Elephant Ears


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. 

Elephant Ears
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!


  1. Jen at The Three Little Piglets says:

    My son would love these too – elephants are his favorite animal. They sound great!

  2. BigFatBaker says:

    Sounds great! Anything cinnamon roll like has my attention. Have you had elephant ears at the fair?

  3. I use to make elephant ears when my son was young, only I cut them into circles and deep fried them. He liked jam and powdered sugar sprinkled on top. Will have to make some soon, had forgotten all about then, til now…thanks…I’ll have to take some to my Dr. so he won’t get mad about the weight gain that will surely show up on my next visit. They are addictive.lol

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