DIY: Thanksgiving Turkey Cheeseball Recipe

As most of us now do when we’re looking for something creative to create from recipes to crafts, we head to Pinterest. Going back and forth, I was skeptical of this little Turkey Cheese Ball I came across. It very well could’ve been added to my post on Pinterest Fails, you know? But feeling confident, I gave it a try and WOW, what a success! Everyone at our Thanksgiving celebration loved it. I didn’t quite go by the original pin, but instead adapted the ingredients and supplies by what I already had in my home.

DIY: Thanksgiving Turkey Cheeseball RecipeSo, you want to make one too? Here’s how:


  • TWO 8oz pkgs of cream cheese, softened
  • 2 Tablespoons minced onion
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced green bell pepper
  • One 8oz can crushed pineapple well drained
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

What you’ll need for the decorations:

  • pretzel sticks
  • 1 piece of Whopper candy
  • 1 Swedish Fish candy
  • 1 pretzel rod
  • candy eyes
  • candy corn
  • chocolate icing or melted chocolate
Mix together the cream cheese, spices, and crushed pineapple – drained well.  With damp hands, form the mixture into a ball and then roll the ball in the chopped pecans.
Wrap the pecan-covered cheese ball in wax or parchment paper and put it in the freezer for about 20 minutes to help it firm up a bit.
Once out of the freezer, make the turkey ‘feathers’ out of the stick pretzels by sticking them in the back half of the cheese ball.
[OPTIONAL: Last time I made this two years ago, I used smaller pretzel sticks and  also used crackers to spread around the back portion of the plate as additional ‘feathers’]
For the turkey head, I used a pretzel rod. I then used peanut butter to adhere a Whopper to the top of the pretzel and then peanut butter again to adhere the candy eyes. From there I stuck a piece of a Swedish fish and a piece of a peanut for the nose.
DIY: Thanksgiving Turkey Cheeseball Recipe
Check it out! Above  is the first ‘Turkey Cheese Ball’ I previously mentioned creating.

Using what I already had, smaller pretzel sticks were used. I added crackers to the plate. For the head, I used a donut hole instead of using a Whopper then a piece of red fruit rollup instead of a piece of Swedish fish. Both times I used peanut butter to adhere the head and eyes, but you could also use icing as ‘glue’ and a piece of candy corn for the beak. Just throwing some options out there!

Overall, I’d say this little guy was a hit. The cheeseball was delicious and the presentation was perfect for a Thanksgiving treat. An added bonus: I was able to make it in-between taking a shower and getting my son ready for our Thanksgiving dinner at our cousin’s house. That’s a win in my book!

DIY: Thanksgiving Turkey Cheeseball Recipe

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