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King Cake Cookies with Praline Pecan

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king cake cookies with praline pecan recipeTomorrow is Mardi Gras. To celebrate, I made these King Cake Cookies with Pecan Praline on top. These cookies are a marriage of two New Orleans delicacies, king cake and pecan pralines. If these are not a celebration, I do not know what is. I originally had these incredible cookies at Mixed (the most fun conference I have ever been to), and have been patiently waiting for Mardi Gras to roll around to make them. Dixie Crystals had a bake off to kick off their Bake It Forward program. Aimee Broussard made these and won the bake off! They are amazing. I love celebrating Mardi Gras, usually I make a king cake with my children, but this year I made these instead.

They are a little more work than I normally do for a cookie, but I guarantee that they are worth the effort. And since I only would make these once a year it is completely doable. If you want to skip a step, feel free to roll the dough into balls and them roll them in the sugar mixture without rolling them into spirals. I am not sure that it a necessary step, but I followed the recipe as it was written. While I was making them, I got the idea that you could make these two ways. You could make them as the recipe states, but you could also make a simple white glaze and decorate them like a teeny king cake. How cute would those be?

king cake cookies with praline pecan recipe1 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
3 egg yolks
1 Tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

Cinnamon Sugar Mixture:

1/4 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon cinnamon

Pecan Praline:

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup evaporated milk
2 Tablespoons butter
1 1/4 cups pecan halves
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
yellow, green, and purple sprinkles

king cake cookies with praline pecan recipeCream butter, sugar, and cinnamon until light and fluffy.

king cake cookies with pecan praline recipeAdd egg yolks, honey, vanilla, and lemon extract.

king cake cookies with pecan praline recipeAdd flour, baking powder, salt, and cream of tartar. Mix until combined.

king cake cookies with pecan praline recipeRoll dough into golf ball sized balls. Combine sugar and cinnamon on a small plate.

king cake cookies with pecan praline recipeRoll the ball into a 6-inch log and roll into cinnamon sugar mixture.

king cake cookies with pecan praline recipeRoll the log into a spiral shape. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet.

king cake cookies with pecan praline recipeBake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 12 to 16 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.

king cake cookies with pecan praline recipeGet started on the praline. Add both sugars to a saucepan. Add evaporated milk.

king cake cookies with pecan praline recipeBring the mixture to a boil over medium heat.

king cake cookies with pecan praline recipeStir in the pecans, butter, and vanilla. Bring to a boil. Take off the heat and let cool for 3 to 5 minutes.

king cake cookies with pecan praline recipeSpoon the praline over the cookies. I made sure each cookie had a generous portion of pecans and then went back around and used the rest of the praline.

king cake cookies with pecan praline recipeMix equal parts of yellow, green, and purple sprinkles in a small bowl.

king cake cookies with pecan praline recipeSprinkle over cookies.

king cake cookies with pecan praline recipe

King Cake Cookies with Praline Pecan

King Cake Cookies with Praline Pecan

Yield: makes 2 dozen
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

King Cake Cookies with Praline Pecan - Celebrate Mardi Gras with these insanely good King Cake cookies. A honey and cinnamon cookie topped with praline and decorated with yellow, green, and purple sugar.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

Cinnamon Sugar Mixture:

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon

Pecan Praline:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/4 cups pecan halves
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • yellow, green, and purple sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Cream butter, sugar, and cinnamon until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, honey, vanilla, and lemon extract. Add flour, baking powder, salt, and cream of tartar. Mix until combined.
  2. Roll dough into golf ball sized balls. Combine sugar and cinnamon on a small plate. Roll the log into a spiral shape. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  3. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 12 to 16 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  4. Get started on the praline. Add both sugars to a saucepan. Add evaporated milk. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Stir in the pecans, butter, and vanilla. Bring to a boil. Take off the heat and let cool for 3 to 5 minutes. Spoon the praline over the cookies. I made sure each cookie had a generous portion of pecans and then went back around and used the rest of the praline.
  5. Mix equal parts of yellow, green, and purple sprinkles in a small bowl. Sprinkle over cookies.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 291Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 142mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 1gSugar: 30gProtein: 3g

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AF

Saturday 5th of February 2022

These look wonderful! How long will they keep? My husband is currently deployed and I’d like to bake them for a Mardi Gras care package. I would vacuum seal them. Thanks!

Summer

Tuesday 9th of February 2021

How many calories are in this recipie and can you use almond flour instead

Bree Hester

Wednesday 10th of February 2021

241 and I am not sure, I've never made them with almond flour. If you are trying to make them GF, I'd try cup for cup first.

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Janet D

Thursday 9th of July 2020

Love this cookies. I’m baking them today. Quick question: Could I make the praline glaze a day ahead and store in the fridge?. Then I would reheat in microwave and ice the cookie the next day when I have time.

Bree Hester

Friday 10th of July 2020

I'm not sure to be honest, I've never tried it. Probably?

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