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French Coffee & Beignet Ice Cream Sandwiches


  • For Beignets:
  • 1 (1/4 oz.) packet active dry yeast
  • 1½ cups warm water (about 110°F)
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 7 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • For Beignet Ice Cream Sandwiches:
  • Sifted powdered sugar, as needed
  • French roast coffee ice cream scoops, as needed

Prep Time:

24 hours

Cook Time:

5 minutes


Imagine warm Café du Monde-style beignets topped with a mountain of delicate powdered sugar and rich French roast coffee, right in your own home. Now imagine those wonderful flavors paired together in a delicious ice cream sandwich!

Makes 6 dozen

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Foodie Byte: For breakfast beignets, pair with rich dark French roast coffee served Au Lait-style mixed half and half with warm milk.


  1. For Beignets:
  2. In bowl of heavy-duty stand mixer, completely dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand 5 minutes.
  3. Add evaporated milk, sugar, eggs and salt; beat on low speed until fully blended.
  4. Add 4 cups flour; beat on low speed until smooth. Add shortening and beat until fully blended. Add remaining 3 cups of flour and beat on low speed until a sticky dough forms.
  5. Transfer dough to a greased bowl, cover and refrigerate overnight (up to 24 hours).
  6. On a floured surface, roll out dough ¼-inch thick. Cut into 2½ inch squares.
  7. Heat oil in a heavy Dutch oven or home deep fryer to 360°. Working in small batches, gently lower dough into oil. Fry on both sides until golden brown. Drain.
  8. Generously dust in powdered sugar.
  9. For Beignet Ice Cream Sandwiches:
  10. Slice each beignet in half for sandwiches; place 1 scoop coffee ice cream in each beignet. Dust with powdered sugar.