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Gingerbread Turkey

  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 to 3-1/2 hours
  • Servings: 10-16
  • Course: Main Dish

This spiced gingerbread turkey isn’t complete without classic gingerbread men for a sweet and savory dish.

Reynolds Kitchens® Tips

Reynolds Wrap Tip

Line your roasting pan with Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil for tender, moist turkey and easy cleanup!


For Turkey

  • 1, 10 to 16-pound turkey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil

For Gingerbread Rub

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

For Glaze

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon molasses

For Dressing

  • 1/2 cup mashed potatoes
  • Fresh herbs
  • Gingerbread cookies
  • Gumdrops or other decorative candy


Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix together all ingredients for gingerbread rub and set aside. Whisk together molasses and olive oil and set aside.

Step 2

Line a roasting pan that is at least 2 inches deep with Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil.

Step 3

Remove neck and giblets from turkey; rinse and pat turkey dry. Place turkey in foil lined roasting pan. If desired loosely stuff turkey.

Step 4

Brush with oil and molasses mixture then fully coat turkey in gingerbread rub.

Step 5

Make a foil tent by placing a sheet of foil over the turkey, leaving 1 inch between top of turkey and foil test for heat circulation. Crimp foil onto long sides of pan.

Step 6

Roast turkey until meat thermometer reads at least 165°F in the breast and thickest part of the thigh not touching the bone, about 3 to 3 1/2 hours for a 14 lb unstuffed turkey. Remove from oven and let stand for 15 minutes. Remove and discard foil.

Step 7

Transfer turkey to a serving dish. Pipe mashed potato gingerbread man outlines on Turkey. Dress the plate with fresh herbs, gingerbread cookies and candy just before serving.


For guidance on approximate cooking times, see cooking chart here.

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