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Adorable Turkey Crust Pumpkin Pie

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This Adorable Turkey Crust Pumpkin Pie is easy to recreate and will amaze your family and friends this holiday season. Let me show you how easy it is to assemble, and bake, this fun Thanksgiving holiday treat.

Turkey Crust Pumpkin Pie

I thought I’d kick off #PumpkinWeek2016 with a bang this year and share with you this Adorable Turkey Crust Pumpkin Pie. The key to assembling the turkey crust, so he doesn’t drown in all that luscious pumpkin filling, is to bake the pumpkin pie partially before adding Mr. Tom Turkey on top. That way the custard pie will be set enough so that the turkey crust will sit on top of the pie and won’t be eaten up and fall to the bottom of the pie, rendering him invisible. That would be no fun at all!

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions and complete ingredient measurements for making this Adorable Turkey Crust Pumpkin Pie is available near the end of this post. 

Fun Turkey Crust Pumpkin Pie

To simplify the process of making this Adorable Turkey Crust Pumpkin Pie I used some store-bought pie crust that can be found in the refrigerator section of the grocery store. If you have a penchant for making your own crust, by all means, use your favorite recipe, but be sure you make enough for a double crust pie.

Turkey Crust Pumpkin Pie

Are you ready to make this Adorable Turkey Crust Pumpkin Pie? Great! Let’s begin!

  • Roll out one pie crust to fit a 9″ pie plate.
  • Roll the dough loosely onto the rolling pin and transfer it to a waiting 9″ pie plate.
  • Carefully unroll the dough…

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  • Gently press the dough into the corners of the plate and up the sides.
  • Crimp the top of the crust however you like.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together granulated sugar, cinnamon, salt, ground ginger, grated nutmeg, and cloves.

Turkey Crust Pumpkin Pie Directions

  • In a large bowl, whisk together 2 eggs, pumpkin puree, evaporated milk, and vanilla.

Directions to make a pumpkin pie.

  • Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and whisk well to combine.
  • Pour the filling into the prepared pie crust.
  • Once the pie is filled, partially bake it in a preheated 425-degree oven for 40-45 minutes.
  • While the pie is baking, roll out the second pie crust and start trimming the pie crust pieces to form the turkey body.

Directions for making a turkey crust pumpkin pie.

How to make a turkey crust pumpkin pie.

  • Use water on your finger to “glue” the turkey beak and waddle to the neck and head.
  • Using more water, carefully transfer the turkey neck to the body (a spatula works well for this).

Making a turkey out of pie crust.

  • Use a small piece of cardboard (from the back of a small note pad), and draw out two sizes of feathers, one longer, and one shorter.
  • Cut out the cardboard feathers to use as a pattern.
  • Use a paring knife to trim at least 15 feathers (both sizes) from the remaining pie crust.
  • Carefully use the blade of the paring knife to score lines into the dough to resemble feathers.
  • If needed, use the paring knife to gently fraction the body of the turkey to more easily determine the placement of the feathers.

Making a turkey out of pie crust instructions.

  • Once the pie is partially baked, it’s time to start assembling the turkey on top of the pie, starting with his body.
  • Use a touch of water to add the feathers, one at a time to the body of the turkey until you like the way he looks.
  • Use a skewer or toothpick to make the holes for the eyes.
  • When the turkey is completely assembled, return the pie to the oven and continue baking until the center of the pie is completely set and the turkey crust is lightly brown and golden.
  • Cool completely before cutting and serving.

Turkey Crust Pumpkin Pie for Thanksgiving.

Turkey Crust Pumpkin Pie for Thanksgiving

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Below is the printable recipe card for today’s Adorable Turkey Crust Pumpkin Pie. If you’ve enjoyed this recipe and look forward to making it (or have already made it), I’d appreciate if you’d take a moment to give it some feedback by way of stars near the comment section at the end of this post. Thank you so much!

