Elephant Ears and Donkey Tails

November 2008
Elephant Ears and Donkey Tails

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Whip up this easy (and patriotic) snack.

Makes: 40 servings

Prep: 20 mins

Bake: 15 mins

Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 sheets  frozen puff pastry, thawed
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees . In a small bowl, mix the sugar and cinnamon.
  2. Dust a work surface with some cinnamon sugar. Unfold 1 sheet of the thawed dough onto the sugared surface and roll out into a 10-by- 13-inch rectangle. Spread more cinnamon sugar over the dough to cover. Repeat with the second sheet of dough and place on top of the first; sprinkle more cinnamon sugar on top to cover.
  3. To make Elephant Ears: With the long side of the dough facing you, fold over 1 inch of dough from the left end. Repeat the same fold on the right side. Repeat this process, folding the dough over itself until the two sides meet in the middle. Fold the left side so that it rests on top of the right side, forming a cylinder. Roll the cylinder of dough gently on the countertop to help keep its shape. If the dough seems soft at this point, place on a plate and freeze for 15 minutes. Using a sharp knife, thinly slice crosswise. Place the slices on 3 parchment-paper-lined cookie sheets. Sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon sugar. Bake, rotating the cookie sheets halfway through, until golden and puffy, about 10 minutes.
  4. To make Donkey Tails: With the long side of the dough facing you, and using a knife or pizza cutter, slice the dough crosswise into thin strips. Take each strip and lightly twist together. Place on 3 parchment-paper-lined cookie sheets. Make two cuts at each end of the twists and fan the pieces out. Sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon sugar. Bake, rotating the cookie sheets halfway through, until golden and puffy, 12 to 15 minutes.
  5. Transfer the cookie sheets to racks to cool for 5 minutes, then transfer the cookies onto racks to cool completely.
Tip Get ahead
  • Bake these a day before, then crisp them up in a 350 degrees oven for a few minutes before serving.
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