Orange-Sugar Fried Beignets

Serves 32 donut holes


  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Zest of 1 orange 
  • 2 cups sugar (in various colors such as purple, yellow and green)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 1 container (for 8 large biscuits) store-bought buttermilk biscuit dough 
  • 1/2 cup agave or honey thinned with a little water

Place oil in a deep pan until it comes about halfway up the side of the pan. Heat to 350°F.

Place orange zest, sugar and cinnamon in a shallow bowl or plate, and stir to combine; set aside. 

Cut biscuits into quarters and roll into balls to form 32 donut holes. Working in batches, place donut holes in the hot oil and fry until golden, about 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer the hot donuts to a paper towel to drain. 

In a shallow bowl or plate, roll the warm donuts in the agave or thinned out honey. Toss in spiced colored sugar and serve immediately.