Turkey Dessert Board
Turkey Dessert Board
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Pie is always nice for Thanksgiving, but if you're looking to spice up your Thanksgiving dessert spread this holiday, try my turkey dessert board.
This easy dessert board is adorably festive featuring a happy little Tom or Tina Turkey to delight all your flock!
I was so excited to try a festive dessert board for this Thanksgiving holiday. We celebrate family birthdays at our Thanksgiving feasts and this dessert board is a nice alternative to the classic pumpkin pie (or addition!).
I started with my acacia wood platter that I use all the time both as a cutting board and a serving platter. I love the versatility I get from this one kitchen tool and the dark and light wood grains are so pretty!
This board measures about 20" in diameter with lots of room to work with. I knew I wanted to make a caramel dipping sauce to pair with fruit slices for the kids (and big kids!) at the party.
This easy caramel sauce takes just minutes to make on the stove top. With the caramel sauce as my turkey body, I moved out with details from here.
Starting with the outer layer of feathers, I sliced bright red and crunchy apples into small wedges. Then, I layered in these beautifully brown pear slices.
Next, I layered in my family's favorite store bought cookies. You could always opt to make your own cookies for this turkey dessert board, but I loved the ease that comes from ripping open a bag or family favorites!
When we munch cookies, we love Orange and Mint Milanos, a chocolate covered biscuit style cookie, macarons (bien sur!), and a tasty gluten free ginger snap. The caramel sauce is also gluten free!
You can see that I just had fun free-styling with my turkey feathers. The most planning went into the fruit slices and from there, I just found areas to layer my cookies.
When all of my cookies were in place, I turned to my Tom/Tina Turkey details. I used white and dark chocolate candy melts to create a beak and a turkey snood.
Let's pause to celebrate the names of turkey anatomy? Snood, wattle, etc! Joyful and delicious to say!
First, I melted my white candy in a small dish until soft and creamy and added some powdered red food coloring to make my beak and snood. I placed the candy in a piping bag and free-handed the design on top of parchment paper.
I let that sit to harden. Next, I melted chocolate candy, placed that in a piping bag and created cute little legs. I set those aside to harden. In both cases, I made multiple parts as back up!
Finally with my soft chocolate, I attached my candy eyes to two chocolate macarons to serve as eyes.
That was it! I had my turkey dessert board dressed up in 30 minutes. And it was FUN!
Let the kids help you with this turkey dessert board and you will create a family tradition to celebrate for years to come.
Salted Caramel Dipping and Drizzling Sauce
This is a very versatile recipe that I use on vanilla ice cream, sundaes, breakfast rolls and for drizzling over fruit.
When serving this on your turkey dessert platter, serve with a small ladle to make it easy for guests to pour some sauce over their fruit on a dessert plate.
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 6 TBS butter cut into chunks
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 tsp salt
- Combine brown sugar, butter and heavy cream in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
- Dissolve sugar completely, stirring continuously.
- When sugar is fully dissolved, increase heat to medium and bring to boil.
- Let boil for 3 minutes stirring every 30 seconds or so.
- When smooth, creamy and golden brown, remove from heat and stir in 1 tsp salt.
- Serve immediately!
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