For the Dough: Add the dough ingredients to the bread machine in the order listed. Select the dough cycle, and start the machine. Check the dough after five minutes of mixing, and add 1 to 2 more Tablespoons of milk or flour if the dough is too dry or wet. If making the night before, remove dough to large oiled bowl as soon as the kneading finishes. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. If using the same day, allow the machine to complete the dough cycle. Makes approximately 40 ounces of dough.
For the Fillings: Beat 8 ounces of cream cheese with 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar until smooth and set aside. Mix 1/2 cup light brown sugar, 1 tablespoon cinnamon and 4 tablespoons melted butter until combined and set aside.
Making Mini Cinnamon Rolls: Spray the wells of two 24-cavity mini muffin pans with non-stick baking spray.
Place dough on a floured surface and divide into four 10-ounce pieces. Form each piece into a log by first rolling it into a 12-inch x 7-inch rectangle, trim the edges as needed. Spread 1/4 of the cream cheese mixture on the dough to within 1-inch of the edges. Spread 1/4 of the cinnamon/sugar mixture on top of the cream cheese to within 1-inch of the edges of the dough.
Starting at one of the long edges, roll the dough tightly into a 12-inch log; pinch seam to seal log. Cut into 12 pieces, and place seam side up in cavities of mini muffin pan. Repeat with remaining dough*.
Cover with a cloth, and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375°F. Bake in preheated oven until the golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes.
Mix the ingredients for the frosting to make a smooth, but not thin glaze.
Remove the mini cinnamon rolls from the oven, and cool for about 10 minutes on a wire rack. While still warm, spread the frosting on mini cinnamon rolls. Decorate with purple, green and yellow cake sparkles. Yield: 4 dozen Mini Mardi Gras Cinnamon Rolls.
*Note: May freeze uncooked mini cinnamon rolls. When ready to use, remove from freezer, allow to thaw and rise until double in size. Proceed as above.