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mardi gras king cake crescent rolls

Mardi Gras King Cake Crescent Rolls Recipe

Author Stefanie Fauquet


  • 1 8 ct can crescent rolls
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon sugar
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

For the glaze:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Colored sugar purple, yellow and green


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease a large cookie sheet or place parchment paper on it and set aside.

  2. Add cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar, vanilla and lemon juice to a medium mixing bowl. With an electric mixer, mix until light and fluffy.
  3. Separate the crescent dough along the perforated lines, into eight triangles. Sprinkle each piece with cinnamon sugar.
  4. Spread 1 to 2 tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture towards the large end of each dough triangle. Roll up each crescent, folding both sides.
  5. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool for 10 minutes before adding icing. If adding plastic baby, do so now, sticking through the underside of the crescent roll.
  6. Add the remaining powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla in a medium mixing bowl. Stir until all a thick glaze forms.

  7. Generously drizzle the vanilla glaze on top of each crescent roll. Sprinkle the purple, yellow and green colored sugars on top.