Thanksgiving Turkey Dessert Board

Create a Turkey Dessert Board for easy entertaining to celebrate Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving. Customizable and fun to create, you’ll serve up smiles and satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth too.

 Turkey Dessert Board for Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving | © #thanksgiving #dessert #friendsgiving

This turkey dessert board is as fun to make as it is to eat,

ideal for Friendsgiving or family members in town over

the Thanksgiving holiday weekend!

 Turkey Dessert Board for Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving | © #thanksgiving #dessert #friendsgiving

Start with a wood board or tray and a pear to create your turkey.

Cut your pear in half and place a pear half in the bottom center of your serving board.

To create Tom Turkey’s face, I used some melted almond bark / candy coating

as the ‘glue’ to attach Wilton Candy Eyeballs left from Halloween

and a piece of candy corn for the turkey’s beak.

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I cut off a little of the wide end off of a piece of candy corn to make the beak smaller

before attaching it to the turkey. For the wattle, I used a piece of cut red licorice,

as with Cinnamon-Sugar Puff Pastry Turkeys and Nutter Butter Turkey Cupcakes.

 Candy coated pretzel rods for Turkey Dessert Board for Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving | © #thanksgiving #dessert #friendsgiving

To make some turkey “feathers”, I used pretzel rods,

dipped and spread with melted almond bark. Use melted chocolate chips or candy melts

if you prefer, following the directions on the package for melting.

Place the dipped pretzels on wax or parchment paper and add some decorative sprinkles

or jimmies while the candy coating is warm.

I used some autumn leaves sprinkles I had in my cupcake decorating stash.

 Turkey Dessert Board for Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving | © #thanksgiving #dessert #friendsgiving

Once the candy coating is set, about 20 minutes, place your pretzel rods

in a fantail position around your turkey.

Now the fun begins. . . filling in the feathers with sweet treats!

 Turkey Dessert Board for Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving | © #thanksgiving #dessert #friendsgiving

Choose your family or friends’ favorites to assemble your dessert board. . .

 Turkey Dessert Board for Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving | © #thanksgiving #dessert #friendsgiving

I used some Reese’s Pieces, Pumpkin Spice Yogurt Pretzels, Pirouline Wafers,

an assortment of mini cookies, Kit Kat Minis Unwrapped,

and Brach’s Pie Favorites Candy Corn – Apple Pie & Pumpkin Pie.

 Turkey Dessert Board for Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving | © #thanksgiving #dessert #friendsgiving

I filled in between the rows of pretzels with my assorted treats.

I found my rustic wood tray with handles at World Market.

The edge of the tray keeps all the treats contained and from spilling when moving it to serve.

 Turkey Dessert Board for Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving | © #thanksgiving #dessert #friendsgiving

This is a sweet variation of my Turkey Snack Board, which is equally as fun to make,

with endless possibilities for snacking and feeding hungry pilgrims,

football fans and family over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend!

Turkey Snack Board for Thanksgiving | © #thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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  36 comments for “Thanksgiving Turkey Dessert Board

  1. Melissa newell
    November 21, 2019 at 6:11 am

    So so creative and yummy. Thx for sharing 🍂🦃🍁 happy thanksgiving

  2. Lauren S
    November 21, 2019 at 6:15 am

    Wow, Mary, what an adorable, festive tray! It’s too cute. My grandgirls would love it, I may have to give it a try. Thank you for sharing such a fun treat.

  3. November 21, 2019 at 6:52 am

    You always have such cool dessert and snack ideas!

  4. November 21, 2019 at 7:30 am

    Mary, you make entertaining so much fun! Ella Mae would love helping me make this and then wanting to immediately start eating the sweets! Happy Thursday!

  5. Rita C.
    November 21, 2019 at 8:14 am

    Omg, my husband would love that!

  6. Ellen
    November 21, 2019 at 8:42 am

    OMG!! I have to make both!!! What a great idea!!! 🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃

  7. November 21, 2019 at 8:51 am

    Fabulous Mary!! I bet it was fun shopping for the goodies too :) At my house this tray wouldn’t look like a turkey for very long 😂

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  9. November 21, 2019 at 9:14 am

    Another fun idea, who doesn’t love sugar done cute!

  10. Barbara Zuleski
    November 21, 2019 at 9:29 am

    Just delightful, we will serve the desert and appetizer boards up on Thanksgiving, thank you for your wonderful inspirations.

  11. Virginia
    November 21, 2019 at 9:59 am

    Such creative ideas, I can’t imagine not wanting to graze from these two adorable turkeys 🦃🦃. Have a Happy Thanksgivings Day.

  12. Vanessa Breg
    November 21, 2019 at 10:02 am

    You are so adorable Mary! I am making the Thanksgiving Snackboard for Thanksgiving. I have sent pictures of this to EVERYONE I know. SO CUTE! Thanksgiving Blessings to you and yours.

  13. Clara
    November 21, 2019 at 10:11 am

    Great ideas Mary! Thanks for sharing this with us. Happy Thanksgiving! Clara🦃

    • November 21, 2019 at 2:17 pm

      Thank you Clara, good to hear from you! I hope you’re on the mend and will feel better for the holiday season ♥

  14. Amy Kaminski
    November 21, 2019 at 10:42 am

    This is the cutest!!!

  15. Sandra Garth
    November 21, 2019 at 10:43 am

    These boards are amazing Mary! Love your creativity and I would love to do one of these with my granddaughter. Wishing you and those you hold dear a Happy Thanksgiving.

  16. Debbie
    November 21, 2019 at 10:55 am

    This is awesome! Will definitely be making an appearance on our Thanksgiving dessert table! Thank you for sharing!

  17. Cyndi Raines
    November 21, 2019 at 10:58 am

    Turkey twins! Haha, Love this too! I am making the cheese /fruit one for a church gathering next Wednesday night, but this is tempting too. I have to remember to go get the eyes! Kee cranking out these great ideas Mary! Lol 🍊🍂

  18. Sue
    November 21, 2019 at 11:23 am

    What fun! Thank you for sharing yet another creative and adorable idea! BTW, I made your pumpkin spice chocolate chip oatmeal cookies and they are delicious.

    • November 21, 2019 at 1:00 pm

      Thanks for letting me know Sue! They’re my hubby’s favorite new cookie. 🍪 ❤️🍁🍂

  19. Kitty
    November 21, 2019 at 11:47 am

    Oh my, Mary, you’ve given us another fun platter inspiration for Thanksgiving! I already sent the appetizer idea to my daughter, and this would be equally fun to make. Kids would love this!!

  20. Susan B
    November 21, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    Amazing! You never cease to amaze me!!

  21. Ann
    November 21, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    You have a real gift for writing and for visual creations! Please don’t ever quit!!!!!

  22. Paula
    November 21, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    Mary ~

    Very cute , the nieces and nephews would love it !!

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving, and your talents are a real blessing to all of us on this side of the screen !!


    • November 21, 2019 at 8:11 pm

      Thank you Paula, Happy Thanksgiving❣️🦃🍁🍂

  23. Karen
    November 24, 2019 at 9:59 am

    You are so creative! I love it!

  24. November 24, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    You are killing me with the cuteness! This is the best thing EVER!

  25. Jo
    November 27, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Great idea! Kid friendly project, too cute! Happy Thanksgiving!

  26. November 6, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    Hi Mary,

    I’m a food reporter and would love to feature a couple of these photos and link to your creative recipe for a Thanksgiving story I’m working on. Please email me at your earliest convenience :)


  27. November 24, 2020 at 7:51 pm

    Oh my, what a fun idea!! Love it! Bet it is as fun to eat as it is to make.

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