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.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Southern
Prep Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 3 dozen beignets
Calories 142 kcal
Author Christin Mahrlig


  • 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


  1. Mix water, sugar, and yeast in a large bowl and let sit 10 minutes.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, salt, and evaporated milk together.
  3. Add egg mixture to yeast mixture and mix.
  4. Stir in 3 cups of bread flour. (A wooden spoon is good for stirring.)

  5. 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.

  6. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth.
  7. Coat a large bowl with oil, place dough in bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
  8. Let rise at least 2 hours or place in refrigerator overnight.
  9. Pour about 3 inches of oil in a Dutch oven and heat to 350 degrees.
  10. Roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness and cut 2-inch squares. (This is easy to do with a pizza cutter.)
  11. Working about 4 at a time, place in oil and fry, flipping continuously until they are golden brown.
  12. Test one to make sure it is cooked through. Drain on paper towels and coat with powdered sugar.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Beignets
Amount Per Serving
Calories 142
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.