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.

How to make Tiana's famous beignets recipe from Princess and the Frog

1. In a medium bowl, combine 2 3/4 cups of the flour with the sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg.

2. Whisk everything together.

3. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, water, egg, and vanilla extract.

4. Stir in the flour mixture.

5. Use some of the remaining flour to dust your work surface.

6. 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.

7. Next, slice the dough into 2 1/2 -inch squares.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the beignets to a wire rack set atop paper towels to drain.

11. Dust the beignets with confectioners’ sugar, and enjoy!

How to measure flour for Tiana's beignets recipe

Too much flour means your beignets may come out too dry. Too little flour and your beignets batter will be too sticky. So you need to measure your flour properly.

Don’t scoop the flour directly out of the bag with a measuring cup. It packs down the flour and you end up over measuring.

Instead, spoon the flour from the bag (or the container you keep your flour in) into your measuring cup. Then use the back of a spatula or knife to level off the top of the cup.

That way the flour is given a mini-sift and isn't packed down.

Measure any type of flour this way – regular flour, whole wheat flour, oat flour, gluten free all-purpose flour, etc.

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

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!

Can I make Tiana's beignets recipe gluten free?

If you want to make gluten free beignets, I would try it using an all-purpose gluten free flour like Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour.

This is my favorite gluten-free all-purpose flour and it cooks and bakes up just like regular flour.

This type of gluten-free flour blend has white rice flour, xanthan gum, potato starch, etc. so it bakes up just right and you don’t have to buy extra specialty ingredients.

However, I haven’t tried it, so I can't say how well it would work. But if you do try it, let everyone know in the comment section below.

Check out my Best Gluten Free Products List to find more terrific gluten free baking products!

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

Can I make Tiana's Princess and the Frog beignets sugar free?

Part of the fun of beignets is all that powdered sugar, right? But we may not feel so great about giving our kids so much sugar for breakfast or snack time.

Well, there’s a delicious, natural, sugar free alternative – Swerve Sweetener!

You can add Swerve to the batter and use Swerve Confectioners Sweetener instead of powdered sugar.

Swerve is natural sugar replacement that doesn’t have the bitter aftertaste associated with other sweeteners like stevia.

I’ve seen it sold at some grocery stores, but you can also find it online.

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, and some other delicious Cajun dishes to get into the spirit like:

Visit your local dollar store for inexpensive Mardi Gras decorations and beads and have a party with the kids.

Get into the spirit of New Orleans:  After enjoying your homemade beignets and Cajun feast, put on some Louis Armstrong New Orleans style music.

Get the cookbooks!

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

Princess & the Frog Tiana's Cookbook Recipes for Kids

Both you and your child will love the easy recipes. (I have a copy, trust me.)

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

Looking for more easy breakfast recipes?

Try these easy muffin, crepes, and casserole recipes:

● If you love crepes, try Easy Gluten Free Crepes Recipe Without Flour or Easy Rice Flour Crepes Recipe (Gluten Free)

● If you like making breakfast casseroles, try Blueberry French Toast Casserole Recipe or this Overnight Breakfast Casserole Recipe

● This Quick and Easy French Toast is a special treat that can be made in 10 minutes

● If you love muffins, bake up this Gluten Free Applesauce Muffins Recipe or this Gluten Free Zucchini Muffins Recipe

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

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.

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

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    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

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      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.

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  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.

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    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.

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  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?

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  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.

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    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?

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  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!!!!

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  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.

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    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!

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  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!

    Reply
  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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