This morning I made the mistake of asking the birthday boy what he would like for his birthday breakfast. He took full advantage, and picked something we almost never make. I should have known better, these Elephant Ears are his all time favorite, but I just wasn’t thinking. They are pretty easy, but with just 2 of here, and me trying to stop eating so much after this weekend, we didn’t really need them! Oh well, it is his birthday!
I had never heard of these before I was in my 20’s. But apparently it is a well known breakfast to make with kids. My husband made these frequently as a kid. His mom gave me the recipe, which she got from a magazine years ago. They are similar to a cinnamon roll, but without the frosting. The dough is a little different, but they are really good and easy.
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup flour
2 Tbls sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup milk
3 Tbls sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix the flour, 2 Tbls sugar, salt, and baking powder together. Stir in the milk, and 3 Tbls of the butter. Once the dough forms a ball, knead dough about 10 times. Mix the 3Tbls of sugar and the cinnamon in a separate bowl.
Using a rolling pin, roll the dough on a floured surface into about a 9×5 rectangle. Spread the remaining 1 Tbls of butter on the dough. Sprinkle with almost all of the sugar mixture. Leave a tiny bit, to sprinkle on top before you bake.
Roll into a log, and then cut into 5 pieces. Put them on a greased or lined cookie sheet, and press down gently with the palm of your hand. Sprinkle lightly with the rest of the sugar mixture.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. They are best served warm. Warm, gooey cinnamon….yyyyuuuummm!
If you have some leftover frosting, you could drizzle some of that over the top. Never tried it, but I am sure it would be good!