Cookies for Santa. Check. Milk to go with those cookies for Santa. Check. Carrots for the reindeer. Check. All placed on a special plate on Christmas Eve. What is missing? Elf Donuts! We can’t forget those hard working elves, right?!
These little elf donuts are so tiny and adorable! For many years we have put out the cookies, milk and carrots. This year we will be adding a new tradition by adding the elf donuts to the special plate.
These are fun and easy to make. Only a few ingredients and you are good to go!
For the powdered sugar donuts, mix the powdered sugar with the milk in a bowl until it makes a frosting consistency. Toss a small amount of Cheerios (about ten) in at a time and coat them with the powdered sugar frosting. Using a fork or toothpick, take each one out individually. Let the excess powdered sugar drip off before placing it on a plate. For easy clean up, I would suggest covering the plate with foil, parchment paper or wax paper. Once you have them on the plate, sprinkle them with more powdered sugar or sprinkles. Make sure you don’t wait too long to do this step so that the frosting doesn’t dry before you add the sprinkles or powdered sugar. Only doing a small amount at a time helps with that. Let them dry while making more donuts. Once you have done as many of the powdered sugar donuts, place them to the side to dry. They need to sit for an hour or so to completely dry. When I made them, even though I dripped off the excess powdered sugar frosting, there still was a bit extra around the Cheerios. So, once they sat for about 10-15 minutes I picked them up and moved them to a different place on the plate. Then the extra frosting is taken off and they can continue to dry.
To make the chocolate donuts ( my favorite), melt the chocolate chips in either the microwave or on the stovetop. Make sure you stir often. Only melt until the chocolate chips are dissolved and the chocolate is smooth. Dip a small amount of the Cheerios into the melted chocolate. (I do about ten at a time.) Using a fork or toothpicks, take each one out individually and let the excess chocolate drip off. Place them on a covered plate. You can leave them as a plain chocolate donut or add some sprinkles to them. If you are doing the sprinkles, make sure you add the sprinkles before the chocolate dries. This is why I would suggest only doing a small amount at a time. Place them in the refrigerator until the chocolate sets. (about 15-30 minutes).
For our donuts, I used an empty matchbox for the donut box. Just take some plain white paper and cover the box where you need to cover up the print or cardboard. I printed a label that said “Elf Donuts”, but you can also just write on it or have your kids add their touches to the box. Only about 12 elf donuts will it into the box, so some will have to be placed on the side.
These are great to make with kids also. They might like to leave them out on Christmas Eve for Santa’s elves but also during the holiday season if you have one of those “Elf on the Shelf” elves that visit your house. We have one of those elves. Our elf is named Sparkles and our daughter is so excited to see where she is every morning after she goes to the North Pole. Have you heard of this? The Elf on the Shelf visits your home and then goes back to the North Pole at night to let Santa know how everyone is doing. I think we might have to make some of these Elf Donuts for our special little elf, Sparkles, this year. Enjoy the magic of the holiday season!
- 1 cup Cheerios
- ¼ cup powdered sugar, with a little extra for sprinkling over the donuts
- ¾ teaspoon milk
- ½ cup milk chocolate chips
- Small sprinkles
- Combine the powdered sugar and milk in a bowl until it makes a frosting consistency.
- Place a small amount of Cheerios at a time into the frosting.
- Cover them completely with the powdered sugar, flipping them over a couple of times with a fork or toothpick.
- Take each Cheerio out individually using a fork or toothpicks and allow excess frosting to drip off.
- Place the Cheerios onto a covered plate. (For easy clean up, cover your plate with parchment paper, wax paper or foil.)
- Sprinkle them with either powdered sugar or sprinkles.
- Set them aside to dry.
- Melt the chocolate chips either on the stovetop on low heat or in the microwave, stirring often until chocolate is smooth.
- Place a small amount of Cheerios into the melted chocolate and flip them over a couple of times, using a fork or toothpick, to completely cover them in the chocolate.
- Take each Cheerio out individually using a fork or toothpicks and let the excess chocolate drip off.
- Place the Cheerios onto a covered plate. (For easy clean up cover your plate with parchment paper, wax paper or foil.)
- Cover the donuts with sprinkles or leave them as they are.
- Chill them in the refrigerator until the chocolate sets, about 15- 30 minutes.