They look like real acorns, but definitely taste more delicious! These acorn donut holes are a sweet fall treat that’s just as fun to make as they are to eat! No baking required!
Donut Hole Acorns
Who else has a kid that LOVES to collect acorns??
Acorns seem to be like magnets for little kids! My five-year-old always picks them up when she sees them, and I’m pretty sure I did the same as a kid.
We just moved into a new house this summer, and when I was packing things up I found a couple acorns stashed away in my daughter’s room!
These acorn donut holes are a super cute fall treat that kids and grown-ups will both adore! They actually look a lot like real acorns…but they taste SOOOO much more delicious!!
We used pre-made donut holes to save time, but you’re welcome to make your own if you have a go-to donut holes recipe. We love these keto donut holes!
You could even modify this recipe just a tad and make acorn cake pops! So many possibilities!
Related: For another fun acorn-inspired idea, check out our Flower Pot Acorn Craft too!
What You Need:
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- 16 donut holes — You can use any flavor, but I recommend getting donuts that are golden brown in color so they look most like acorns
- Light brown candy melts — You could also use milk chocolate chips
- Various fall colored sprinkles — Use a variety of colors and shapes to make it festive!
- Chopped nuts — If there is an allergy concern, skip the nuts and stick to sprinkles
How to Make Donut Hole Acorns
Using a microwave safe bowl, heat candy melts or milk chocolate chips in 15-20 second increments, stirring in-between. Continue to cook in the microwave until the candy is completely melted and smooth.
Safety note: A grown-up should handle this step, as even a microwave-safe bowl may become hot during the melting process.
Use your hands to gently pinch the sides of your donut holes and flatten out the top a bit. Leave the bottom pointy. This will make your donut holes have an acorn-like shape.
Dip the flat top of the acorn-shaped donut hole into the melted candy to create the cap of the acorn.
While chocolate is still wet, add some fall colored sprinkles or chopped nuts to your chocolate dipped donut holes. This is where you can really get creative! Feel free to use any sprinkles, sanding sugar, or nuts that you like!
Finally, we pushed a piece of a pretzel stick into the top of our acorn donut hole treats to make the stem.
After decorating, place your chocolate covered donut holes onto a parchment lined baking sheet to dry.
TIP: A silicone baking mat works great here too, as the chocolate pops right off when it’s dry!
Place the tray with your finished donut hole acorns in the fridge for at least of 30 minutes to set.
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Donut Hole Acorns Recipe (Printable Copy)
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(No Bake) Acorn Donut Holes
- 16 donut holes any flavor, but golden brown in color
- Light brown candy melts or milk chocolate chips
- Various fall colored sprinkles
- Chopped nuts
- Using a microwave safe bowl, heat candy melts or milk chocolate chips in 15-20 second increments, stirring in-between. Continue to cook in the microwave until the candy is completely melted and smooth.
- Use your hands to gently squeeze your donut holes until they are no longer round, but more of an acorn shape.
- Dip the flat top of the acorn-shaped donut hole into the melted candy to create the cap of the acorn.
- While chocolate is still wet, add some fall colored sprinkles or chopped nuts.
- Push a pretzel piece into the top to create a "stem"
- Place on baking sheet. When all have been decorated, place the finished donut hole acorns in the fridge for at least of 30 minutes to set.
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