Thanksgiving Cheese Ball Recipe

12 Servings
2 hr 10 min

Making a Thanksgiving cheese ball will be a new tradition after you see how fun and easy it is with this recipe. A cute little turkey that everyone will love to eat!

Of course you can also make one that you don’t decorate but this one is so much fun with the turkey theme for Thanksgiving. Anytime you need a delicious ands simple cheeseball recipe you can try out this recipe.

If you want bite sized cheeseballs that you can serve up for appetizers and more, check out my Healthy Cheese Ball Recipe!

Cheeseballs are a great holiday treat because they can serve as an appetizer, a side dish, a snack between meals, or a cute edible centerpiece if you are making this Thanksgiving cheese ball with the turkey decor!

I love that it’s such an easy recipe to make. It can be served with more pretzels, chips, crackers, or even fresh veggies. There’s something for everyone that you can circle up around this cute little turkey so each guest can enjoy the tasty treat. 

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Thanksgiving Cheese Ball Recipe
Recipe details
  • 12  Servings
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 2 Hours Total time: 2 hr 10 min
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  • 8 oz. Package of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 Cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 Cup pecans, chopped
  • Pretzel sticks
  • 1 pretzel rod
  • 2 Candy eyes
  • 1 Candy Corn
  • Royal Icing Pen (or glue gun if not eating this part)

Cream the softened cream cheese in a stand mixer for a few minutes Add the shredded cheese and mix for 1-2 minutes until fully incorporated.
Using your hands, gently form the cheese mixture into a ball. Place the cheese ball in a sheet of plastic wrap (you can continue to shape the ball once you have it wrapped up).
Place the ball in the refrigerator for a at least 2 hours to firm up.
Remove the cheese ball from the fridge. Open the plastic wrap and gently roll it in the chopped pecans, fully coating the exterior of the ball. Place back in the sheet of plastic wrap and place it back in the fridge for 20-30 minutes.
To make the turkey head, cut/break the pretzel rod in half. Using your royal icing pen or hot glue gun (IF NOT EATING THE PRETZEL ROD) “glue” the eyes onto the top front of the pretzel rod. Place the Candy Corn upside down and glue for the beak.
When you are ready to serve, set your cheese ball out for 10-15l minutes to soften. Add your pretzel stick tail feathers to the back of the ball and gently slide the pretzel rod down into the front of the turkey. Surround with crackers and Enjoy!
Michele Brosius
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  • Fla22338806 Fla22338806 on Oct 04, 2022

    Everyone can not have nuts, so I plan on using chopped pretzels to coat the cheese ball when I make this