Learn how to decorate donuts that look just like an adorable panda bear family!

By Karla Walsh

Yield: 6 donuts

  • 6 chocolate cake donuts
  • 3/4 cup canned white frosting, melted
  • 6 miniature chocolate sandwich cookies with white filling
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate pieces, melted

1. Dip donuts, facedown, halfway into melted frosting. Let stand until frosting is set.

2. Separate cookie sandwiches. Remove and discard white filling.

3. Using a paring knife, carefully cut two small ear pockets on the top of the donuts and insert a cookie halfway into each pocket.

4. Transfer melted chocolate to a quart-size resealable plastic bag. Snip a small hole in a corner of the bag and pipe faces onto each donut. Use the remaining melted white frosting to make dots in the eyes. Let stand until chocolate is set. 

Tip: To make a family of bears, decorate two regular-size donuts and a few mini donuts.

Customize Your Pandas

Now that you've mastered the semi-homemade version of our Panda Donuts, mix things up and make 'em your own! Start with your own powdered sugar icing. Simply stir together 2 cups sifted powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and 2 tablespoon milk in a bowl. If the finished product is too thick to dunk donuts into, thin it out with more milk until the consistency is similar to melted chocolate.

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