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the completed air fryer beignets recipe

Air Fryer Beignets

A healthier version of deep fried New Orleans style beignets.
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American, French
Diet Vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Rising Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 23 minutes
Servings 10 beignets
Calories 225kcal


  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 package (8g) active dry yeast
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 tablespoons (85g) butter
  • 6 tablespoons (75g) granulated sugar
  • 2 ½ cups (500g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (64g) powdered sugar


  • To make the dough, begin by combining yeast, 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar, and the milk in the bowl of a stand mixer. Set aside for at least 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small bowl and combine well with the eggs and the vanilla
  • Add the rest of the granulated sugar, the flour, and salt to the yeast mixture.
  • Beat on low speed for about 1 minute until just incorporated then drizzle in the egg and butter mixture.
  • Continue beating on medium speed for about 4 minutes until an elastic and smooth dough forms.
  • Form the dough into a ball and place it into a large bowl that has been lightly greased. Cover and let the dough rise for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees F / 180 degrees C.
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and roll it to a quarter-inch thick.
  • Cut the dough with a round cookie cutter. You can also slice into rectangles using a sharp knife or pizza cutter.
  • Coat the air fryer basket with cooking spray and add the beignets to the air fryer. Leave space between the beignets and coat them with melted butter or canola spray.
  • Air fry the beignets for 4 minutes, turn and cook for an additional 4 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Place the beignets on a cooling rack. Brush the warm pastries with more melted butter, then dust with powdered sugar.



  • If you don’t have a stand mixer, you can mix with a wooden spoon and knead the dough by hand. 
  • Let the dough rest a minimum of 1 hour to rise properly, but this could take longer depending on local weather and elevation. 
  • Cut with a cookie cutter or use a pizza cutter to cut more traditional rectangle shapes. 
  • Don’t let the pieces of dough touch the air fryer. 
  • Brush the tops with melted butter. 
  • Cook air fryer beignets in batches if needed. 
  • Cover the dough with plastic wrap between batches to keep it from drying out. 
  • Don’t stack the beignets, or they can become soggy. 
  • To keep warm, place them in a single layer on a baking sheet in a low oven while you cook the beignets air fryer in batches.
  • There are 8 WW Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.


Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 189mg | Potassium: 73mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 278IU | Vitamin C: 0.002mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 2mg