Candy-coated donut holes are swished in snow-white sugar to make these snowball holiday treats.
You remember the scene in the holiday hit movie Elf – where he pours syrup over pasta and then crunched up pastries over that?
Well, these Donut Hole Snowballs are about as insanely sweet, pouring candy coating over donut holes and then sugar sprinkles over that. But, Santa baby, you’re gonna love how cute they are on the cookie plate!
These are super easy — done in an hour — so you can plop, drop and roll and have these ready for your party tonight.
Here’s what you need:
Pretty sugar sprinkles. I used a bunch of different ones, but if you use just one, make it the white sparkling sugar.
White candy coating. Any kind will do, but I use vanilla almond bark candy.
Donut holes. I got these at my local grocery store in the bakery department. Donut holes vary in size, but it doesn’t matter. Just make sure to get the plain, uncoated ones.
Now you’re ready to make snowballs! First, melt the candy coating.
I use a double boiler. You could use two pans if you have some that nest, or a stainless bowl over a pan, or you could use the microwave.
I’ve found that the double boiler (with about a cup of water in the bottom pan) keeps the candy at the right melted temp to keep the process movin’ along.
Next, use a fork and jab a donut hole about half-way through, good and secure.
Then plop it into a candy bath. After dunking it, hold it over the pan and tap it a bit to remove all the extra coating.
Then drop it into a dish of sprinkles.
Let it rest so the candy hardens up just a bit, maybe 5 minutes. During this time, go back and do more donut holes and drop them into other dishes of sprinkles so you can keep this process hummin’.
When the coating is set up a bit, take two forks and roll the ball around to coat it in sprinkles. Then remove it to waxed paper to harden up completely.
Cute! When you’re done and they’re set, they make a fun treat plate!
Add a bit more pizzazz if you want with some extra sprinkles. I used a toothpick and extra candy coating to “paste” these edible holly sprinkles on.
And it’s a surprise when you bite into one and discover … a donut center! Yum!
So much fun to give as gifts, too — kinda like jewels in a little box.
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