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Quick Elephant Ears

Quick Elephant Ears

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Terry Lynn Ayers

Our eight children love helping make these sweet crunchy treats. We fry flour tortillas for a few seconds in oil, then sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. They're fun to make for a large group. I usually do the frying, then have one of the older kids add the coating.

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  1. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a shallow bowl or large plate; set aside. in a skillet, heat 1/2 in of oil. Place one tortilla at a time in skillet, Cook for 5 seconds; turn and cook 10 seconds longer or until browned. Place in sugar mixture and turn to coat. Serve immediately.
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I was very skeptical, but these were really ALOT like the elephant ears you'd get from the fair. All the other recipes on this site called for yeast and tons of ingredients and required rising time and I'd doubt if the slight difference in taste would be worth all the trouble. A really great recipe!!!


I have been craving an elephant ear for over a week now, and this recipe just hit the spot! The key to the decadence is to brush them with butter before you add the cinnamon and sugar. Since you're eating fried white flour, you might as well add the butter and enjoy it! YUM!


Four stars for a great taste similar to one found at your local carnival, yet done with such simplicity. No mess, no wait, no complaints!