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Just a warning, I am mildly (err um…heavily) excited about this post. Prepare yourself.

Gingerbread Surprise Beignets with Spiced Mocha Hot Chocolate | @hbharvest

You guys, you guys, you guys!

I made us maybe the best thing ever this holiday season and I am so giddy with joy over them that my brain actually cannot think of words to say. I mean, I have so many to say, but I am a teensy, tiny bit fearful of annoying you all with so much cheesy Christmas talk that I will try to hold back… a little.

Gingerbread Surprise Beignets with Spiced Mocha Hot Chocolate | @hbharvest

Gingerbread Surprise Beignets with Spiced Mocha Hot Chocolate | @hbharvest

Here’s the thing, there are a lot of months throughout the year that I struggle with developing recipes. Sometimes I have a ton of savory dishes that I cannot wait to make, but then I have zero ideas for sweets and then visa versa. Sometimes, I just have nothing new or nothing I am all that excited about sharing with you guys. I figure it out, but sometimes it’s a bit of work and a lot of brainstorming. But suddenly December rolls around and I have ideas like no other time of the year. Actually, I have had ideas for December since July because that is when my crazy, annoying head starts to dream about Christmas again.

I know. Seriously, I know. You do not have to say it.

Gingerbread Surprise Beignets with Spiced Mocha Hot Chocolate | @hbharvest

This December it seems I have a list as longs as Santa’s when it comes to desserts and sweet things. Oh my gosh, I love it.

And hey, December is really all about the sweet stuff anyway. That’s why it’s the best time of the year!

Gingerbread Surprise Beignets with Spiced Mocha Hot Chocolate | @hbharvest

So I just need to tell you all about these gingerbread beignets…and then the hot chocolate, but beignets first. No matter what, whether you like gingerbread or not, you will like these. You just will.

They are fried, they taste like Christmas AND they may or may not have a little surprise inside. Ah ha. I totally stuffed some Nutella into half of the beignets I made and we all agreed the chocolate beignets are the way to go. Chocolate is always the way to go. <–Learning life lessons here people.

Gingerbread Surprise Beignets with Spiced Mocha Hot Chocolate | @hbharvest

These are just as simple as any other beignet recipe only we are adding molasses, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Also known as the smells of Christmas and yes, the dough smells incredible!

They honestly could not be more perfect. Just a light dusting of powdered sugar and a dip through some hot cocoa and you’re in for a warm winter treat. No really.

Gingerbread Surprise Beignets with Spiced Mocha Hot Chocolate | @hbharvest

Gingerbread Surprise Beignets with Spiced Mocha Hot Chocolate | @hbharvest

Which brings me to the hot chocolate. You simply just cannot eat the beignets without a piping mug of hot cocoa, you just can’t.

I actually have a few hot chocolate recipes I want to share this month, but this is the perfect one for today. It’s creamy, silky and perfectly chocolatey. The mocha, while very subtle, just makes the chocolate shine and the pinch of cinnamon ties it together with the beignets. I am telling you – sinfully good.

Gingerbread Surprise Beignets with Spiced Mocha Hot Chocolate | @hbharvest

If you plan on making these (which of course you really should), may I suggest you make them on the snowiest day possible? I know not all of you live in snowy locations, but if you do, wait for the snow. Snow makes desserts like this just magical. You can eat a beignet (or two or three) and slowly enjoy a giant mug of hot chocolate all while sitting by the fire with the tree lit up and music playing.

Doesn’t that sound so peaceful? Oh my gosh, if that could ever happen in real life I’d be so pleased. Can’t you telling I am just itching for some peace and quiet? Too many people in this house still. Barns almost done though. Can’t believe it. Nervous and excited all at the same time!

For everyone in warm places. Umm, use your imagination and decorate galore. That’s always fun too! then just kick back in the glow of your colored lights and relax with warm beignets and cocoa!

Gingerbread Surprise Beignets with Spiced Mocha Hot Chocolate | @hbharvest

Finally, thank God it is Friday. I am going to sleep. Seriously.

Gingerbread Surprise Beignets with Spiced Mocha Hot Chocolate | @hbharvest

Remember that cold I was telling you about yesterday? It kind of sort of turned into a not so nice cold and I really just want to sleep all day and night. Probably will not be able to do that because I do not have the gene that my brothers seem have that allows them to sleep all day and night. But I can try. I’ll probably just end up realizing it’s pointless though. Then I’ll go make gingerbread beignets and spiced hot cocoa because that’s just what I do.

