Both beignets and zeppole are fried pastries, but they originated from different countries and have slight variations in their preparation. Beignets are a French delicacy that was introduced to Louisiana by French settlers. They are made from a yeast dough that is rolled, cut into squares or rectangles, fried, and topped with powdered sugar. Zeppole, on the other hand, are Italian pastries associated with St. Joseph's Day. They are made from a sticky choux pastry mixture, spoon-dropped or piped into oil, and fried. Zeppole can be topped with powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, or granulated sugar, and can also have various fillings.