This fun recipe goes way back to when my boys were little. Tom's sister, Lynn, gave them a little paperback cookbook titled Alpha-Bakery, by the Gold Medal flour company. I presume she ordered it right off a sack of flour. Between the covers of our well-worn copy are twenty-six kid-friendly recipes that start with each letter of the alphabet. A for Apple Crisp. B for Banana Bread. C for Chocolate Chip Cookies. You get the idea. While we've tried quite a few of them over the years, especially when there has been a youngster in the house learning his/her letters, our all-time favorite by far is E for Elephant Ears.
The recipe makes four giant, pastry-like, cinnamon and sugar filled cookies, thus the name "Elephant Ears." I quickly discovered that doubling this amount was the only way to go. With twice the dough, we can make anywhere from eight to ten of these delicious treats in a hurry. It doesn't call for any eggs, which is a plus because that is usually the only ingredient I'm ever out of.
Try these soon! You're going to be a quick convert, just like we were!
Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
Stir in milk and melted butter to form a soft dough.
Flop it on a floured counter and knead about 10 times.
Roll it out to a rectangle, 9X5 inches.
Spread with remaining melted butter and
sprinkle with mixture of sugar and cinnamon.
Roll up jelly-roll style, then cut into four equal pieces.
Place cut sides up on cookie sheet or baking stone. Pat into a big circle!
Bake for 8-10 minutes.
Let cool on rack.
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup milk
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoons cinnamon
- more sugar for sprinkling
Heat the oven to 425 degrees. Grease cookie sheet. Melt butter and set aside. Stir flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, the baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl. Stir in milk and 3 tablespoons of melted butter until dough forms.
Sprinkle surface with flour. Turn dough onto surface. Knead 10 times. Roll dough with rolling pin or pat with hands into a rectangle 9X5 inches. Brush with remaining melted butter. Sprinkle with mixture of 3 tablespoons sugar and the cinnamon. Roll dough up tightly beginning at narrow end. Cut into 4 equal pieces with sharp knife.
Place cut sides up on cookie sheet. Pat each one into a big circle. Sprinkle with more sugar. Bake until golden brown, 8-10 minutes. Remove and let cool on wire rack.
Watch them disappear!