Gingerbread Surprise Beignets with Spiced Mocha Hot Chocolate | @hbharvest

Gingerbread Surprise Beignets with Spiced Mocha Hot Chocolate | @hbharvest

Gingerbread Surprise Beignets with Spiced Mocha Hot Chocolate.

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Rest 2 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 24 Beignets
Calories Per Serving: 152 kcal

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Spiced Mocha Hot Chocolate



  • Mix the yeast, brown sugar and water in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook. Let sit for 10 minutes and allow the yeast to proof, it will foam up. Once the yeast is ready, add the eggs, salt, buttermilk, melted butter, molasses and vanilla.
  • Add 2 1/2 cups flour, the ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and all-spice, mix on medium until combined. Continue adding the remaining 1/2 cup of flour slowly until it is all incorporated. Dough will be sticky. At this point begin adding a tablespoon of flour at a time until the dough pulls away from the sides and forms a smooth ball (about 4-6 minutes). If you don’t have a mixer or would rather knead the dough with you hands, place the dough on a floured surface and knead until smooth, adding a little more flour as needed (about 8-10 minutes). The dough may still be a bit sticky, but shouldn’t be overly so.
  • Spray a bowl with cooking spray and place the dough inside, cover with some plastic wrap on top. Let rise for 2 hours in a warm spot. When the dough is ready place the dough on a lightly floured surface and roll out into a square or rectangle.
  • To make unstuffed beignets: Roll to 1/4 inch thick. Use a pizza cutter, knife or pastry cutter to cut the dough into 3×3 inch squares (about 25 squares).
  • To make Nutella stuffed beignets: When the dough is ready place the dough on a lightly floured surface and roll out into a square or rectangle. Roll to 1/8 inch thick. Use a knife or pastry cutter to cut into 3×3 inch squares (about 50 squares).
  • Scoop out a scant teaspoon of Nutella and place in the middle of a square. Gently place another square on top and pinch the sides together. Fold each side in about 1/4 inch and pinch again. It is VERY important that the beignet is well sealed. If not, it could pop open while it fries and all the filling will spill out!*
  • Place a deep, heavy bottom pot on the stove and add enough oil to fill the pot about 1 to 1 1/2 inches deep. Turn the burner to medium and preheat the oil to 350 degrees F. I would recommend using an instant read thermometer so you know the exact temperature at all times.
  • Once the oil is ready, fry 4-6 beignets at a time depending on the size of your pot. Use a slotted spoon to flip them over every 30 seconds. Fry for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown on both sides. If they are taking longer than 3 minutes to brown you need to turn your burner up and make sure your oil is at the correct temperature. Remove with the slotted spoon and place on paper towels to drain. Repeat with remaining squares. Dust the warm beignets with powdered sugar on both sides.

Hot Chocolate

  • In a small bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, sugar, cinnamon, instant coffee and salt. Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the milk and cream. Bring it to a simmer, stirring every few minutes. Sprinkle the dry chocolate mixture over the hot milk, turning the heat down to low. Whisk continuously until smooth (do not let it boil), then whisk in the chopped chocolate and vanilla extract.

To serve

  • Serve the warm beignets with a big mug of hot chocolate...enjoy by the fire while listening to Christmas music. Obviously.

Gingerbread Surprise Beignets with Spiced Mocha Hot Chocolate | @hbharvest

Santa would be so proud, don’t cha think?

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  1. I’ve been following your blog for over a year now and have been meaning to comment. This hot coco is amazing! I made it tonight after we decorated the tree. It was perfect. I make a lot of your recipes and they are always a hit. Can’t wait for your cookbook!

  2. Not only do these looks completely fabulous and I want to stuff them in my face RIGHT NOW (yes, in January), I just love how emphatic your writing is– like, you are 100% convinced about every single thing you said *and I believe it*. Now I have an urgent need to leave work on my second day back and make these, so thanks for that. 😉

  3. How well do these hold over? I was thinking I could bake them on Christmas eve for everyone for breakfast on Christmas day.

    1. They are best right after frying, but can be gently re-heated the next day, so i think that will work fine. Hope you love these!

  4. WOWZA – I must say I got heavily excited just from reading the title of your post – before even seeing the photos. I adore both beignets and gingerbread so this is just a little slice of heaven right here. Pinning right now!

  5. Heck yes.. these look amazing! Gingerbread + nutella + silky hot chocolate to top it all off? Dying here 🙂

  6. Not only does this recipe sounds amazing, your photography is out of this world! I live in a snowy area and I want this so, so bad!!

