Acorn Donut Holes

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Easy-to-make Acorn Donut Holes look like acorns! Dipping the top of the donut in melted chocolate and topping with a pretzel stick makes it a fun project for little ones.

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 Acorn Donut Holes and how you dip and top these depends on your preferences. Dip the donut hole in Nutella® or melted chocolate. Even chocolate frosting would work!
  • Fill a small bowl with melted chocolate or warmed Nutella and dip the top of the donut holes until sufficiently coated. Immediately coat that topping in sprinkles or other toppings if using (see below).
  • Press in half of a pretzel stick at the top.
  • Set on a tray lined with parchment paper to harden before serving.

Overhead images of fall treats on a board, showing the Acorn Donut Holess, as well asTurkey Nutter Butter Treats, Turkey Pretzel Rolo Treats and Bugle cornucopia..

(Donut holes are pictured next to Thanksgiving Cookies, Thanksgiving Treats and Nutter Butter Turkey Cookies)

Quick tips

  • Get good-quality donut holes — either homemade ones or buy good fresh ones. (Google ‘good donut holes near me’ to find a 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 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, leaving the top plain is delicious!
  • Alternatively, add brown Jimmie sprinkles or a fall leaf assortment of sprinkles.
  • Add crushed peanuts or crushed pistachios.
  • Add mini chocolate chips.
  • Crush leftover pretzels and add the pretzel bits.
  • Add toffee bits.

Up-close image of Acorn Donut Holes, ready to be eaten.

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Acorn Donut Holes

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Easy-to-make Acorn Donut Holes look like acorns! Make these fall treats by dipping the top of the donut in melted chocolate and topping with a pretzel stick.
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Acorn Donut Holes

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Easy-to-make Acorn Donut Holes look like acorns! Make these fall treats by dipping the top of the donut in melted chocolate and topping with a pretzel stick.
Course Dessert, Snack, Vegetarian
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
Cost $4.49

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, toffee bits, or miniature chocolate chips

Instructions

  • PREP: Pour any prepared toppings (chocolate jimmies sprinkles, assorted leaf/fall-themed sprinkles, crushed pretzels, crushed nuts, toffee bits, or miniature chocolate chips) into small individual bowls. Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside. Halve the pretzel sticks 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 and stir often).
  • ASSEMBLE: Hold the donut hole and dip the top 1/3 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 -- whatever you prefer!

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 12acorn donut holes | Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 19.4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10.1g | Cholesterol: 2.7mg | Sodium: 46.7mg | Fiber: 1.6g | Sugar: 14.5g

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