Tomorrow 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?
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
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
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.
Roll dough into golf ball sized balls. Combine sugar and cinnamon on a small plate.
Roll the ball into a 6-inch log and roll into cinnamon sugar mixture.
Roll the log into a spiral shape. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 12 to 16 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.
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.
Mix equal parts of yellow, green, and purple sprinkles in a small bowl.
Sprinkle over cookies.
Tuesday 24th of January 2023
I made these and divided the dough into 24 portions using a gram scale. The cookies that resulted were big enough to give a group of office mates one each. Next time, I would make a snickerdoodle base using a smaller ball of dough to yield a smaller cookie (wasn’t wild about the lemon extract in this context even though I love lemon); skip the spiraling even though it looks very “King Cake;” and will chop the pecan halves in half. I did have lots of praline fudge left after I used a fork to apply the coated pecans evenly over the cookies and followed that step by using an iced tea spoon to pour another little spoonful of the praline “fudge” over each cookie’s pecans. The work definitely took much longer than 20 minutes and, due to the hot praline topping, these need lots of cooling prior to mailing out of town. It’s a super cute idea and I know my New Orleans-born son and his family will enjoy these for his birthday!
Wednesday 25th of January 2023
Hi Debby - Thanks for your comment, it sounds like you had fun making these cookies and they turned out well! I am so happy to hear it was a hit with your office mates.
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!
Tuesday 9th of February 2021
How many calories are in this recipie and can you use almond flour instead
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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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.
Friday 10th of July 2020
I'm not sure to be honest, I've never tried it. Probably?