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Christmas Snacks: Santa Hat Donuts

Impress your little ones with these delicious Santa Hat Donuts. Not only are they easy to make, but they are also adorable to look at and such a tasty treat to enjoy between meals or as an after-dinner snack.

Santa Hat Donuts

Are you looking for the perfect treat to prepare for your children or a group of loved ones for movie night or more Christmas fun? If so, look no further.

Santa Hat Donuts: The Jolliest Treat on the Block

Welcome, sweet-toothed elves and sugar-loving Santas! Today we’re whipping up the cutest, most Instagrammable holiday treat—Santa Hat Donuts. Think of soft mini donuts topped with juicy strawberries, looking just like Santa’s hat and pom-pom. The best part? No oven required! Ready to sleigh this recipe? Let’s get to it.


Do I need to bake my own donuts?

Not at all! Store-bought mini donuts work great, making this a super convenient recipe.

Can I use large marshmallows instead?

Sure, you could, but mini marshmallows are the perfect size for the “pom-pom” on Santa’s hat.

Is this a good make-ahead recipe?

These are best enjoyed immediately or within a few hours to keep the donuts and strawberries fresh.

These Santa Hat Donuts are a massive hit during the holiday season for several reasons. You can  buy your donuts in one of your favorite flavors, such as chocolate, vanilla, or even red velvet, and then do the same assembly that looks just like Santa’s hat because of its bright red strawberry color. 

Tips and Tricks

Selecting Strawberries: Choose strawberries that are uniform in size to get consistent-looking hats.

Securing the Hat: Place the toothpick carefully through the marshmallow, strawberry, and donut for a sturdy Santa hat.

Presentation: If you’re serving these on a platter, add a sprinkle of powdered sugar for a snowy effect.


Gluten-Free: Use gluten-free mini donuts for those with dietary restrictions.

Vegan: Use vegan donuts and marshmallows to make this a plant-based treat.

Fruity Twist: Swap strawberries for raspberries for a different flavor and look.

Where to Serve

These Santa Hat Donuts are perfect for Christmas parties, holiday breakfasts, or a fun holiday craft-day with the family. They look adorable on a holiday dessert table next to cookies and candies.

People love the look of these donuts, but they enjoy the taste of them even more. Instead of spending a lot of time trying to figure out what to make for a holiday gathering, keep it simple with this holiday favorite that is perfect for both children and adults to enjoy.

How to Store the Santa Hat Donuts

Because these donuts have a unique shape to mimic the appearance of Santa’s hat, you need to be careful about storing them without damaging them.

Place the donuts in a row in a large container. Instead of putting a lid on the container and potentially ruining the assembly place foil on top of the container. 

Place the Santa Hat Donuts in the fridge to keep them cool and fresh for as long as three days. 

Common Problems and How to Avoid Them

Soggy Donuts: Make sure the strawberries are patted dry before assembling to avoid soggy donuts.

Toppling Hats: If the Santa hats are falling over, you may need to reposition the toothpick for better support.

Marshmallow Slippage: If the marshmallow slips off, ensure the toothpick goes far enough into the marshmallow for a secure fit.

Tips for Making This Recipe with Kids

Toothpick Caution: Adults should handle the toothpicking part to avoid any accidental pricks.

Assembly Line: Turn the assembly into a mini production line with kids placing strawberries and marshmallows on donuts.

Decorating Fun: Kids can add edible glitter or additional decorations to the finished product.

Topping Options

  • Drizzle with a bit of white chocolate for extra sweetness.
  • Add some edible gold stars for a magical touch.
  • A sprinkle of coconut flakes for a snowy look.

Why This Recipe Works

Mini Donuts: Serve as the perfect base—soft, fluffy, and just the right size.

Strawberries: Bring in juiciness and the iconic red color of Santa’s hat.

Mini Marshmallows: Function as the cute pom-poms on top of the hat, adding a different texture.

Toothpicks: These are the unsung heroes, keeping your adorable creation intact.

Cute Christmas Snack

What I love about these is that you can grab all the ingredients in one simple run to the grocery store (or even drug store!) and made these treats. A little sugar from the donuts and the healthy strawberries make for a not so bad for you, festive snack!

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Easy and Fun Santa Hat Donuts
Yield: 12 treats

Easy and Fun Santa Hat Donuts

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Impress your little ones with these delicious Santa Hat Donuts. Not only are they easy to make, but they are also adorable to look at and such a tasty treat to enjoy between meals or as an after-dinner snack.


  • 12 mini donuts
  • 12 strawberries
  • 24 mini marshmallows
  • 12 toothpicks


  1. Cut the leaves and tip off each strawberry.
  2. Place a strawberry on top of each mini donut.
  3. Push a toothpick through the strawberry and
    donut to hold the strawberry in place.
  4. Put two mini marshmallows on top of the
    toothpick to cover the exposed end.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 230Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 5mgSodium 115mgCarbohydrates 41gFiber 1gSugar 26gProtein 2g

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