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Disney Parks Inspired Cheshire Cat Tail Recipe

Three Cheshire Cat Tail Pastries stacked on top of each other, they are puff pastries with purple and pink icing.

One of my favorite sweet treats in Magic Kingdom is the Cheshire Cat Tails, which usually can be found at their own kiosk. They are a puff pastry, with sweet cream and mini chocolate chips on the inside, drizzled in some colorful icing. It’s the perfect grab-and-go snack, and I love to enjoy mine while people watching those on the teacups.

This recipe might seem intimidating, puff pastry, and a crème pâtissière, but I am going to let you in on some easy secrets to make them perfect.

  • Use frozen puff pastry and let it thaw. My personal recommendation is to move it to the fridge about 4 hours before you need it, this will prevent your pastry from breaking when you try to roll it out. You can thaw them on the counter for about 30 minutes, but you should place them back into the fridge for about 10 before using them because they need to be cold to the touch when you bake them.
  • Temper your crème pâtissière. I know, this one sounds intimidating, but essentially it is just cream and eggs that make a beautiful silky custard. You need to temper your eggs to prevent them from scrambling and cooking. This just means you need to ladle your hot milk mixture into the eggs, about a spoonful at a time to bring your eggs to temperature.
  • Cover your crème pâtissière when chilling. When chilling your mixture press plastic wrap onto the surface of the crème pâtissière, you don’t want to custard to form any type of film on the top.
  • Mini Chocolate Chips. You can use normal chocolate chips, but the mini ones really work well in this.
Three Cheshire Cat Tail Pastries stacked on top of each other, they are puff pastries with purple and pink icing.

Disney Parks Inspired Cheshire Cat Tails

You can find this sweet treat over in Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom, and there's also is a version over in Animal Kingdom.

Ingredients
  

Creme Patissiere

  • 1 1/2 cups Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Corn Starch

Cat Tail

  • 1 sheet Frozen Puff Pastry
  • 1/2 cup Mini Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Egg beaten

Frosting

  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1-4 Tbsp Milk
  • Pink and Purple Food Coloring

Instructions
 

Creme Patissiere

  • Start by heating 1 1/2 cups of milk and vanilla over medium heat. ⁠
  • Combine egg, additional egg yolk, sugar, and corn starch, in a bowl and whisk until fully combined and thick. 
  • Once the milk has heated but not come to a boil, add about 2 tablespoons of the milk mixture to the egg mixture while whisking, once fully combined add 2 more tablespoons continuing to whisk. Then add the remainder of the milk into the eggs and whisk until fully combined. ⁠
  • Return mixture to stove and cook over medium heat for about 3- 5 minutes whisking constantly until the mixture is thick.⁠
  • Cover with plastic wrap and allow it to cool. 

Cat Tail

  • Defrost frozen puff pastry and roll it out until it about doubles in size. You are going to want to keep it shaped like a rectangle. 
  • Spread the creme patisserie over the rolled-out dough so it is in an even thin layer.⁠
  • Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips, or more if that is your thing. ⁠
  • Fold the dough in half, along the short edge, sort of like a book. ⁠
  • Cut into 1 1/2 inch strips.
  • Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and twist a couple of times to give it that cattail look, combine beaten egg with a splash of water, and brush onto the top of each pastry. ⁠
  • Bake in a 400-degree oven for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.⁠

Frosting

  • Combine powdered sugar, and about 1-4 Tbsp of milk, and whisk until combined. You want to start by adding 1 tablespoon of milk and gradually add more until it reaches the desired consistency. It should be thin enough to drizzle but should hold its shape for a couple of seconds when it falls into the bowl.⁠
  •  Separate into 2 bowls and color with PINK and PURPLE food coloring, adding more powdered sugar if it becomes too thin. ⁠
  • Drizzle on icing with a spoon, going back and forth. ⁠
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Casey’s Corner Inspired Corn Dog Nuggets

Casey's Corner Inspired Corn Dog Nuggets

We all know about the beloved Disneyland Corn Dog, but I believe the Corn Dog Nuggets from Casey’s Corner in Magic Kingdom deserve the same hype. I am never going to say no to bite-sized pillows of deliciousness. The added benefit of them being nuggets, you more of the golden fried crust.

There are so many good ways to dunk a nugget, and my go-to’s are cheese sauce or plain old mustard. But regardless, you can’t beat the feeling of sitting on the hub grass, munching on some Casey’s Corn corn dog nuggets, and taking in the view of Cinderella Castle. If you are more of a visual learner you can find the whole recipe over on my Tiktok.

I will say there are a few tips and tricks in order to get the little golden nuggets perfect:

  • Use a good quality hot dog. Honestly, I don’t want to sound overdramatic with this one. But, you need a good quality hot dog for these, a bad quality hot dog will ruin these. Don’t skimp on quality, it will make frying them even harder.
  • Your hot dogs need to be dry. Okay, if you want to make note of anything it should be this. I do coat these nuggets in flour to ensure the batter will stick, but your hot dogs need to be dry – like bone dry, for the batter to stick. And it might seem fine at first, but the moisture will really affect things when you begin to fry.
  • Buttermilk is key, but you can make it at home. This recipe calls for a cup of buttermilk, so if you can get a small container I recommend it. I also understand that not everyone will be willing to buy buttermilk. So no worries, all you need is milk with a splash of white vinegar. For the cup of milk in this recipe add in one tablespoon of vinegar.
Casey's Corner Inspired Corn Dog Nuggets

Casey’s Corner Inspired Corn Dog Nuggets

Nothing beats sitting on the hub grass in Magic Kingdom, while enjoying some Casey's Corner Corn Dog Nuggets.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Chill Time 20 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 8 Servings

Ingredients
  

Corn Dog Batter

  • 1 cup Flour plus extra for coating
  • 1 cup Corn Meal
  • 2 Tbsp Sugar
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 cup Buttermilk see notes
  • 2 Tbsp Butter melted

Corn Dogs

  • 8 Hot Dogs
  • Vegetable Oil for deep frying

Instructions
 

  • Combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt, and whisk until fully combined.
  • Add in your wet ingredients, egg, buttermilk, and melted butter. Mix until fully combined and then refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile prep your hot dogs, cut each hot dog into 3 equal pieces, and toss to coat lightly in additional flour.
  • Heat about 2 inches of oil to 350 degrees in a heavy bottom pan.
  • Dip your hot dogs in your chilled corn dog batter, I like to use a skewer to dip them, but you can use a fork. Fully coat the dog and allow the excess batter to drip off.
  • Fry for 3-5 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Place on a wire rack or a paper towel to cool down.

Notes

If you don’t have buttermilk, you can always substitute regular milk with a splash of white vinegar. 
 
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