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Try this healthier version of a Mardi Gras classic: Baked Beignets! Recipe at

Baked Beignets

  • Yield: 25 beignets 1x


Celebrate Mardi Gras with this baked version of the classic beignets!


  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/4 ounce package of yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • Powdered sugar for dusting


  1. In a large bowl, combine water, yeast and 1 tablespoon sugar. Let sit for 5 minutes until yeast gets foamy.
  2. Mix in flours, remaining sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. Cut butter into small pieces and mix into dough.
  3. Add buttermilk and egg and mix well. Knead on a floured surface until you have a smooth dough (should take about 5 minutes.) (If you have a stand mixer, you can use a dough hook to mix and knead dough.)
  4. Coat bowl with cooking spray and add dough ball. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 30 minutes.
  5. On a floured surface, roll dough out into a large rectangle, about 1/4-inch thick. Using a pizza cutter, cut 5 even strips horizontally and then vertically so you have 25 beignet squares.
  6. Cover baking sheet with parchment paper and add beignets. Cover with a kitchen towel and let sit for 30 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  8. Bake beignets for 10 -12 minutes (Watch carefully! Take them out before they start to turn golden brown.) Let cool for 5 minutes and then generously dust them with powdered sugar.


Updated from Oven-Baked Beignets at Eat, Live Run.

Note: Since this dough is less sweet compared to typical beignets, you can generously shake on the powdered sugar before serving.