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6 Dessert Cheeses to End Dinner on a High Note

Albertina Roca
  |   July 5, 2024   |  

Your friends are on their way, the main meal is simmering, the tracklist and board games are waiting to be played and the wine bottles are prepped for popping. There's just one thing missing...where's dessert?

As is so often the case, cheese comes promptly to the rescue. Contrary to common American practice, dessert doesn't always have to be a diabetic sugarblast of syrupy sweetness, nor does it require the lengthy preparation of an elaborate cake, pudding or pie. The French, along with other European cultures, often serve a cheese board for dessert after the main meal is over, partly as a means of settling the stomach, but mostly because they know that cheese is downright delicious any time of day. While Americans are less keen on the idea, the practice is gaining traction on this side of the Atlantic, with many restaurants offering a post-meal cheese board as an alternative to other desserts. Whatever your feelings on the matter, there's no denying that cheese is an inherently sociable food, and it makes sense to let guests cursorily nibble at fromage and crackers while the night wears on, something you can't do as easily with regular desserts (especially the melting variety). Many cheeses also pair excellently with after-dinner drinks such as brandy and sherry.

But with all the thousands of cheeses to choose from, which ones are best suited to dessert? The good news is that virtually any fine cheese will do. Why, even notoriously stinky Epoisses or firm and savory Parmigiano Reggiano can become their own kind of pudding, so long as they're presented the right way.

But if that makes for an overwhelming array to choose from, we picked a few of what we consider the best dessert cheeses, ranging from gooey chevres to luscious triple-cremes, from pungent blues to rich and buttery burratas. We recommend serving a plate of around 2 or 3 of the following options, giving guests the chance to switch between different tastes and textures. Remember to also accompany each cheese with its own pairings, or at the very least, some honey (which can turn practically any cheese into dessert).

1. Brillat Savarin with Papaya

An example of serving Brillat Savarin with Papaya, photo by Gourmet Food Store

If you still can't stomach the idea of a savory-tasting dessert, there are some absolutely wonderful sweet, creamy cheeses you can serve. Perhaps the finest is Brillat Savarin. Named after one of the earliest food writers and gastronomers, Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, this soft triple-creme is so creamy it could easily be mistaken for cheesecake. Paired with sweet fresh fruit it becomes a true queen of dessert cheeses, and with our Brillat Savarin with Papaya the work is already done for you: sweet chunks of tropical papaya contrast with the enveloping creaminess of the buttermilk-rich cheese to make this one of our favorite cheeses of all time. And that's saying something!

Pair with: pecans and other crunchy nuts to contrast with the creaminess of the cheese.

2. Bonne Bouche

Creamy goat Bonne Bouche cheese, photo by Gourmet Food Store

Goat cheeses are ideal for dessert platters. Creamy in texture and lower in fat than their cow milk brethren, they possess a tangy, yogurt-like quality that rounds off a meal just as well as any conventional dessert. Take an ultra gooey variety like Bonne Bouche and you're really onto something special. From Vermont Creamery - arguably America's kingpin of goat cheese - this French-style chevre is ripened with ash, acquiring a coral-like rind and floral, citrusy profile. Presented in a quaint wooden box that acts as "micro-cave" to keep it fresh, Bonne Bouche turns runny at room temperature, practically oozing out of its rind. So yes, best paired with nuts, fruits and breads...but also perfect on its own, scooped out with a spoon...a very "good mouthful" indeed!

Pair with: sweet-tart raspberries, a drizzly chunk of honeycomb and your favorite rose. Chocolate almonds also won't go amiss.

3. Danish Blue Cheese

A piece of Danish Blue cheese, photo by Gourmet Food Store

A pungent, blue-veined cheese like Danablu - or Danish Blue, as it's more commonly known - may not be the first thing that comes to mind when dinner is finished and the dessert cravings kick in. In fact, at the risk of completely turning you off altogether, it has an aroma somewhere between rancid milk and good ol' fashioned vomit. But wait, don't grab your coat just yet. Instead, get a good schmear of this stuff on the tip of your spoon, add a gentle dollop of something sweet (fig spread's a personal fave, but honey, cherry sauce, pear or apple slices will also work) and add an optional walnut or pecan for that welcome crunchiness. Consume in one mouthful, and let the strong, salty-spicy umami of the blue cheese melt on your tongue, absorbing the sweetness of the other ingredients, as a delicious euphoria of flavors is unleashed upon the tastebuds, and tell me this isn't the best dessert you never knew you needed.

