Elephant Ears


Elephant ears are crispy, cinnamon-sugar fried bread confections!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 5 mins
15 ears



  • 1 ½ cups milk

  • cup shortening

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 quart oil for frying


  • 6 tablespoons white sugar

  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon


  1. Prepare dough: Combine milk, shortening, sugar, and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir until shortening melts and sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let cool to lukewarm, 110 degrees F (43 degrees C).

  2. Sprinkle yeast into the cooled dough mixture and let sit until foamy.

  3. Transfer mixture to a large bowl and stir in flour to form a dough. Knead until smooth; cover and let rise 30 minutes.

  4. Heat oil in a deep fryer or large saucepan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  5. Roll out 2-inch balls of dough into thin sheets; fry in hot oil until puffed and golden, about 1 to 2 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels.

  6. Prepare topping: Combine sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.

  7. Sprinkle topping over warm elephant ears and serve.

Editor's Note

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount may vary depending on cook time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

265 Calories
12g Fat
35g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 15
Calories 265
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 167mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 49mg 4%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 110mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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