Get ready to bring a taste of the Happiest Place on Earth into your own kitchen with this irresistible Disneyland Beignets recipe! These pillowy-soft treats Mickey Mouse-shaped beignets, dusted with a generous coating of powdered sugar, are a beloved Disneyland favorite that captures the essence of New Orleans Square. So fire up your frying pan and get ready to embark on a culinary adventure that’ll leave your taste buds dancing with joy!
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About Disneyland Beignets
There’s something utterly magical about biting into a warm Disneyland beignet, especially when it’s shaped like Mickey Mouse. Found at New Orleans Square within Disneyland Resort or at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort French Quarter in Walt Disney World, these fluffy, fried dough pastries are a staple.
Whether enjoyed at the Mint Julep Bar or Café Orleans, they’re a symbol of the most classic Disney snacks of all time, bringing a real authentic Disneyland experience to fans everywhere.
Mickey Beignet Ingredients
*Ingredient amounts are located in the recipe card at the end of this post.
- Yeast: To start your dough’s rising process.
- Warm Water: Helps to activate the yeast.
- Evaporated Milk: For a rich dough, can substitute with whole milk.
- Vegetable or Canola Oil: A must for frying to golden perfection.
- Sugar: Adds a touch of sweetness to the dough.
- Vanilla Extract: To flavor your beignets.
- Egg: Binds the dough together.
- All-Purpose Flour: The base of your beignet dough.
- Baking Powder: Gives lift to your beignets.
- Powdered Sugar: For that signature sweet coating.
How to Make Mickey Mouse Beignets
The first thing you’ll want to note, is that this dough needs to be refrigerated for a long period of time before using. Because of this, I like to make the dough the night before I plan to make the beignets.
[Step 1] In a small bowl, sprinkle yeast over warm water and let it sit for 5 minutes.
[Step 2] In a large bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, add the yeast mixture, evaporated milk, oil, sugar, egg, vanilla, baking powder, salt, and 2 cups flour. Beat the dough in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment at medium speed until smooth.
[Step 4] Place the dough in an greased bowl, covered with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least two hours to overnight.
[Step 5] Punch down the dough and turn it out on a floured surface. Roll out the dough into a 12×16 inch rectangle. Either cut the dough into 2 or 3-inch squares or us a Mickey cookie cutter to make Mickey shaped beignets.
[Step 6] Heat the oil in a large pan or deep fryer to 375 degrees. Fry 2-3 beignets at a time until golden brown.
[Step 8] Pour about 1/2 cup powdered sugar into a paper bag and add one beignet at a time. Close the bag and shake until the beignet is covered with powdered sugar. For best results, serve the Mickey Beignets warm
Helpful Kitchen Tools
- Rolling Pin
- Mickey Mouse Cookie Cutter
- Deep Fryer or Large Pan
- Silicone Tongs
- Cooling Rack
- Paper Towels
- Paper Sacks
How to Store Disney Beignets
Have you ever wondered what to do with those few Mickey-shaped beignets that somehow escaped being devoured? Fret not, for keeping them as delightful as when they first came out of the fryer is easy.
Firstly, ensure they cool down entirely to avoid any sogginess. Then, seal them tightly in an airtight container. If they’re to be savored within a day or two, popping them in the fridge will keep them fresh.
For a longer stint, the freezer is your friend, preserving their magic till you’re ready for that next bite. Remember, warm beignets bring a sprinkle of Disneyland joy to any day, so storing them well means you can relive the Disney magic whenever you please.
- Pumpkin Beignets: Perfect for fall, add a dash of pumpkin spice to the dough for a warm, seasonal twist.
- Hot Cocoa Beignets: Incorporate cocoa powder for a chocolaty delight, reminiscent of those chilly times at Disneyland and Disney World.
- Candy Cane Beignets: Crush candy canes into your powdered sugar for a festive, minty December treat.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can use any cookie cutter shape, but to get that real authentic Disneyland experience, a Mickey Mouse cookie cutter works best.
While traditional Disneyland beignets, like the ones served at Mint Julep Bar and Café Orleans, are fried for that classic texture, you can bake them for a healthier option, though the texture will differ.
Ensure your oil is at the right temperature (350 degrees) for frying to achieve that golden perfection reminiscent of warm beignets from Disneyland’s New Orleans Square.
A beignet is the French term for a pastry made from deep-fried choux pastry. Beignets may also be made from other types of dough, including yeast dough, which is what will be used in this recipe. I was first introduced to beignets when I visited New Orleans with my husband and son. We had no idea where we were going or what we were doing in the city, we just happened to come across an eatery called Cafe Du Monde. Boy am I glad we did. When I learned that beignets were available at Disneyland and they were shaped like Mickey Mouse, I was totally excited!
Making Mickey Beignets at home truly captures the joy and magic of Disneyland right in your very own kitchen. I urge you to try this delightful recipe and share the enchanting experience with your loved ones.