Pair with: sweet dessert wine, sweet fruity sauce, basically anything sweet. Even caramel (trust us, it works).

4. Old Dutch Master Gouda

Serving Old Dutch Master Gouda cheese with berries, photo by Gourmet Food Store

Gouda is one of those cheeses that presents itself in many different guises. The taste and texture of a young, four-week Gouda will be vastly different to a fine, aged cheese like Old Dutch Master Gouda, for example. Matured for forty weeks, this award-winning cheese accumulates crunchy, crystalline chunks and a butterscotch nuttiness that makes it prime material for an after-meal cheese board.

Pair with: sliced apple and a sprinkle of sugar, along with a glass of port or fortified wine.

5. Burrata

Traditional Italian Burrata cheese, photo by Gourmet Food Store

As mozzarella's more seductive cousin, Burrata is a traditional Italian cheese often served as an appetizer, but is equally well-suited to the dessert plate. Essentially a purse of mozzarella encasing creamy stracciatella and cream that gush out upon the slice of a knife, this buttery treat reaches a culinary crescendo with the addition of peach slices, strawberries, blueberries and other fruits. Forget cheesecakes, chocolate puddings or gateaux...this is what the drool-worthiest dreams are made of..

Pair with: peach slices and other sweet fruits.

6. Comte

Serving Comté cheese with strawberries, photo by Gourmet Food Store

Traditional melting cheeses like Comte are revered for their versatility in the kitchen, as ideal for snacks and sandwiches as they are for melting into souffles and French onion soups. What's more, this rich, cow's milk cheese can even be enjoyed as a dessert, particularly when paired with fruits such as strawberry or fig, with which its buttery, nutty flavor contrasts perfectly. Better still, try it grated over caramelized bananas for a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

Pair with: Chardonnay, Riesling or French cider, along with aforementioned strawberries, figs and caramelized bananas.


Cheese desserts are a testament to the rich culinary heritage of Europe, but are mostly something we associate with the cuisine of France and Italy, where a dessert cheese course is often offered at the end of a meal. The trick to the best cheese dessert course is showcasing the diversity of cheese, from creamy and sweet to pungent and salty, and creating a board that allows you to explore different types of dessert cheeses while pairing them with fruits, nuts, and wines. With recipes ranging from simple pairings like Massimo Bottura’s Parmigiano and Balsamico, to more complex assortment, cheese desserts are a wonderful and versatile option for concluding a meal on a high note.


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Albertina Roca

Copywriter & Certified Cheese Addict

Meet Albertina, a seasoned food writing wordsmith and marketing creative split between the sizzling vibes of Miami and the charming streets of Buenos Aires. With a solid 20 years in the traditional and digital advertising world for the gourmet food industry, she’s mastered the art of making words as mouthwatering as the dishes they describe. She’s proudly been part of the Gourmet Food Store family (and its brands) since its very beginnings, and what a fun, flavor-packed journey it has been!


Albertina's journey in copywriting is marked by a passion for creativity and a knack for connecting with audiences. Her expertise spans SEO-driven content that boosts visibility, engaging social media strategies that spark conversations, persuasive advertising campaigns that captivate, and heartfelt storytelling that resonates deeply.


With a diverse portfolio spanning numerous articles, blogs, and captivating content pieces, Albertina has left her mark on the industry. From informative guides to persuasive sales copy, her work not only informs but also inspires action.

Education and Background

Her journey began at Rutgers College, where she studied in History and Political Science, with a minor in English Lit. She honed her craft at The Miami Ad School in South Beach, where creativity and copy collided under the South Florida Sun. From the neon streets of South Beach to the tango beats of Buenos Aires, her pen dances with the rhythm of whatever gastronomic tales she gets to write at the time.

Currently savoring life in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she’s bilingual in English and Spanish, an avid reader, and cheese addict.

Her writing? Seasoned with creativity, spiced with experience, and garnished with a dash of wit.

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