February 23, 2011

Biscuit Beignets with Praline Sauce

Biscuit Beignets with Praline Sauce

Oh, how I love biscuit beignets. One of my favorite local brunch spots offers this ridiculously delicious twist on the southern classic, and I can’t get enough of them. I’m smitten. I simply can’t leave without an order of these buttery, powdered-sugary treats.

After visiting Savannah last week, I knew I knew I had to give these biscuit beignets a try at home – and they wouldn’t be complete without that heavenly praline sauce.

These are an incredibly delicious brunch treat. With Mardi Gras coming up in just a few short weeks, now’s the perfect time to honor New Orleans and make this southern delight!

Biscuit Beignets with Praline Sauce

Just a few quick ingredients here. Biscuits, butter, brown sugar, a splash of milk, vanilla and walnuts.

Biscuit Beignets with Praline Sauce

Start by making the praline sauce. Melt the butter and whisk in the sugar until melted and bubbly. I used dark brown sugar here. If you don’t have it, you can use light brown sugar, but I always like to keep dark brown sugar around. I use it in place of light brown sugar in recipes for cookies and brownies. Makes them chewier!

Biscuit Beignets with Praline Sauce

To the melted butter and sugar, you’ll add a splash of milk, a taste of vanilla, and few chopped nuts. I used walnuts here, but you could use anything – pecans, almonds, even hazelnuts. Set aside to cool while we make the beignets.

Biscuit Beignets with Praline Sauce

Now. You can fry these beignets in your favorite frying oil – vegetable oil and peanut oil are two of my favorites. But since my favorite thing about these beignets is how deliciously buttery they are, I decided to go with butter-flavored Crisco. It was the right thing to do. Begin by melting the shortening over medium heat.

Biscuit Beignets with Praline Sauce

Meanwhile, separate the biscuits and cut into fourths.

Biscuit Beignets with Praline Sauce

When the oil reaches 325 degrees, it’s ready for the biscuits. Use a meat or candy thermometer for this – you don’t want to let the oil get over 350 degrees or it will start to smoke. If you see it smoking, remove it from the heat to cool down until you are ready.

Biscuit Beignets with Praline Sauce

Fry the biscuits on each side until…

Biscuit Beignets with Praline Sauce

Deliciously golden. They’ll cook very quickly, check them after 30 seconds on each side.

Biscuit Beignets with Praline Sauce

You could even fry these in butter if you’re feeling exceptionally naughty – as long as you promise not to let the butter get over 325 degrees. Here’s a small batch I did in butter. Look how tender, flaky, and satisfyingly crispy these turned out! I die. My advice, if you’re going to try the butter route (which I highly recommend) use a small sauce pan and fry these in small batches. That way you don’t have to use too much butter and you can change it out if it gets too brown.

Biscuit Beignets with Praline Sauce

Serve these bad boys immediately when they’re fresh and hot out of the oil. And sprinkle with plenty of powdered sugar. It’s the right thing to do.

Biscuit Beignets with Praline Sauce

Now drizzle on that dreamy praline sauce.

Biscuit Beignets with Praline Sauce

Layers and layers of butter, sugar, and praline sauce drench these beautiful beignets.

Biscuit Beignets with Praline Sauce

Praline sauce. My life is now complete. If you’ve never had praline sauce, whip this up ASAP. It’s dreamy. And heavenly. And life changing. It’s delicious on ice cream, pancakes, waffles, cheesecake, and french toast.

Or a spoon. A very big spoon.

Biscuit Beignets with Praline Sauce

Biscuit Beignets with Praline Sauce


1 tube flaky biscuits
1 cup butter-flavored shortening, for frying
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Melt butter in a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Add sugar and whisk until sugar melts and mixture begins to boil, about 5 minutes. Stir in milk, vanilla, and pecans until smooth. Set aside.

Separate biscuits and cut into fourths. In heavy-bottomed skillet, melt the shortening over medium heat until it reaches 325 degrees F. Fry biscuit quarters in batches until golden on each side. Biscuits will cook very quickly. Dust generously with powdered sugar and serve immediately with praline sauce.



Make for: Appetizers, Breakfast, Snacks

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Carolyn February 23, 2011 at 2:15 am

These look great! I can’t wait to try them! Thanks for the recipe!

