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Elephant Ears

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These multi-layered pastries sprinkled with cinnamon sugar make a treasured after-school or tea-time treat. Plus, they're easy when you start with prepared puff pastry sheets.

  • Thaw: 40 minutes
  • Prep: 20 minutes
  • Bake: 12 minutes
  • Cool: 10 minutes
  • Serves: 24
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Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tbsp. water

  • 1/3 cup sugar

  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon

  • 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour

  • 1 pkg. (17.3 ounces) Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets (2 sheets), thawed

Directions

  1. Heat the oven to 400°F. Beat the egg and water in a small bowl with a fork. Stir the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.

  2. Sprinkle the work surface with the flour. Unfold 1 pastry sheet on the floured surface. Brush the pastry with the egg mixture and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons sugar mixture. Starting at both short sides, fold the pastry toward the center, leaving a 1/4-inch space in the center. Brush with the egg mixture and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar mixture. Fold one side over the other, making a 4-layer rectangle. Repeat with the remaining pastry sheet.

  3. Cut each rectangle into 12 (3/4-inch) slices, making 24 slices in all. Place the slices cut-side down, 2 inches apart on baking sheets and brush with the egg mixture.

  4. Bake for 12 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown. Remove the pastries from the baking sheets and cool on wire racks.

  5. Flavor Variations: 
    For chocolate-drizzled pastries, drizzle the pastries with melted chocolate.

    For walnut pastries, sprinkle 1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts over the sugar mixture on each pastry sheet before folding.

    For chocolate peanut pastries, omit the sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons each mini semi-sweet chocolate pieces and finely chopped peanuts on each pastry sheet before folding.
     

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Tip

Always preheat your oven for a minimum of 15-20 minutes before baking, because Puff Pastry depends on even heat to rise and puff. Place pastries 1 inch apart.

To add special texture and flavor, sprinkle chopped nuts, seeds, ground spices or grated cheese on top.

Work with one Puff Pastry sheet at a time, keeping the others in the refrigerator.

If you don’t have a pastry brush, you can use the tip of a rolled-up paper towel or your fingertip to apply egg wash.

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Submitted by:
Alana H.
Date: 12/28/2005

5 star rating

"I made these for my daughter for a school party and everyone enjoyed them."

Submitted by:
Michele C.
Date: 9/4/2006

5 star rating

"I substituted brown sugar and they were delicious. Very easy to make."

Submitted by:
Lisa G.
Date: 1/19/2007

4 star rating

"DELICIOUS!"

Submitted by:
Kathy M.
Date: 4/20/2010

4 star rating

"I've made these several times. They make a beautiful presentation and couldn't be easier. I slice and bake one roll, and keep the other in the freezer ready to slice and bake!"

Submitted by:
Vicki H.
Date: 12/5/2009

4 star rating

"My favorite. I cut back a little on the sugar. Delicious!"

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