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Elephant Ears

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + rising Cook: 1-1/2 hours


15 servings

Updated: Oct. 16, 2022
"Reaction from those who eat them makes them worth the effort!" assures Suzanne McKinley of Lyons, Georgia.


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons shortening
  • 4 to 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Dissolve yeast in water. Add milk, sugar, salt, shortening and 2 cups flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  2. On a floured surface, knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl; turn once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch down and shape into 15 ovals, 5-1/2-in. round by 1/8-in. thick. Heat 3-4 in. of oil to 375° in deep-fat fryer. Fry ovals, one at a time, 3 minutes per side or until golden brown. Drain. Mix sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over warm pastries.

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