Polar Bear Donuts

These Polar Bear Donuts are the cutest, are’t they? So perfect for the holiday season, and baking exchanges.

A close up of a donut

Polar Bear Donuts

I love holiday baking because unlike other ordinary baking days, what I make is always shared by company, an exchange or as a potluck. That means I can really kick it up a notch to impress. My favourites include Star-Shaped Jam Cookies and Eggnog Cookies.

I can definitely see these donuts being the highlight of a school or activity holiday party, or bagged individually for exchanges. These are character themed for the kids, but there’s also the option of our festive Peppermint Mocha Donuts for the adults or Eggnog Donuts.

Holiday donuts

When making Polar Bear Donuts, a few Wilton products are in the instructions. If you have something similar, great! Yet years ago I took a Wilton cake decorating class and have a bunch of their products as a result. This is a perfect excuse to use them, and think outside the box for a unique treat!

A close up of a polar bear donut

Using the Wilton Nonstick 6-Cavity Donut Pan makes it so easy, along with the Wilton Chocolate & Candy Melts Melting Pot. I use Wilton Candy Melts in a lot of my recipes, since they melt so easily and taste great.

polar bear donuts

This recipe uses a box cake mix, making it easier and less time consuming too.

A close up of a polar bear donut

For a cute wintery themed dessert, these Polar Bear donuts are perfect!

A close up of a polar bear donut
Holiday donuts

Polar Bear Donuts

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes

This Polar Bear Donuts recipe uses a box cake mix for ease. They will be the highlight of a school or activity holiday party, or bagged for exchanges


  • 1 cake mix
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2/3 cup Water
  • 1/3 cup Vegetable Oil
  • White Wilton Candy Melts
  • Mini Chocolate Chips
  • Large Marshmallows
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Large Wilton Eyes
  • Wilton Donut Pan


  1. Mix together the cake mix, water, vegetable oil and eggs according to the cake mix box.
  2. Spray the donut pan with cooking spray.
  3. Pour the donut mix into a measuring cup for easy pouring. Pour the donut mix into the donut pan. If you fill over the center hole, it's okay as you'll be covering it 
  4. Bake for 12 minutes at 350 degrees.
  5.  Let cool for 5 minutes.
  6. Melt the white candy melts in microwave or with a Wilton Melting Pot.
  7. Dip the top of the donuts in the white melts. Before the white melts harden, stick 2 mini marshmallows at the top of the donut for ears.
  8. Place a large marshmallow in the center of the donut and place a mini chocolate chip in the center for a nose.
  9. Place 2 Wilton Eyes above the large marshamallow.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 8 people
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 334Saturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 464mgCarbohydrates: 52gSugar: 27gProtein: 4g

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  1. Ohhhh these are too adorable for words!! What a cute idea, these look like fun to make!

  2. oh my gosh! how cute and fun are these! what a yummy winter treat. My girls would think these are too cool

  3. oh these are honestly TOO CUTE! such a creative (and totally adorable) idea! perfect for a kids holiday party! 🙂

  4. These are just the cutest! I have never made donuts but have them on my baking list as a must-make. These would be a perfect treat to start with.

  5. These are so adorable, seems a shame to eat them but go on then I’ll have a couple 🙂

  6. These donuts look adorable and delicious at the same time. I bet they’re delicious !

  7. I just love these Polar Bear doughnuts and I know everyone in our family will love them, especially the children. They are so much quicker to cook than the regular ones. Thank you for sharing.

  8. These little polar bear donuts are super cute and they look fun to make, thanks very much for sharing the recipe!

  9. These are so cute, I wouldn’t want to eat them! But I would, lol. Adding these to my holiday baking list!

  10. Wow! I’ve been looking for something my grandson and I could make that would be fun to make and to eat. Thanks for ending my search!

  11. These look so adorable and would actually be perfect for the class Christmas party in a couple of weeks.

  12. I’ve never made homemade donuts but I’d love to try. The polar bear donuts are just adorable! My little girl has a polar bear stuffed animal that she adores so I think she would love to make this with me.

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