12 Decadent Desserts to Help You Party Like It's Mardi Gras
Bananas Foster Split
It's Fat Tuesday! What should you eat for dessert? You need a special New Orleans recipe like bread pudding with whiskey sauce, bananas Foster, or some sugar-coated beignets.
Bananas Foster Split
This is our take on the sweet boozy dessert first served at famed New Orleans restaurant Brennan’s in the 1950s. The bananas are cooked in a buttery brown-sugar sauce, doused in dark rum, and flamed just before serving -- with a scoop of ice cream, of course!
A New Orleans classic, these cousins to the doughnut consist of fried pieces of yeast dough dusted with plenty of confectioner's sugar. A fresh batch is the perfect way to start or end the day.
Did you know this classic after-dinner drink originated in New Orleans? The minty, creamy dessert cocktail is just the thing for a boozy holiday like Mardi Gras.
Mini Bourbon Bread Puddings
When it comes to Big Easy sweets, nothing beats bread pudding. Our individual-sized version is studded with golden raisins and finished with an irresistible bourbon glaze.
Southern Sour-Cream Pralines
We can't get enough of this traditional Louisiana confection that transforms toasted pecans into a sugary, fudge-like candy. Our version also calls for sour cream, which gives the treats an exceptionally smooth texture.
Bananas Foster Milkshake
We've remixed the classic dessert into a knockout sweet-and-salty milkshake. You're going to need a straw, bowl, and spoon to enjoy this properly.
In New Orleans, ground chicory is blended with coffee beans, a tradition that dates back to the Civil War when supplies were limited. Here, the bitter flavor of chicory pairs perfectly with the sweet chocolate in these biscotti-like cookies.
Pecan Sea-Salt Drops
For a different take on pralines, try these drops. There's no cream or butter -- the nuts are simply suspended in a delicious soft caramel.
Vanilla bean and hazelnut liqueur set our version of this French toast-bread pudding hybrid apart. Serve it for breakfast or dessert -- it's a guaranteed crowd-pleaser at any time of day.
Craving something salty? This sweet-spicy popcorn can be whipped up in a jiffy.
Whip up a batch of the creamy pecan candy to take simple drop cookies to the next level. They'll be the first to go at your Mardi Gras party.
After all, what's a Fat Tuesday celebration without king cake? This sweet yeast bread has a colorful glaze in the colors of Mardi Gras -- and as tradition demands, a tiny plastic baby hidden inside.