Food Network Kitchen’s Doughnut Hole Crab.
Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Doughnut Hole Crabs

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min (includes setting time)
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 1 crab
No one would be crabby (har har) if you showed up to a summer party with these too-easy, too-adorable treats.



Special equipment:
a wooden skewer
  1. To make crab claws: Slice a small V out of the face of each gummy fish.
  2. To make crab feet: Slice the red licorice lace into six 1/2-inch pieces. 
  3. Put the red melting candy and vegetable shortening in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between each, until completely melted.
  4. Using a wooden skewer, dip the glazed doughnut hole into the bowl of melted candy to thoroughly coat; transfer to a piece of parchment paper. Let set and then dip again and return to the parchment paper. Place 2 small candy eyeballs on top of the doughnut hole while the melted candy is still wet. Let set, about 5 minutes.
  5. Use the wooden skewer to poke 3 holes into each side of the doughnut hole where the back feet would go; insert the licorice lace pieces into the holes. Use the skewer to make holes on each side of the front of the doughnut hole where claws would go. Dip the tails of the gummy fish in the melted candy and insert them into the holes. Let set, about 5 minutes.