These Mickey and Minnie Doughnuts will bring a little Disney magic to your treat-making this season. They’re drenched in chocolate and channeling the festive spirit of the holidays.
Today we’re day-dreaming about the happiest place on earth during the most wonderful time of the year by paying homage to Disney’s favorite power couple, Mickey and Minnie Mouse (though Daisy and Donald are a close second).
I think doughnuts are technically considered breakfast food, but I’m not going to discriminate against these “hole-y”, sugary, fried pieces of doughy goodness. I highly recommend consuming them whenever the craving strikes, and Mickey and Minnie Doughnuts are a great pick-me-up any time of day!
There are definitely cake and yeast camps when it comes to doughnuts, but I’ll admit I’ve never met one I didn’t like.
Cake works much better for this particular project, though, because they’re firmer and will hold up to the dipping and decorating a little better than their yeasty siblings. We’re also going to use mini doughnuts here, but I suspect you’d just double the yum if you decide to use full-sized ones from your bakery.
Hostess Donettes are basically mini cake doughnuts, and they come in powdered sugar, glazed, double-chocolate, and chocolate frosted.
I like the combo of vanilla cake and chocolate frosting for these, but the double-chocolate would work just as well (and, you know, have more chocolate!). I’ve also used both the milk and dark chocolate Ghirardelli wafers for ears, if you just happen to have one or the other on hand already from another project.
Guys, if you haven’t used Wilton’s candy melts before, you’re going to love them! They melt super smooth and are easy to work with, just like other melting chocolates, but the colors are really beautiful and vibrant; the red will pop against the dark chocolate color of the doughnuts. Just don’t skip the parchment paper when you’re doing the dipping since it’ll make sure you don’t leave Mickey’s pants behind on the cookie sheet!
Speaking of Mickeys and Minnies, you can definitely make all of these one or the other, but I usually just do half and half. All your Mickeys will be getting yellow buttons on their pants, and the Minnies will be getting bows on their heads and polka dot dresses. You can drive yourself crazy trying to make the polka dots look balanced, so I try to remember less is more.
Shoot for around 12 mini dots or 6 big ones. You might even want to place the holly on your Minnies before you do the polka dot work so you can work around it.
By the way, Donettes come in several size packages with varying numbers of doughnuts. The 10.5 oz bag has ~ 20 in it, so you’ll just need to buy 3 or 4 of the 3 oz. packages if that all you can find.
Anyone with a Mouseketeer hat will fall in love with these cheery treats!
M&Ms – I usually have regular-sized M&Ms around the house for other projects, and they’ll work just fine for Mickey’s pants. Yellow Reese’s pieces will work too (mmmm, peanut butter).
More Christmas Treats
Italian Christmas Cookies -Moist, cake-like texture that fills any room with an unbeatable aroma!
Soft Batch Christmas M&M cookies – Soft, chewy, fluffy cookies sure to be a favorite in any holiday event!
Yugoslavian Christmas Cookies – Crunchy nut and meringue topping over the berry shortbread crust an absolutely divine combination!
Candy Cane Cookies -Peppermint or almond flavored sugar cookie dough, twisted into these charming cookies.
Christmas Crack – Buttery toffee with a light, crispy crust, coated in rich chocolate and toasted pecans may just be the most addictive snack ever!
- Yield: 12-24
- Prep Time: 60 minutes
Mickey and Minnie Doughnuts
- Chocolate Covered Hostess Mini Doughnettes - 1 Package
- Ghiradelli Milk Chocolate Melting Wafers - 1 Package
- Red Candy Melts - 1 Bag
- White Cookie Icing - 1 Tube
- Mini M&M's, yellows picked out - 1 Small Bag
- Wilton Royal Icing Bow Transfers - 1 Package
- Wilton Holly Melody Sprinkles - 1 Container
- Line a cookie sheet with parchments.
- Melt red chocolate candy melts in a double boiler, stirring occasionally until smooth.
- Meanwhile, make 2 slits on the top sides of the doughnut for the ears. Slide a Ghiradelli wafer into each slit for the ears.
- Dip doughnutts that are going to be Mickey donuts halfway into the melted red chocolate. Allow any excess to drip back into double boiler. Lay dipped doughnut onto prepared cookies sheet and place 2 mini yellow M&M's onto the top center for Mickeys pant buttons. Repeat with remaining donuts that you want to be Mickey donuts. Allow to dry on cookie sheet.
- Dip doughnutts that are going to be Minnie donuts halfway into the melted red chocolate. Allow any excess to drip back into double boiler. Lay dipped doughnut onto prepared cookies. Dip a toothpick into melted chocolate a place a dab on the back of an Icing Bow and place on donut, between the ears. Using the cookie icing, pipe dots onto the red chocolate for the polka dots on Minney's dress.
- Carefully place the holly leaves and red sprinkle for the berries onto the right corner of each donut. (I use kitchen tweezers)