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Mia_h_n February 23, 2011 at 4:01 am

Girl, are you trying to make me drool?! ;)
LOL “It’s the right thing to do.” :D

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) February 23, 2011 at 4:44 am

I just want to drink that sauce. Just pour a glass of it and drink it b/c it looks so amazing, so perfect…so wonderful!

Great recipe, Amanda! YUM! :)

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Deirdre February 23, 2011 at 5:33 am

This recipe looks decadent enough already. I wonder if I could just BAKE the biscuits instead of frying them. I am sure the sauce would make ANYTHING taste wonderful. Thanks for still one more mouthwatering delight to blow my diet!

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Paulette February 23, 2011 at 6:10 am

Yum there goes the diet. They look so good. Paulette

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Sarah February 23, 2011 at 6:19 am

Amanda, I found your blog a couple of months ago, and I’ve found my self reading your posts for hours on end. I really love your style of cooking and baking, and your photography skills are just flawless! : ) As soon as I saw that you put this recipie up, I ran to the kitchen to see if I had all of the supplies, lucky thing…I did! These babies are DELICIOUS!
Thanks Amanda!

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Kate February 23, 2011 at 7:10 am

Wow, these look delish! I think I may have a little inspiration to get back in the kitchen! Have a great day!

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The Mrs (Success Along the Weigh) February 23, 2011 at 7:14 am

Looks absolutely heavenly. I don’t know the sauce would ever make it to a dessert here. I picture myself huddled in a corner, sauce all over my face hissing at my husband when he tries to take it away!

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Kristen@PrettySweet February 23, 2011 at 7:17 am

Looks delicious! And fairly simple. Those are the best kind of recipes. =)

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Donna February 23, 2011 at 7:53 am

HOW do you stay so slender eating all these goodies???

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Brandy February 23, 2011 at 8:08 am

Those look delicious!

What local place offers these??? I’m going to have to hit them up!

Brandy

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Amanda February 23, 2011 at 11:00 am

Another Broken Egg Cafe. Such a fun spot for brunch! :)

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Heather @ Sweet Sins 2 Share February 23, 2011 at 8:20 am

Yum Yum!! These look soooo good!! I am for sure going to be making these sometime soon!!

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Dawn February 23, 2011 at 8:22 am

I want to know how you stay so slim, too! I feel myself getting bigger just looking at the pictures! I can’t wait to try the sauce! I have tried to make a caramel sauce a couple of times but always burn it!

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Jamie (Mama.Mommy.Mom) February 23, 2011 at 8:23 am

This looks like a little piece of heaven!

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Amanda February 23, 2011 at 8:27 am

yum! thanks for sharing!

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Neda February 23, 2011 at 8:38 am

i may need an extra hour on the treadmill, but i know i have to make these…and soon.

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Jessica February 23, 2011 at 8:38 am

Thanks so much for this recipe as I am going to make them for our Sunday brunch this week. YUM! I will stay on the tread mill a extra 20 mins on Monday for these babies.

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Nancy LaCoursiere February 23, 2011 at 8:42 am

Wow, you are so naughty! I am trying to loose a few pounds and now that I HAVE to make these, I’ll have to stray for a day! ♥

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Ellen ♥ CardMonkey February 23, 2011 at 8:45 am

OMG, Amanda!!! I am a long-time follower and I will say, I came for the fonts and stay because I live vicariously through you. I let you do the eating and I can feel the calories piling onto my thighs as I’m sitting here reading about your food journeys. I SO WANT YOUR LIFE!!

TODAY’S recipe left me DROOLING on my keyboard … not a pretty sight, but I am not kidding. Salivating!!!!!!! I am off to the grocery store right after I post this to get some butter-flavored Crisco (I have everything else) and I will be eating.these.all.by.myself.unless.my.husband.wakes.up.

And then I MAY share. Having these for breakfast and lunch. And the praline sauce over ice cream for dinner.

You are SO BAD when you describe these delectables SO GOOD!

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Christine February 23, 2011 at 8:56 am

These look delicious! I printed the recipe so I can try making them this weekend.

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Cathy February 23, 2011 at 9:21 am

Yum yum yummy!

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Maria February 23, 2011 at 9:27 am

DIVINE!!!!