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Turkey Crust Pumpkin Pie
Adorable Turkey Crust Pumpkin Pie
Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 15 mins
Total Time
2 hrs
This easy and adorable Turkey Crust Pumpkin Pie will wow your family and friends at the Thanksgiving table.
Course: Dessert, Dessert - Pie
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Thanksgiving pumpkin pie, Turkey Crust Pumpkin Pie
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 93 kcal
Renee - Kudos Kitchen: Renée
  • 2 9" pie crust
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin pie purée
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 400-degrees.

  2. Roll out one of the pie crusts to fit slightly larger than a 9" deep dish pie plate.
  3. Loosely roll the pie crust upon the rolling pin and transfer it to a waiting 9" pie plate.
  4. Gently unroll the crust and evenly press the crust into the corners and up the sides of the plate.
  5. Crimp the edge of the crust with your favorite method of decoration.
  6. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg.
  7. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin puree, evaporated milk, and vanilla.
  8. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and whisk to thoroughly combine the pie filling so that it's creamy, with no lumps.
  9. Carefully pour the pie filling into the waiting pie crust in the pie plate.
  10. Partially bake the pie in a preheated oven for 30-35 minutes.
  11. While the pie partially bakes, roll out the second pie crust.
  12. Use a small 5" - 6" bowl as the body of the turkey and use a paring knife to carefully cut around the bowl on the crust.
  13. Using the paring knife cut out a neck and head shape for the turkey, along with a small triangle for the beak, and also a long skinny piece for the turkey waddle.
  14. Wet a finger with water and use it to attach the turkey beak and waddle to the head of the turkey.
  15. Using additional water (as glue) and a spatula, transfer the turkey neck and head onto the bottom of the body of the turkey. Use your fingers to re-shape, if needed.
  16. To make the feathers, use a small piece of cardboard (from the back of a notepad) and draw out two sizes of feathers (one long, and one short).
  17. Use scissors to cut the feathers from the cardboard, and then cut at least 15 feathers (long and short) from the remaining uncut pie dough.
  18. Gently use the paring knife to add the veins to each feather, making sure not to cut through the dough).
  19. Also, use the paring knife to gently and evenly fraction the turkey body to help with the placement of the feathers.
  20. Remove the partially baked pie from the oven and use a spatula to gently place the turkey body (including the neck, head, beak, and waddle) and on top of the pie, right up to the edge.
  21. Using the water as glue, place the feathers, one at a time, on the body of the turkey overlapping as needed, and to your liking.
  22. Use a toothpick or skewer to add small holes for the turkey's eyes.
  23. Return the turkey crust pie back to the oven and continue baking until the center of the pie is set, and the turkey crust is lightly golden (approximately 30-40 minutes)
  24. **NOTE - If your outer pie crust is turning too brown before the turkey is golden, cover the outer rim of the pie crust with aluminum foil and continue baking until the pie is set and the turkey is golden.
Nutrition Facts
Adorable Turkey Crust Pumpkin Pie
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 93 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 164mg 7%
Potassium 17mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 19g 6%
Sugars 18g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 1.7%
Calcium 0.9%
Iron 1.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Adorable Turkey Crust Pumpkin Pie

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#PumpkinWeek is something food bloggers around the internet look forward to every year. This year is no exception. Without further ado, here is a list of links to other delicious new pumpkin recipes shared by 21 talented food bloggers for #PumpkinWeek2016

Adorable Turkey Crust Pumpkin Pie from Kudos Kitchen by Renee.
Amish Pumpkin Roll from Palatable Pastime.
Double Pumpkin Gnocchi from Caroline’s Cooking.
Gigi’s Spiced Pumpkin Pecan Bread from Family Around The Table.
Healthy Pumpkin Oatmeal in the slow cooker from Feeding Big.
Lisa’s Pumpkin Soup from Cooking With Carlee.
Mini Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecakes from The Crumby Cupcake.
Pecan Pumpkin Cobbler from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks.
Pumpkin Bread from The Freshman Cook.
Pumpkin Bread with Maple Glaze from Making Miracles.
Pumpkin Brulee Tart from The Redhead Baker.
Pumpkin Cookies with Butter Rum Icing from Grumpy’s Honeybunch.
Pumpkin Creme Brulee from Love and Confections.
Pumpkin Glazed Bacon from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen.
Pumpkin Laksa from Culinary Adventures with Camilla.
Pumpkin Milkshake from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Pumpkin Muffins from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings.
Pumpkin Pretzel Bites from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures.
Pumpkin Spice Affogato from The Bitter Side of Sweet.
Pumpkin Spice Granola from The Chef Next Door.
Spiced Pumpkin Cider from Gluten Free Crumbley

