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A fun and super easy treat, these Elephant Ears Recipe are a tasty fair food classic that is sweet, crispy, and absolutely delicious.

Elephant Ears Recipe layered in metal tray.

I love fair season and Elephant Ears are a staple that we always get, but why wait until you can go to the fair when you can make them easily at home.

We love whipping up this recipe, it is an absolute favorite in our house and we make them all year long. With a crispy and chewy texture, they are super tasty.

One of those recipes that once you have tried it, you are going to want all the time. That is why I had to show you how to easily make them at home.

They take minimal ingredients and time and that is the best part! These take less than 20 minutes and 7-8 ingredients that you most likely have on hand!

So tell me why there is a reason you shouldn’t make this Elephant Ears Recipe? There really isn’t one, at least we cannot think of one.

Some of our other favorite cinnamon-flavored treats we have on our site include: Apple Cinnamon Cream Cheese Roll Ups, Cinnamon Tea Cakes and Quick and Easy Cinnamon Rolls.

Close up of one of the Elephant Ears.

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:

  • You don’t have to wait for fair time to make these!
  • They take less than 20 minutes.
  • Easily double this recipe to make more.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED (FULL RECIPE BELOW):

Whole milk
All-purpose flour
Granulated sugar
Baking powder
Fine sea salt
Unsalted butter
Ground cinnamon
Peanut oil for frying

Ingredients needed to make an Elephant Ears Recipe.

HOW TO MAKE AN ELEPHANT EARS RECIPE:

  1. Place the milk in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 15-30 second intervals until warmed, 110°F. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the butter and slowly stream in the milk while stirring until a slightly sticky dough forms. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit for 10 minutes.
  3. While the dough is resting, start heating 2-3 inches of oil in a large skillet with deep sides or a dutch oven. 
  4. Stir together the remaining 4 tablespoons of sugar and the cinnamon in a small bowl, set aside.
  5. Dust a clean work surface with flour. Divide the dough into 8 equal portions, and roll the dough in the flour so it is lightly coated. Roll it out into a rough ¼ inch thick circle. Repeat with the remaining dough balls. 
  6. Place the finished rolled-out circles between parchment paper until ready to fry.
  7. Once the oil reaches 350°F, carefully place one elephant ear at a time into the hot oil. Fry for 1-2 minutes on each side until lightly golden brown. 
  8. Place the elephant ear on a paper-towel-lined plate to absorb any excess oil. Place on a wire rack over a sheet tray. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar on top immediately and repeat with the remaining elephant ears.

Step by step photos on how to make an Elephant Ears Recipe.

WHAT IS THE TASTE AND TEXTURE OF THESE?

These Elephant Ears are light and chewy on the inside with a crispness on the outside. They have a nice buttery cinnamon-sugar coating that really sets them off.

CAN I COAT THESE WITH SOMETHING ELSE?

Absolutely, if cinnamon is not your thing some other options that would be great include: 

  1. Powdered Sugar
  2. Caramel Sauce
  3. Chocolate Sauce
  4. Fresh Fruit
  5. Granulated Sugar
  6. Brown Sugar
  7. Whipped Cream

CAN I USE FROZEN BREAD DOUGH FOR THESE?

If you don’t feel like making your own dough, you can use frozen bread dough that has been thawed for this recipe.

We like to use the Rhodes Frozen dough balls, they are the perfect size for these. Roll them out and then continue along with the recipe as written.

Hand holding up one of the Elephant Ears.

HOW TO STORE:

While these are best eaten the same day you can store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.

These can also be frozen, to do that place each of your Elephant Ears between pieces of wax or parchment paper and place them in a freezer-safe bag. They will keep frozen for up to 3 months.

To defrost, remove to countertop overnight.

TIPS AND TRICKS:

  • You can use any oil for frying, peanut is our favorite.
  • Easily double this recipe to serve more to guests or save for later.
  • Other toppings can be used, see above for some ideas.
  • You can use frozen bread dough for this recipe instead of making your own, again see above on how to do that.
  • Make sure that you let them drain on a paper towel-lined plate before coating.
  • They can be frozen, see above on how to freeze.

One split Elephant Ears Recipe stacked on top of the remaining ones.

Love fair food but might not get there this year? No worries, this Elephant Ears Recipe will certainly curb one of those fair food cravings.

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5 from 8 votes

Elephant Ears Recipe

Author Dana at ThisSillyGirlsKitchen.com
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 4 minutes
Total: 19 minutes
A fun and super easy treat, these Elephant Ears Recipe are a tasty fair food classic that is sweet, crispy and absolutely delicious.
 
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • Place the milk in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 15-30 second intervals until warmed, 110°F. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, stir together the flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the butter and slowly stream in the milk while stirring until a slightly sticky dough forms. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit for 10 minutes.
  • While the dough is resting, start heating 2-3 inches of oil in a large skillet with deep sides or a dutch oven.
  • Stir together the remaining 4 tablespoons of sugar and the cinnamon in a small bowl, set aside.
  • Dust a clean work surface with flour. Divide the dough into 8 equal portions, and roll the dough in the flour so it is lightly coated. Roll it out into a rough ¼ inch thick circle. Repeat with the remaining dough balls.
  • Place the finished rolled-out circles between parchment paper until ready to fry.
  • Once the oil reaches 350°F, carefully place one elephant ear at a time into the hot oil. Fry for 1-2 minutes on each side until lightly golden brown.
  • Place the elephant ear on a paper-towel-lined plate to absorb any excess oil. Place on a wire rack over a sheet tray. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar on top immediately and repeat with the remaining elephant ears.

Notes

  1. You can use any oil for frying, peanut is our favorite.
  2. Easily double this recipe to serve more to guests or save for later.
  3. Other toppings can be used, see above on some ideas.
  4. You can use frozen bread dough for this recipe instead of making your own, again see above on how to do that.
  5. Make sure that you let them drain on a paper towel lined plate before coating.
  6. They can be frozen, see above on how to freeze.

Nutrition

Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 310mg | Potassium: 179mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Vitamin C: 0.04mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 2mg
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Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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