Cinnamon Sugar Beignet Recipe

February 07, 2022

Cinnamon Sugar Beignet Recipe

What are beignets?

A New Orleans staple, beignets are enjoyed by locals and tourists alike—often with a café au lait or chocolate milk. They're essentially a hole-less, square donut covered in powdered sugar.

Where can I find Beignets?

In New Orleans, you'll find both sweet and savory options throughout the city, but they're most common in the French Quarter. Two of our favorite spots are right around the corner from us at Café du Monde (800 Decatur St) and Café Beignet (334 Royal St).

Want to try them all in one spot? In September, the Tres Doux Foundation organizes an annual Beignet Festival!


Cinnamon Sugar Beignet Recipe

Traditionally served with powdered sugar, this alternative sweet beignet recipe is perfect for when you're craving beignets, but don't want to get powdered sugar everywhere. Check out our Traditional New Orleans Beignet recipe here.

Prep Time: 70 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Ready In: 75 minutes
Yield: 24 beignets


Optional: If you don't have all the dry ingredients, we also sell Café Du Monde's Beignet Mix.


  1. Add flour, sugar, salt and yeast to the bowl of an electric mixer. Whisk to combine. Place bowl on mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
  2. Add warm water, milk powder, egg and butter. Mix on medium speed until the mixture forms a smooth dough, about 4 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours.
  3. Once risen, divide the dough in half and roll out on a lightly floured work surface to about 1/4"-thick. Cut the dough into 2" squares. You can use heart-shaped, "x", or "o" cookie cutters to cut your dough.
  4. Meanwhile, heat 3” of oil to 350°F in a medium pot. Fry dough in batches, turning once, until puffed and golden brown on both sides. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined tray and cool slightly.
  5. Place cinnamon sugar in a shallow bowl. Coat warm beignets in cinnamon sugar. Serve immediately.