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How to Make Easy Elephant Ears Recipe

baked elephant ear

Easy Elephant Ears 

I love when I can find a place where they are making elephant ears.  It’s my one favorite things to eat at a carnival.  Now you can make them at home easily.  Read below to see how you can make easy elephant ears for yourself, friends and family.

thawed bread dough



frozen bread dough
cinnamon sugar mix
vegetable oil & cooking spray
plate with napkins/paper towels
loaf pan
plastic wrap
cutting board

bread disc


Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray and place the frozen dough into the loaf pan, covering with plastic wrap.  Allow to thaw and  rise, punching down at least once.

Once it is thawed, time to make elephant ears!
Cut the dough into  5-6 equal pieces.
Work the dough into small flat ‘pizza’ looking discs.
Work the dough as thin as you can get it.  It will rise up a bit when it cooks.
Have a plate with paper towels on it to use once the ears have cooked.
Pour oil into a pan so it’s about 1 inch deep (You’ll want a wide pan if you want to make more than one at a time), one at a time is easier to manage.
Turn oil on medium heat and allow oil to heat up.
Test a small piece of dough to see if it hot enough. It will begin to bubble and turn brown when the oil is hot enough. If it sinks, and no bubbles, oil is not hot enough.

frying elephant ear

Place one of the discs carefully into the oil and allow it to get golden brown (about 1-2 minutes)
Gently flip over with the tongs and allow to brown on the other side.
Remove from oil and place onto the plate and towels. Sprinkle with 1-2 teaspoons of the cinnamon sugar mix.
Repeat until all ears are made.

Serve and enjoy.

cinnamon sugar elephant ear

Cooking Tips

  • Make the discs as thin as possible, they will puff a bit when cooking
  • It’s easier if you make one ear at a time, versus several
  • As the oil heats up, the ears will take less time to cook, so you will need to move quickly
  • If the oil is not hot enough and you put the dough in, they will taste like grease
  • Mix the cinnamon sugar to your liking
  • Before putting the the cinnamon sugar on, you could put melted butter on each elephant ear, and then the cinnamon sugar mix

Make your own delicious cinnamon rolls

Love carnival food? You can make easy elephant ears at home whenever you want. Enjoy fair food, without going to the fair. Read how.

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