The Surprisingly Simple Donut Christmas Tree That’s Beautiful and Delicious
This donut Christmas tree is one of those desserts that looks complicated and difficult but is actually a breeze! They can also double as a festive holiday centerpiece!
Ah, donut holes. Those tasty little snacks are just about impossible to resist! For this fun and tasty recipe that’s perfect for a holiday brunch, you only need a handful of items and ta-da! A product that looks worthy of winning the Holiday Baking Championship!
What Supplies Do I Need?
For this recipe, all you need is a styrofoam cone (or more if you’d like), some Saran Wrap, a box of toothpicks, and approximately 80 donut holes per tree in your favorite flavor. You can also combine different flavors!
For optional garnishes, you can add pomegranates, cranberries, or raspberries for the red accents, as well as rosemary sprigs to look like tree branches. I finished off my tree by sprinkling powdered sugar on top to look like snow!
Where Do I Find a Styrofoam Cone?
I found these both at Hobby Lobby and Michaels in a variety of sizes for about $5. Walmart or Amazon also has them available!
How Do I Assemble the Donut Christmas Tree?
First, wrap the cone in Saran Wrap and trim off any extra on the bottom with scissors. I did this in two sections to ensure all of the foam was covered. Note: I used aluminum foil, but I would recommend clear Saran Wrap instead. This would have been less noticeable than the silver foil once some donuts were eaten.
Next, stick one toothpick in each donut hole. Start at the base of the foam tree and insert the donut holes with toothpicks right next to each other so the cone is not showing. Repeat and work your way up and around the cone until it is entirely covered.
You Can Watch This Video Tutorial Here!
How Can I Decorate the Tree Once the Donuts Are On?
Once the donut holes are covering the entire foam tree, you can add some festive and edible decorations! I added pomegranates, or you can also add raspberries or cranberries for a pop of color.
I also sprinkled powdered sugar over the whole tree to look like snow! Another fun idea is to add rosemary sprigs throughout to resemble tree branches.
Perfect Presentation Platters
You could put these on almost anything! I used this marble slab that was large enough to fit both Donut Christmas trees. A cake stand would make an adorable centerpiece, like this marble and wood choice from Target, or this similar version from JC Penney. I also love this white stoneware piece from Target!
For a holiday-themed choice, this Merry and Bright platter from Walmart is adorable!
Once some donuts are eaten off the tree, I’d recommend storing the leftover donut holes in a Tupperware container, where they can stay fresh for 2-3 days. You can also serve them again in a pretty bowl!Print
Simple Donut Hole Christmas Trees
This super easy donut Christmas tree is one of those recipes that looks very time-consuming and complicated, but is actually a breeze! It would be a great choice for a holiday brunch and can even double as a centerpiece!
- Prep Time: 30-45 minutes
- Cook Time: None!
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Category: Dessert
- Foam cone(s)
- Saran Wrap (recommended) or aluminum foil
- Toothpicks (each cone requires about 75-100)
- 75–100 donut holes per cone
- Optional: Pomegranates, raspberries, or cranberries for berry accents
- Optional: Rosemary sprigs for tree accents
- Optional: Powdered sugar for snow effect
- Wrap the styrofoam cone in Saran Wrap and trim off any extra on the bottom with scissors.
- Stick one toothpick in each donut hole. Start at the base of the foam tree and insert the donut holes with toothpicks right next to each other.
- Repeat and work your way up and around the cone until it is entirely covered.
- Add pomegranates, raspberries, or cranberries as berry garnishes. You can also add rosemary sprigs to look like evergreen branches.
- Sprinkle with powdered sugar for a snow effect
Note: I wrapped the styrofoam cones in aluminum foil, but I would recommend clear Saran Wrap instead. This would have been less noticeable than the silver foil once some donuts were eaten.
Keywords: Christmas brunch, holiday dessert, edible centerpiece
I hope this crafty recipe is helpful (and tasty!) for you this holiday season! Merry Christmas, friends!