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Nutella Donut Acorns

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Nutella Donut Acorns are a playful and fun treat that everyone is sure to adore. Decadent donut holes, chocolate sprinkles, pretzels, and rich, creamy Nutella give you an insanely good dessert for any occasion. Easy to make and ready in 15 minutes!

nutella donut acorns served on a white plate with milk in the background, top view

For the most part, we try to eat super healthy, but every once in a while, we will have a tasty indulgence. This is my recent splurge, and let me just say they are magnificent. In addition to satisfying your sweet tooth, they are fun, festive, and great for fall weather. 

Fall is an ideal time for sweaters, football games, tailgating, and enjoying yummy food with friends and family. If you take these adorable Nutella donuts to your next get together, it’s safe to say everyone is going to rave about them! 

Tools and Equipment You’ll Need

Ingredients You’ll Need

ingredients for nutella donut acorns

Step By Step Instructions

Step 1: Take a donut, and smear Nutella across the top half of each donut.

nutella smeared on the top of a donut hole

Step 2: Dip in twist in chocolate sprinkles. Make sure the Nutella is covered with the sprinkles.

donut dipped in chocolate sprinkles

Step 3: Take one of your broken pretzel sticks, and stick in the center of the top of the donut where you have your Nutella and sprinkles.

donut dipped in chocolate sprinkles with a pretzel "stem"

Step 4: Serve and enjoy!

closeup of donut acorns served on a white plate

Will Kids Enjoy These Nutella Donut Acorns?

Oh, yes, you will see kids smiling from ear to ear when they lay their eyes on this Nutella donut dessert. They will be fascinated by the fact that they do actually look like little acorns. Their fingers will be happy to start digging into the sweet Nutella on top and chomp on the sprinkles. 

Not only will the kids love to eat these Nutella donuts, but they would also enjoy making them. Get them into the kitchen with you, and they are sure to have a blast. Even toddlers can help by adding the chocolate sprinkles or adding Nutella on top of the donuts. Just know it might get a little bit messy, but that is half the fun. 

But, you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy these Nutella treats! They are impressive to adults too, and they even make you feel like a kid again because they are so fun. 

Nutella Donut FAQs

Can You Make These Donut Acorns in Advance?

While they can be made in advance, they aren’t going to be as tasty as if you ate them the day they were made. The problem is that the donut holes tend to dry out after they have been prepared. You could make them 24 hours in advance, but understand they may not be as good as they are fresh. I wouldn’t go any further than 24 hours though, because they won’t be at their best. 

How Can I Store Leftovers?

If you do have leftovers or want to make them ahead of time, keep them in an airtight, sealed container. You don’t want any moisture, air, or heat to reach them. Keep them out of direct sunlight, away from your steamy dishwasher, and away from your stove for best results. 

Do I Need to Heat Up The Nutella?

No, it’s not required to heat up the Nutella before making the donut acorns. If you find that the Nutella isn’t spreading well, you could put some in a bowl and microwave it for 15-20 seconds. Stir and try to add it to the donuts. You don’t want it to be completely melted, or it’s going to run down the sides of the donuts and not be as pretty. 

nutella donut acorns served on a white plate with milk in the background, top view

Variations for This Recipe

  • If you are feeling extra playful, add a layer of peanut butter, just underneath where you put the Nutella. It’s a tasty combination and gives you a punch of protein too. 
  • If you are looking for something a little less processed than Nutella, but still has that Nutella-esque flavor, try one of these healthier nutella alternatives)
  • You can use different candies on top if you don’t have chocolate sprinkles. Anything that is small and brown or fall colored would work. Mini-chocolate chips would be a fantastic option and taste great too. Another fun idea would be to use red, orange, and yellow sprinkles or mini M&Ms. 
  • Use any flavor of donut holes to give yourself a variety. You can also make donut holes at home if you want to go the extra mile!
  • If you love nuts, crush up some peanuts, walnuts, pecans, or pistachios and add them to the acorns. Adorable and delicious too. 

Top Tips for Making Nutella Donut Acorns

  • Never use day-old donut holes. They are going to be dried out before you even start and they simply won’t taste as good. Aim for fresh donut holes from your local bakery or you could even make homemade donut holes. 
  • Don’t be afraid to add your own spin to the decorating. It’s meant to be an amusing treat that is a blast to assemble. 
  • This Nutella donut recipe is also great for gifting to friends and neighbors. Add them to a platter or box with some fall ribbons for a special gift. 
  • If you want to lower the sugar slightly, use 1/2-3/4 cup of Nutella and 1/4 cup of sprinkles instead! You’ll still get that “acorn” look, but will be able to save on some of the sugar and calories.
nutella donut acorns served on a white plate with milk in the background, top view

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nutella donut acorns served on a white plate with milk in the background, top view
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5 from 4 votes

Nutella Donut Acorns

Nutella Donut Acorns are a playful and fun treat that everyone is sure to adore. Decadent donut holes, chocolate sprinkles, pretzels, and rich, creamy Nutella give you an insanely good dessert for any occasion. 
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 30 donut acorns
Calories: 122.4kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Nutella
  • 1/2 cup Chocolate Sprinkles
  • 30 Donut Holes
  • 15 Pretzel Sticks (break each one in half)

Instructions

  • Take a donut, and smear Nutella across the top half of each donut.
  • Dip in twist in chocolate sprinkles. Make sure the Nutella is covered with the sprinkles.
  • Take one of your broken pretzel sticks, and stick in the center of the top of the donut where you have your Nutella and sprinkles.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Variations for This Recipe
  • If you are feeling extra playful, add a layer of peanut butter, just underneath where you put the Nutella. It’s a tasty combination and gives you a punch of protein too. 
  • If you are looking for something a little less processed than Nutella, but still has that Nutella-esque flavor, try one of these healthier nutella alternatives)
  • You can use different candies on top if you don’t have chocolate sprinkles. Anything that is small and brown or fall colored would work. Mini-chocolate chips would be a fantastic option and taste great too. Another fun idea would be to use red, orange, and yellow sprinkles or mini M&Ms. 
  • Use any flavor of donut holes to give yourself a variety. You can also make donut holes at home if you want to go the extra mile!
  • If you love nuts, crush up some peanuts, walnuts, pecans, or pistachios and add them to the acorns. Adorable and delicious too. 
Top Tips for Making Nutella Donut Acorns
  • Never use day-old donut holes. They are going to be dried out before you even start and they simply won’t taste as good. Aim for fresh donut holes from your local bakery or you could even make homemade donut holes. 
  • Don’t be afraid to add your own spin to the decorating. It’s meant to be an amusing treat that is a blast to assemble. 
  • This Nutella donut recipe is also great for gifting to friends and neighbors. Add them to a platter or box with some fall ribbons for a special gift. 
  • If you want to lower the sugar slightly, use 1/2-3/4 cup of Nutella and 1/4 cup of sprinkles instead! You’ll still get that “acorn” look, but will be able to save on some of the sugar and calories.

Nutrition

Serving: 1donut | Calories: 122.4kcal | Carbohydrates: 14.9g | Protein: 1.8g | Fat: 6.3g | Saturated Fat: 2.4g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 53.6mg | Potassium: 0.7mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 10.5g

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8 responses to “Nutella Donut Acorns”

  1. These are too cute not to try them lol My only issue would be to make them enough to last for at least an hour – I am sure they will be gone in no time.5 stars

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