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These Reindeer Donuts are an easy solution to filling up your dessert table with the cutest, most thematic treats for the holiday season.
Welcome back to my food blog, friends! My name is Aileen and I love connecting with other moms by sharing my best recipes! I am also an author, with three cookbooks under my belt!
This time of year is absolutely hectic! Most moms are out there planning, organizing, purchasing gifts, wrapping gifts, cooking, baking… the list goes on!
This is why I wanted to whip-up a quick dessert that is both budget-friendly and time-saving. I developed my Reindeer Donuts recipe as an easy solution for your busy holiday season.
More Holiday-Themed Desserts
If you have a soft-spot for holiday-themed desserts (just like these adorable Reindeer Donuts!), then be sure to check out my other recipes:
- Christmas Cookie Dip
- Christmas Reindeer Cupcakes
- Rice Cake Christmas Ornaments
- Christmas Tree Oreo Cookies
- Not holiday themed but a favorite: Snickerdoodle Bars
How Long Does It Take to Make These Holiday Donuts?
The best part about this Reindeer Donuts recipe is that it uses store-bought donuts, so whipping them up is a breeze! It should only take you 10-15 minutes to make, depending on how many you decide to assemble.
What Gives The Reindeer Donuts Their Red Nose?
I used a red jellybean to give these sweet reindeer their tasty noses!
Are There Any Ingredient Alternatives?
Absolutely! If you find yourself out of red jellybeans, then you can use another round red candy (like M&Ms, gum drops, Swedish berries, etc.) for the nose. You can also use white and black decorative frosting for the eyes.
If you prefer the taste of vanilla, then feel free to use vanilla donuts instead of chocolate. All you have to do is glaze the top with chocolate ganache – they’re my basic recipe for air fryer donuts and so easy to whip up!
If you’re like me, and you can hardly resist a tasty donut recipe, be sure to check these ones out:
Do Not Frost and Decorate Warm Donuts!
If you go the homemade route by making your own donuts, then be sure they cool down completely before you start the decorating process. If you add frosting to warm baked goods (and in this case, the frosting for the donuts acts like the “glue”), then your frosting will melt right off and all of your donut decorations will slip off.
- 4 chocolate mini donuts
- 8 mini pretzel twists
- 8 candy eyes
- 4 red jelly beans
- 1/4 cup chocolate frosting
- Gather your ingredients.
- Using the frosting as glue, attach two pretzel twists to the top of the mini donut.
- Next, attach two candy eyes using the same frosting.
- Finally, use the frosting to glue a red jelly bean to the mini donut as a Rudolph nose.
- Serve and enjoy!