This is the cutest Thanksgiving appetizer! Your guests will gobble up this Thanksgiving Turkey Peanut Butter Cheeseball. A sweet ball of cream cheese and peanut butter covered with Reese’s Pieces and decorated to look like a turkey. Serve with pretzels and Nilla Wafers for a sweet appetizer or dessert.
If you didn’t realize it yet, Thanksgiving is just two weeks away! I’m especially excited about the holiday season this year since it will be William’s first! He just turned 3 months old so he won’t really understand Thanksgiving or Christmas this year, but I’m excited for him to meet extended family and to start new traditions as a family.
Most of the time, the appetizers you serve at a party are savory. But I like to add in a sweet appetizer as well! This Peanut Butter Cheeseball is the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving spread!
This appetizer starts with a creamy peanut butter and cream cheese ball. Pretzel rods form the turkey’s tail and head, while a Reese’s Piece is used for his face. Cover the entire ball with Reese’s Pieces and then serve with Nilla Wafers.
It’s that easy! Kids will love to help put this appetizer together. But they will love snacking on it even more!
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 8 oz package cream cheese
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup Reese's Pieces
- 6 pretzel rods
- 1 package Nilla Wafers (for serving)
- In a stand mixer, beat the butter and brown sugar until combined. Add the cream cheese and peanut butter and beat until combined. Add in the powdered sugar and vanilla, beat until combined.
- Place a large sheet of plastic wrap on the counter. Place the peanut butter mixture in the center of the plastic wrap. Bring up all the corners of the plastic wrap and form into a ball. Place the ball in the freezer for about 1 1/2 hours until firm enough to hold it's shape but still soft enough to mold.
- Before removing the plastic wrap, make sure it's molded into a nice ball shape. Place in the center of a round serving platter.
- To make the tail, I broke off about 1 1/2 inch pieces off of 5 pretzel rods and poked the larger end into the peanut butter ball. To make the head, I broke about a 2 1/2 inch piece off and poked the larger piece at the opposite site of the peanut butter ball.
- Take a little bit of the peanut butter mixture secure one Reese's Piece on the head of the turkey.
- Press the remaining Reese's Pieces into the peanut butter ball so it is completely covered.
- Surround the turkey with Nilla Wafers. Serve immediately or cover with plastic wrap and keep in the fridge until you are ready to serve.