Easy Croissant King Cake to Celebrate Fat Tuesday

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Today is Fat Tuesday and if you don’t know what that is, then you probably are not Christian or are not familiar with Mardi Gras.  Don’t worry.  I’ll catch you up in a sentence or two.  Since tomorrow marks the beginning of Lenten season (a Christian holiday that consists of 40 days and 40 nights of sacrifice and preparation for Easter), the day before serves as Fat Tuesday.  It is a day to prepare for the upcoming season, celebrate the Three Kings, and if you are in New Orleans, get gluttonous during Mardi Gras.

King Cake is a common treat for Fat Tuesday and a great way to get your kids involved with the festivities.  Here is an easy recipe to get the kids involved in making one for breakfast, dessert, or even an after school snack!  Consider it a nice sweet pastry, with a sweet filling, and adorned with icing and the three colors of purple, green, and yellow.  Purple stands for justice.  Green stands for faith. Yellow stands for power.  The filling can be a fruit filling, but in this recipe, it is a combination of cream cheese and cinnamon!  I also love it because it uses store bought croissant dough, which makes things so much quicker when cooking with kids in the kitchen!

Ingredients:

  • 2 large cans of store bought crescent rolls/croissant dough
  • 1/2 block of cream cheese (4 oz)
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1 drop of rum extract
  • 1 drop of coconut extract
  • 1/4 cup of dried cranberries

For icing:

  • 4 TBS of cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of raw honey
  • store bought sprinkles of purple, green, and yellow (or make your own with plain sugar mixed with food coloring!)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2.

Start with half a block of cream cheese.
Start with half a block of cream cheese.

 

Add brown sugar.
Add brown sugar.
Add cinnamon.
Add cinnamon.
Add dried cranberries.
Add dried cranberries, a drop of rum extract, and a drop of coconut extract. A tiny bit of the extracts go a LONG way!
Get your hands (or your kids' hands) dirty and mix it up!  I like to use a wooden spoon!
Get your hands (or your kids’ hands) dirty and mix it up! I like to use a wooden spoon!

 

3.

Unroll the crescent roll triangles, overlapping the bases of the triangles and forming a "starburst".
Unroll the crescent roll triangles, overlapping the bases of the triangles and forming a “starburst”.

 

4.

Spread filling on the dough.
Spread filling on the dough.

5.

Fold over the tops of the triangles to create the "ring".  Pinch any openings closed.
Fold over the tops of the triangles to create the “ring”. Pinch any openings closed.

6.  Bake for 20 minutes.  While waiting.  Make your icing!

Mix the extra cream cheese and raw honey.
Mix the extra cream cheese and raw honey.

7. Once cooled, spread the icing.  Sprinkle with the colored sprinkles  in bands (or make your own by using scant amounts of food coloring and granulated sugar).

I didn't have red dye or sprinkles.  So imagine the blue is purple!
I didn’t have red dye or sprinkles. So imagine the blue is purple!

8.

You're done!  Enjoy!
You’re done! Enjoy!

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