Caramel Coconut Snowmen Donuts
How long did you think I’d go without posting a donut recipe? :) I bet some of you were starting to think that I didn’t like donuts anymore!
Well, don’t fear, I still like donuts. Especially if they look like snowmen!! Actually, it was really difficult eating these guys because they were just too cute. But if I handed this plate of donuts to preschoolers, I am very confident they would have had no problem eating them.. eyeballs, carrot noses and all!
One evening this week Ryan and I drove around our neighborhood looking at Christmas lights. Part of our neighborhood puts on a special christmas light display each year, but the past few years we didn’t get a chance to see it, so this year I was determined to see it.
In fact, I was so determined that we ended up going before it was technically ‘open’. Which I don’t get if you spend all that time decorating your house and yard, hauling TONS of christmas decorations out of storage and setting them up in anticipation for the light display, why wouldn’t you turn them on? I mean, I can see them sitting in your yard.. turn them on! So we might just have to go back once it officially begins.
After looking at the christmas, or lack thereof, I was trying to explain to Ryan that I really love decorating for any holiday. I told him whatever normal people do to decorate for the holidays, I want to do it but times ten! So naturally he thought if normal people put up one strand of lights, I want to put up 10. Yes. I wouldn’t mind 10 strands of lights, because right now we have one.
I also dream of having crazy inflatables, reindeer, and a manger. I don’t suppose my landlord would appreciate the fact that the decorations would have to stay up all year since I have no where to store them :) I’ll just have to wait until we own a house.. in 10 years!
This recipe is very simple. First, you will make the caramel donuts, dip them in white chocolate and top them with coconut. Now you have a caramel coconut donut! To make a snowmen, cut 6 carrots into long triangle shapes (like noses) and attach them to the donuts using a toothpick. Stick one end of the tooth pick in the carrot and stick the other in the donut where you want it.
Next add eyeballs. I used white m&ms and drew black eyes on them using a black food coloring paint marker. You could also use tint some of the white chocolate black and use a new paintbrush to brush the black colored chocolate onto the white m&ms. To get the eyeballs to stick to the donuts, use some of the melted white chocolate as glue.
Finally, add round black candies to make a mouth. I found my round black candies in the bulk section of my grocery store. Use the melted white chocolate to glue the candies to the donut.
So if my love for christmas decorations wasn’t enough of an indication of what kinds of recipes I’ll be sharing this season, they are all going to be super christmas-y and super cute. I have a new found love for cute treats, which I already shared a few, but there are more!
I hope these bring a big smile to your face :)
Caramel Coconut Snowmen Donuts
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp caramel flavor
- 1 large egg
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
- 3 whole rectangles of vanilla candiquik plus 1/2 tbsp vegetable shortening, divided* some used for dipping the donuts, some used as ‘glue’
- shredded coconut, enough to generously cover each donut
- carrots, cut into triangles for noses stuck into the donut with a toothpick
- round black candies to make mouth
- round white candies for eyes with black food coloring paint or black colored white chocolate
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a donut pan with cooking spray, use a paper towel to lightly spread/remove excess spray.
- In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt, set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine caramel flavor, egg, and oil. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, stir until combined and no flour remains.
- Transfer the batter to the donut pan, either using a large piping bag or a ziploc bag with one corner cut off. Or you can spoon the batter into the pan using 2 spoons. Fill each donut hole about 2/3 full – but not completely full.
- Bake the donuts for 10-13 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let the donuts sit in the pan for 10 minutes before moving to a wire rack.
- Melt 3 rectangles of vanilla candiquik in the microwave. I like to microwave mine with a little bit of crisco for 2 minutes on 50% power. Continue to microwave on 50% power, stirring every 30 seconds until the chocolate is melted.
- For dipping, it’s easiest to transfer the chocolate to a small shallow dish, but large enough to fit a donut in. While hanging onto the edges of the donut, dip each donut into the chocolate and pause for a few seconds while the donut is upside down to allow to excess to fall off. Allow the donuts to cool on a tray for a few minutes before adding the coconut, however you don’t want them to cool completely, otherwise the coconut won’t stick to the chocolate.
