Easy Beignets Recipe - The Southern Lady Cooks

This Easy Beignets Recipe will become a favorite! Delicious start to the day with a great cup of coffee.  If you have ever been to Cafe du Monde in New Orleans and had their famous chicory coffee and beignets you know what I am talking about.   A beignet is a pastry made from dough and deep-fried then rolled in confectioners sugar. (A doughnut without the hole)

Easy Beignets Recipe made two different ways.

You can make either of these recipes, one is made with canned biscuits and the other is made from scratch. Both are delicious and both are simple. If you love chocolate you will want to try the chocolate beignets. They are delicious.

Chocolate Beignets simple ingredients needed:

1 regular can of biscuits

chocolate chips

oil for frying (enough to make about 2 inches of oil in a skillet or deep fryer)

powdered sugar

chocolate syrup

As you can see, super easy ingredients and kids love these little treats. I love them with the chocolate syrup and the powdered sugar and they are delicious with coffee. Since these are made with canned biscuits they are definitely a different way of making beignets that is just fun and delicious. Either way, its fried dough so you are going to enjoy it. You could also use any chips you prefer to make different varieties!

What is a beignet? 

The definition of a beignet from Wikipedia is a deep fried fritter or pastry similar to a donut. The flavor is not as sweet as a traditional donut and they have larger holes in the center since they puff up more than a donut. Traditional New Orleans Style Beignets are made with yeast and only go through one rise.

You will see below these are not made with yeast, because we wanted to just enjoy a simple version of this classic. They puff up nicely and we really love this version!

Easy Beignets Recipe - The Southern Lady Cooks

From Scratch Beignets Ingredients Needed:

All-purpose flour

Baking powder






Vanilla extract

Honey, Syrup, Molasses or Powdered Sugar (Optional)

Now this easy beignets recipe is made from scratch but still super easy and your family will love them. We recently made these to update this recipe and they lasted about 10 minutes. They are better warm, so if they get cold just pop them in the microwave for about 10 seconds! If you are anything like us, you will just keep adding more powdered sugar. These little treats just melt in your mouth.

Easy Beignets Recipe - The Southern Lady Cooks

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Easy Beignets Recipe

The Southern Lady Cooks
This easy beignets recipe is one your family will love!
4.67 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American, southern
Servings 4 servings


Chocolate Beignets Ingredients

  • 1 regular can of biscuits
  • chocolate chips
  • oil for frying enough to make about 2 inches of oil in skillet or deep fryer
  • powdered sugar
  • chocolate syrup

Regular Beignets Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Honey Syrup, Molasses or Powdered Sugar (Optional)


Chocolate Beignets Instructions

  • Spread each biscuit into a circle and add 4 chocolate chips and fold the biscuit in half, pressing edges together. Drop each biscuit into oil around 350 degrees.  They will come to the top as soon as you drop them in oil.  Turn to brown both sides and remove from oil with slotted spoon.
  • Have a bowl of powdered sugar ready and roll hot beignets in sugar.  Drizzle with chocolate syrup. Makes 10 beignets.  Enjoy!We like these with and without the chocolate syrup.  You can also make these leaving out the chocolate chips for just plain biscuit beignets.

Regular Beignets Instructions

  • Combine flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Mix well in a bowl with a wire whisk.  Beat milk, egg, oil and vanilla together and add to dry mixture.  Beat batter with whisk until smooth.
  • Drop by tablespoon full into hot oil either in skillet or deep fryer. Cook to golden brown on each side being careful not to burn.  Drain on paper towels.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar or drizzle with honey, syrup or molasses.  Makes about 24 beignets.
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  1. Charlene Boone says:

    I was born and bred in New Orleans and never heard of one with chocolate chips. We even make them with crawfish so now there’s a new version.

  2. My family LOVES raspberry anything so I said “why not” and added a scant teaspoon of YEP raspberry jam (the best you can buy or homemade) to the biscuit instead of choc. chips….raves and requests for every time I can find time to make (I didn’t tell the “secret”). Great job!!!!!5 stars

  3. Jana Gill says:

    Who knew the treat my outdoor woodsman hunter Dad was making beignets over 40 years ago every time we went camping! His sugary fried biscuits were what we all looked forward to on Sunday mornings.5 stars

  4. From scratch, these are as good as I remember from New Orleans!5 stars

  5. Just a reminder for European cooks, USA biscuits are your scones not cookies. I loved New Orleans beignets with powdered sugar and chicory coffee. So good, I’ll have to try this recipe.

  6. connie casanova says:

    I am going to try these they sound Great

  7. Is all purpose flour, self raising or plain?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      It is the plain flour without baking powder in it, Debbie.

      1. Thank you. We tried them in New Orleans & now I am going to try making them.

  8. WENDY SWANSON says:

    NUM ! I’de like to try and make these and then Roll in Cinn Sugar – as they do some of the Mini Donuts that they have at the Fairs ! Mmmmmmm !

  9. Mary Vance says:

    I have made these before with powdered sugar, but this time I made a caramel glaze and DRIZZLED over the top…YUMMY

  10. I came across your site from The Refined Palate, and was delighted to see this recipe. I made some beignets for the first time this past week and it is lovely to see them made by someone who knows all about them! Thank you.

  11. Thank you for the recipes … love the idea of making them from scratch … but who doesn’t like the simplicity of canned biscuits 🙂

  12. Debbie McVey says:

    I would rather make these from scratch than to use canned biscuits. I’ve never made them, but am seriously considering it. I have had them in NOLA many years ago. Your recipe looks so very easy. Maybe I’ll just make some for dessert for the Super Bowl Game. We’re having assorted cheeses with fruit and bagel crisps/crackers, meatballs, wings, and these would make a quick and easy dessert. Who says they’re just for breakfast? Thank you so much for the recipe. I have just printed it so I won’t have to search for it later!

  13. I have made these for yrs the canned biscuit version we call them kettle cakes they delish …..

  14. Susan McGuire says:

    Just a lil tip, put your powered sugar in a brown grocery bag, fold the end a few times & shake, shake, shake! The bag also soaks up the oil!! 🙂 Another topping thats good is cinnamon & sugar & shake!

  15. Cherie Bruce says:

    Hi from Australia – Thank you for your recipes. Especially the ones from scratch. We do not have tin biscuits here, so very very helpful. I remember my Mum almost 50 years ago making these and we called them Puffed-a-Loons lol Beignets sound so much nicer. We loved them as kids and it was great for mum who didn’t have anything else in the cupboard. Thank you so much again for ALL your fabulous recipes. Enjoying them immensley. Light & Blessings

  16. I’ve never had a Beignet but they sound wonderful and easy if you use canned bisquits ! I make Donuts by removing the middle and frying them and coating with powdered sugar or sugar and cinnamon ! I am going to try the recipe for the ones you make ! Thank you I love your site , It is the best one on the internet !!!!

  17. I just made these today and they are absolutely divine.. Sinfully delicious ! Took me less than 20 minutes total from start to finish.

  18. Just checked out the print friendly function and it looks like it will work great now.