Reindeer Donuts

These reindeer donuts are such a fun way to make a Christmas twist on a chocolate donut! They’re so easy to make, feel free to get the kids in your life involved in creating this festive dessert!

Ready in just a few minutes, you couldn’t have an easier holiday dessert recipe to put together, especially if you’re in a time pinch!

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Why you’ll love this recipe

Since we’re using premade donuts in this recipe, it’s so quick and easy to make these chocolate reindeer donuts! If you’re having a holiday party for kids, this would also make a really fun activity for them since they can all prepare their own donuts to eat!

a pile of reindeer donuts on a plate

Ingredients for this recipe

Mini chocolate-coated mini donuts: The donuts are premade in this recipe.
Pretzel twists: For the antlers.
Candy eyes: Medium-sized for the eyes. 
Black icing or gel: To hold on to the candy eyes.
Red M&M’s: For the red nose of course!

ingredients to make reindeer donuts

Equipment needed for this recipe

You just need a few pieces of equipment to make these reindeer doughnuts. First, you need a serrated knife to cut the pretzels into antlers. Black icing/gel is used to hold on the reindeer eyes. Eye sprinkles are an easy way to give the reindeer some eyes. M&Ms are needed. Just use the red ones for the nose. An airtight container is a good idea if you’re going to be storing these Rudolph donuts.

How to make reindeer donuts

Step 1: Donut Foundation – Start by giving each mini donut a special stage. Place them on a plate, and let the fun begin!

chocolate donut with pretzel antlers and black gel where the eyes will go

Step 2: Pretzel Antlers – Now, it’s time for some reindeer flair. Grab your pretzel twists and a serrated knife. Carefully saw each pretzel twist in half. These will become the magical antlers. Pop those pretzel antlers into the donuts! You can choose to position them high and proud or give your reindeer a relaxed, off-to-the-side look. It’s all about their personality!

chocolate donut with pretzel antlers and eyeball sprinkles

Step 3: Expressive Eyes – Let’s bring those reindeer to life! Grab your tube of black icing or gel. Create two small dots—one on the upper right and one on the upper left of the donut hole.

Now, attach the candy eyes onto these black gel dots. Voila! Your reindeer are starting to show their unique characteristics.

chocolate donut with pretzel antlers and eyeball sprinkles and red M&M for a nose

Step 4: A Nose for Cuteness – To complete their adorable faces, squeeze a nice, big dot of black gel right in the center of the donut hole. Place a red M&M in the middle of that dot. You’ve just given your reindeer a charming red nose!

Step 5: Repeat the Reindeer Magic – Keep the creativity flowing! Repeat these exciting steps for all your mini donuts. Watch as your reindeer army comes to life.

What to serve with reindeer donuts

If you’re hosting a Christmas party, you may want to have a variety of options for people to choose from for their dessert options. I have some great ideas to get you started. You could serve this Christmas Cake Roll Recipe. These Christmas Morning Cinnamon Rolls are also a delicious option as a dessert or brunch idea. No Bake Christmas Cookies are a timesaving option. This Christmas Fudge Recipe is also a really fun and festive option for everyone. You could also make this Christmas Hand Pie Recipe that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Common Questions

Can I make my own donuts?

Absolutely! Using premade donuts is great for saving time, but if you want to go the homemade route, then have fun with it! 

a pile of reindeer donuts on a plate

Storage suggestions

You can store these donuts in an airtight container until you’re ready to eat or serve them. Just be sure to eat them within 3 days for freshness. 

Yield: 12

Reindeer Donuts

a pile of reindeer donuts on a plate

These reindeer donuts are such a fun way to make a Christmas twist on a chocolate donut! Get everyone involved with creating this dessert.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12 mini chocolate-coated mini donuts
  • 12 pretzel twists
  • 24 candy eyes (medium-sized)
  • Tube of black icing or gel
  • 12 red M&M’s

Instructions

    Step 1: Donut Foundation - Start by giving each mini donut a special stage. Place them on a plate, and let the fun begin!

    Step 2: Pretzel Antlers - Now, it's time for some reindeer flair. Grab your pretzel twists and a serrated knife. Carefully saw each pretzel twist in half. These will become the magical antlers.
    Pop those pretzel antlers into the donuts! You can choose to position them high and proud or give your reindeer a relaxed, off-to-the-side look. It's all about their personality!

    Step 3: Expressive Eyes - Let's bring those reindeer to life! Grab your tube of black icing or gel. Create two small dots—one on the upper right and one on the upper left of the donut hole.
    Now, attach the candy eyes onto these black gel dots. Voila! Your reindeer are starting to show their unique characteristics.

    Step 4: A Nose for Cuteness - To complete their adorable faces, squeeze a nice, big dot of black gel right in the center of the donut hole. Place a red M&M in the middle of that dot. You've just given your reindeer a charming red nose!

    Step 5: Repeat the Reindeer Magic - Keep the creativity flowing! Repeat these exciting steps for all your mini donuts. Watch as your reindeer army comes to life.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 449Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 401mgCarbohydrates: 76gFiber: 3gSugar: 45gProtein: 6g

I am not a medical expert. These calculations are provided as a courtesy.

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