Create your own Christmas characters

Get into the festive spirit with our Christmas baking ideas with the cutest Christmas-inspired characters! Create little reindeer doughnuts, Santa madeleines and more great gift ideas.
Create your own Christmas characters

Let’s have some festive fun in the kitchen and get baking this Christmas with our sweet Santa Madeleines and our deer-lightful Reindeer Doughnut characters. These cute as fruit mince pie characters are made using simple recipes and a little bit of creative Christmassy flair!

Santa Madeleines

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  • Using our Rose Gold Madeleine Tray and Rosewater Madeleine recipe, whip up a quick batch of madeleines and leave to cool. Note: You can leave out the rosewater if you prefer.
  • Make a batch of Royal Icing and divide into necessary quantities for the amount of colours you’d like to use (we used two colours – red and white). Add natural food colouring of your choice and stir well to combine.
  • Transfer your icing into separate piping bags with thin nozzles and decorate your madeleines as desired, using our picture as a guide.
  • Allow icing to set for around 20 minutes, before serving, or transfer into a sealable container to store until use.
  • Don’t forget to leave a few mini Santas out for the real Santa on Christmas Eve.

Reindeer Doughnuts

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  • Using our Rose Gold Doughnut Tray and Soft Cinnamon Doughnut recipe, make up a batch of basic doughnuts, skipping the cinnamon sugar steps.
  • Going gluten free? This recipe works great with our Gluten Free Flour Mix, or your favourite gluten free flour substitute.
  • Make your chocolate coating following the steps below from our recipe The Great Aussie ‘Bite’.
    • Place 350g chocolate, broken into pieces, into mixing bowl and grate 10 sec/speed 9.
    • Scrape down sides of mixing bowl with spatula, then melt 3 min/50C/speed 3 or until chocolate is smooth. Scrape down sides of mixing bowl with spatula.
    • Add 30g vegetable oil and mix 10 sec/speed 4 or until combined. Transfer into a large bowl to cool (approx. 20 minutes).
  • Carefully dip each doughnut into chocolate, draining off any excess. Place onto a baking tray to set.
  • To decorate your reindeers, using our image as a guide:
    • Create antlers by breaking pretzels into halves and pushing each half into the top of the doughnuts.
    • Make Rudolph-inspired noses by first placing a dark coloured chocolate beanie in the centre of the doughnut and then place a red one on top.
    • Use candy eyes, or white lollies and black coloured icing, to give your reindeers doe eyes to see.

If you’re looking for more Christmas ideas, we had a jolly time creating these novelty snowmen doughnuts and sprinkle-dipped madeleines so you’ll be best in snow.

You can find all of the recipes we mentioned at