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Adorable Reindeer Donuts: Easy No-Bake Christmas Snack Ideas

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Reindeer Donuts are not just a fun and festive holiday treat, they’re a delightful adventure in every bite! Discover the magic of transforming mini chocolate donuts into adorable reindeer creations.

Reindeer Donuts holiday treats made from mini chocolate donuts with pretzel antlers, candy eyes, and a red candy nose.

Ho, ho, ho! ‘Tis the season for joy, laughter, and easy, delicious treats!

If you thought last year’s Reindeer Snack Cakes (made from Swiss Cake Rolls) were cute, you are going to love what I have in store for you today! Today, I’m showing you how to whip up a herd of adorable Mini Reindeer Donuts that are not only scrumptious but also a feast for the eyes.

Whether it’s crafting swirled Grinch Bark or whipping up some Hanukkah Piñata Cookies, there’s something so fun about turning simple ingredients into festive masterpieces that add a touch of sweetness to holiday celebrations!

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Whether planning a cheerful holiday party, preparing a surprise for school lunchboxes, or using them as a festive activity for a classroom party, these mini donuts transformed into cute reindeer are a surefire way to spread festive cheer!

Crafted from store-bought mini donuts, these treats are easy and perfect for last-minute snacks. They require just five ingredients and can be made in minutes! I managed to craft a batch of 20 in just about 12 minutes! So, grab your magic apron, and let’s get started!

Rows of Reindeer Donut snack s on a white background with candy canes surrounding them

Crafting Reindeer Donuts: An Easy Recipe for All Ages

Who says the kitchen is only for serious cooking? Not me! Crafting these adorable reindeer donuts is not only a tasty endeavor but also a fun and easy activity suitable for all ages.

While the process is a breeze, the pretzel antlers might pose a challenge for tiny hands. Breaking pretzels into the desired shape can be a bit tricky, but with a bit of patience, you’ll have them just right.

Close up image of three Reindeer Donut snacks on a white plate

How to Make Reindeer Donuts for a Merry Christmas Celebration!

So, are you ready to discover the magic behind these delightful Christmas treats? You’ll find the complete recipe for these Reindeer Donuts in the free printable recipe card at the end of this post.

However, below, I’ve sprinkled in some step-by-step instructions to guide you through the process, accompanied by images so you can witness the joy of creating these edible reindeer masterpieces!

Let’s transform your ordinary mini donuts into a herd of merry reindeer, one sweet bite at a time!

Kitchen Tools You May Need

Below, you’ll discover the festive lineup of kitchen tools that will help you transform these mini donuts into delightful Donut Reindeer. So grab your apron and let’s sleigh this no-bake dessert together!

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Ingredients You Will Need

Now it’s time to gather the holiday ingredients needed to turn ordinary mini chocolate donuts into adorable reindeer delights. Get ready to sprinkle some magic into these treats and let the reindeer games begin!

  • Mini Chocolate Donuts: The canvas for our festive reindeer. Their rich chocolatey goodness adds the perfect base for our holiday creations, ensuring each bite is a delightful experience!
  • Pretzel Twists: Twist and turn these pretzels into charming antlers that’ll give our reindeer that extra dose of whimsy.
  • Candy Eyes: These candy eyes bring our reindeer to life, adding a dash of personality to each adorable creation.
  • Red Mini M&Ms: The cherry on top – or, in this case, the Rudolph-red nose!
  • Cookie Icing: The sweet glue that holds it all together!
Ingredients to make donut reindeer laid out on a white background

Step-by-Step Instructions to Make Reindeer Donuts

Get ready to embark on a journey of creativity and sweetness as we turn simple ingredients into fun little holiday snacks. Follow these merry steps, and soon, your kitchen will be filled with adorable reindeer treats.

Step One: Set Up

Place the mini chocolate donuts in a row on a piece of parchment paper. For a smooth crafting experience, organize the ingredients in bowls to set up an efficient assembly line. Doing so will make your festive reindeer-making adventure a whole lot sweeter and simpler!

Step Two: Attach the Antlers

Break the pretzels into halves down the middle to create antlers. Then gently insert each broken pretzel half into the donuts, creating the reindeer’s adorable antlers.

Add pretzel halves on each side of Mini chocolate donut to make the reindeer's antlers

Step Three: Add the Eyes

Using the cookie icing as edible glue, attach the candy eyes just above the donut’s hole on each reindeer.

Add two candy eyes above the donut hole

Step Four: Place the Red Nose

Finally, add a small dab of frosting to a red mini M&M, then gently insert it into the donut hole to complete your festive mini reindeer.

