Kids will love these easy donut hole snowmen for a holiday dessert. Or, stack them next to a homemade gingerbread house. Depending on the age of your kids, you may need to help them out a little with the smaller pieces and cutting the fruit strips. They are almost too cute to eat. Almost.
Candy melts, pretzel sticks or toothpicks to hold the donut holes together
Candy laces (optional)
Attach two (or three, if you dare) donut holes together using toothpicks, pretzel sticks or cooled candy melts piped out in a thin stick (see turkey cupcakes for an example of candy met sticks). Be careful inserting sticks into donut holes. If they are too flakey, your only choice may be a toothpick, otherwise they'll split.
Flatten a gumdrop into a disc.
Attach a gumdrop on top of the disc to make a hat. I use a little frosting to get them to stick. Set aside.
Press mini chocolate chips into the donut hole for eyes.
Press sprinkles into bottom donut hole for buttons (you could use mini chocolate chips, if need be).
Cut a long triangle nose out of the fruit leather and then cut a scarf, if you choose.
If using candy laces, tie around the neck of the snowman. Or, slip fruit leather scarf around the snowman's neck, which is easier to stabilize if you secure it with a toothpick between the two donut holes.
Press the nose into the donut hole. Secure with frosting, if necessary.
Put gumdrop hat on the top donut hole. Secure with frosting, if necessary.
Spread shredded coconut onto a display plate.
Prop donut hole snowmen up with coconut. Flatten the donut hole to get it to stand upright by pressing gently on the plate.
Don't transport these if you don't have to, but keeping them upright in a mini muffin tin helps. However, you'll probably need to put some noses and eyes back in place.
They look cute with or without the scarves. The choice is yours. I bought the candy laces at the Sweet Factory at UTC mall. This is also a great rainy day activity and has longevity past Christmas, as long as there is snow on the ground. Enjoy!
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