Holidays, Turkey Topped Pecan Pie

Let’s talk a little turkey…

An easy pie decoration~

And an easy pie!

Have you seen Pecan Pie in a jar?

I have seen it at Trader Joe’s, Williams Sonoma, and it’s available on line at  Amazon here

I took a little liberty and added some chocolate chips

I love Trader Joe’s pie crust too, it’s so buttery and flaky!

Brush the pie crust cookie cut outs with egg

I used black decorating sugar for the pilgrim hat

A mix of yellow and red gel food colors created the orange for Tom turkey

When researching fun facts about Thanksgiving for the Tablescape Hop last week I discovered this:

Ben Franklin wanted the turkey, not the eagle, to be our national bird. Franklin wrote in a letter to his daughter that the eagle had “bad moral character,” and that the turkey was a “much more respectable bird.”

Thomas Jefferson thought a Federal holiday for Thanksgiving was “the most ridiculous idea” ever conceived. It’s been said that Benjamin Franklin named the male turkey “Tom” to spite Thomas because of their differences of opinion about the holiday and the national bird.

Bake the turkeys until they are almost done and add pecan feathers during the last few minutes so they don’t burn

The color kind of does it’s own thing during baking

Gobble Gobble!

If you don’t want to use Pecan Pie in a Jar, here are some tasty alternatives

Easy recipe for Chocolate Pecan Pie here

Pecan Pie Minis

Pecan Pie Cheesecakes

Pie Crust Turkey Cookies

perfect for nibbling or decorating your Thanksgiving Pies!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American


  • cookie cutters


  • refrigerated pie crust dough or homemade dough rolled out as for pie
  • 1 egg beaten
  • food coloring or food gel colors
  • pecan halves
  • decorating sugar


  • Cut dough into desired shapes with cookie cutters.


  • Brush lightly with egg then desired color or colors. {mix yellow and red together for orange} Bake “cookies” on a sil pat or parchment lined baking sheet at 400 degrees, checking after 5 minutes. A few minutes before cookies are done add pecan “leaves” and return to oven to finish.*
  • *if you add pecans too early they might burn

Pilgrim Hats

  • Brush with egg and top with black sparkling sugar before baking
  • Set cookies aside to cool before topping baked pie
Keyword pie crust cookies, pilgrim hat cookies, Thanksgiving, turkey cookies, turkey pie decoration

You can also serve these turkey cookies without the pie for savory nibbles before dinner


Make Cheesy Everything Turkey Cocktail Cookies


for another printable version of Pie Crust Turkey Cookies click here

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17 Responses to “Holidays, Turkey Topped Pecan Pie”
  1. Looks yummy, what time should I come by for dessert?

  2. That pie would melt in my mouth! Love the cute turkey decoration.

  3. Jodi says:

    Oh that pie!!!!!! Gotta find that pecan pie in a jar at TJs! love that you added some chocolate chips to the top. As much as I love to bake, I don’t eat a lot of my own sweets. This pie however – I might eat the whole thing!

  4. I usually make my own crust from scratch, but Trader Joe’s has a good one for emergencies? I’ll check it out! Thanks! And thanks for the background on the holiday and the spat between Jefferson and Franklin. That’s something new to me! Wild!

  5. Ilze says:

    That pie looks so delicious!

  6. Lynn says:

    Chocolate pecan pie sounds like a winner:@)

  7. debra cantales says:

    How cute is that turkey decoration! If I made this pie, I would have to hide it from myself. 🙂

  8. Mary says:

    Cute pie decorations Jenna! I did see the ‘pie in a jar’ at WS. I wish Trader Joe’s would open up closer to me, my shopping cart would be overflowing with more than we could gobble 🙂

  9. This is so cute and clever Jenna! My daughter makes a wonderful pecan pie but I will try the pie in a jar. Have a gorgeous day!

  10. Now that is a cute turkey decoration! Pecan pie is a favorite dessert of mine and yours looks delicious! I wish I had TJ’s closer to home, but I drive to Birmingham often enough to stock up!

  11. Sharon Mann says:

    Ooo and ahhh, what a creative pie.

  12. Julie says:

    Hi Jenna, I love TJ’s and I will have to look for this there. I love your cute turkeys and the fun facts about Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing at C&C with J&J. Enjoy the week.
    Julie xo

  13. Sandra Garth says:

    From scratch pie crusts and I don’t have the best relationship so I buy them ready-made. Chocolate Pecan Pie sounds amazing and the turkey cookies are the perfect decoration. I’d probably pick the pecans off the turkey’s tails and have to try and replace them.Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, and I hope your week is going great.

  14. Hi there, this would fit perfectly in Food on Friday: November under the American Favorites theme. Hope you bring it on over to share with everybody. Cheers from Carole’s Chatter

  15. thefrenchhutch says:

    Oh my, we love pecan pie and yours looks incredible! Perfect cutouts to top a favorite for turkey day! Love……….

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