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A fun breakfast take on a Mardi Gras tradition
I’m from South Alabama. Mobile, AL to be exact. While it has many attractions, this time of the year we’re best known for our Mardi Gras celebrations. Mobile is the home to the original Mardi Gras in the United States, despite New Orleans’ celebration being better known. Mardi Gras means “Fat Tuesday”, the day before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. In Mobile and surrounding areas, the frivolity lasts for several weeks preceding Ash Wednesday and is seen as more of a season of parades, costumes, and masked balls.

A popular treat during Mardi Gras Season is the King Cake. Despite its name, this is more of an O-shaped pastry made with a French bread dough than a cake. King cakes are traditionally flavored with cinnamon, drizzled with a confectionary sugar frosting, sprinkled with Mardi Gras-colored sugar, and stuffed with a small plastic baby (representing the baby Jesus). Tradition typically dictates that whoever finds the baby has to bring the next king cake. Flavors other than cinnamon can be found in bakeries throughout the area. And, though the colors of Mardi Gras in Mobile are Purple and Gold, Green has recently been added to this mix.

The muffin recipe I’m sharing with you has several similarities with a king cake - the cinnamon flavor and colored sugar. It’s a very sweet treat (especially with the added sprinkles), but quite fitting for the over-indulgence of the Mardi Gras Season before Lent is upon us.

Posted by CraftyHope from Silverhill, Alabama, United States • Published See CraftyHope's 8 projects »
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  • How to bake a cinnamon muffin. King Cake Monkey Muffins - Step 1
    Step 1

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
    Mix 1/4 Cup sugar and 1 teas. cinnamon in a shallow bowl

  • How to bake a cinnamon muffin. King Cake Monkey Muffins - Step 2
    Step 2

    Place a small sliver of butter into the bottom of each muffin cup.

  • How to bake a cinnamon muffin. King Cake Monkey Muffins - Step 3
    Step 3

    Top the butter slivers with a sprinkling of sugar and cinnamon.

  • How to bake a cinnamon muffin. King Cake Monkey Muffins - Step 4
    Step 4

    Open your can of biscuit dough and cut the dough into small portions (a large, raw biscuit works well cut into fourths).

  • How to bake a cinnamon muffin. King Cake Monkey Muffins - Step 5
    Step 5

    Roll each portion into a ball then roll the dough balls in the cinnamon sugar mix.

  • How to bake a cinnamon muffin. King Cake Monkey Muffins - Step 6
    Step 6

    Place 3-4 balls into each muffin cup.

  • How to bake a cinnamon muffin. King Cake Monkey Muffins - Step 7
    Step 7

    Top with another sliver of butter and sprinkling of sugar and cinnamon.

  • Step 8

    Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes.

  • How to bake a cinnamon muffin. King Cake Monkey Muffins - Step 9
    Step 9

    Drizzle sweetened condensed milk over each muffin.

  • How to bake a cinnamon muffin. King Cake Monkey Muffins - Step 10
    Step 10

    Sprinkle a little of each color sprinkle on each muffin.

  • How to bake a cinnamon muffin. King Cake Monkey Muffins - Step 11
    Step 11

    Enjoy!

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Jennifer P.
Jennifer P. · Lynchburg, Virginia, US · 23 projects
Saving this to make! It sounds SO delicious. Cooking
CraftyHope
CraftyHope · Silverhill, Alabama, US · 10 projects
Aw, thanks! These are really easy! AND, if you don't have the sugar sprinkles, they're just as good (but less festive!)
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