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  2. Jillene C. Hribar

    This is so cute! I’m wondering…do you think the turkey could be baked separately then laid on top of the pie afterwards?

    • Hi Jillene. I really have no idea because I haven’t tried it, but I honestly don’t see why not. The only problem my be that he wouldn’t actually be attached to the pie, and may slide.
      Other than that, I can’t really think it would be a problem. If you do it, let me know how it works for you.

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  4. Hello, so I’ve never made a pie before but I want to do this. I was wondering what is the best way to transport this pie from my house to another with out it getting messed up? Also does it have to be fresh spices or can I get everything out of a jar?

    • Thanks for your question, Breann. The best spices are always the fresh ones. However, jarred spices will work too. Use whatever you have, or whatever is most available to you. Regarding the transportation, a pie carrier is your friend. Check them out on Amazon.com or most likely any major retailer. Or, in a pinch, use a shallow cardboard box that is only slightly larger around then the circumference of the pie plate. Carefully lower the pie in the box and you’re ready to go. Oh, cover the pie loosely with tin foil first 🙂
      Hope this helps!
      Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. This might be a silly question, but do you think this would work with a cherry pie?

    • Hi Holly! Not silly at all. The only thing that would probably happen is that the Turkey would conform to the shape of the cherries as they cooked down. I couldn’t guarantee how he’d look after that, but I’d give it a try if I was you. Let me know how it works for you if you do it. Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. I just saw this recreated today on ThreadBanger channel on YouTube. Thought you’d like to know. Here’s the link: https://youtu.be/kn_8sANjGfg

  7. I just saw this recreated today on ThreadBanger channel on YouTube. Here’s the link: https://youtu.be/kn_8sANjGfg

  8. I made this pie tonight for Thanksgiving tomorrow and it was an overall success. The only issue I had was that the edge of my crust was starting to overcook before the turkey piece was thoroughly browned. I tried a foil tent, but that just prevented him from browning. He’s done. Just looks a bit pale compared to the rest of the crust! I’m sure it will still be a hit. Thanks for the post!

    • Awesome! Perhaps a foil tent around the perimeter would have worked better but I don’t know because I didn’t have to do it. Unfortunately every oven is different so it’s difficult to know for sure. I’m happy you had overall success. Ill bet he’ll be a big hit! Thanks for letting me know.

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  11. Karen Bruzewski

    I’m making the sweetist pumpkin pie with your turkey design onto. Happy thanksgiving to you and your family…thank you for you art. God bless you,Karen from Linwood,MI

    • I am thankful for readers like you who take the time to be so caring and thoughtful, Karen. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family as well.
      Enjoy the pie, and have a wonderful day!

  12. I made this last night and it is amazing and adorable!! Thanks so much for the great idea. And happy thanksgiving

  13. Looks gorgeous. How long do you bake the pie before you put the turkey on it?

    • It’s in the directions, but since you’ve asked, it’s 40-45 minutes to partially bake the pie before adding the turkey crust. I would suggest, however, going back through the actual recipe to follow the other tips and suggestions if you have the time.
      Thanks for your questions. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  15. I think I will make and bake the turkey’s a day ahead then just lay them on the finished pie. Plan to make them to sell at our church youth baked goods auction!

  16. Melissa Belanger

    Oh my gosh. This is seriously the cutest. I can’t wait to make it for Thanksgiving this year!

  17. Wow, this looks incredible! Thank you so much for all the tips and photos. Your instructions help a lot! I don’t think I’ll be making regular pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving again. 🙂

  18. Super cute! Would love to make this for Thanksgiving!

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