Easy Mini King Cake Bites are a quick treat to celebrate Mardi Gras. Made with a few convenience items, you can have them ready in no time!
Mardi Gras is upon us. A King Cake is a well-known tradition. Mardi Gras is the culmination of the season of carnival that begins on Epiphany and ends the day before Ash Wednesday or Fat Tuesday.
Depending on where you live, the King Cake has different versions. Most familiar to us in the United States is a sweet twisted cinnamon roll-style dough topped with icing or sugar. Mardi Gras is fun and festive and these individual King Cakes are a nice addition to any celebration.
These mini King cakes are bite-size treats packed with cinnamon sugar then drizzled with a sweet glaze and topped with decorator sugars in the traditional colors of Mardi Gras – purple, green, and gold. They will disappear quickly so you may want to double the recipe, which is easy to do since this recipe starts with refrigerated crescent rolls. Enjoy these for breakfast or dessert.
I usually always have cinnamon sugar in a shaker in my pantry for my kids to use on toast or bagels. It’s easy to make. I mix three tablespoons of sugar with one teaspoon of ground cinnamon.
Check out my fun mini version of Mardi Gras Cupcake too.
- 1 tube refrigerated crescent rolls
- 6 teaspoons cinnamon sugar
- ½ cup finely chopped pecans (optional)
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Purple, green and yellow decorating sugars
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray mini muffin pans (you will need 2) with baking cooking spray. Set aside.
- Unroll crescent rolls and place on cutting board. Separate at vertical perforations, pinching the diagonal perforations together well. You should have 4 rectangles. Sprinkle each rectangle evenly with about 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon sugar and 1 tablespoon of the pecans, if using. Starting at long end roll up jelly roll style pinching seam well. Repeat with each rectangle. Cut into 28 total pieces.
- Place 2 pieces in each mini muffin cup. Snuggle them in together. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 10 - 12 minutes, until golden. Remove pans to cooling rack. Cool completely in pan. Remove when cool.
- To make glaze:
- Combine glaze ingredients in a bowl until drizzling consistency. Swirl glaze covering tops of each mini cake. Do about half and then sprinkle those with purple, green and yellow decorator sugars. Repeat with remaining.