Reindeer Donuts

These Reindeer Donuts are an easy solution to filling up your dessert table with the cutest, most thematic treats for the holiday season.

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This time of year is absolutely hectic! Most moms are out there planning, organizing, purchasing gifts, wrapping gifts, cooking, baking… the list goes on!

A close-up aerial shot of Reindeer Donuts, on a long white plate and surrounded by colorful Christmas place mats

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.

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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:

Homemade Reindeer donuts on a glass serving dish, sitting on a marble countertop and surrounded by additional ingredients, including a bag of pretzels

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.

Aerial shot of Reindeer Donuts on a long white plate, sitting on top of Christmas-themed place mats

What Gives The Reindeer Donuts Their Red Nose?

I used a red jellybean to give these sweet reindeer their tasty noses!

Aerial shot of Reindeer Donuts on a long white plate, sitting on top of Christmas-themed place mats

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 – I actually have a recipe for it here!

Aerial shot of donuts decorated as reindeer on a long white plate, sitting on top of Christmas-themed place mats

Homemade Donuts

If you’re like me, and you can hardly resist a tasty donut recipe, be sure to check these ones out:

Aerial shot of donuts decorated as reindeer on a long white plate, sitting on top of Christmas-themed place mats

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.

A close-up aerial shot of Reindeer Donuts, on a long white plate and surrounded by colorful Christmas place mats
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Reindeer Donuts

These Reindeer Donuts are an easy solution to filling up your dessert table with the cutest, most thematic treats for the holiday season.

Course Christmas Dessert Recipes
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate, chocolate donuts, christmas, donut, holidays, reindeer donuts
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 donuts
Calories 684 kcal
Author Aileen Clark

Ingredients

  • 4 chocolate mini donuts
  • 8 mini pretzel twists
  • 8 candy eyes
  • 4 red jelly beans
  • 1/4 cup chocolate frosting

Instructions

  1. Gather your ingredients.

    Ingredients laid out on a marble counter to make Reindeer Donuts
  2. Using the frosting as glue, attach two pretzel twists to the top of the mini donut.

    Adding miniature hard pretzels to a plate of store-bought chocolate donuts
  3. Next, attach two candy eyes using the same frosting.
    Homemade Reindeer donuts on a glass serving dish, sitting on a marble countertop and surrounded by additional ingredients, including a bag of pretzels
  4. Finally, use the frosting to glue a red jelly bean to the mini donut as a Rudolph nose.
    A batch of chocolate donuts, ready to be made into reindeer donuts, each with a red jellybean in its center as well as mini hard pretzels (acting as reindeer antlers)
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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.

Nutrition Facts
Reindeer Donuts
Amount Per Serving (1 donut)
Calories 684 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Polyunsaturated Fat 14g
Cholesterol 46mg15%
Sodium 918mg40%
Carbohydrates 117g39%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 47g52%
Protein 10g20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
DONUT stress! We’ve got the best Christmas dessert for you! These Reindeer Donuts are an easy solution to filling up your dessert table with the cutest, most thematic treats for the holiday season.

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