Acorn Donut Holes

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Easy-to-make acorn donut holes. These donut holes are made to look like acorns by dipping the top of the donut in melted chocolate and topping with a stick pretzel.

These donut holes make such a fun Fall treat. Make the most of this season by baking this pumpkin cake, making this apple crumble, and trying these “famous” pumpkin cheesecake bars. Check off baking from your Fall bucket list!

Up close photo of a finished acorn donut hole

How to make acorn donut holes

  • There are so many ways to make these acorn donut holes and how you dip and top these depends on your preferences! Either dip the donut hole in Nutella OR melted chocolate. (Even chocolate frosting would work!)
  • Fill up a bowl with melted chocolate or warmed Nutella and dip the top of the acorn donut holes until sufficiently coated. Immediately coat that topping in sprinkles or other toppings if using (see below).
  • Press in half of a stick pretzel at the top.
  • Set on a tray lined with parchment paper to harden before serving.

Overhead images of the fall treats on a board showing the acorns, turkey nutter butter treats, and turkey pretzel Rolo treats

(Donut holes are pictured next to 3-ingredient Cornucopia Cookies and Nutter Butter Turkey Cookies)

Quick tips

  • Get good quality donut holes — either homemade or buy good fresh ones. (Google good donut holes near you to find a good donut shop that’s close!)
  • Use good quality chocolate OR real Nutella to dip the donut holes in
  • Serve the same day they’re made. Donuts are best the same day they’re made, so serve these acorn donut holes as soon as the chocolate/Nutella has hardened.

Acorn donut hole toppings

After adding the melted chocolate or warmed Nutella, there are several ways you can top the chocolate section of the “acorn”

  • First of all, leaving the top plain is delicious!
  • Otherwise, add brown Jimmie sprinkles OR a fall leaf assortment of sprinkles
  • Add crushed peanuts or crushed pistachios
  • Add mini chocolate chips
  • Crush up leftover pretzels and add the pretzel bits
  • Add heath toffee bits

Up close image of the acorn donut holes ready to be eaten

Other Fall treats:

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Acorn Donut Holes

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Easy-to-make acorn donut holes. These donut holes are made to look like acorns by dipping the top of the donut in melted chocolate and topping with a stick pretzel.
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Acorn Donut Holes

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Easy-to-make acorn donut holes. These donut holes are made to look like acorns by dipping the top of the donut in melted chocolate and topping with a stick pretzel.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword acorn donut holes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Setting Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 acorn donut holes
Calories 168kcal

Ingredients

  • dozen glazed donut holes
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 cup melted chocolate OR Nutella (Note 1)
  • pretzel sticks, broken in half
  • Topping ideas: chocolate jimmies sprinkles, assorted leaf/Fall themed sprinkles, crushed pretzels, crushed nuts, Heath toffee bits, or miniature chocolate chips

Instructions

  • PREP: Pour any prepared toppings you're wanting to use (chocolate jimmies sprinkles, assorted leaf/Fall themed sprinkles, crushed pretzels, crushed nuts, Heath toffee bits, OR miniature chocolate chips) into small individual bowls. Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside. Halve the stick pretzels by breaking in the middle.
  • CHOCOLATE/NUTELLA: In a small bowl, add coconut oil to melted chocolate and whisk to combine. Place Nutella in a bowl and warm through in the microwave for 20-40 seconds (check often and stir often).
  • ASSEMBLE: Hold the donut hole and dip the top 1/3 of the donut hole in the melted chocolate or nutella. Shake off any excess and then immediately dip into prepared toppings. Insert a broken pretzel stick into the center of the chocolate-dipped side of the donut hole.
  • DRY: Let donut holes sit for about 10-20 minutes (on the prepared baking sheet) to fully set up and harden.

Recipe Notes

Note 1: I use milk chocolate chips; semi-sweet or dark chocolate also works -- just whatever you prefer!

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 168kcal

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