New Orleans Beignets

a taste of NOLA
A taste of NOLA
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1 (¼ oz) sachet Active dry yeast
1 ½ cups warm Water (105 °F to 115 °F), divided
½ cup Granulated sugar
1 cup Evaporated milk
2 Large eggs lightly beaten
1 tsp Salt
¼ cup Shortening
6 ½ to 7 cups Bread flour
3 cups Vegetable oil
½ cup sifted Powdered sugar

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New Orleans Beignets


These New Orleans Beignets are a great way to bring a taste of New Orleans into your home around Mardi Gras. A beignet is like a square doughnut with no hole and they are typically eaten for breakfast when you can pick them up in cafés and eat them with a café au lait while you get powdered sugar all over your face!

These are surprisingly simple to make too. Start by making a basic dough from yeast, sugar, milk, eggs, salt, and flour. Chill for a few hours in the refrigerator before rolling out the dough and cutting it into squares. Fry the squares in batches and dust with powdered sugar. Just try to eat these without getting sugar all over your lips!

To make my version of New Orleans Beignets, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for New Orleans Beignets

Steps to make New Orleans Beignets


Prepare the yeast mixture


Mix the sachet of yeast with ½ cup of warm water, and 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Leave to stand for 5 minutes.


Add milk, eggs, salt and sugar


Add 1 cup of evaporated milk, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon of salt and the remaining granulated sugar.


Heat water


Microwave the remaining 1 cup water until hot (about 115°). Stir in ¼ cup of shortening until it melts.


Add water / shortening mixture to the yeast mixture


Pour the water and shortening mixture into the yeast mixture.


Make dough


Beat the dough at low speed and gradually add 4 cups flour until you have a smooth dough. Add the remaining 2 ½ to 3 cups of flour gradually, beating until a sticky dough forms. Transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl and swirl so the dough is evenly coated all over. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 4 to 24 hours.




Cover the dough and chill in the refrigerator for 4 to 24 hours.


Roll and cut


Place the dough on a floured surface and roll it out to ¼ inch thickness. Cut the dough into 2 ½ inch squares.


Fry the beignets


Pour vegetable oil into a Dutch oven to a depth of 2 - 3 inches. Heat the oil to 360 °F. Fry the dough squares in batches for 2 - 3 minutes on each side until they are a golden brown color. Drain on a wire rack over paper towels.




Dust immediately with plenty of powdered sugar.

These New Orleans Beignets are a real taste of New Orleans and are perfect to make for Mardi Gras. Try them out this year & come back to leave a review.

Jelena is an interior designer and young mom! As a busy working mom, her time is precious so she’s always looking for a quick and efficient way to get things done. Jelena is very creative, but has a strong practical side. She loves trying new things and travels a lot, especially around Europe. The kitchen is Jelena’s safe space, where she can let her creative side out and dedicate herself to her favorite hobby - cooking!

Recipe Reviews

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Total Reviews: 15
Tia Stitts

Was very oily maybe I did something wrong or should I be adding less vegetable oil?

Ali Bunfill

Best dessert out there would totally make it more than once, obssessed!!

Margo Pugsley

These are great with drizzled caramel or chocolate on the top.


Made this for dessert after cooking the cajun stuffed chicken which was just as flavorful.

Maryjane Jedziniak

Doubled everything because I had to make this for 8 people 4 of them being kids and they gobbled these up instantly the first time so made two batches, it's a crowd pleaser for sure.

Nya Kley

My kids and I really loved it we added some blueberry jam the top of this too would reecommend it for sure.

Christiana Beights

Tried to shape them into hearts and now they look like ovals haha, worth it.

Anneliese Feigelson

DELICIOUS I love this so much omg thanks so much.

Ila Yanuzzi

Needed a lot more powdered sugar cause it wasn't too sweet.

Seraphina Skowronski

I've never tried to make anything like this before, wish me luck and if you have any tips @ me!

Joelle Zanis

Bread pudding and beignets are the BOMB best new orleans desserts you can get.

Vivianna Policicchio

5 hours for this is just too long for me, making it once was more than enough until i find more time in my day :(

Jovie Kerkemeyer

Scrumptious! Thanks again for another perfect recipe Jelena i love everything you make.

Shea Forsell

Easy dessert to make if you have the patiences and it's a new Orleans classic for sure.


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