MENU

We Tried Making Beignets with Biscuit Dough—Here’s What Happened

Updated January 9, 2020
Beignets
Ever heard of beignets? They’re basically French for “mini doughnuts,” and you can totally make them at home. All you need are three ingredients and 15 minutes. (Ooh la la, indeed.)

If you’ve ever visited New Orleans, it’s likely you’ve heard about the history and culture of the city—including the iconic Café du Monde and its pillowy, warm beignets doused in powdered sugar. Luckily, you don’t need to buy a plane ticket to sample some tasty beignets, because we’ve discovered an easy (like, shockingly easy) way to recreate the experience in your own kitchen with just a few ingredients.

All you need to start is one can of Pillsbury™ refrigerated biscuits, canola oil for frying and, most importantly, lots and lots of powdered sugar! Here’s how you can enjoy easy beignet-style doughnuts at home.

How to Make Biscuit Beignets

First, start by heating your canola oil. In a deep fryer or heavy saucepan, heat 2 inches of oil until it reads 350°F on your candy or deep fry thermometer.

Separate the biscuit dough into 10 biscuits; cut each biscuit into quarters.

Meanwhile, separate the biscuit dough into 10 biscuits; cut each biscuit into quarters.

Fry the biscuit quarters, in batches, in the hot oil for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown.

When the oil is at temperature, fry the biscuit quarters, in batches, in the hot oil for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle them generously with powdered sugar.

Expert tip: As you go, you’ll notice the oil may cool down a bit during cooking. If that happens, just wait a few minutes and let it get back up to temperature before frying your next batch.

Enjoy these the French way by serving while they’re hot and fresh! Take the experience up a notch (could it really get any better?!) by sipping chicory coffee while you enjoy your beignets.