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New Orleans Beignets Recipe

New Orleans Beignets

Feel like you're in the Bayou state with these New Orleans Beignets

Course Breakfast
Cuisine French
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 20 beignets


  • 3/4  cup  warm water 105 to 110 degrees F
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons  active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup  granulated sugar heaping!
  • 1/2  cup  whole milk
  • egg beaten
  • 3/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 3 1/2 to 4 cups cups of all-purpose flour
  • tablespoons  vegetable shortening melted
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • Powdered sugar


  1. Mix the yeast, sugar & warm water in a large mixing bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer. Let the mixture rest 10-15 minutes or until foamy.
  2. Mix in the milk, egg and salt. Slowly add 2 cups of flour.
  3. Mix in the shortening.
  4. Add the remaining flour & mix in the mixer for 5 minutes. The dough should be a bit sticky, but stay together.
  5. Place the dough in an oiled bowl covered with plastic wrap or a towel in a warm spot to rise for at least 2 hours. The dough should double in size.
  6. Preheat 3 to 4 inches of oil in a pan or deep fryer to 375 degrees F.
  7. On a floured surface, roll out the dough until it is 1/4-inch thick. Use a pizza slicer or knife to cut the dough into 2 -inch square pieces. Cook beignets in the hot oil one minute each side and flip. They will be done when they are a rich golden brown.
  8. Serve beignets with a ton of powdered sugar & enjoy!