Beignets and Hot Cocoa

Quick and Easy Recipes from Our Newlywed Kitchen

Family Serving Size

Tools: large bowl, whisk, mixer, rolling pin, pizza cutter, electric skillet


3/4 cup warm water

11/4 teaspoons active dry yeast

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup whole milk

1 egg, beaten

3/4 teaspoon salt

31/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons vegetable shortening (melted)

Vegetable oil (for frying)

Powdered sugar (for dusting)


Add yeast, warm water, and sugar to a large mixing bowl. Stir gently to combine. Let sit for 15 minutes until the mixture becomes foamy. Whisk in milk, egg, salt. Stir in half the flour or if using a stand mixer attach the paddle and place it on low to medium speed. Mix in melted shortening and the other half of the flour. Stir with a spoon until you can use your hands to knead or add dough hook and place it on medium speed until the dough is smooth. Remove dough and place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a towel and place in a warm area on the counter for two hours. The dough will double in size.

Frying Directions:

Pour vegetable oil in a deep electric skillet to a 2-inch depth and preheat to 375°. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Flour a rolling pin and roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into 21/2 inch squares with a pizza cutter. Fry 8 squares at a time, flipping after 45 seconds. Continue flipping until both sides are a light golden brown, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and place on a paper towel-lined platter to absorb excess oil. Dust heavily with powdered sugar. Serve immediately.


Hot Cocoa

Based on a recipe by Aunt Betty Jean

Multiple servings: (use through the winter)


8-quart box powdered milk

7 oz jar of powdered creamer

2 lb box of Nestle Nesquik

1 cup confectioner’s sugar

1 tsp salt


In a large bowl mix all ingredients together. Use 1/4 cup of cocoa mixture to 6 oz hot water or whole milk. 

Option: Add a dash of cayenne pepper for some added heat or a dollop of whipped cream for a cool and delicious presentation.

Enjoy these recipes with someone you love.

Hugs out!  Laura

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