Now place a red candy in the donut hole for the reindeer's nose

And there you have it – your red-nose reindeer snacks are ready to spread joy and cheer!

Several finished Reindeer Donuts with pretzel antlers, candy eyes, and a red candy nose on a Christmas background

Variations for Extra Festive Fun!

Want to add your own unique touch to these merry Mini Donut Reindeer? Keep reading to discover delightful twists that will make your reindeer truly one-of-a-kind. From candy cane antlers to colorful candy noses, the options are as endless as your imagination. Take your festive creations to the next level with a sprinkle of creativity!

1. Candy Cane Antlers: Swap out pretzels for mini candy canes to give your reindeer a sweet twist. It adds a touch of peppermint flair to your chocolatey festive treats!

2. Candy Nose Extravaganza: Experiment with different colors for the nose – try green for a whimsical twist or go for a rainbow of colors for a playful, vibrant look. Let your creativity run wild!

3. Sprinkle Sparkle: Before the icing sets, sprinkle a dash of festive sprinkles on top for an extra dose of holiday cheer. It’s a quick way to add a burst of color and excitement!

4. Rudolph’s Candy Nose: For an extra sweet touch, use a different red candy or a gummy for Rudolph’s nose. Red Hots, Skittles, Sixlets – any of them would work and look great!

5. Decorative Delights: Get creative with the decorations! Use different colored candy eyes, frosting for facial features, or even mini marshmallows to add a personalized touch to your mini donut reindeer

Feel free to mix and match these variations to create a whole herd of unique donut reindeer. The more, the merrier!

And there you have it – a sleigh full of joyous Mini Donut Reindeer desserts ready to sweeten your holiday festivities. From the classic charm of pretzel antlers to the whimsical possibilities of candy cane variations, these reindeer desserts are a cute Christmas idea that will delight both young and old.

a plate full of chocolate donuts made into reindeer donuts

FAQs (Festively Asked Questions)

Q: Can I use different types of donuts for this recipe?

A: Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with various donut flavors, from homemade mini baked donuts with caramel glaze to festive gingerbread. The reindeer magic works wonders on any mini donut variety.

Q: Can I make these ahead of time for a holiday event?

A: Certainly! These Mini Donut Reindeer can be prepared in advance, but for optimal freshness, it’s best to assemble them closer to serving time. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place to maintain their tasty charm.

A: If you don’t have cookie icing, melted chocolate, candy melts, or royal icing work well as alternatives. Choose the option that suits your taste buds and crafting preferences!

Q: Can I involve kids in making these reindeer desserts?

A: Yes! Crafting this festive treat is a perfect holiday activity for kids. Supervise the use of any sharp tools and let their creativity run wild – it’s a delightful way to make cherished memories.

Q: Are there variations suitable for those with allergies?

A: Yes, there are! For nut allergies, consider using a different type of pretzel or candy for the antlers. Explore allergen-free alternatives for eyes and noses to ensure everyone can enjoy these festive treats.

Q. How long do these Mini Donut Reindeer stay fresh?

For the best taste and texture, Reindeer Donuts are best enjoyed fresh. However, they can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 to 3 days.

Have more questions or need additional tips? Feel free to reach out, and happy crafting with your festive Mini Donut Reindeer!

reindeer donuts on a white plate sitting on a Christmas colored background

More Festive Fun Holiday Recipes

If you’re craving more holiday sweetness, check out these other cute treats I’ve whipped up. I think you’ll love them!

Wishing you a season filled with sweetness, laughter, and the magic of festive reindeer desserts!

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Yield: 20 reindeer donuts

Adorable Reindeer Donuts: Easy No-Bake Christmas Snack Ideas

Rows of Reindeer Donut snack s on a white background with candy canes surrounding them

Craft some holiday magic with a batch of these quick and easy, no-bake Reindeer Donuts! These adorable treats are a feast for the eyes and the taste buds!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 bag chocolate mini donuts
  • 20 small pretzel twists, broken in half
  • 40 small candy eyes
  • 20 Red Mini M&Ms or other small red candy
  • 1 tube cookie icing, white


  1. Begin by breaking the pretzels in half.
  2. Next, insert a half pretzel on each side of the top of the donut for the antlers.
  3. Use cookie icing as the glue, attach two eyes to the donut right above the hole.
  4. A dab of icing to a mini M&M and place it inside the nodut hole.
  5. Repeat for each donut.
  6. Allow icing to set.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 401Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 400mgCarbohydrates: 68gFiber: 2gSugar: 38gProtein: 5g

Nutritional information is automatically calculated with ingredients and serving size and may not be accurate. Please always double check with your own nutritional apps as well.

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