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Kathy Martin February 23, 2011 at 9:35 am

Good heavens! I could actually make these! Thank you Amanda! I’m in your debt! ;) Well, until I see my scale laugh at me! ;) By-the-way, I’m under 125 pounds…working at it all the time, however! :)

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Keisha - Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Dreams February 23, 2011 at 9:41 am

So that just made me want to go home and make a big old batch of ‘prawleenz’ and and beignets!

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Dana February 23, 2011 at 9:55 am

oh my goodness! now these…yummy!

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Kelley @ The Eclectic Owl February 23, 2011 at 10:34 am

Okay, too funny…My mom and I were just at Another Broken Egg and we ALWAYS have to get the biscuit beignets, too! And after eating them this time we both said that we could totally make them at home! And now we can…and we can drizzle it with some of that uh-mazing praline sauce! Yum! :)

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WyldPinky February 23, 2011 at 10:36 am

Definitely going to have to try these…that praline sauce looks to die for! We use to do something similar for our homemade “donuts”, the kids absolutely loved them for a snack.

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doughmesstic February 23, 2011 at 10:55 am

Amanda – how awesome are these?? And quick, too. Wow. I think I just gained 50 more pounds.
By the way. I downloaded ALL of you Peas Fonts. ALL. And I am LOVING them all! Thanks!

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Emily February 23, 2011 at 11:56 am

Amazing. Simply Amazing. I’m eating these for lunch…

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Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker February 23, 2011 at 12:39 pm

I love how flaky these are! I have to give them a try!

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Alena February 23, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Wow. Wow. And wow.

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Cara @ The Boys Made Me Do It February 23, 2011 at 1:28 pm

oh wow! looks like absolute heaven on a plate

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Cookin' Canuck February 23, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Good Lord, woman – do those ever look good! I am doing my best to eat very few sweets and you are making it VERY difficult. ;)

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Barbara February 23, 2011 at 3:04 pm

In 27 minutes I weigh in at Weight Watchers. I have not been tempted in 8 weeks…NOW I AM TEMPTED….omg…those look devine…..better than Nawlins…

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Tracy February 23, 2011 at 3:26 pm

I love beignets and these look so easy! Yum!

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Sarah February 23, 2011 at 3:40 pm

GIRL. I must know how you have kept off your weight… seriously? These treats? Insane.

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Andreea February 23, 2011 at 4:08 pm

O.M.G. These look SOOOO good! I feel like I’ve gained weight just by drooling over them. Can’t wait to make some soon!

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Jenny Flake February 23, 2011 at 4:44 pm

What a fun delicious looking recipe! Gorgeous :)

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September February 23, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Looks fabulous!!!! This is a keeper…thanks for sharing.

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Cynthia February 23, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Thanks for the awesome recipe.

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Gini February 23, 2011 at 10:05 pm

This post is so wrong on so many levels….

so beautiful
so easy
so yummy

wait – that makes it so RIGHT then…

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alice hanson February 23, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Oh my gosh! This I will have to try APSP for sure.They look D’lish.
smiles, alice

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Lori @ RecipeGirl February 23, 2011 at 11:10 pm

Oh my! These look delightfully evil!

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Becky February 24, 2011 at 12:41 am

wooowowowowo!!!!! looks like they just melt in your mouth! i just saved your recipe for later—thanks!

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Julie February 24, 2011 at 8:41 am

I’m about to start a diet but maybe I try these first!! Ha!

Thoughts of a Third Grade Teacher

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Cat February 24, 2011 at 9:42 am

sinful! but i can’t wait to try them! ;)

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Suzanne February 24, 2011 at 10:43 am

I make something similar but we call it “Monkey Bread” here in the Midwest and you bake it in the oven! Anyway you slice it, he he, it’s all yummy! :)

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Kimberly February 24, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Wow! Looks incredible!

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Lemonade Makin' Mama February 24, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Hi there!

Fairly new to your blog, having only been here once or twice before… What a fun place! :)

These look amazing! Perfect for a cold wintry day!

Blessings,
Sasha

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Fuji Mama February 24, 2011 at 5:03 pm

These look absolutely incredible! I’m dying! I must have some NOW!!!!!

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Stephanie February 24, 2011 at 5:36 pm

De-licious! And the best part is I have a lot of this stuff already in my cupboard! Thanks or sharing! :)

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Michele February 24, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Great idea! I have a bunch of coupons for biscuits so I will definitely try this. My kids will absolutely love that praline sauce. Your photos are fabulous!

