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5 from 3 votes

Homemade Beignets

These homemade beignets are amazing and so easy to make. How can you go wrong with fried dough covered in powdered sugar? You can't! If I can do it, you can do it.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time4 mins
Cooling Time5 mins
Total Time29 mins
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American, French
Keyword: donut, dough, fried, sugar, sweet
Servings: 30 Beignets
Calories: 73kcal
Author: Matt Taylor


  • Bowls
  • Whisk
  • Fork
  • pot
  • Tongs
  • Paper Towel
  • Plate


  • 2 3/4 cup of All-purpose flour plain flour (350g)
  • 2 tsp. baking powder 8g
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda 2g
  • 1/2 tsp. of table salt 2g
  • 1 tsp. of cinnamon 4g
  • 1/3 cup of white granulated sugar 65g
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup of water 58ml
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla extract 5ml
  • 1 cup of buttermilk or whole milk 240ml
  • oil for frying


  • Powdered sugar
  • Honey
  • Cinnamon and sugar mix
  • Maple syrup, fruit syrups, etc.


  • Pour enough oil into a large pot so it is about 1 inch deep. Set the heat to medium and heat the oil up to 325 F/162 C. Make the dough while the oil heats.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, sugar, and ground cinnamon.
  • Take a large bowl and add the egg, water, vanilla extract, and buttermilk and whisk to combine.
  • Now add the flour mixture a bit of it at a time whisking it in with the egg mixture. Once it is too thick for the whisk, switch a wooden spoon. Keep adding the flour mixture until all combined and you are left with a nice soft dough.
  • Place the dough on a floured surface and knead it for about 30 seconds. Then roll the dough out into a rough rectangle shape that is about 1/2 inches thick or so. Cut the dough into small 2-inch by 2-inch squares. Although you can make them as big or as small as you want. But that is a good size. Stack them on a plate.
  • Now once the oil is at the correct temp, gently drop in 4 to 5 beignets. Cook them for a minute to 2 minutes per side until nice and golden brown. Don't overcrowd them. Remove them with tongs and place on a wire rack or plate with a paper towel to dry. Allow them to cool for a few minutes.
  • Time to finish them off. Sprinkle on heaps of powdered sugar, or dip them in a cinnamon and sugar mix, or serve them with maple syrup, or fruit syrup to dip them in. Enjoy!



Note: These nutritional facts pertain to making 30 small beignets and does not include any toppings like powder sugar, syrup, etc. 
List of nutritional facts for homemade beignets