New Orleans Style Beignets

Bring New Orleans into your kitchen!

Beignets are squares of dough deep fried until crispy and then generously sprinkled with powdered sugar.  They're a must-try when in New Orleans and popular during Mardi Gras.

What's a beignet?

Whether you’ve been to the French Quarter and tried beignets there - or just dream of it - it’s time you learned how to make beignets so you can enjoy their sweet deliciousness whenever you like!

This recipe starts with ingredients that are  common in making a yeasted bread dough.

active dry yeast sugar evaporated milk eggs salt bread flour shortening vegetable oil (for frying) powdered sugar


Once mixed, the yeast dough needs time to rise before cutting the beignets. The dough can be made a day in advance and kept in the refrigerator.

Heat oil for frying. A candy thermometer will help you achieve the perfect temperature.

While the oil is heating, roll out the dough and cut into squares.

Fry the beignets in small batches. Remove and drain on paper toweling and sprinkle liberally with powdered sugar.

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