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Elephant Ears

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Updated May 17, 2018
15 Min

These huge pastries look as crazy as they taste! Elephant Ears are loaded with cinnamon-sugary goodness.

What You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 (17.25-ounce) package frozen puff pastry dough, thawed
  • 1 egg, beaten

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat baking sheets with cooking spray.
  2. In a shallow bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon; mix well and set aside.
  3. Place 2 sheets of pastry dough side by side lengthwise on a work surface and pinch middle seam together. Brush dough with some beaten egg then sprinkle with 5 tablespoons cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  4. Starting with one narrow end, roll up jelly roll-style into the center; repeat with the other end. Slice into 1/2-inch pieces. Brush one side of each slice with remaining beaten egg and dip in remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place coated-side up on prepared baking sheets. 
  5. Bake 15 minutes, or until golden. Allow to cool 5 minutes then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.


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This is a true Elephanr Ear recipe. When sweet bread dough is shaped and fried, it is call Indian Fry Bread.

When I was growing up in California, I had similar cookies that were sold in bakeries and bakery trucks but they were called Palmiers. Later, some bakeries, including grocery store bakeries, began selling them as Elephant Ears, but they were still the Puff Pastry-type cookies that I still call Palmiers. I never had the Elephant Ears that were made from dough.

The elephant ears I've had is just plain bread dough. Take a ball a little bit bigger than a golf ball, stretch it out - there will be holes in it - drop it in hot grease. When golden brown, remove from grease and add what you want on it such as butter, (ya, more grease but good) cinnamon sugar and/or powdered sugar.

These are cookies. Not the Elephant Ears you get at the circus or carnivals etc. I use to work a food wagon and make Elephant Ears. The secret is doughnut dough! Pinch off a piece of dough about the size of a baseball. Let rise. Roll out to about 1/8th of an inch thick into a big oblong type circle. Fry in hot oil (about 350) until golden brown on each side, drain on paper towel. While still warm, lightly brush with melted butter, then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture.

I will added finely chopped pecans.

I was so excited when I saw this recipe last week. Ran out and bought the puff pastry and made them. While they tasted great, I also added chopped walnuts, huge is NOT what they were. They did puff up some, and were large cookie size, they were nothing like what the elephant ears you buy in a bakery are like.

Go under and do a search for elephant ears, you will see how the cookies turn out. If you like walnuts, sprinkle some walnuts over the cinnamon/sugar mixture before rolling together.

You roll the dough from each side making two rolls . Each roll have the outside edges inside the roll. You should have two rolls that touch in the center.

I also am confused. Need a video!!!

check out mini elephant ears at Mr. Food there is a picture of them, so you get the idea how they are made

Need a video for this one. Want to make this recipe, however, after reading it....I'm not sure I understand what to do....or how the elephant ears get formed. Must puff up large when baking....still confused!

why is there no photo? the recipe is a little confusing.


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