Super Easy No Yeast Beignets Recipe

No Yeast Beignets with a touch of vanilla, cinnamon and lemon, or the best fried donuts, the Romanian way. So simple, no need to wait for the dough to prove, ready in less than 15 minutes.

Overhead shot of 6 beignets on a plate lined with a white cloth

What are beignets?

Beignets is the French term for doughnuts (donuts).

The shape is usually square or round (but never with a hole in the middle) and they are coated in powdered sugar once they cool down a bit.

In Romania we love them too, and, although traditionally you would make them with yeast, the easy version tastes just as good.

The recipe can be tweaked to your liking, and even make it vegan-friendly by replacing milk with water and omitting the egg.

How do you make beignets without yeast?

This is the easiest recipe if you are looking for quick doughnuts and don’t have time for kneading, proving, cutting nice shapes, then frying.

All you do is mix the ingredients together, then one spoonful goes into the hot oil; and ta-daah, they are ready.

The basic ingredients are flour, egg, milk, sugar and baking powder, then you can add anything else to your own liking.

I usually go for vanilla extract, vanilla powder sugar, cinnamon, zest of lemon (or orange), but the possibilities are endless, just add whatever you like best.

Overhead shoot of 8 no-yeast beignets on a kitchen towel

Tips to make perfect beignets

Make sure the heat is not too high, otherwise the beignets will brown too quickly, while the middle is still raw.

Plus then they could look burnt before you have a chance to get them out of the pan. Especially after a few batches, the oil becomes super hot, so do be careful here.

Use a regular teaspoon to drop the dough into the oil, in this way you know they will have pretty much the same size and shape.

Other doughnuts recipes

Are you looking for the non-fried doughnuts? I have this amazing recipe for baked chocolate doughnuts.

Oh my Lord! What a treat that is!!! You can’t really say they are baked, they taste like the real deal, trust me on that.

Another recipe for doughnuts I love, is the Romanian absolute favourite: Cheese doughnuts aka Romanian papanasi.

If you ever visit the country, you will definitely be offered some! So, let’s make some beignets now!

A white plate with no-yeast beignets

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4.07 from 15 votes
Overhead shoot of 8 no-yeast beignets on a kitchen towel
Super Easy No-Yeast Beignets Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins

Easy No-Yeast Beignets Recipe with a touch of vanilla, cinnamon and lemon, or the best fried doughnuts, the Romanian way. Ready in about 15 minutes, no kneding needed.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Romanian
Keyword: beignets
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 347 kcal
Author: Daniela Anderson
  • 225 g plain flour
  • 3 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 sachet powdered vanilla sugar (7g) more to sprinkle
  • 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup oil (for frying)
  1. In a large bowl, add the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, lemon and cinnamon and mix them well.

  2. Beat the egg lightly, and add it to the bowl together with the milk.

  3. Use a silicone spatula to mix everything together, you should have a smooth batter than is thicker than the pancakes one.

  4. Heat up the oil in a deep frying pan.

  5. Use a spoon to scoop batter, and carefully dip it in the pan.

  6. Fry for 1-2 minutes until golden brown, then turn on the other side. You will notice than once they are turned on the other side, they become from flat nice and round.

  7. Transfer on a plate lined with kitchen paper and once they cool down a bit, sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Recipe Notes
  • If you'd like to see the measurements in CUPS and OUNCES, please click on the US CUSTOMARY link.
  • The amount of ingredients can be adjusted according to the number of servings you need, please click on the number of servings to change it.
Nutrition Facts
Super Easy No-Yeast Beignets Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 347 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 335mg 14%
Potassium 307mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 56g 19%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 12g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 3.2%
Calcium 14.8%
Iron 16.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.





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  • Reply
    October 26, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Nu am mai mancat asa ceva de multi multi ani..

    • Reply
      Daniela Anderson
      October 26, 2016 at 10:02 pm

      Sunt foarte bune, pana si maimutica mea a gustat, deja nu prea a fost impresionata ?

  • Reply
    Lisa | Garlic + Zest
    October 26, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Beignets are one of my all-time favorites — every time I think of them, I’m transported back to New Orleans — and that fantastic chicory blend coffee!

  • Reply
    October 26, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    How delicious! My son would LOVE this!

  • Reply
    Willow | Will Cook For Friends
    October 27, 2016 at 12:34 am

    My mouth is officially watering. These look and sound so good! I make beignets sometimes, but the recipe I use is way more involved (and does use yeast). I’ll have to give these a try!

    • Reply
      Daniela Anderson
      October 27, 2016 at 7:18 am

      They are lovely indeed, and so easy to make. Glad you like my recipe.

  • Reply
    Allison - Celebrating Sweets
    October 27, 2016 at 12:50 am

    You made these almost too easy! Now I have to try them. 🙂

  • Reply
    Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle
    November 5, 2016 at 10:45 am

    They look and sound great, I can almost smell them cooking.
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  • Reply
    Daniel Bennett
    November 14, 2016 at 6:00 am

    yummmy………….looking delicious i will try at my home …thanks for sharing this and pix also too good

  • Reply
    Mike Dickerson
    December 2, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    can I use a deep fryer

    • Reply
      Daniela Anderson
      December 2, 2016 at 8:35 pm

      Hi Mike! Thank you for your comment. The deep-fryer should work fine, although l have not used one for beignets. Let me know how it goes!

      • Reply
        Jean everson
        January 6, 2017 at 2:14 am

        How much flour don,t understand225

        • Reply
          Daniela Anderson
          January 6, 2017 at 9:06 am

          Hi Jean! The recipe calls for 225 grams of flour, if you have kitchen scales, that would help, otherwise you can use a cup of flour, that should do. Let me know if that helps.

  • Reply
    January 8, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    I used gluten free all purpose flour. Also I used 2 tsp of powdered sugar and little extra vanilla (I didn’t have a sachet of vanilla sugar) and these turned out amazing! So if anyone is wondering if they can make this gluten free, it turned out great!

    • Reply
      Daniela Anderson
      January 8, 2017 at 7:22 pm

      I am so pleased that it worked with gluten free flour too, the beignets are really delicious. Thank you very much for your lovely comment!

      • Reply
        January 8, 2017 at 7:57 pm

        Thank you for sharing that you made these gluten free!

        • Reply
          Daniela Anderson
          January 8, 2017 at 8:13 pm

          It was indeed very nice to let us know, glad the recipe can be tweaked to cater for a gluten-free diet too.

      • Reply
        January 10, 2017 at 4:12 am

        I rely on comment sections to help navigate through recipes. This recipe is amazing! So good that I made my first comment on a recipe! Thank you for this!

        • Reply
          Daniela Anderson
          January 10, 2017 at 9:03 am

          Thank you for your very kind comment, greatly appreciated. I’m always pleased when l get positive feedback about my recipes.

  • Reply
    david mark
    January 17, 2017 at 11:26 am

    wow very nice, thanks for sharing

  • Reply
    October 1, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    We made these this morning and love, love, love them!

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