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Elephant Ears recipe

Elephant Ears

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword elephant-ears, elephant-ears-recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Rise time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 10 servings (may vary)
Calories 401kcal


  • 1 ½ cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoon granulated sugar divided
  • 6 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 (¼ oz each) packets rapid rise yeast
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 quart vegetable or peanut oil for frying


  • To make dough: In a small saucepan, combine milk, salt, butter and 2 tablespoons of sugar on medium heat. Heat while stirring until butter melts and sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, Let cool until warm, about 110°F. Sprinkle yeast on top and let sit for 10 minutes until mixture is foamy and yeast has bloomed.
  • Pour mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook. Add vanilla. Mix on low gradually adding the flour until a dough forms. Once all is added, increase the speed and knead for 5 minutes, or until smooth and dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. (Alternately, knead by hand on a lightly floured non-stick surface.)
  • Cover bowl with a damp cloth and let rise 45-60 minutes or until it has doubled in size. Combine cinnamon and reserved 6 tablespoon of sugar, set aside.
  • To fry: In a large pot or 12 inch deep skillet, heat 2-3 inches of oil to 360-365°F. Keep roughly in this range.
  • Pinch balls of dough about the size of an egg. Roll out into thin sheets. Drop into oil and fry for 1-2 minutes per side or just until puffed and golden. (It may take less time depending on the oil temp and thickness)
  • Drain on paper towels and immediately sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Serve and enjoy. (May brush with melted butter if desired, then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.)


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 401kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 251mg | Potassium: 113mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 274IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 2mg