How to make elephant ears that are infused with cannabis

Published Mar 11, 2020 12:00 p.m. ET
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Many of us love the fair for the rides and attractions, but one of the best parts about this opportunity that we think about the least lies in the food options that are available. Almost every kind of food that you can think of will be offered dressed up after getting deep-fried in a vat of grease that you can smell for miles away.

We tend to think of things like a funnel cake or elephant ears pastry as a super special treat that probably isn’t worth the hassle to make from scratch, but we’re here to show you how easy it can be to replicate that sweet, sweet goodness in the comfort of your very own home, without having to wait for, travel to, or dish out money at a local fair, and that’s not all.

Elephant ears pastry recipe

This particular elephant ears recipe has a super special ingredient that will only add to the warm, fuzzy, comfort food coma that can be expected after indulging in such a rich dessert. So, if you’re seeking a truly unique experience, then look no further, and check out our easy to follow steps on how to make elephant ears from scratch at home. We promise that you won’t be disappointed with these sweet little pieces of deep-fried doughy perfection.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 7 minutes

Calories: 265

Servings: 10


  • 1-quart oil (for frying)
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • ¼ cup shortening
  • ¼ cup cannabutter
  • 8 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons active yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Deep fryer (or large stockpot)
  • Saucepan
  • Mixing spoon
  • Large bowl
  • Small bowl
  • Paper towel
  • Thermometer
  • Saran wrap


  1. Get a saucepan ready by placing it on a burner that is set to medium heat, and then combine the salt, milk, cannabutter, shortening, and 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar.

  2. Heat the mixture until the shortening and cannabutter are melted, and the sugar is entirely dissolved.

  3. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the mixture sits until it cools down to approximately 110° F. This is when you want to add in the yeast and let it rest until it thickens and looks foamy.

  • Now pour the ingredients from the saucepan into a large mixing bowl, and slowly add in the flour while kneading the dough into a workable texture.

  • Continue mixing the dough until it is smooth and lump-free, and once you’re done, cover the bowl with a layer of plastic wrap and then allow it to rise for approximately 30 minutes.

  • Once the dough has risen, it’s ready to deep fry, so you’ll need to prepare a deep fryer or a pot full of cooking oil and heating it to 375°F.

  • While you wait for the oil to get heated, it’s the perfect time to roll the dough into balls that are between 1 and 2 inches.

  • When the oil reaches the ideal temperature, add them to the oil, and cook them for 2 or 3 minutes on each side, flipping them halfway for a perfect golden crisp.

  • After all of the balls have flattened out a bit and are golden brown, they should be immediately transferred to paper towels, which will help to soak up the excess grease.

  • Combine the 6 tablespoons of sugar with the cinnamon and then use that powdery mixture to dust the tops of your freshly made elephant ears.

  • Topping options

    The topping dust that we suggest is a traditional one that is used by most fair food vendors due to its affordability, but there are plenty of other options out there to choose from. You could try spreading the pastry with peanut butter or Nutella or switch it up with icing sugar and maple syrup instead. Elephant ears are an amazing, versatile sweet treat, so you can keep switching the toppings for a brand-new exciting experience each and every time that you make them.

    THC dosing with edibles

    Edibles are a special type of cannabis good that tend to impact the user in a very different way than smoking a joint or vaping might. That is the result of the cannabinoids being absorbed through the stomach rather than the lungs, which leads to a time-released, more intense experience, and it’s why we highly recommend sticking to just one of these delicious elephant ears per every 2 hours. After that amount of time, you will have a better idea of how they might affect you, which can aid you in deciding whether or not to indulge in more.

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