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Shortcut King Cake in 8 Easy Steps

Even if you won't be in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, you can still celebrate like a local with a slice of this festive king cake.

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Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler!

They call it "Fat Tuesday" for a reason. Celebrate like a New Orleans native with this easy and delicious eight-step king cake.

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Step 1: Make the Filling

Combine 4 ounces cream cheese, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup raisins, 1/4 cup chopped pecans and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a food processor, and blend until smooth. 

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Step 2: Lay Out the Dough

Unroll 2 cans of crescent roll dough and separate into triangles. On parchment paper, position triangles next to each other with the points toward the center, overlapping the long sides about 1/4 inch, forming a large round.

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Step 3: Add the Filling — and the Baby

Spoon the filling in a circle, about halfway between the edges and the points of each triangle. Don't forget to place a small plastic baby or dried bean somewhere in the filling! (The person who gets this piece will have good luck for the year.)

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