It's spooky season and these Halloween Doughnut Bats are such an easy little treat for kids, that they can even help to make them. Mini doughnuts, mini Oreos and some edible eyes and fangs all put together make really cute, I mean scary, little bats.
I know Halloween is meant to be scary, but how cute are these!? We had them on a Halloween afternoon tea once, and I have been recreating them ever since. Halloween has become a big thing here in the UK in recent years, and I am not going to lie, I am happy about that.
Our kids are in full Halloween mode, the house is decorated and we are eating as many spooky treats and meals as we can. You don't need to go crazy, as these doughnut bats are really easy to make and we have given ways to adapt them if you can't find the exact ingredients. These are perfect on a Halloween Platter.
Why you will love them
- Just 4 ingredients - Making fun kids snacks doesn't have to involve a lot of ingredients. All of these are picked up in our local supermarket.
- Easy - These Halloween Bats are so easy to make, that even kid can help. They are a little bit fiddly, so maybe it is a job for older kids. But, as long as you don't mind what they look like, let everyone join in.
- Adaptable - We have given a few options of different ways to decorate them, just in case you can't find the exact ingredients we have used.
- A delicious spooky treat - Go all out this Halloween and make these spooky little treats for snack time.
- Mini doughnuts - In the bakery section of our local supermarket, they do big tubs of things like mini doughnuts, brownies, flapjacks etc. Get the mini doughnuts with a chocolate topping to make them look like bats.
- Mini Oreos - These are what are going to make the wings. Make sure they are the mini Oreos (they usually come in snack sized bags), as they are the perfect size to fit into the mini doughnuts.
- Edible eyes - We always have a few packs of these in our baking cupboard to put on cookies or cupcakes. They are quite hard to bite, so maybe not one for younger children.
- White sprinkles - These make the fangs. We went with the long thin strips of sprinkles, rather than the circle ones. You could use different coloured ones to make it nice and colourful, but white makes it look more authentic. Well, as authentic as a doughnut bat can be!
A full ingredients list with measurements is in the recipe card below.
Step by step
One: Separate the Oreos and cut them in half to make wings.
Two: Push the "wings" into either side of a doughnut.
Three: Press two edible eyes into the chocolate of the doughnut.
Four: Use two sugar sprinkles pushed into the doughnut hole to form teeth.
There is not much to these, so there isn't much that you can change. However, if you can't find the exact ingredients, then we have a few suggestions of how you can swap them for other things that you might be able to find.
Doughnuts - We used mini chocolate doughnuts bought from the supermarket. If you can only find plain doughnuts, you could dip them in chocolate yourself. If you wanted to make a more nutrient dense version of these, then why not make some energy balls with almonds and dates and roll them in to balls and attach the wings and eyes.
Wings - We used mini Oreos, because they were black and more authentic as bat wings. But you could use any mini cookies. Mini chocolate pretzels work well for the wings too if you put them in the side carefully. If you wanted to make bigger versions of these, maybe for a grown up Halloween party, then you could use bigger doughnuts and then chocolate digestive biscuits or chocolate stroopwafels for the wings.
Fangs - We painstakingly sieved through a jar of mixed sprinkles to find lots of white ones long enough to use as fangs. Use any sprinkles that you think would work, or you could use shards of white chocolate. You could also use Candy Corn if you can find it. Why not give them some cute little ears by pressing M&Ms or skittles into the top, so half of them poke out.
What to serve with Halloween Doughnut Bats
These are meant as a little snack, so we would usually serve them with some fruit and maybe a protein like a few squares of cheese. If this was more of a treat, then a little jar of chocolate milkshake always goes down well with these.
When we originally made these though, they were part of our Halloween Platter and the kids at the party found them hilarious. They all looked a little different, and the kids enjoyed naming them and choosing their own.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can store these in an air tight container for up to 2 days. We wouldn't recommend storing them in the fridge, because they Oreos will start to go soft.
No, these are not suitable for a gluten free diet.
• Make a little cut in the side of the doughnuts, as this makes it easier to put the wings in, without breaking the Oreos.
• You can make these extra fancy by spraying them with edible glitter. I mean, you don't often find bats covered in glitter, but I think all rules have gone out the window here!
More Halloween recipes
Halloween Doughnut Bats
- 8 mini doughnuts
- 4 mini oreos
- 16 edible eyes
- 16 sugar sprinkles
- Separate the Oreos and cut them in half to make wings.4 mini oreos
- Push the "wings" into either side of a doughnut.8 mini doughnuts
- Press two edible eyes into the chocolate of the doughnut.16 edible eyes
- Use two sugar sprinkles pushed into the doughnut hole to form teeth.16 sugar sprinkles
- Make a little cut in the side of the doughnuts, as this makes it easier to put the wings in, without breaking the Oreos.
- You can make these extra fancy by spraying them with edible glitter. I mean, you don't often find bats covered in glitter, but I think all rules have gone out the window here.