Heart-Shaped Valentine’s Beignets Recipe With Delicious Filling

Getting ready for V-day? Then you don’t want to skip these delicious, romantic, and flavor-filled Valentine’s beignets. These do take some time to make but are still super easy with my step-by-step guide today. They are uber soft and fluffy, and some of them are loaded with a rich, creamy Nutella filling.

Keesha holding Beignets

And you can serve them with any one of my other Valentine’s day-inspired meals! You can try this Valentine’s Day Vegan Smoothie or these Valentine’s Day Oreo Pops.

What Are Valentine’s Beignets?

Simply put, beignets are a classic type of French pastry that closely resembles a donut. 

The yeast-leavened dough is super fluffy, soft, and slightly spongey to create a classic donut texture and flavor. What makes them slightly different is that they are usually filled with a super creamy filling (of any flavor) and heavily dusted with powdered sugar.

These are the perfect snacks to make for Valentine’s day. While the process takes some time, it’s still incredibly easy if you follow my guide. Check out my other beignets recipes, like Beignets Princess and The Frog (No Yeast) or Princess Tiana’s Famous Beignets.

Valentine’s Beignets

Ingredients

Here is a breakdown of each ingredient in the beignet recipe and why they create an amazing end result!

For the beignet dough

Lukewarm Water: Lukewarm water helps to activate the yeast, which is essential for the dough to rise.

Yeast: Yeast is what gives beignets their fluffy, airy texture. The yeast reacts with sugar and water to produce carbon dioxide bubbles which help the pastries rise during baking.

Flour: Flour adds structure to the pastry and helps give it its bouncy texture. All-purpose flour is specially formulated with high protein levels to enable the dough to rise during frying or baking.

Salt: Adding salt to this recipe helps bring out the sweetness of other ingredients as well as give it that classic beignet taste. Salt also evens out any bitterness from the yeast in the batter.

Sugar: Sugar is essential for activating the yeast, allowing it to react and rise, which makes for a light, airy pastry. It’s also important for creating sweetness without adding too much extra liquid or fat to the batter.

Buttermilk: Buttermilk gives the dough a light, velvety texture and also adds flavor.

Vanilla Extract: A little bit of vanilla extract adds an extra level of flavor complexity to your beignets.

Melted butter: Melted butter adds flavor and moisture to the dough while also giving it a buttery richness when fried.

Eggs: Eggs add richness and depth of flavor as well as create a lightness and tender texture when added to beignets.

ingredients Heart-Shaped Beignets

For the filling and garnishes

Heavy Cream: Heavy cream is what makes your beignets creamy and rich! You can add this directly into your filling or whip it up separately for a different type of garnish on top.

Nutella: Nutella is a delicious addition to any pastry. Be sure not to go overboard with it though! It’s great in small amounts as part of your filling or even as an extra drizzle on top once they’re done baking.

Powdered Sugar: Sprinkle some powdered sugar over your finished beignets before serving for an extra sweet touch!

How To Make Heart-Shaped Beignets

To make heart-shaped beignets, start by preheating your oven to 200ºF (93ºC). In the bowl of a stand mixer, or in a large bowl, combine lukewarm water, sugar, and active dry yeast. Stir gently and leave to rest for 10 minutes until the yeast starts foaming.

bowl with water, sugar, and active dry yeast.

Next, add beaten egg, buttermilk, melted cooled butter, vanilla extract, salt, and mix well together.

all the wet ingredients for the beignets

Add in a small portion of the sifted flour while the mixer is running or while you are mixing with your hands. Knead until a smooth surface area is reached.

Mixing the wet ingredients with the four

Transfer the dough to an oiled oven-proof bowl and cover it with plastic or cloth. Leave it inside the cooling oven with the door slightly open for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

 rised beignets dough

Remove the dough from the oven and roll it out on a lightly floured surface till 1/4 inch thick. Use a 2-inch heart cookie cutter to form the beignets.

cut a 2-inch heart cookie cutter to form beignets

Place them on a lined baking tray and put them back into the cooling oven for 20 minutes or until they double in size.

beignets in a baking tray back into the cooling oven for 20 minutes

Preheat the frying oil to 360ºF (180ºC) and fry the beignets in batches for 30-60 seconds per side until golden brown. Place the beignets onto paper towels to drain excess oil before leaving them to cool for a few minutes.

frying beignets in batches

If you go for the filling as well, prepare the Nutella filling by whipping heavy cream until light and fluffy, then combine it with a beaten Nutella mixture.

whipping heavy cream and Nutella mixture.

Place the resulting creamy filling into a piping bag and fill each heart-shaped beignet with it through a small hole poked in the side.

fill each heart-shaped beignets with nutella

Add some powdered sugar on top and either serve them warm or let them cool down.

Nuttela filled heart-shaped beignet

Tips And Tricks For These Valentine’s Beignets Recipe

  • If your dough is still too sticky after adding the initial amount of flour, add a tablespoon extra at a time. Don’t add too much or it will get too dense.
  • It helps to lightly dust your cookie cutter with flour before cutting the beignets. This simply prevents the dough from sticking to it and creates a beautiful, clean shape.
  • You must avoid over-filling the pot when frying the beignets. If you do, they will cook unevenly and may not even puff up at all. You need that instant high heat that helps the treats get that lift during the initial 10-15 seconds. The remaining cooking time just helps the dough cook and the exterior get a crispy texture.
  • You can technically use any type of filling that you’d like. I love a classic chocolate filling for a romantic Valentine’s day beignet. But a custard-based filling (like creme patisserie) will also work great! And, if you want to go all-in, you can color it red or pink to portray that Valentine’s Day theme!

