Brunch Beignets

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + standing Cook: 5 min./batch


about 2 dozen

Updated: May. 04, 2023
Enjoy breakfast the New Orleans way with these warm, crispy bites. Topped with powdered sugar, they are a delight! —Lois Rutherford, Elkton, Florida
Brunch Beignets Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon brandy, optional
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • Confectioners' sugar


  1. Place egg whites in a small bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Combine the egg yolks, sugar, water, butter, lemon zest, vanilla and, if desired, brandy; stir into dry ingredients just until combined. Beat egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form; fold into batter.
  3. In a cast-iron or electric skillet, heat oil to 375°. Drop batter by teaspoonfuls, a few at a time, into hot oil. Fry until golden brown, about 1-1/2 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 66 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 42mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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