December 24: Donut Panic this Holiday Season

Quick and cheap festive desserts


By: Sami Callaghan, Reporter

Christmas morning in my house is very fast paced because we are always running late. A donut is an easy on-the-go breakfast. Try adding a Christmas twist to make these vanilla cake donuts a little more festive. Grab a donut, a cup of hot cocoa and be on your merry way!

First, gather all your ingredients for the donuts. You’ll need:

-1/2 cup greek yogurt

-1 egg

-1/2 tsp vanilla extract

-2 tbsp oil (vegetable, olive, etc.)

-2 tbsp butter (melted)

-1/2 cup sugar

-1 cup all-purpose flour

-1/2 tsp baking soda

-1/4 tsp salt


-2 bowls

-Donut pan


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a large bowl combine these ingredients: greek yogurt, egg, vanilla extract, oil, butter and sugar.
  3. Whisk all the ingredients.
  4. In a separate bowl combine: Flour, baking soda, salt. Stir them together.
  5. Combine the two bowls of ingredients, and mix together until a batter is created.
  6. With a spoon scoop batter into the 6 ring donut pan (distribute evenly). If you don’t have a donut pan handy. You can easily shape the donuts into a circle and bake in a greased pan.
  7. Bake for 12-16 min, or till edges are golden
  8. Let them cool for 5-10 min before frosting

Next, make the reindeer design. You will need:


-1 cup powdered sugar

-1 tbsp butter

-1/4 vanilla

-1-3 tbsp milk (add as needed)

-Red, Yellow, Blue food coloring

  1. Combine the ingredients in a bowl, and mix thoroughly.
  2. To make the frosting brown add 4 drops red food coloring, 10 drops yellow food coloring, and 3 drops blue food coloring. Mix until distributed evenly throughout the frosting.
  3. Take 1 donut and dip it halfway into frosting bowl, then set aside for them to dry.


-6 pretzels

-6 red m&m’s

-12 mini brown m&m’s

-12 white chocolate chips

Once the frosting is dry place a red m&m in the middle of the donut

  1. Break the pretzel in half and stick them into the outer edge of the donut, making antlers.
  2. Above the red m&m place two white chocolate chips to make eyes.
  3. Place a brown mini m&m on each white chocolate chip (stick them together with leftover frosting).

Enjoy your fresh and festive holiday treat!

You never want to go to a Christmas party empty handed, and making a dish can be somewhat time-consuming. A quick five ingredient dessert that everyone will love is just what you need.


-1 cup butter

-1 cup brown sugar

-40 saltine crackers

-1 semi-sweet chocolate chip package

-Red and green mini m&m’s (optional)



-18 x 12 baking sheet

-Aluminum foil



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line 18 x 12 baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  3. Spread out saltine crackers, lining the base of the pan.
  4. In a saucepan, melt butter and brown sugar over medium heat on a stove top.
  5. Stir constantly with a whisk for 5 min.
  6. Immediately pour butter and brown sugar over crackers to cover them completely.
  7. Bake in the oven for 5 min.
  8. Take out of the oven and sprinkle chocolate chips evenly on the hot toffee.
  9. Wait for 1 to 2 min while chocolate chips melt.
  10. With a rubber spatula spread the melted chips over the toffee.
  11. Optional: sprinkle M&M’s on the melted chocolate.
  12. Chill in the fridge for 2 hours.
  13. Peel away the foil, and break the toffee into pieces.