Tiana’s Famous Beignets Recipe from Princess and the Frog

Tiana's Famous Beignets Recipe from Disney's Princess and the Frog

Why am I sharing Tiana's beignets recipe from Princess and the Frog? Well, many years ago, we were sent a copy of Princess and the Frog to watch.

I enjoyed the animation, Randy Newman’s music, and references to the culture and food of New Orleans, especially the beignets!

My daughter Lucie loved Tiana, the princess story, and funny characters like Louis the trumpet playing gator. What child wouldn't?

We both loved how Tiana’s dream was about cooking her special beignets recipe, and her dream of opening up a restaurant. So fun!

Not since Ratatouille has a Disney movie appealed to the cook in me.

French style donuts also called beignets topped with powdered sugar next to a cup of frothy coffee.

Bring on Tiana’s beignets!

One of Tiana’s specialties is her beignets recipe. Beignets are popularly served in New Orleans at breakfast or as a snack with powdered sugar on top.

(Wondering if that old bag of powdered sugar in your pantry is OK to use on your beignets? Read: How does powdered sugar go bad?)

Beignet recipes were brought to New Orleans in the 18th century by French colonists and became a large part of Cajun or Creole cooking.

If you go to New Orleans, you must go to Café du Monde to try their famous beignets with powdered sugar and a cup of their chicory coffee served café au lait style.

In fact, beignets are so popular in Louisiana that they were made the official state donut.

I also recommend the beignets at Disneyland at the Mint Julep Bar. Best snack in the park!

Beignets (French style donuts) topped with sugar and a cup of coffee in the background

Make Princess and the Frog beignets for Mardi Gras!

Celebrate Mardi Gras! If Mardi Gras is coming up, why not watch Princess and the Frog via streaming rental on Amazon?

Make some beignets, my Easy Mardi Gras King Cakes RecipeChicken and Sausage Gumbo, or some spicy Instant Pot Jambalaya to get into the spirit.

Visit your local dollar store for inexpensive Mardi Gras decorations and beads!

Get the cookbook: Order a used copy of the companion cookbook, The Princess and the Frog: Tiana’s Cookbook Recipes for Kids.

Princess & the Frog Tiana's Cookbook Recipes for Kids

It's also adorable! Both you and your child will love the easy recipes.

It shows you how to make Tiana’s recipe for beignets and other fun recipes like Swamp-Water Smoothies and Banana French Toast.

Another Disney cookbook: If you and your children love cooking Disney inspired recipes, check out The Disney Princess Cookbook.

This fun, Disney themed cookbook features a Princess and the Frog inspired recipe for Tiana’s Baked Caramel French Toast!The Disney Princess Cookbook

Get into the spirit of New Orleans: Since beignets are hard to find unless you have a Cajun-style restaurant in your town, you may want to try making beignets at home – and Mardi Gras is just the time to do it.

After enjoying your homemade beignets, put on some Louis Armstrong New Orleans style music.

Tiana making her beignets recipe in a scene from the Disney movie Princess and the Frog

Looking for another delicious way to start your day?

Try these easy breakfast recipes:

Gluten Free Crepes

Homemade Yogurt Bites

● Blueberry French Toast Casserole Recipe

● Quick and Easy French Toast 

Applesauce Muffins (gluten free)

Yield: 16 SERVINGS

Tiana’s Famous Beignets Recipe from Princess and the Frog

Beignets (French style donuts) topped with sugar and a cup of coffee in the background

A recipe for New Orleans beignets from The Princess and The Frog - Tiana's Cookbook Recipes for Kids.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 36 minutes


  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting


  1. In a medium bowl, combine 2 3/4 cups of the flour with the sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg. Whisk everything together.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, water, egg, and vanilla extract. Stir in the flour mixture from Step 1.
  3. Use some of the remaining flour to dust your work surface. Place the dough on it and pat it into a large 1/2 -inch-thick square. Dust the top with more flour if it gets sticky. Next, slice the dough into 2 1/2 -inch squares.
  4. Now it’s time to fry the beignets—be sure to ask an adult to help you! Heat 2 inches of vegetable oil in a heavy saucepan on the stovetop until the temperature reaches 325° on a deep-fat thermometer. Check the temperature with a cooking thermometer every so often while cooking. If it gets too hot, temporarily turn the heat down, or off.
  5. Carefully drop 3 dough squares at a time into the hot oil. Fry them for 3 minutes, turn them over, and continue frying for 3 more minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the beignets to a wire rack set atop paper towels to drain. Dust the beignets with confectioners’ sugar, and enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 143Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 201mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 3g

Nutritional information is automatically calculated per the ingredients list. Serving size may not be accurate. Please double-check with your preferred nutritional app for the most accurate information.

Recipe and pictures used with permission from Disney.

Originally published on March 26, 2010 and February 9, 2017. Updated with new pictures.

Tiana\'s Famous Beignets Recipe from Princess and the Frog

23 thoughts on “Tiana’s Famous Beignets Recipe from Princess and the Frog

  1. Michelle

    So I made this and the batter is liquidy and I’ve made it twice and it is just sitting on the counter but I don’t know what I’m doing wrong

    1. Mark White

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      Beignet dough is supposed to be a little wet. Put some flour on the surface as well as the top of the dough after you roll it out. Tiana’s beignets from Princess and the Frog is an excellent recipe and these things are completely irresistible

      1. Sherri

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        Agreed! We just tried this recipe for the first time. I saved only enough reserve to coat the dough ball and then rolled them out on a floured surface. They got rave reviews from everyone in the household. Very good recipe, I would definitely recommend it.

  2. Shauna Chantrill

    This dish is actually a French dish that the French took with them when they went to Louisiana. I am a French-speaking person who also happens to speak Spanish. This dish is eaten constantly in FRANCE.

    1. Arianna

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      A little tip, in the movie they put honey before the powdered sugar. I did and I PROMISE you won’t regret it in this beignet recipe.

  3. Sherry

    I just made these tonight in a practice for my daughter’s Disney themed bridal shower. They are delicious but I’m not sure 2 3/4 cup flour is enough. They were awful sticky and I had to add a lot of flour to my work space. More than a dusting. Any ideas why my dough was so sticky?

  4. KCRJesus2013@gmail.com

    I want to try and make these only with chocolate inside and I believe in the movie she first drizzled on some honey then covered it with the powered sugar. I just watched the movie that’s why I’m pointing this out. Can’t wait to get the stuff to make this haven’t baked in a good minute. I’ll make this regular one too.

    1. Anne-Marie Nichols Post author

      It’s been awhile since I’ve watched the movie so I’ll have to rewatch it to see if she used honey. Usually honey isn’t put on beignets, so I wonder why they’d do that in the movie?

  5. Jamie

    I just thought I must share, that I was looking for this recipe for my LUCIE!!!! I have a LUCIE that love Tiana, and when I saw that you made this for you LuciE I knew it must be the one!!!!

  6. Feeding Nine on Dime

    I think that you meant 3/4 not 23/4 cup I just thought you might want to know that I would. This looks yummy.

    1. Anne-Marie Nichols Post author

      Feeding Nine on Dime, it’s 2 and 3/4 cups of flour. There just needed to be a space there. Thanks for finding that typo!

  7. Anne-Marie

    Melissa, you’re the first mom of a boy that I heard who liked it. My
    nephews weren’t too impressed. See you soon!

  8. Becky

    Can’t wait to try this! Got the movie, the soundtrack (love Randy Newman) & the cookbook for my twin daughters’ upcoming 6th birthday. OK. I got them all for me, PRETENDING they’re bday presents. 🙂


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