A traditional New Orleans–style beignet recipe. Grab a café au lait and you're set!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs


  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast

  • 1 ½ cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)

  • 1 cup evaporated milk

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 7 cups all-purpose flour, divided

  • ¼ cup shortening

  • 1 quart vegetable oil for frying

  • ¼ cup confectioners' sugar


  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water. Pour into a large bowl and stir in evaporated milk, white sugar, eggs, and salt. Add 4 cups flour and beat until smooth.

  2. Mix in shortening. Mix in remaining 3 cups flour. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or up to 24 hours.

  3. Roll dough out on floured surface to 1/8-inch thick. Cut into 2 1/2-inch squares.

  4. Heat oil in deep pot to 360 degrees F (180 degrees C).

  5. Fry beignets in batches until browned and puffed. (If beignets sink and do not pop up, oil is not hot enough.) Remove from oil with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

  6. Shake confectioners' sugar over hot beignets. Serve immediately.


Editor's Note

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount may vary depending on cook time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

543 Calories
18g Fat
83g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 543
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Sodium 277mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 83g 30%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 86mg 7%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 202mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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