

Are these not the most fabulous Christmas appetizer you’ve ever seen? I think they are pretty darn special. I may even like them more than my original version. 

Happy Holiday Entertaining! 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this festive holiday recipe. 

Want more Christmas snacks? You’ve got it! I have a full post of all my favorites that you can find HERE

Enjoy! 

jarcuterie for christmas in paper cups.

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jarcuterie for christmas in paper cup.

Christmas Charcuterie Cups

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Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer, beer cheese dip, charcuterie, cheese board, jarcuterie
Servings: 8
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Total Time 17 mins
If you want to wow your guests this holiday season with a spectacular appetizer, then you need to make these Christmas Charcuterie Cups. A winner in both presentation and flavor, these are individual festive charcuterie boards served in a cup.

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces assorted cheeses
  • 24 slices/pieces cured meats
  • 1 cup mixed berries
  • 1/2 cup grapes
  • 1/2 cup sugared cranberries**
  • 1/2 cup olives
  • 1 cup nuts
  • 16 long thin crackers
  • 8 pieces fresh herbs
Recipe Tools:
  • various toothpicks
  • mini Christmas cookie cutters

Instructions

  • Begin by filling your containers with smaller items like nuts and grapes.
  • Tuck in your crackers toward the back of the container.
  • Using the toothpicks, skewer a few of your ingredients such as cheeses, meats, olives, berries, etc. Use a mini gold fork to present a piece of cheese or other specialty item.
  • Place the toothpick-skewered items into your container. Vary heights and colors to create interest.
  • Fill in with extra ingredients to hold things in place.
  • Garnish with a sprig of fresh herb and cheese slices cut from mini Christmas cookie cutters.

Notes

*Please note that I’m somewhat generalizing with the amounts listed above. You may need a little more or a little less depending on the size of your containers. I always err on the side of having more than enough. (I’m never one to complain about having extra cheeses and meats on hand.)
**You can find my sugared cranberries recipe HERE.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 561kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 23gFat: 42gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 1401mgPotassium: 342mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 565IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 359mgIron: 2mg
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  • duck life at

    Both of your previous jarcuteires captivated me, but I think I may adore these even more. Cute idea, using cookie cutters to make cheese.

  • Julia at

    Michael, what a wonderful idea! Such a pretty presentation! These are definitely going on my appetizer list. Thank you for sharing!

  • Ivory at

    Micheal what a great idea. This would be perfect to setup fir New Year Eve. Thanks, as always. Lovin it!

  • Linda at

    I was in love with your other jarcuteires and I may even love these more. The cookie cutter cheese is so smart!

    • Michael Wurm Jr. at

      Aren’t they fun and festive!? Thanks Linda!

      xo Michael

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