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These traditional deep-fried favorites are crisp and delicious with a delicate, lacy look. Dipping the edges into icing helps defines the beautiful pattern. —Iola Egle, Bella Vista, Arkansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 30 min.
  • Makes
    about 4 dozen


  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • ICING:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons water


  • In a small bowl, beat eggs and sugar; stir in milk and vanilla. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to batter until smooth.
  • Heat 2-1/2 in. of oil to 375° in a deep-fat fryer or electric skillet. Place rosette iron in hot oil, then dip in batter, three-fourths up the sides of iron (do not let batter run over top of iron). Immediately place in hot oil; loosen rosette with fork and remove iron.
  • Fry rosettes, a few at a time, until golden brown, 1-2 minutes on each side. Remove to paper towel-lined wire racks. Repeat with remaining batter.
  • For icing, combine the confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough water to achieve a dipping consistency. Dip edges of rosettes into icing; let dry on wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
1 rosette: 50 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 18mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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  • Joyce
    Dec 18, 2020

    I use powdered sugar and also add a drop of jelly in the center hole. Have been making these for over 50 years and have never seen one iced.

  • Christine
    Aug 21, 2020

    This is an awesome recipe, but I prefer to sprinkle them with confectioners sugar. Either way, they are delicious!

  • Barbara
    Dec 8, 2019

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  • kaly_ab
    Nov 30, 2019

    One of my favorite cookies to make at Christmas. I will dust them with icing sugar before serving.

  • lamor61
    Dec 13, 2015

    I love these! I do add a tablespoon of vanilla or lemon extract to the recipe and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon mixture. They are always a great hit!

  • stewartreb
    Jul 6, 2015

    Where does one find this 'Rosette Iron'?

  • ebramkamp
    Jun 29, 2014

    When time allows I make these every Christmas. I usually just sprinkle mine with powdered sugar just prior to serving but the glaze is good too. It is important to follow the directions and heat the iron in the hot oil each time. They are time consuming to make so my family feels very special when they receive these.

  • amanda51431
    Jan 4, 2013

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  • Brenda2772
    Apr 15, 2012

    I usually just sprinkle with powdered sugar right before serving.

  • linsvin
    Mar 23, 2009

    Finally found a perfect batter for making these...didn't break one! Yes time consuming but they are like minature elephant ears that you get at the fairs. Thank you so much for the perfected batter, will pass this one on.