Fried Oreo Beignets

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When I started Geo’s Table in 2015, one of the first recipes I created for the blog were Fried Oreo Beignets. Nearly, 3 years later, and that post is the highest ranking recipe on the blog. During my trip to New Orleans, my eyes were opened to a new world of beignets that put my original recipe to shame. Getting the opportunity to partake in both savory beignets (during my Drake on Cake Demo with Joy the Baker) and classic beignets heavily coated with powdered sugar at Cafe Du Monde, I came to the realized quick that my recipe desperately needed an update.

Deciding to tackle true New Orleans Beignets was no small fete,This labor of love turned out splendidly. So much so, that my mother has made a special request to have them on the menu for Thanksgiving.

Scouring the internet for authentic recipes was a bit overwhelming (who knew there were so many ways to fry and beignet?). After pondering over a few, I found an excellent recipe from Sugar and Charm that seemed manageable and allowed me to get my feet wet with this fried delicacy.

Creating the dough from scratch, adding a hint of vanilla and folding in a “healthy” amount of crushed Oreos truly took this recipe to the next level. This recipe also gave me an excuse to christen the Chrome Gold Kitchen Aid, Mark and I got as a wedding gift (and to be honest, I don’t know how I ever baked without it).

Check out the new and improved recipe for the Fried Oreo Beignets below. Happy eating!

Fried Oreo Beignets Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water

  • 1/2 cup white sugar

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 cup evaporated milk

  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

  • 6 1/2 cups bread flour

  • 1/4 cup shortening

  • 2 cups crushed Oreos

  • Corn Oil for frying

  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine the warm water, sugar and yeast and stir. Let the mixture sit for at least 10  minutes.

  2. Using a stand-alone mixer, combine the eggs, evaporated milk, pure vanilla extract and salt. Beat well until all ingredients are combined.

  3. Setting the mixer speed to low, add in the yeast mixture to the egg mixture.

  4. While still on low, mix in 3 cups of bread flour.

  5. Add the shortening and continue to mix before adding the remaining 3 1/2 cups bread flour. Be sure not to over mix.

  6. Knead the dough until it is smooth (not stiff). Place the dough in a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap.  Set the bowl in a warm area and let it rise for 2 hours.

  7. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/4″ thick.  Add 2 cups of crushed oreos on top of rolled out dough. Fold in the oreos, and reroll the dough out on the service (1/4# thick)

  8. Slice into 2″ squares with a pizza cutter. Using your hands roll the squares into perfectly round balls.

  9. Heat corn oil (a dutch oven works best) until the temperature reaches 350 degrees (or very hot)

  10. Place a few beignet balls in the oil, and watch them fry. Be sure to turn them so they fry evenly.

  11. Remove from heat and set on a plated covered by a paper towel. Once all beignets have been fried, add spread the confectioners sugar on a baking sheet, and have fun coating the beignets!

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Home-Cooked : Fried Oreo Beignets

Much to the dismay of my waistline, my sweet tooth is a little bit out of control. Although I have made solid attempts to curb my cravings, when presented with options that include a high sugar content, I simply cannot resist. As was the case on a recent late-night outing with a friend.

As we concluded our meal, the server handed us the dessert menu and posed  the age old question, "Did you save room for dessert?" Although my stomach was sending signals of satiation to my brain, my eyes zeroed in on one item, the "Oreo Beignets." That was all she wrote.

The fried dessert served with a side of dulce de leche ice cream was heaven, and my sweet tooth was quickly soothed. An instant fan, I scoured the internet for recipes so I could attempt to recreate the dish at home. With some small edits, I found a simple recipe involving bisquick, crushed oreos and oreo filling (for glaze). My partner, Mark, gave two thumbs up to my creation, and it may begin to make frequent appearances in our home.

The recipe (which yields 5-6 servings) can be found below. Happy eating!

Fried Oreo Beignets Recipe

Prep Time: 15 mins| Cook Time: 15 minutes (Approx. 2-3 mins per beignet) | Total Time:  30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup crushed Oreos (filling removed and placed in a microwave safe bowl)
  • 1 pack "Bisquick Complete" (7.5 oz bag)
  • 1/3 Cup Hot Water
  • Canola Oil

Instructions

  1. Take approximately 10-12 Oreos and remove filling (place in a microwaves safe bowl and put to the side for later use).
  2. Place Oreos in a 1 gallon plastic bag and use your hands crush the cookies into smaller pieces. Measure 1 cup of crushed cookies and place to the side.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the pack of Bisquick with the hot water stirring with a wooden spoon until it becomes a dough-like consistency that is easy to handle.
  4. Take a small handful (about a quarter cup) and flatten dough in your hand. Place a spoonful of crushed Oreos in the center. 
  5. Fold dough over crushed Oreos and mold the dough into small balls (Oreos should be completely surrounded by the dough.)
  6. Repeat beignet making process until there is no remaining dough (approximately 5-6 beignets).
  7. To fry, heat the canola oil in a medium sized sauce pan (about 2 inches deep) on medium heat until hot (375 degrees). 
  8. Place uncooked beignets in pan. Watch closely as they will cook very quickly ( within 2 - 3 minutes).
  9. When the dough turns a golden brown, it means they are done!
  10. For the topping, place bowl of oreo filling in the microwave for 1 minute or until fully melted. Use a spoon to drizzle topping over hot beignets.

These were absolutely wonderful and are best served FRESH out of the fryer!