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King Cake Twists


  • 1 package refrigerated cinnamon rolls
  • Bourbon Vanilla Icing:
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons bourbon
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Optional decorating ingredients-
  • Purple sanding sugar
  • Green sanding sugar
  • Gold food spray

Prep Time:

5 minutes

Cook Time:

15 minutes


Here's a dessert fit for a king to carry around! Wrapped and shaped into a twist, this version of a King Cake Twists will have everyone eating out of your hands.

Makes 5 large twists

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Foodie Byte: These make great dippers for leftover frosting, just place the frosting in a microwave safe bowl and warm for ten seconds, stir and serve alongside.


  1. Preheat oven to package instructions.
  2. Remove cinnamon rolls from packaging and unroll into a straight line.
  3. Cut each roll in half into equal parts.
  4. Put two halves next to each other, and at the top end overlap them and press together.
  5. Begin weaving them into a twist pattern and wrap the bottom ends together and press firmly
  6. Bake according to package instructions.
  7. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack.
  8. Using a spoon or a silicone brush, apply generous amounts of the icing; it will melt into the outer layer of the twist.
  9. Decorating:
  10. While the icing is still warm, sprinkle purple and green sanding sugar across the top of the twist.
  11. Immediately afterward, spray with gold food spray
  12. Finish with a light dusting of purple and green sanding sugar.