Baked Elephant Ears Recipe
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Baked Elephant Ears Recipe

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My mother-in-law handed down this recipe from her mother. They’re a special treat—even better, I think, than those at a carnival or festival. —Delores Baeten, Downers Grove, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min.
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min.
MAKES: 24 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 egg yolk
  • FILLING:
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • CINNAMON-SUGAR:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Nutritional Facts

1 elephant ear equals 109 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 76 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar and salt; cut in butter until crumbly. Stir milk and egg yolk into yeast mixture. Add to flour mixture; stir to form a soft dough. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 2 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°. Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; cover and let rest 10 minutes.
  3. Roll dough into an 18x10-in. rectangle. Spread with softened butter. Mix sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over butter. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal. Cut crosswise into twenty-four 3/4-in. slices. Cover slices with plastic wrap until ready to flatten.
  4. In a small bowl, mix cinnamon-sugar ingredients. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon mixture on a sheet of waxed paper; top with a slice of dough. Sprinkle with an additional 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon-sugar. Roll dough to a 4-in. circle.
  5. Place 2 in. apart on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Repeat with remaining slices. Bake 7-9 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire racks. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Baked Elephant Ears in Taste of Home June/July 2014

Nutritional Facts

1 elephant ear equals 109 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 76 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.

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Reviewed Jul. 3, 2014

"These cookies were just okay. Too much time, work and dirty dishes for me. I wouldn't bother to make them again."

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