King Cake Bites – Mardi Gras Recipe

It’s time to celebrate with Mardi Gras desserts! If you don’t have the time to make a big King Cake to celebrate, these King Cake bites are the next best thing! This is an easy Cajun dessert recipe, and you don’t need to be on Bourbon St. to enjoy it. Fun and quick to make, and will have you celebrating Mardi Gras in tasty style! If you’re looking for an easy New Orleans dessert recipe, this is it!

King Cake Bites Recipe for Mardi Gras! Check out this EASY and fun Mardi Gras King Cake inspired dessert recipe! Celebrating Mardi Gras has never been tastier!

Have you ever been to New Orleans for Mardi Gras? Kate and I visited New Orleans last year and we had a blast! One place you need to stop while you’re down there for Mardi Gras is Bourbon House – and get the Bourbon Milk Punch – it’s awesome! Bourbon House restaurant is literally one of the very first restaurants on Bourbon St., just off Canal St. Stop in for a bite and drink.

Today we’re making this recipe for King Cake Bites! It’s a spin off of the classic New Orleans dessert recipe for King Cake, and perfect for your Mardi Gras party.

Mardi Gras King Cake Bites Dessert Recipe

Also, if you’re lucky enough to spend a few days in New Orleans, I highly suggest the Honey Island Swamp Tour! You’ll get to see alligators up close and personal as you ride on a guided boat through the waterways and into the swamp! Read about our Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour!

Back to our delicious King Cake Bites recipe, these little dessert bites are packed with all the flavors of King Cake, without the big mess in your kitchen. This recipe will make enough King Cake bites for you to serve up as a Mardi Gras snack at your party or bring them into work to share – it makes about 32 little Mardi Gras desserts! Just don’t forget to include a King Cake Baby in one (or a few) of them! I probably wouldn’t cook the babies into these, but serve them along side. Best not to melt the baby Jesus.

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Mardi Gras King Cake Bites Recipe

Yields 24-28

King Cake Bites – Mardi Gras Recipe

King Cake Bites - perfect for Mardi Gras celebrations!

15 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, divided
  • ½ tsp lemon extract
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 (8-oz) cans refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 3 tbs milk
  • Green, purple, and yellow sugar crystals


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Beat cream cheese on medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add 1 cup powdered sugar and lemon extract; mix well
  • Whisk cinnamon and sugar in a separate bowl
  • Unroll crescent roll dough on a clean surface, and separate each into 4 large rectangles, pressing perforations to seal
  • Cut each into 4 smaller rectangles; sprinkle each with cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  • Spread cream cheese filling on half of each rectangle, leaving a small border around the edges. Fold other half of dough over filling, pressing edges together to seal
  • Carefully transfer to prepared baking sheet
  • Bake 13 to 15 minutes or until golden brown
  • Remove from oven, and cool 5 minute
  • While King Cake Bites are cooling, whisk together remaining 1 cup powdered sugar and 3 Tbsp milk. Drizzle over King Cake Bites and decorate with sprinkles.

Still have an extra day in New Orleans? Check out the Audubon Zoo, Aquarium and Insectarium. We did and it was a blast, the zoo was awesome!

What’s your favorite New Orleans style recipe?

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