  7. This is happening at my house for Christmas morning breakfast, no question! (And also tomorrow morning because it can’t hurt to test it out, right?) Beautiful pics and ideas, as always! <3

  8. These are off the charts, Tieghan! If you wanted to “surprise” me with some of these by mailing them to me, I totally wouldn’t mind at all! 🙂

  9. I miss NOLA and during the holidays, I miss it even more. These beignets are perfect and brought back great memories. Seriously though you could give Cafe du Monde and Morning Call a run for their money 🙂

  10. Holy crap… These look absolutely stunning. No words at the awesomeness in this post. I cant wait to make these!

  11. When my sister lived in Mississippi I would travel down to the French Quarters–my first stop was always the Beignet shop (then a pasta restaurant–lol). I haven’t made these in years but this might be a good time because these look really good.
    Have a great weekend–popcorn and Christmas movies sounds good.

    1. Thanks so much, Nancy! That sounds pretty delicious!!

      Oh and popcorn and Christmas music sounds beyond perfect!

  12. Holly molly! You never cease to inspire me with your recipes and your styling. What a beautiful display of beignets.
    Hope you feel better..

  13. Okay, I changed my mind about everything else. I want these for Christmas! Soooo not only are your photos insanely amazing but this recipe…..there are no words! Two recipes! Killing me!

  14. YES to these and to Christmas enthusiasm! I start thinking about Christmas in July, too. It’s my absolute favorite. These beignets and that hot chocolate look killer!

  15. OH my goodness. Love love love. I’ve been making hot chocolate like a crazy person lately and this looks fantastic. Hope you feel better!

    1. The beignets are best right away, but I kept serving them warmed in the microwave for about 20 seconds for 3-4 days. Hope you love these!

  16. Everything about this is wonderful! The beignets look amazing, the photos are stunning, and your holiday spirit is contagious!

  17. Tieghan. This post slayed me……..WHAAAAAAT!!!! You never cease to blow me away with your recipes, styling and photography. Definitely giving this a go and looking forward to the powdered sugar tornado!! 😀 Thank you for sharing it!! (And those mugs!! I NEED!! Where from??)

    1. THANK YOU!!!! Seriously, I envy your ability to style photos and your creativeness, so this comment make me smile 🙂

      The mugs are from Williams-sonoma. Have a great weekend!

  18. I really can’t think of any better way to kick Friday off. My mouth is watering and craving chocolate now!

  19. These look so good and I must have them immediately! You make me feel all Christmasy with this post 🙂 Love these and want to make them ASAP!

  20. Oh my word Tieghan – I HAVE to make these. My daughter was in New Orleans in March and has a thing for beignets. Whoa – and that hot chocolate in the mug – I can’t even. BUT where did you get that great scarf???

    1. Thanks Kathy! I believe the scarf is from American Eagle, but it’s my moms and she got it a few years back.
      Have a great weekend!

  21. Love that you get so into the Christmas spirit! And I can practically taste these beignets, they look so good!

  22. OH. MY. GAH! THESE ARE INSAYNNEEE! I have been so obsessed with all things Molasses lately…and I adore beignets. I mean, who doesn’t. Everything deep fried is tasty.
    And that hot chocolate? Send it to me NAOW pls 🙂

  23. I am so in love wth these! I’m one of those people in the warmer climates but I’ve gotten really good at pretending for the holidays that it’s not actually summer. I want to make these so bad. I bet they make the whole house smell like Christmas!

  24. Those beignets are screaming Christmas to me…you can almost smell that gingerbread. I’ve got to conquer my fear of frying soon..Please give us an entire barn post soon…can’t wait to see what you’ve done with it so excited for you…take care of yourself and get some rest.

    1. Thanks Lisa! Post soonish, but probably not before Christmas. Nothing done yet and things are crazy!

      Thank you for the kind words and I hope you are having a great weekend!

  25. I made beignets a few years ago from a mix. Nothing to brag about. These look wonderful. Hope you feel better soon.

    1. Homemade, like completely homemade will trump the stuff from the mix. Thanks Charlotte and I hope you are having a great weekend! 🙂

  26. Wow!! I am at work now, but after reading your post, I just want to leave everything, run home and make these beauties immediately. You ‘drew’ such a wonderful and tasty picture for our imagination. 🙂
    I have to confess, not only I never made the beignets before, I never tried them either 🙁 The recipe sounds wonderful and I can not wait to try it. 🙂