If you need a simple Halloween dessert – look no further than these easy Halloween donuts. Using storebought donuts and ingredients, decorate these bite sized treats to look like cats, eyeballs, ghosts and more!
When I was a kid, my brother and I would spend every other weekend and a day or two a week at my mom’s house after my parents got divorced. She lived about an hour from my dad’s house, but she worked in our school system so we’d wake up early and brave NJ Parkway traffic to get to school on time Monday morning.
Waking up totally blew – but it was sometimes worth it because every morning we’d stop at Quick Chek on the way and get breakfast. My mom let us pick whatever we’d want. Sometimes I’d pick something reasonable – an egg sandwich, a buttered roll – but sometimes I went a little rogue and got something decidedly not reasonable. My favorite was chocolate milkshakes from that cool machine that blends up the frozen cups (anyone know what I’m talking about? Those F’real things?) but sometimes I would turn to those lovely pre-packaged treats. My favorite was Tasty Kakes – if you’re not in the distribution area of a good ol’ Tasty Kake, I am sad for you – but mostly, I loved those little packs of mini chocolate frosted donuts that came in a pack of 3 or 4.
(I should note – I swear my parents were good parents and I ate normal meals. While we were pretty well-adjusted kids of divorce, we did have moments where our parents bent a bit in what I can only assume now to be guilt. But trust me, not every morning was chocolate donuts)
Those donuts, man – they were my favorite. I’m not really sure why – let’s be honest, it’s not like they’re some kind of artisan donut – but I loved them. I still do!
When I was thinking about Halloween posts, I remembered those super adorable turkey donuts I made for Thanksgiving and how much fun I had making them. They were so cute and easy and I wondered if I could think up some fun way to make a Halloween one.
So I went a bit overboard and did 5. Because I’m a crazy person and I can’t stop and I really, really love Halloween. Like, a lot. Add my love of Halloween to my love of donuts and I give you Halloween donuts.
Just like the turkey donuts, these are each crazy easy – no-baking, no melting, nothing crazy. Everything can be found in the baking or treat aisle of your local grocery store and each shouldn’t take you more than 30 seconds to put together. These Halloween donuts would be so super cute for a Halloween get together or to bring into your kiddo’s school for a class party.
Scary Easy Halloween Donuts
- Pumpkin Halloween Donut
Grab a powdered mini donut, orange decorating frosting (in a tube), 2 candy eyes and a green M&M. Evenly drizzle the orange coloring to the donut and press on the green candy as a stem (a jelly bean would work great as well!) and the 2 eyes.
- Ghost Halloween Donut
The world’s easiest one – using just a powdered donut, 1 chocolate chip, 2 candy eyes and frosting, glue your eyes to the donut and press the chocolate chip point down into the donut. You could easily use 3 chocolate chips spaced like a face as well!
Spider Halloween Donut
Grab a chocolate frosted donut, mini pretzels (to be honest, the plain old circle ones would be smartest, but I used the normal mini twists. It took a little longer, but the job got done either way.) frosting, and candy eyeballs. I used tube frosting since I was using it on the other ones, but chocolate frosting would probably work best. Add 4 pretzel ‘legs’ to each side of your donut and ‘glue’ on 2 eyes with the frosting to make the tastiest spider known to man.
- Halloween Cat Donut
Gather a mini chocolate frosted donut, 2 candy eyes, 2 chocolate chips, 6 small pretzel sticks, a small candy (I used a red M&M but I think I would use brown if I did it again to make it less cute/more spooky.) and frosting as ‘glue’. Stick 3 pretzel sticks to each side of your ‘cat’s face to make whiskers. ‘Glue’ your chocolate chips to the top of the cat head as ears using frosting before gluing your eyes and nose in. Enjoy!
- Eyeball Halloween Donut
Get a powdered donut, red decorating frosting, a colored candy, and a mini chocolate chip. Add 5 lines of red frosting to your donut, squiggling a bit as you go, and then add 1 small line to each ‘vein’. In the center, glue your candy and top with the mini chocolate chip with a little bit of frosting.
I hope your family and friends love these Halloween donuts as much as mine did – you’re definitely going to love how easy these Halloween donuts are to put together! Just you know, maybe keep it as a snack instead of breakfast. 😉
Okay, so tell me – do you like those little chocolate frosted donuts? Have you ever had a Tasty Kake? What’s your favorite Halloween treat? Let me know in the comments!
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