County Fair Elephant Ears


Light, pastry-like cookies.

1 dozen


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ tablespoons white sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup butter

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast

  • ¼ cup warm water

  • ½ cup milk, scalded and cooled

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 4 tablespoons melted butter

  • 3 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts


  1. Mix flour, sugar and salt. Cut in butter, as for pastry.

  2. Soften yeast in water. Combine milk, egg yolk and softened yeast. Add to flour mixture and mix well.

  3. Cover dough and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

  4. Place dough on a lightly floured cutting board and knead lightly. Cover with a cloth and allow to rest for 10 minutes.

  5. Roll dough into a rectangle, 10x18 inches, and brush with soft butter. Mix 1/2 cup sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon and sprinkle evenly over dough. Roll as for jelly roll, sealing the edge. The roll should be 18 inches long.

  6. Cut dough into 1-inch slices.

  7. Mix remaining sugar and cinnamon on a large square of waxed paper or aluminum foil. Place slices, one at a time, on sugar mixture and roll into 5-inch balls.

  8. Sprinkle nuts on top and press gently.

  9. Place dough on ungreased cookie sheets, brush with melted butter and sprinkle with about 1 teaspoon of the sugar-cinnamon mixture.

  10. Bake immediately in a preheated 400 degree oven about 12 minutes. Cool on wire racks.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

717 Calories
32g Fat
105g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 717
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 18g 90%
Cholesterol 107mg 36%
Sodium 396mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 105g 38%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 71g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 62mg 5%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 138mg 3%

* 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.