Acorn Doughnuts

Cute and simple, acorn doughnut are fast and easy to make. Mound them on a platter on top of leaves snipped from red, orange and yellow fruit leather, and you have a Thanksgiving centerpiece any child will love. If you can find it, caramel string (carried in Ikea stores) makes a perfect stem, but you can also use a short length of licorice or a little piece of a pretzel stick.

Recipe from "Candy Construction" by Sharon Bowers. Copyright 2010, Storey Publishing.

Acorn Doughnuts

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    6 pieces red, yellow, and orange fruit leather 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans
    Vanilla glazed doughnut holes (such as Entenmann's Pop'ems) Caramel string or pretzel sticks
    Chocolate frosting


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    • 1

      With scissors, cut out leaf shapes from the fruit leather. You can do this freehand, cutting basic ovals with pointed tips or making a guesstimate at a maple leaf, or you can get actual fall leaves from the backyard and lay them right on the fruit leather and cut around them. Lay your leaf shapes around the outer edge of your serving platter, loosely overlapping them, to serve as the base for your acorns.

    • 2

      Frost the top third of each doughnut hole and roll the frosted part in the chopped nuts.

    • 3

      Cut off little pieces of caramel string and poke them into the top of each doughnut-hole acorn. (You can press the stem directly into the frosting rather than the doughnut.)

    • 4

      Mound the completed acorns atop the fruit-leather leaves.

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