Crescent Roll Beignets are mouth-watering pillows of fried dough, smothered in cinnamon sugar. Breakfast doesn’t get any simpler or better!
I have stooped to new lows with this beignet recipe. Or, maybe reached new highs…. I guess that depends on how you look at it. Beignets for dummies, or a genius idea? I’ll let you decide.
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I’ve been wanting to make beignets for a long time now. You know, the fluffy, fried dough that covered in powdered sugar famous in New Orleans. It’s the NOLA version of doughnuts, and I just can’t get enough of them.
Crescent Roll Beignets
My plans were to make some with my favorite cinnamon roll dough. But that never happened. I had pizza dough from cheese bread I had made for the boys. I tried it, but because there is very little oil in the pizza dough, it didn’t brown like I had hoped. With a pot of hot oil, my brain quickly went into over-drive thinking of options.
I cook crescent rolls about twice a week for the boys for breakfast. Sometimes I bake them plain and sometimes I fill them with chocolate chips, or leftover holiday chocolate bars. The crescent rolls were my only option so I gave it a try! They were a huge hit, even with my very-picky 13-year-old.
For the Crescent Roll Beignets, I simply fried the crescent roll dough, then rolled them in a cinnamon sugar mixture.
Crescent Roll Beignets
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- 1 can crescent rolls
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- Fill a pan with vegetable or canola oil so that it’s at least 2 inches deep.
- Heat oil to 350 degrees F.
- Open and unroll dough.
- Pull each crescent roll triangle apart at the perforated line.
- Cut each large triangle into 2 smaller equal-sized triangles, so that you’ll have 16 triangles.
- Spread paper towels on a tray. You will drain the beignets on this after removing from oil.
- Place 3 to 4 triangles of dough in hot oil. Don’t crowd the pan.
- Cook 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown on first side, Flip to second side and cook another 2 to 3 minutes or until second side is golden brown.
- Remove from oil with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels 10 to 20 seconds.
- Immediately roll in cinnamon sugar mixture.
- Serve hot.
- For cinnamon sugar, stir together the 1/4 cup granulated sugar and the 1 tablespoon cinnamon.
- Optional: dust with powered sugar
- Optional: serve with chocolate sauce for dipping.
I made these… WOW! These were incredible! So easy and delicious. I served them with a dusting of powdered sugar and different shipping sauces. Warm chocolate, warm Nutella and some of my homemade jams. ( strawberry and raspberry) They were all amazing! Thank you!
Thank you so much! I’m happy you enjoyed them!
Can i put them in my air fryer?
I haven’t tried them in an air fryer. They would probably work, just not 100% certain.
OH MY GOODNESS THESE COULD BE A PROBLEM! Wow, how easy and delicious. I used peanut oil so that they wouldn’t absorb too much oil. I used to fry biscuits for my kids all the time but I don’t know why I never thought to use crescent dough. PERFECT ! Thanks for posting.
My boys love the fried biscuits too! Happy you liked it!
Do you think putting chocolate chips inside would work to make chocolate beignets. I haven’t tried this recipe yet, the other easy beignet recipes used pillsbury pizza dough or grands biscuits. Using croissant dough seems to make more sense. I will try it!
Yummmmm! And way too easy. This is not going to be a good thing for my hips. Cuz daymn.
lol!!! I understand completely!
Good recipe, I would recommend! I accidentally exploded a can of crescent rolls I wasn’t gonna use, so used this recipe and it turned out great!
These were soo good!! Better than the original beignets!! I dipped mine in warm heated Nutella!
This are more like sopapillas than beignets
Stephanie M Beard says
These are wonderful…better than New Orleans…and so easy
I use a paper lunch bag to shake the sugar onto the Beignets
Great idea!! That’s exactly what I’m gonna do! Never would have thought to do that. Thanks so much for sharing.
Thomas Coleman says
Cannot believe how easy this was! Came out absolutely perfect. Thank you for this awesome recipe
wonder if you could roll a little sweetened cream cheese into these before frying?
ANNA GHALLAB says
I would use it as a dip
Maribel Marrero says
Hi M.S. You know, ……. I too was thinking the exact same thing, BUT from what I know/have heard, most of these recipes w cream cheese inside — it’s best to FREEZE then first prior to frying. This way they come out PERFECT !! and filling doesn’t become a HUGE melted mess – just saying. I think ….. it’s definitely worth trying at least a few to see how they turn out. Good Luck with this “experiment”.