Tom Turkey Pumpkin Cheese Ball

Tom Turkey Pumpkin Cheeseball
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It’s time… Time for all things pumpkin! And there’s no better place for a delicious pumpkin cheese ball than right in the middle of your Thanksgiving appetizer buffet.  This guy makes everyone smile, especially when they grab a ginger snap and dig in. #Thanksgiving #holidayappetizer #pumpkincreamcheese

Cheese Ball Recipe

16 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 jar (12.5 oz) Grandma Hoerner’s Pumpkin Butter
3 Tbs. Kansas honey
1 1/2 cups finely chopped pecans, divided use

Combine softened cream cheese with pumpkin butter, honey, and 3/4 cup crushed pecans.
Form mixture into a ball; sprinkle with remaining 3/4 cup crushed pecans, gently pressing them into the top; chill well.

Pumpkin Cheeseball with Ginger Snaps

The pumpkin cheese ball is fine without Tom, too… but not nearly as cute!

Once cheese ball is well chilled, it’s time to turn him into Tom Turkey!

You Will Need:
1-2 turkey or beef sticks for neck
1 red Fruit Roll Up for head
2 eyeballs
Icing to “glue” eyeballs on
1 piece candy corn for nose, pretzel sticks for the feathers
1 box of your favorite Ginger Snap Cookies

  1. Insert pretzel sticks across his rear end to create tail feathers.
  2. Insert 2 beef sticks side-by-side to make the turkey’s neck. (If you prefer a skinny turkey neck, just use a single beef stick)
  3. Roll the Fruit Roll Up into a ball; press on top of turkey neck to create the turkey’s head.
  4. Using icing, glue eyeballs and candy corn nose to turkey’s head.
  5. Place ginger snaps around base of Tom Turkey Cheeseball and serve.Festive Pumpkin Cream Cheese Ball with Ginger Snaps and pretzels - Tom the Turkey!

Now You’re Cookin’,
Chef Alli

**This recipe was featured at the Kansas State Fair by Chef Alli’s Farm Fresh Kitchen and From the Land of Kansas. Don’t forget, you can order these favorite From the Land of Kansas products and ingredients at our new ecommerce sight!


Chef Alli

Chef Alli is a home-grown Kansas girl on a mission to strengthen families through enabling kitchen confidence, educating the family cook, and encouraging better food relationships. She believes with her whole heart that time spent with our loved ones and our overall quality of life is greatly enhanced by nutritious food made at home with simple, wholesome ingredients. She loves being able to connect and share this passion with others through her website, her social media presence, and her coveted speaking engagements.

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