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This holiday cheese board is THE appetizer of the season. Homemade Chex Party Mix elevates the classic cheese board, replacing bland crackers and stale bread. It’s the best addition to any cheese board, plus it’s extra festive for the holidays. Fill out your cheese board with your favorite cheeses and seasonal fruits to create the perfect appetizer for all your upcoming dinner parties and gatherings with friends. Nothing will beat this fun appetizer!

overhead photo of Holiday Cheese Board

I’m not sure if I could be more excited about a recipe. This cheese board has Tieghan written all over it. It’s no secret that I love cheese. It’s also no secret that I’m a major fan of Chex Party Mix, especially around Thanksgiving and Christmas time.

Both cheese and Chex Party Mix are a must at all of our holiday gatherings from Thanksgiving to Christmas. So combining the two was something I should I have thought to do years ago.

Everyone, say hello to the Chex Party Mix cheese board. It’s everything and anything you’d ever want out of a holiday appetizer.

Truly a new favorite recipe. I am SO excited to share it with you all today…and just in time for Thanksgiving!

chex cereal

Hard to believe, but this is my seventh Thanksgiving here on HBH. Over those years, in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, I’ve always tried to share some easier recipes. Recipes that are perfect for throwing together in a moment’s notice.

Enter this cheese board, complete with everything you love in a good cheese board, but minus the boring crackers…and plus this delicious homemade Chex Party Mix.

Yes, yes, yes, cheese and Chex Party Mix. One of the best combos around, which makes for the ultimate holiday snack board.

overhead photo of chex mix

Start out by making a batch of homemade Chex Party Mix. I switched things up a bit and created a cranberry and thyme Chex Party Mix that pairs perfectly with cheese. It’s a mix of salty, savory flavors, but with a touch of sweetness from the cranberries.

It’s delicious and addicting. Highly recommend doubling the recipe if you’re serving more than ten or so people. This Chex Party Mix goes fast!

For the cheese board, I kept things pretty simple and picked up some of my favorite cheeses from the store. A good brie, Merlot, sharp gouda, nutty aged parmesan, and buttery havarti. You can use any mix of cheeses you love most, but I aways recommend a good Brie on any holiday cheese board. Because everyone loves brie! Just be sure to get cheese blocks in different shapes and sizes for a nice variety.

I also added my favorite seasonal fruits: pomegranates, persimmons, pears, and citrus. Add some fig preserves and honeycomb, then finish the board off with salty olives.

side angle photo of Holiday Cheese Board

What I love about cheese boards is that you can really use a mix of personal favorite cheeses and spreads.

The most important detail about this board is the Chex Party Mix. It’s an absolute must, and sets this board apart from all other holiday cheese boards. This board will be one that everyone will be taking pictures of for Instagram, and talking about for days on end.

It’s also addictingly delicious, so festive, super fun, and pretty simple to throw together. Trust me, make this for your Thanksgiving appetizer this year. No one will be disappointed.

close up overhead photo of Holiday Cheese Board

If you make this holiday cheese board please be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to also tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Holiday Cheese Board

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories Per Serving: 688 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


  • 3-4 cheese wedges such as brie, goat cheese, Merlot, and blue cheese
  • 6-8 cups Chex Party Mix
  • mixed olives
  • assorted meats, such as salami, prosciutto, and pepperoni
  • assorted fruit, such as pomegranate, pears, citrus, and persimmons
  • assorted veggies, such as marinated artichokes, and pickles
  • spreads, such as honey, fig preserves, and jams


  • 1. Arrange the cheese on a large serving board. Scatter the Chex Mix around the cheese. Add meats, fruits, and spreads as desired. 
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Cranberry Thyme Chex Party Mix

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 12 cups
Calories Per Serving: 940 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.



  • 1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. 
    2. In a large bowl, toss together the Chex Cereals, mixed nuts, pretzels and bagel chips. Set aside.
    3. In a small bowl, combine the butter, Worcestershire, thyme, salt, garlic powder, and onion powder. Pour the butter over the cereal mixture, tossing well for 3-5 minutes or until the cereal mixture is evenly coated. Spread the Chex mix evenly over 2 rimmed baking sheets.
    4. Transfer to the oven and bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and stir in the cranberries. Serve or store-in an airtight container. 
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  1. I am excited to try this recipe! Tieghan, can you tell me where your cheese board came from? It’s not on your site, and wondering if it’s available anywhere still? I’d love a huge one like this!

    1. Thanks so much Jennifer! So sorry, I found this at a vintage shop:) Please let me know if you have any other questions! xT