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The best waffles are Mickey Waffles and you can make them at home!

Mickey Waffles are a favorite breakfast treat on our family Disney vacations and I love to recreate some of the Disney magic at home.

Copy of Disneyland Mickey Mouse Beignets

Mmmmm… Mickey Waffles.  An absolute “Must Eat” treat on any Disney vacation.


Did you know that there are also different character waffles that can be found around Walt Disney World, and they taste great as well?

At the Animal Kingdom Lodge, you can find cute Simba Waffles.


And at the Art of Animation Resort food court, waffles are made into fun Finding Nemo and Cars designs (to go with your Nemo or Cars family suite!).



But why do they taste so good?  So much better than our waffles at home?  It can’t just be the shape… can it?

This is the secret – the actual waffle mix that they use at the Disney Parks and the Disney Cruise Line!  The slightly sweet, malt flavor of Carbon’s Golden Malted mix is what makes Mickey Waffles taste so special – well, that and a little bit of Pixie Dust 🙂  I was able to purchase this on Amazon – so you don’t have to spend a lot of time trying to search for it.


Of course, you need a Mickey Waffle Maker to make the perfectly shaped Mickey Waffles.  The ones they use in the parks are super expensive commercial grade waffle makers, but there are some affordable alternatives.  I have two different versions and I just had to make both shapes to compare!

First, make the batter.  The mix is very simple…

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How to make homemade Mickey Mouse Beignets!

Have you ever tried the Mickey Mouse Beignets at Disneyland Park?  They are served by the bagful at the Mint Julep Bar and as a delicious dessert at Cafe Orleans in the beautiful New Orleans Square.

Disneyland Mickey Mouse Beignets

If you have never tried a Mickey Mouse beignet, they are like puffy doughnuts, served warm and absolutely coated in powdered sugar.  Regular beignets are little squares, but these are cut into a cute Mickey Mouse shape. They may be one of the messiest treats you have ever eaten (watch out for all of that powdered sugar – and avoid wearing black!), but they sure are worth it!

At the popular Mint Julep Bar in Disneyland Park, they often offer seasonal flavors of their beignets as well.  For example, during the holidays, they have Candy Cane flavor!  The warm puffs of dough are covered in pulverized candy cane sugar… yum!



Also, during the recent 50th anniversary celebration for the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, Disney offered “Lost Treasure Beignets” at the Mint Julep Bar.  These were coated in gold sugar!  These were lemon-flavored and so pretty!


Since the Mickey Mouse beignets are one of my favorite Disneyland treats, I decided I just had to try re-creating them at home.  I knew this would involve deep frying, which I don’t do very often, but I had a feeling these would be worth the trouble.  I happen to have a Mickey Mouse cookie cutter but of course you could just cut the dough into squares and they would still taste amazing.

I have posted the recipe below with pictures of the cooking process.  The recipe ended up not being difficult at all and  I have to say that these Mickey Mouse Beignets turned out great! Super-delicious and tasted just like the Disneyland version.  Let’s just say my family was very happy – and covered in powdered sugar!

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Mickey Mouse Beignets - Disneyland Resort
Adapted from "Delicious Disney Desserts"
Large Beignets
Large Beignets
  1. Stir yeast into the warm water in a small bowl. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Combine ingredients - sugar through boiling water - in a bowl of an electric mixer.
  3. Stir in yeast mixture.
  4. Mix with the dough hook of the electric mixer on medium speed until dough is smooth.
  5. Rest dough for 30 minutes.
  6. Roll to 1/4 inch thickness and cut beignets with a Mickey Mouse cookie cutter.
  7. Cover with a towel and let dough rise until doubled in size (about 1 1/2 hours).
  8. Heat 3 inches of vegetable oil to 350 degrees in a heavy pot over medium-high heat. Fry beignets until golden - about 2-3 minutes - and turn when they are brown on one side.
  9. Remove with tongs and place on paper towels to drain (they will be very hot!). While still warm, coat the beignets with powdered sugar and serve immediately.
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