The Unofficial Disney Parks Cookbook will give you the opportunity to bring some Disney Magic into your kitchen. Check out an exclusive recipe!
Let’s set the scene. You’re in Walt Disney World—Disney’s Hollywood Studios, to be exact. It’s late morning and you’ve already had a great start to the day.
In the few hours the park’s been open, you’ve successfully done every ride you’ve wanted to with minimal wait. You even managed to get a boarding group for Rise of the Resistance! Your FastPass for the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith got you right into the preshow with no wait. And after your stretch limo ride, you practically walked right onto the Tower of Terror.
It’s still a little too early for a full-blown lunch as you wander down Sunset Boulevard, so you decide on a quick snack at a nearby cart: the Mickey Pretzel.
If you want to make it at home and have all these same feelings, check out the recipe below directly from The Unofficial Disney Parks Cookbook by Ashley Craft:
An Incredible Celebration, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
These pretzels are sold at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the iconic shape of Mickey’s face, but you can get creative with other Disney-inspired shapes in your own kitchen. Cutting the dough, rather than twisting it like traditional pretzels, allows for more creativity and fun. Kids can use cookie cutters or plastic knives to score their shapes, while an adult makes the final sharp cuts. Also, feel free to get wild with the toppings! Try cinnamon sugar or Everything Bagel seasoning.
1⁄2 cup warm water (110°F)
1 (1⁄4-ounce) envelope active dry yeast
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 teaspoon plus 2 tablespoons salt, divided
4 cups all-purpose flour
4 cups plus 1 tablespoon room-temperature water, divided
1⁄4 cup baking soda
1 large egg
4 teaspoons Kosher salt
In the bowl of a stand mixer, add warm water and sprinkle yeast on top. Let sit 10 minutes.
Add brown sugar and 1 teaspoon salt. Using the flat beater attachment, beat on low speed to combine. Mix in flour. Switch to dough hook attachment and knead 5 minutes. Dough should be smooth and elastic.
Remove dough and spray bowl with nonstick cooking spray. Return dough to bowl. Cover with a cloth and let rise in a warm place 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a large ungreased baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In a large pot over high heat, bring 4 cups water to a boil.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Cut dough into eight equal pieces. Working with one piece at a time, roll dough into a rough heart shape. Using a sharp knife, lightly score or scrape the Mickey shape into the dough. Once you’ve achieved your desired shape, cut all the way through the dough.
Add baking soda to pot of boiling water. Working with one Mickey at a time, use a big, flat spatula to carefully lift a dough Mickey into baking-soda bath, and poach 15 seconds. Remove to prepared baking sheet.
In a small bowl, mix together egg and remaining 1 tablespoon water. Brush onto Mickeys. Sprinkle remaining salt over pretzels.
Bake until deep golden brown, about 10 minutes. Serve immediately.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Mickey Pretzel is most famously sold on Main Street, U.S.A., in Magic Kingdom, but you can actually find this snack at every Disney Park in California and Florida. Carbs for the win!
Now, if you’re looking for the cream cheese-stuffed Mickey Pretzel you can get in the parks, that’s a completely separate recipe—and still included in the book!
The Unofficial Disney Parks Cookbook is on sale now at every major retailer. It’s the perfect buy for yourself or the Disney fan in your life.