Variations

This recipe works perfectly also without filling, I usually fill up a few beignets to have 2 kinds of beignet flavors.

Also, don’t hesitate to explore beyond your beignets’ charming, medium-sized heart shapes. While the romantic heart form is a delightful choice, venturing into other designs can add extra fun and creativity to your baking.

Mini Heart-Smile Beignets: One of my personal favorites is the Heart-smile shape, which brings a touch of good vibes to the table.

To create a smiley face using a heart-shaped cutter, first cut out the dough with the heart cutter. Then, make a small slit at the bottom point of the heart – this will be the smiling mouth. For the eyes, remove two small rounds from the top lobes of the heart. This transformation turns the heart shape into a delightful smiley face, perfect for spreading joy on special occasions or any day that needs a little cheer.

Decorating Ideas: After frying, you can add an extra layer of fun by decorating your beignets. A dusting of powdered sugar is classic, but feel free to drizzle them with a glaze, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, or even adorn with edible flowers for an elegant touch.

hearty-smile shapes beignets

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FAQs

Why did my Valentine’s beignets not puff up?

This can happen for two reasons. The first is that you overworked the dough, which makes it denser and less fluffy. The second is that you overloaded the fryer. If the oil isn’t hot enough because you added too many beignets, they cannot rise quickly and set into place.

Should beignets be chewy?

Kind of, but not chewy like a bagel. Remember, beignets are a type of donut. So they will be chewy to some extent. But if they are too chewy, your ingredient ratio is off, or you overworked the dough.

Are beignets served hot or cold?


There are a few things better than freshly made hot Valentine’s day beignets. That being said, you can also eat them once they have cooled. As long as they are as fresh as they can be, you will enjoy them regardless!

HEART-SHAPED VALENTINE’S BEIGNETS.

Heart-Shaped Valentine’s Beignets Recipe With Delicious Filling

Keesha
These heart-shaped Valentine's beignets are the cutest romantic treat for your loved one. They're soft, spongey, and slightly chewy, loaded with a rich creamy Nutella filling.
5 from 36 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 240 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the beignet dough

  • 3/4 cup lukewarm water
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1 3/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 large egg, room temperature, beaten
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 4 tbsp melted butter, cooled to room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of fine salt
  • 3 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, sifted

For the filling and garnishes Optional

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup Nutella
  • 4 tbsp powdered sugar, sifted

Instructions
 

Make the beignet dough

  • First, preheat your oven to 200ºF (93ºC).
  • Next, combine the lukewarm water, sugar, and active dry yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer. Give them a gentle stir and leave them to rest for 10 minutes. The yeast will start foaming as it activates.
  • After 10 minutes, add the beaten egg, buttermilk, melted cooled butter, vanilla extract, and salt.
  • Attach the dough hook to the mixer or use your hands. Slowly add the sifted flour in three additions while the mixer is slowly running.
  • Knead the ingredients until your dough starts coming together. When it pulls away from the sides of the mixer bowl and has a completely smooth surface area, it has kneaded for long enough. See tips on adjusting the consistency of the dough.
  • Remove the dough from the mixer bowl and add it to a separate lightly oiled oven-proof bowl. Cover the dough with plastic or cloth.
  • Now, switch off your oven and place the bowl inside. Leave the door slightly open. Your dough will proof for roughly 15-20 minutes.

Shape the beignets

  • Once your dough has proven, you can remove it from the cooling oven.
  • Sprinkle some flour on the suface and shape the dough into a square. Then, roll it until it's about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Use a 2-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter and cut out some beignets.
  • Place them onto a lined baking tray. Once they are all on the tray, leave them inside the cooling oven for another 30 minutes. The should rise and become slightly golden. Again, leave the oven door slightly open.

Fry your beignets

  • Preheat your frying oil to 360ºF (180ºC).
  • When your beignets are puffed up, add them to the heated oil for roughly 30-60 seconds. Flip them over and leave them to fry on the other side for another 30-60 seconds. They can be flipped/removed when they become golden brown.
  • Once cooked, place them on a stack of paper towels to drain the excess oil. Let them cool down for a few minutes.

Make the filling and assemble

  • While your beignets are cooling, prepare the filling.
  • Whip the heavy cream until it has become light and fluffy, about medium-stiff peaks.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the Nutella so that it becomes smooth and creamy.
  • Fold the whipped cream into the Nutella mixture in small additions. After every addition, you should work more gently. If you overwork this mixture, it won't be as fluffy as it can be.
  • Once the filling has been made, place it into a piping bag.
  • Poke a small hole in the side of each heart-shaped beignet. Place the tip/nozzle of the piping bag into the hole and carefully fill it with your creamy Nutella filling.
  • Once filled, dust each beignet with powdered sugar and serve them warm or cooled.

Nutrition

Calories: 240kcalCarbohydrates: 75gProtein: 9gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 168mgPotassium: 146mgFiber: 10gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 647IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 185mgIron: 6mg
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5 Comments

  1. Tamira Houston says:

    5 stars
    I agree this is a perfect recipe for Valentine’s Day I love donuts and I also like raspberry filling these look really good thanks for sharing your recipe these look like there are a lot of fun to make if I learn to make these I can have Donuts anytime I want thanks so much for sharing your wonderful recipe

  2. Homemade treats are the best. I know my grandkids will devour these cute little heart-shaped beignets. The will be the hit of the day.

  3. 5 stars
    These heart shaped beignets are incredible!!

  4. 5 stars
    Oh!!! These beignets are adorable! I will definitely make them for Valentine’s Day!

  5. 5 stars
    I am beyond excited for this recipe!! SO perfect for Valentines Day and my kids are going to love this!!