Scary, hairy, baked doughnuts make a fun Halloween treat

When my hair looks like this, it’s downright scary, and I just want to crawl back into bed. But these doughnuts don’t seem to mind how they look. They’re just waddling around like they don’t have a care in the world. It makes me want to take a big bite out of them.

Even though they’re scary, these little guys are so much fun to make. Fixing their hair is a whole lot easier than doing my own hair. And one thing’s for sure: They look way better with bedhead than I do. I’m so jealous.

Scary hairy baked doughnut recipe

First things first. Get the doughnuts into the oven.

Scary hairy baked doughnut recipe

They bake super quick, in less than 10 minutes.

Scary hairy baked doughnut recipe

Next, add color to the ready-made frosting. Some powdered sugar is needed to thicken it up a bit.

Scary hairy baked doughnut recipe

A couple of doughnuts will need to be sacrificed to use for the “heads.” This is where you can sneak in a bite if you cut the head pieces small enough. Don’t mention I told you that. It’s our secret.

Scary hairy baked doughnut recipe

Here comes the best part. This is such a fun tip to use when piping frosting.

Scary hairy baked doughnut recipe

Pipe the frosting for the windblown hair look.

Scary hairy baked doughnut recipe

Or maybe you prefer the spaghetti-head hair look.

Scary hairy baked doughnut recipe

Here’s an example of the windblown-spaghetti-head hair look combo.

Scary hairy baked doughnut recipe

Here’s an example of me waking up early for work on a Monday.

Scary hairy baked doughnut recipe

This one is scary on the outside but has a nice personality on the inside. He’s a thinker — you can tell by the look in his eyes.

Scary, hairy, baked doughnut recipe

Yields 10 

Prep time: 30 minutes | Cook time: 20 minutes | Inactive time: 1 hour | Assembly time: 45 minutes | Total time: 2 hours 35 minutes


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half (or cream)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 dashes cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 2 (16 ounce) containers ready-made vanilla or white frosting
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar (or more depending on thickness of frosting)
  • Orange food coloring (or 15 drops yellow and 3 drops red food coloring), or your favorite color
  • Purple food coloring (or 12 drops red and 7 drops blue food coloring), or your favorite color
  • Blue food coloring (about 7 drops, or more if preferred), or your favorite color
  • 20 candy eyeballs
  • A #233 tip for piping frosting
  • 3 disposable plastic piping bags for the frosting


For the doughnuts

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. To a medium-size mixing bowl, add the flour, baking soda, salt, granulated sugar, eggs, applesauce, half-and-half, vanilla and cinnamon. Whisk together to form a batter.
  3. Using a cooking brush or paper towel, grease the doughnut baking pan with the butter.
  4. Add the batter to the baking pan, and bake until the doughnuts just start to lightly brown around the outer edges (about 8 to 10 minutes). It may require making this recipe in 2 batches if only 1 baking pan is available.
  5. Remove the doughnuts from the oven, and let them sit for a few minutes. Then gently move a dinner knife around the edges, and lift the doughnuts out of the pan.
  6. Let the doughnuts cool on a rack for at least 1 hour.

For the frosting

  1. Into 3 small- to medium-size bowls, divide the frosting.
  2. Add the orange food coloring to 1 of the bowls, and stir. Add the purple to the other bowl, and stir. And add the blue to the remaining bowl, and stir.
  3. Add 1/2 cup of powdered sugar to each bowl of frosting, and thoroughly stir it in. If the frosting is still on the creamy side, then add more powdered sugar a little bit at a time.
  4. Add 1 color of frosting at a time to the piping bag (unless you have multiple tips in the size needed).
For the assembly
  1. Cut 2 of the doughnuts into 5 equally sized pieces.
  2. Put 1 piece, outside edge up, in the middle of each of the remaining doughnuts to form the “head” for the hair.
  3. Start piping the frosting around the “head” where there is a gap in the middle of the doughnut, and then work your way up over the top of the “head.”
  4. Then pipe long strands of hair from the top of the “head” down to the sides of the doughnut. Continue to pipe the long strands of hair around the entire doughnut. Leave some spaces without frosting around the sides of the doughnut so it can be picked up without smashing the frosting.
  5. Add 2 candy eyeballs on the “head,” right over the frosting.

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