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clare February 24, 2011 at 10:30 pm

OMG… Think I’ve gone to heaven… do you think they are acceptable on South Beach Diet (cough!!)

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CAROL STEBNER February 25, 2011 at 7:30 am

Shame on you, Amanda, for sharing this awesomely, delicious-looking dessert that has ingredients that all reside right now in my home & will find their way onto a plate right in front of my “no-willpower” self! Yum, yum.
CAS

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Leah Moynihan February 25, 2011 at 8:00 am

Yikes–these look amazing but I can only imagine the calorie/fat profile. And who can eat just one? 20 extra minutes on the treadmill? Try 2 hours!

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Michelle February 25, 2011 at 11:28 am

Wowwwwwzyyyy!!!!!! I have to make this for my family, I mean ME soon!!!!!

Michelle Torres
decorater4life@aol.com

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Hannah @ PalmBeachRunner February 25, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Looks delicious! Craving. starts. NOW. :)

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Sarah Caron February 25, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Those look incredible — and so easy! But that praline sauce…I don’t know how much self-control I could have around that.

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peabody February 26, 2011 at 3:29 am

Oh my. Now that’s breakfast.

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Elizabeth February 26, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Um, these look absolutely amazing. Just when I thought beignets couldn’t get any better. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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Adrian February 26, 2011 at 10:12 pm

Just wanted to say THANKS for all the lovely fonts. I do digi-scrapping, but I’ve avoided doing much journaling because I had just really basic, boring fonts. Now I’m looking forward to coming up with some new pages so I can use all my yummy fonts. And these beignets are off-the-hook! Ah-mazing and your pics make them look fabulous and sinful! Thx for sharing.

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foodies at home February 27, 2011 at 12:34 am

Oh Man…I don’t know if I can handle these….Look away! Too late..I’m making these SOON!

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B-egg February 27, 2011 at 4:14 am

They look so great!!

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Lauren February 27, 2011 at 11:52 am

These look so delicious….a recipe I must try! Love your blog!

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Lauren February 27, 2011 at 11:52 am

These look delicious, a recipe I must try….love your blog!

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Laura February 28, 2011 at 5:39 pm

O.M.G….must go to Amazon.com and buy a meat thermometer!! These look de-lish!! I looked around at your recipes and I love them all!!

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Patience February 28, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Hi Amanda,

I love your blog it’s fantastic.

These look amazing – I even had a dream about them last night. I’m from Australia, and I’m not sure what a “tube flaky biscuits” are? I’m not sure if we have such a thing here in Oz. So I dreamt that I ordered them off amazon!! Crazy.

I was wondering if you could please give me the Brand and details from the box, so I can look for their equivalent here.
Thanks heaps!

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Amanda February 28, 2011 at 9:01 pm
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Shaina February 28, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Amanda! These are absolutely divine. Praline sauce is my favorite anyway, and now all I can think of is pouring it over beignets.

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ron March 1, 2011 at 6:39 am

My daughter used to make donuts from canned biscuits when she was in home-ec. class in high school and we topped them with everything in the house.My-Tee-Fine.But that praline sauce looks deadly.I wish I had about a dozen of those to go with this coffee right now.I’m going down to the store in a minute!

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victoria March 2, 2011 at 7:32 pm

[drooooolll] :o) ok, so i had to make these ASAP after seeing this post. so i did. problem was they browned so quickly and nicely like you said; however, the inside was gooey and doughy. i ended up have to put them back in – what are your tips?? we [my hubby and i] eventually got them cooked through and we were still able to enjoy them…the praline sauce!?!?! OH. MY. SWEET. WONDER!!!! DELISH!! we love and and both agree it would be a-mazing drizzled over cool, creamy, vanilla ice cream. YUMS!

