• 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • 5 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 cups canola oil
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar, for serving


  1. Combine the water, 1 tablespoon of the sugar, and yeast in a large bowl and let mixture rest for 5 minutes. Then, stir the eggs, melted butter, and vanilla into the yeast mixture.
  2. Combine the flour, remaining sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. Add this to the yeast mixture, stirring thoroughly with a rubber spatula. (The dough will be sticky.) Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until the dough has doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  3. On a well-floured surface, roll the dough into a large ¼-inch-thick rectangle. Cut the dough into 3-inch squares using a pizza cutter or scissors, then transfer the squares to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.Place a wire cooling rack on top of another baking sheet and set aside. In a large pot, heat the oil until it reaches 350 F on a deep-fry (or candy) thermometer.
  4. Add beignets to the oil, 4 at a time, and cook, flipping once, until golden brown (about 90 seconds per side). Remove beignets from the pot using a slotted spoon, and transfer them to the wire rack.
  5. Dust beignets generously with confectioners’ sugar and serve immediately.
Laura Mariano

Written by Laura Mariano

Laura Mariano is a food blogger who founded Recipes By to make cooking easier. Growing up on a farm in Spain, Laura was inspired by exquisite dishes prepared using simple ingredients. Laura Mariano is particularly known for making anyone can cook.

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