Thanksgiving Turkey Cheese Ball

Is this the CUTEST cheese ball you have ever seen? Angela from Handmade in the Heartland made this darling (and tasty) cheese ball and it's so cute I had to make one. I used a simple cheese ball recipe that I have made for years but if you'd like something a little spicier and more interesting, hop over to Angela's blog. Her recipe looks pretty awesome. She even has pineapple in her cheese ball. I'm definitely tempted to make one with her recipe next time.

It was really fun to look in the fridge and have something this cute looking out at me. I couldn't take pictures until the next day so I kept opening the door to the fridge to see how cute he is. CUTE.

Turkey Cheese Ball Recipe:

1 8 oz. package cream cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar (I shredded a chunk of cheddar cheese)
About 1/2 cup of chopped up mixed nuts
2 candy eyes (bought these at Stop and Shop
1 Slim Jim
pretzel sticks
1 round chocolate candy as in Whopper or Chocolate Pom poms for the head
1 candy corn
a few teaspoons of melted chocolate melts to adhere the eyes and "beak".

Soften cream cheese and cheddar cheese. Cream the cream cheese and add in the shredded cheddar. I do this all my hand but if you have a food processor it would probably go faster. I stir and "cream" until both cheeses are thoroughly mixed together. Then I pop this mixture into a piece of plastic wrap and form it into a ball. At this point it goes into the refrigerator for a few hours to firm it up.

Take it out of the fridge and roll in chopped nuts being careful to keep the nice round shape.

Place pretzels as in picture to make the nice full tail of the turkey. A bit of chocolate melt to glue the round chocolate candy to about a 4 or 5 inch piece of Slim Jim. It was a bit tricky to get this to stay in place and eventually I placed it in the freezer in order to harden it up faster. I glued on the eyes and "beak" candy corn and placed in the freezer for a few minutes. After inserting the "neck" Slim Jim into the cheese ball, I placed the entire thing on a plate and into the refrigerator for overnight.

I've never made this fun and cute turkey cheese ball before but both my daughters thought it was really sweet. Can't wait to see the reaction of the rest of the family on Thanksgiving. I'm pretty sure it's going to be a big hit!

He looks like he's sitting on a nest of crackers. This will definitely be fun to serve at the Thanksgiving table. I'm thankful!

I made a Pinecone Cheeseball that has some wow factor also.

Here's some Chocolate Turkey Pretzels for some more fun.

What about my winter snowman cheese ball you might like also. He makes a big splash at Christmastime.

Little caramel Christmas tree candies


Fall fun ahead, people.

Are you having Thanksgiving dinner? My daughter is working (she's a nurse) so that leaves me to cook the turkey.

Best wishes for a happy Fall.

Be sure to visit these parties that are featuring my turkey cheeseball!


  1. This is so adorable :) I love food and cute food ideas. Holidays are such a fun time to get creative with our food and impress our guests! I usually cook on Thanksgiving but sometimes I have to go to work after dinner. It can be a bit hectic but it is what it is, right?

  2. That's so cute, his expression is priceless!

  3. So cute! Such a fun, duel purpose decoration! I love his expression.

  4. He is adorable! I once made a snowman cheeseball for a Christmas party but never thought to make a turkey. Thanks so much for sharing with us at the Happy Fall party. Pinned.

  5. Linda,
    I love this turkey cheese ball. Congratulations, you are being featured on Over The Moon Linky Party.

  6. This is adorable! Thanks for sharing and CONGRATS - you are one of our Featured Guests at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy!

  7. I am mad about fun holiday food and this turkey cheese ball is a winner! I'll be featuring it on Wednesday at Happy Fall Link Party Features. Drop by!

  8. Another great treat for entertaining guests over the holiday. That turkey's face is the cutest! Pinned!

  9. That's super cheesy LOL, but really cute! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us at the Creative Muster. Looking forward to seeing what you’ll be sharing next week. Pinning!

  10. I love cheeseballs. Anytime is good for me! Please share your posts on my Sunday's Best linkup. I would love to feature you. Starts every Saturday at 8:00 pm EST.

  11. This is such a fun appetizer! Love how cute the turkey is. Thank you for sharing with the Hearth and Soul Link Party. I hope your week has started off well!

  12. How cute! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  13. So cute! Love the turkey and the snowman too! I may try these this season.

  14. This is adorable! I can just imagine what a smile this would bring to your guests' faces.

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I'm featuring you this week!

  15. I love this so much, Linda. So cheerful and adorable. I featured it today at TFT. :)

  16. Adorable and I'm sure delicious too! I pinned this post to try out this holiday. Thanks for linking up and sharing. #HomeMattersParty

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