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Alisha March 7, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Amanda, I have to tell you a little story about your Beignets. A bunch of ladies I work with took me out to lunch last week and somehow, in between our chats of gossip / reality TV / husbands, we started talking about New Orleans and Beignets. A couple of our older, super domestic ladies were discussing how they’ve always had trouble making them and have finally given up. I announced that I might just have a solution! I sent all of them your recipe, along with a nudge toward following your blog, later that afternoon. This morning, one of them emailed me back and said that she made the Beignets for our basketball coach and team (I work at a University) as a congratulatory dessert for making it to the Sweet 16 in playoffs. The coach is from Louisiana and declared them to be some of the best ever! I just thought you should know how well they went over, even from a true Louisiana guy. And you also should probably know that my co-worker who made them has a thick Columbian accent (Gloria from Modern Family, anyone?) and has now resorted to calling them “French Doughnuts” after several failed attempts at “Beignets with Praline Sauce”. Now you shouldn’t feel so bad about Mascarpone! ~Alisha

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Heidi March 7, 2011 at 10:37 pm

This recipe is perfect. After seeing “The Princess & the Frog” my little one has been hounding me to make beignetes but every recipe I found takes 2-3 hours and I just can’t hold her attention that long. This will be a perfect alternative.

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Ron March 10, 2011 at 6:40 am

I made a batch of these for my wife and son yesterday but they mysteriously disappeared before they got home so I did the only thing I could do;destroyed all the evidence.Now I’ve got to make more.Dang woman,have you no shame?

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Bev March 17, 2011 at 2:14 pm

The photos look good enough to eat : D

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Nicole April 14, 2011 at 11:36 am

Alright girl, perusing your blog has caused me to drool. Profusely. In a good way. :)

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Karalee April 16, 2011 at 11:39 am

These are absolutely amazing! Check out my experience making them at 3 in the morning I wanted them so bad! Thanks for such a great recipe!

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Vanessa April 17, 2011 at 7:50 pm

OMG!!!!! I just made these and me and my 4 year old daughter killed them!!!! These are amazing,,,,

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christa mcclellan April 20, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Is the sauce something I can put in the fridge & use for a few weeks?

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Cynthia May 11, 2011 at 11:06 pm

I made these and they were a hit! So simple and delicious. :)

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Ali Winter May 12, 2011 at 11:23 am

Just wanted to let you know that these are amazing! I kinda made a simple version (like it could get any easier right?!) and posted it on my blog, I’ve linked back to you guys for the recipe and instructions.
Thanks for the idea, I found your site through Pinterest:)

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Ingrid June 11, 2011 at 10:40 am

I have been drooling over these since you posted them, and I finally got up the courage to make them. I have to say, I am a little disappointed….that you did not say they were HEVEAN in your mouth! Super Duper yummy and easy peasy to make! Thanks again Amanda! :)

Hugs,
Ingrid

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Molly January 7, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Wow this stuff is addictive! Thanks so much for the idea…and the Sugar Rush!

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Erin @ Texanerin Baking February 26, 2012 at 1:27 pm

So I guess it’s actually a good thing that we don’t have canned biscuits in Germany, because if we did, this recipe would be the end of me. They look absolutely dreamy and I love they easy they look to make! But at least I can make the sauce. :)

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Kalei April 24, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Those look AMAZING! Maybe some type of fruit sauce or cinnamon goo instead??

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Chanel May 13, 2012 at 10:41 am

An updated version of Monkey Bread but easier to eat

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Jenny June 29, 2013 at 9:24 am

Every time I make these (this morning was about my 5th, I think), at least one of my children comes into the kitchen and hovers until I put them to work dusting the powdered sugar on the fried stuff. There are always remarks, after the first event, like this morning’s remark from my youngest: “You, best mother, are making deliciousness.” (My youngest is 17. The eldest, a boy of 22, is not all that enthusiastic about pastry and sweets, but never fails to squabble over the last beignet. The middle child, a loquacious young lady of 20, cannot express herself except in moans and groans of ecstasy.) Thank you for an easy and delicious recipe. I keep coming back to it.

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Porsche August 29, 2013 at 3:48 pm

yeah. i am making these next week when i go shopping. this is like the ultimate pregnant guilty pleasure…and my pregnant self is going to make a bunch..enough for my other kids..and plenty for me!!!

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Nicole | Feeding This Family October 11, 2013 at 10:33 am

Hey yall, just wanted to let you know I’m going to be featuring yalls recipe on my weekly series called Saturday Night Share. Thank you for such a mouthwatering recipe, I now want these beignets, a trip to New Orleans, and some coffee:)

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ambrosia @ figandpie September 3, 2014 at 12:33 pm

ooooh yessss!!!!!

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