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Overnight Gingerbread Beignets

These Overnight Gingerbread Beignets are sweet, light, fluffy, perfectly spiced, and SO. GOOD. It's the perfect treat to celebrate the holiday's!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Additional Time12 hrs
Total Time12 hrs 40 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Southern
Servings: 15
Calories: 251kcal
Author: Traci



  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons SAF gold instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 Tablespoons salted butter
  • cup sugar
  • ¾ cup boiling water
  • ½ cup molasses
  • ¾ cup evaporated milk
  • 1 egg
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Spiced Sugar

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon gingerbread spice


  • In a small bowl, combine butter and sugar.
  • Pour boiling water over the top of the butter and sugar mixture and stir until butter dissolves.
  • Mix in molasses.
  • Stir in evaporated milk and set aside to cool.
  • While mixture is cooling, combine flour, yeast, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and nutmeg in the bowl of an electric mixer,
  • When milk mixture has cooled to lukewarm, beat in egg.
  • Pour over flour mixture and knead until dough is smooth, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Place dough in a covered container that has been sprayed with cooking spray and refrigerate overnight.
  • The next morning, combine powdered sugar and gingerbread spice. Set aside.
  • Pour 2-3 inches of oil in a Dutch oven or deep cast iron skillet, and heat oil to 360 degrees.
  • While oil is heating, roll out dough to 1/4" on a floured surface.
  • Cut out shapes, brushing off excess flour and re-rolling scraps as necessary.
  • Place beignets in hot oil, not more than 2 or 3 at a time.
  • When beignets float to top, turn over and brown on other side, 1-2 minutes.
  • Drain thoroughly and coat with spiced powdered sugar mixture.
  • Serve immediately.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 45mg | Potassium: 265mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 118IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 2mg