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Easy Mardi Gras Beignets

Celebrate Mardi Gras with this New Orleans staple. This recipe uses pancake mix as the base for the dough to make mixing even easier.

Serves 35
Ready in 30 mins
Prep time 10 mins
Cooking time 20 mins
85 calories per serving


> Vegetable or canola oil, for frying
> 3 1/4 cups buttermilk pancake and waffle mix, plus more for dusting and as needed
> 2 tbsp baking powder
> 1 tbsp granulated sugar
> 1 cup low-fat milk
> 2 large eggs
> Confectioners' sugar, as needed


To a large Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed skillet, add about 2 inches of oil. Heat oil to 325°F on a thermometer.
Meanwhile, to a large bowl, add the pancake mix, baking powder, granulated sugar, milk, and eggs. Stir with a fork until combined. Use hands to form dough into a ball. If dough feels wet or sticky, add 1 tbsp more pancake mix as needed and knead dough until soft but not sticky.
Lightly dust work surface with more pancake mix. Knead dough on work surface and roll to 1/4/inch thickness. Using a knife or pizza cutter, cut dough into 2-inch squares.
Fry 3-4 dough squares in hot oil at a time, 2-3 min. per side, until golden and fully cooked. Using a slotted spoon, transfer beignets to a paper towel-lined plate. Dust with the confectioners' sugar and serve immediately.


Some brands of pancake mix may require up to an additional ½ cup of mix.

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