From beautiful macarons to beignets to the traditional King Cake, New Orleans inspired desserts are just what you need to get in the spirit of Mardi Gras! Here are ten edible ways to celebrate Mardi Gras with your family and friends.
1) King Cake Dip and Pretzels from Homemade Hooplah
King Cake is traditionally like a large cinnamon roll flavored with caramel and pecans. This dip takes it to a whole new level! What really shines in this recipe are the festive candy-coated pretzels! YUMMY!!
2) Mardi Gras Cupcakes from Holly’s Cheat Day
These cupcakes scream Mardi Gras with their purple, green, and yellow sprinkles! The original recipe calls for a splash of rum, so you’ll need to make a few simple tweaks if you’re serving these to your kiddos.
3) Fleur de Lis Spritz Cookies from Bake Love Give
These bite-sized cookies are perfect for Fat Tuesday celebrations! This is such an easy recipe, but it also calls for rum, so tweak for your audience.
4) King Cake Roll from Hungry Happenings
This is definitely not your traditional King Cake, but look at those festive Mardi Gras colors! This striped cake roll is filled with a fluffy cream cheese mixture. Each slice reveals colorful stripes that are guaranteed to get the kids excited!
5) Masquerade Sugar Cookies from Bake Love Give
These adorable mask cookies are just perfect for spreading carnival cheer! It’s easy to add a touch of bling by adding a few edible gold sugar pearls. Make this treat interactive by adding a wooden stick so kids can hold the masks up to their faces.
6) Mardi Gras Macarons from Blogging Babies and the Bayou
Look how precious these little guys are! Who doesn’t love macarons? I love how this recipe has gold sugar around the edges to add a bit of Mardi Gras flair. So fancy!
7) Mardi Gras Smoothie from Pint Sized Baker
This smoothie may look indulgent, but it’s actually full of healthy fruits and veggies. This would be a great way to start off Fat Tuesday and set off all that King Cake you’re going to be eating later!
8) 30-Minute King Cake from Frog Prince Paperie
I have made my share of traditional King Cakes since my dad grew up in New Orleans and they take much longer than 30 minutes to make. I’m impressed that using store-bought crescent rolls can save so much time and still make a decent cake. Don’t forget the baby!
9) King Cake Baked Doughnuts from Recipe Runner
This recipe takes the traditional King Cake and turns it into delicious bite-sized doughnuts. What a fun twist on a Mardi Gras classic! This allows for easy portion sizing and are perfectly sized for small hands.
10) Mardi Gras Beignets from Kudos Kitchen by Renee
Beignets are a New Orleans staple, but normally they are covered in powdered sugar instead of icing. By making this simple topping switch, you can easily incorporate the Mardi Gras colors of purple, gold, and green into your breakfast.
I hope you enjoy these holiday treats. Laissez les bon temps roulez!