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.
- Powdered donut holes
- Frosting or frosting pen
- Mini chocolate chips
- Fruit strips (such as Stretch Island Fruit)
- Brown or black sprinkles
- 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!