King Cake Knots

Mardi Gras is next week! Get those beads out and fire up the stove to make some jambalaya! A few years ago I made a big, traditional king cake. This year, I wanted something more simple. Pinterest pointed me in the direction of these simple king cake knots, which are made using store-bought refrigerated dough. Check back in the coming days, as I also have a post for king cake monkey bread!

King Cake Knots
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1 loaf refrigerated french bread dough (I used Pillsbury)
3 Tablespoons butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1 cup powdered sugar
4 teaspoons milk (may need a bit more to get the right consistency)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Green, yellow, purple decorating sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Unroll French bread dough into a large rectangle, about 16 x 12 inches. Brush the dough lightly with softened butter. Mix together sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over butter.
2. Cut the dough in half lengthwise and then cut crosswise into strips, about 1-1/4 inches wide. Tie each strip into a knot and place on baking sheet. Bake for 25-28 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
3. Mix together powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla. Dip each knot into icing and decorate with sprinkles.

  • mel tardy - February 15, 2012 - 11:26 am

    How many does this make? It looks awesome and so much quicker than letting the yeast rise…
    Love your site!!ReplyCancel

    • Annie - February 15, 2012 - 11:29 am

      Good question. The reason I rarely post the number of cookies/cupcakes/whatever that a recipe makes is that I never find those numbers to be reliable. My knots may be bigger than yours or smaller — since the process of making them is a little arbitrary. I had about 18 knots in my batch.ReplyCancel

  • Kimster - February 8, 2013 - 8:17 am

    You left the tiny plastic baby out of ingredient list! (It doesn’t have to be a plastic baby, a dry bean buried in one of the knots would do.) Tradition says whoever finds the baby provides the next king cake. Or batch of knots!ReplyCancel

    • Annie - February 8, 2013 - 8:19 am

      I’m well aware, but they’re pretty hard to find anywhere outside of the south ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Jeff Davis - February 4, 2014 - 5:45 am

    I find babies in NH at Party CityReplyCancel

    • Annie - February 4, 2014 - 9:16 am

      Awesome! Thanks for the tip.ReplyCancel

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