- Place the shredded coconut into another shallow dish and dip each donut into the coconut, making sure that all of the chocolate gets covered with coconut. Return the donuts to the tray.
- Begin to add the snowmen details. Cut a carrot or carrots into 6 long triangle shapes (like noses) and attach them to the donuts using a toothpick. Stick one end of the tooth pick in the carrot and stick the other in the donut where you want it.
- Next add eyeballs. I used white m&ms and drew black eyes on them using a black food coloring paint marker. You could also use a little bit of melted milk chocolate to draw eyeballs onto the white m&ms. To get the eyeballs to stick to the donuts, use some of the melted white chocolate as glue.
- Finally, add round black candies to make a mouth. I found my round black candies in the bulk section of my grocery store. Use the melted white chocolate to glue the candies to the donut.
You are the queen of donuts and adorable food…and these are both of those! Will you ship me some? Pinned!
I will ship the donuts and myself to you for Christmas :)
You make the cutest desserts girl! Smiling and sharing your beautiful creation.
So glad I could make you smile Amy!
How adorable Beth!! I pinned to the BHG board!!
Cheryl, thank you for pinning, I appreciate that!
I hereby declare you the Queen of Cute Food, Beth!
Awwww!!! I’ll gladly accept!
I can’t believe you can keep all this cuteness coming, Beth! I love your creativity! These snowmen are adorable, and I’m sure they taste delicious too!
I’m obsessed with cute treats, it’s all I think about!
thee are the cutest breakfast EVER!! you are seriously SO creative Beth
I think kids AND adults would like eating these!
Yesssss. I love these! I got so excited when I saw the little preview in your post the other day! I am obsessed with donuts, and I love making them for every holiday! These are probably the cutest donuts I have ever seen! And the flavor combo sounds delicious!
My brain is always thinking.. what can I pair with donuts!!
These are so stinkin adorable!
:) :) Your treats are equally as cute Tonia!!
You just come up with the cutest food! These are adorable!
Thank you Michelle!!
You are seriously so creative! Love these, Beth!
Jessica, thank you!!
You have so many great ideas! These are too cute! I love coconut on donuts so I know that I would especially love these!
Thank you Ashley! Coconut is so good on anything!
Boy, are these ever adorable!! Your enthusiasm is contagious; reading your blog always makes me smile. Your children are going to be the luckiest kiddies on the planet. Keep these fantastic recipes and your adventures coming! xox
Roberta, you make me smile! I really appreciate your encouragement!!
Tori, I am glad you think so!!
You must be so wonderful with kids with as many cute things you make! Precious!
Jaren, thank you, that was sweet! I really do enjoy working with kids!
Beth, these donuts are so CUTE!! And I’m totally with you about going all out in the Christmas decoration department….but like you I will have to wait 10 years until we have our own home too! Pinned :)
Haha, yeah there is only so much decorating I can do to the inside of my house!
Those are a WOW! How Fun! Reminds me of Cookie Monster too with the coconut as fur.
Oh! That might have to be another treat I make!!
These are so adorable! Totally irresistible for the kids. Brilliant!
Thank you Melanie!!
Your snowmen and my snowmen should meet up and hang out! :) Looks great!
Yours are so so cute Nancy!!!!
Well these are just adorable!!! xo
These are so cute! I love their little carrot noses.
Best part? These donuts include a vegetable :)
I’m loving all of your adorable Christmas food creations! This donuts are just too cute! I also love all that shredded coconut you have on there.
That’s my favorite part, co-co-nut!!!
SO FLIPPING CUTE!!! You know that phrase “Can’t Even” – Well I am doing that right now LOL!
Hahaa, so glad you like them Gigi!
These donuts are TOO cute!
Thank you Julianne!
hi Beth those look adorable
Thank you Liam! Aren’t they cute?!