Donut Hole Acorns will get you in the mood for fall quickly. These adorable little treats are quick to make and kids will love helping you put the sprinkles on top. There are lots of variations you can use to make your platter of edible acorns beautiful.
ALL ABOUT ACORNS
I enjoy watching squirrels gather up acorns during the fall months. Acorns are also called oak nuts.
Squirrels aren’t the only animals that eat acorns. I was surprised to learn that birds, mice, deer, rodents, pigs and even bears will eat large quantities of acorns during the fall. Some of the animals will cache away the acorns to eat later and others just eat them as soon as they find them on the ground.
Acorns can also be eaten by humans and have been for many, many years. There are some very good nutritional aspects of acorns. They are full of vitamins A and C plus some good fats, protein, and carbs. You can learn all about how to harvest and eat acorns here.
INGREDIENTS FOR DONUT HOLE ACORNS
HOW TO MAKE DONUT HOLE ACORNS
It is simple to set up a little assembly line so that making these donut hole acorns can go quickly. This is a snack my children enjoy helping me make.
STEP ONE: MELT CHOCOLATE
Start off by placing the light brown candy melts in a microwave-safe bowl. Follow the directions on the package for melting the chocolate. Typically I melt it for one minute and then stir and continue to cook in 30-second intervals until it is all melted and smooth. I stir after each 30-second interval.
STEP TWO: SHAPE DONUTS
Most donut holes are round and we want these donut holes to look a little more acorn-shaped. You can achieve this look by squeezing the sides in slightly and flattening the tops a little bit.
STEP THREE: DIP DONUT HOLES
It is time to dip the tops of the donut holes into the chocolate candy melts. Hold the pointed end of the donut hole and dip the other end in the chocolate. This will create a cap on the end of the acorn.
STEP FOUR: ADD SPRINKLES
Place some sprinkles in small bowls and as soon as you dip the donut hole in chocolate you will want to pour or dip that end in the sprinkles so they stick to the chocolate. You can also add chopped nuts to some of the acorns.
Break a pretzel stick in half and push it into the top of the acorn to form the stem.
STEP FIVE: DRY TIME
Place the prepared donut hole acorns onto a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper. Allow the acorns to dry completely so the chocolate hardens. You can speed this process up by placing the baking sheet into the refrigerator for about 30 minutes so they set up well.
DONUT HOLE ACORNS RECIPE
I know you are clamoring to make these sweet donut hole acorns! You can print off the complete ingredients and instructions from the recipe card below.
Donut Hole Acorns
- 16 donut holes
- Light brown candy melts
- Various fall colored sprinkles
- Chopped nuts
- Pretzel sticks
- Place the candy melts into a microwave safe bowl. Heat the candy on the defrost setting of the microwave for 1 minute at a time, stopping to stir after each round of cooking. Continue to cook in the microwave until the candy is completely melted and smooth.
- Shape each donut hole into a rough acorn shape. You can do this by squeezing the sides in slightly, and flattening the top a bit.
- Holding the pointed end of each donut hole, dip the top of it into the melted candy to create the cap of the acorn.
- Add some fall colored sprinkles or chopped nut to the melted candy on each dipped donut hole, push half of a pretzel stick into the top to form the stem, and place them onto a parchment lined baking sheet to dry.
- Place the dipped donut hole acorns into the fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes to set, and then serve.
If you loved this fun fall treat be sure to check these other ideas out:
- Fall Party Mix Recipes
- Apple Pie Bites
- Slow Cooker Candied Pecans
- Nutter Butter Acorn Cookies
- Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting Recipe
- Pumpkin Cake Doughnuts From Cake Mix