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Homemade Beignets

Have the wonderful experience of eating New Orleans Beignets right in your home with this easy Homemade Beignets recipe.

Homemade New Orleans Beignets

Think you have to live in New Orleans to enjoy Beignets? Think again. These pillowy pieces of deep fried dough coated in powdered sugar can be enjoyed at home. They’re really not hard at all to make.

Homemade New Orleans Beignets

All it takes to make beignets is some dough and some hot oil. They can be enjoyed for breakfast, dessert, or a snack and are especially good with a cup of coffee.

Homemade New Orleans Beignets

That’s a mound of beignets isn’t it?

Homemade New Orleans Beignets


Homemade New Orleans Beignets

This Homemade Beignets recipe is from Paula Deen and like all her recipes, it is slap your mama good!

It is best to make the dough a day ahead of time so plan ahead. Also, this recipe makes a huge amount of beignets, so you may want to cut it in half if you don’t plan on feeding half the neighborhood.

Be sure to go heavy on the powdered sugar.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Homemade New Orleans Beignets

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Watch the short video below to see how easy it is to make Homemade Beignets.

Homemade New Orleans Beignets

Homemade Beignets

Have the wonderful experience of eating New Orleans Beignets right in your home with this easy Homemade Beignets recipe.
PREP: 2 hrs 25 mins
COOK: 15 mins
TOTAL: 2 hrs 40 mins
SERVINGS: 3 dozen beignets


  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 envelope active dry yeast
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 7 cups bread flour
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • Vegetable oil
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar


  • Mix water, sugar, and yeast in a large bowl and let sit 10 minutes.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, salt, and evaporated milk together.
  • Add egg mixture to yeast mixture and mix.
  • Stir in 3 cups of bread flour. (A wooden spoon is good for stirring.)
  • Add shortening and stir it in. Stir in remaining flour.
    Note: The video above shows melted shortening being used, but there is no need to melt the shortening. It will mix in just fine in solid form.
  • Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth.
  • Coat a large bowl with oil, place dough in bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
  • Let rise at least 2 hours or place in refrigerator overnight.
  • Pour about 3 inches of oil in a Dutch oven and heat to 350 degrees.
  • Roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness and cut 2-inch squares. (This is easy to do with a pizza cutter.)
  • Working about 4 at a time, place in oil and fry, flipping continuously until they are golden brown.
  • Test one to make sure it is cooked through. Drain on paper towels and coat with powdered sugar.


Calories: 142kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Southern

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Recipe Source: slightly adapted from Paula Deen

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54 thoughts on “Homemade Beignets”

  1. Just getting my ingredients together and was wondering if the shortening has to be softened or melted? They look delicious, can’t wait to try them ๐Ÿ˜Š

  2. Mai Louise Falsig

    Unfortunately I do gain weight, every time I just look at a picture of a cake. However Have I tried some recepiess and they were a succes.

  3. Yummy! It’s been a few years since i’ve been down to New Orleans and sometimes I catch myself just day dreaming about beignets! I cannot wait to try these! Thank you so much for sharing Christin!

  4. Virginia Smith

    I visited New Orleans 3 times. Not a day went by that I didn’t buy a bag of hot, fresh beignets. They are so deeee-licious! I’m very excited to try this recipe. Christin, I too want to dive head first into the pile of beignets. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  5. Slap your mama good is pretty darn good! haha I was able to make beignets at cooking school and it was so fun, and you’re right — it wasn’t hard! That is quite the pile, Christin, and I wish I could’ve been there to help you eat them. As if you needed it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. They look so wonderful. They remind of the last time I visited New Orleans. Finally I can make some at home, or at least try to.

  7. Thalia @ butter and brioche

    A tower of puffy, golden, icing sugar coated beignets is all I am craving right now. These look so wonderful Christin!

  8. That is a beautiful mound of beignets! I totally want to dive right in head first! They look perfect ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I am going to be in New Orleans this summer and I can’t wait to try some of these!

  10. I am salivating!! I actually love that you need to make it a day ahead…I like being able to spread the ‘work’ and then have fresh beignets in the morning for breakfast!

  11. Shashi at RunninSrilankan

    Oh wow – loving how fluffy these look! I attempted beignets once and they were a tad more brown than golden and “chewy” than fluffy!

  12. Sarah @ Whole and Heavenly Oven

    Oh, gosh. These are pure perfection! I am just drooling here, Christin! Gorgeous photos!

  13. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain

    These beignets are picture perfect, Christin! I’d be inhaling that entire plate of them in minutes. ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. Kelley @ Chef Savvy

    These look amazing! Never tried making these at home but will have to give them a try. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Oh, my gosh, I want these so much! I adored having these when we visited New Orleans when I was 10. It’s been too long. Maybe my mom and I can make them next time I go home, because I sure don’t need an entire recipe all by myself!! (Although, not saying I couldn’t eat an entire recipe by myself. I just don’t need an entire recipe.) ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. Yum! I have not had beignet for a long time…and never attempted to make this treat at home…yours look fabulous Christin…and yes, I love them with lots of powdered sugar on it…beautiful texture.
    Hope you are having a great week ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Made these and they came out great! Added some cinnamon to the dough, personal preference. Recipe makes Plenty to share with neighbors and friends A keeper. Thanks for sharing!

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