Beignets are normally fried but, I prefer baked…they have less fat and taste just as good, if not better Beignets have become my daughter new favorite food. So, for her birthday sleepover party I baked up a batch of smaller bite sized beignets for her and her friends.
I prepared the dough the night before. I let the dough rise for about 1 hour, then covered and refrigerated until morning.
I removed the dough and let it sit out to come to room temperature. This took about 45 minutes but mostly because it was a cold morning. You could put the dough in the oven to proof again.
Once the dough was warm again. I flipped it out onto a lightly floured counter. Rolled it out into a large rectangle shape.
Using a pizza cutter, I sliced the dough into 2 inch strips.
After cutting the dough into 2 by 2 inch squares, cover and let rise for 30 minutes. Place risen squares on baking sheet that has been lightly coated with cooking spray.
Bake for 7-10 minutes, or until lightly golden.
You will love these baked beignet bites, they are delicious little square pillows that you can pop in your mouth.