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Celebrate Chinese New Year with Paper Fortune Cookies

supersimple-chinesenewyear-terrioFortune Cookies are the treat at the end of a meal in a Chinese restaurant in America, although according to an article in the Smithsonian, the cookies originated in Japan. Here’s a link to my blog for both paper and edible ones.

How long has it been since you ate in a Chinese restaurant, opened your fortune cookie, and read a fortune that forecast the future? Ages, right?

Why not make your own?

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Making fortune cookies out of paper is super simple compared to making the edible cookies so I will share those instructions here.

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You will need:

Scissors and a lid to trace that is about 4.25 inches diameter or a circle cutter

Pen or pencil

Patterned scrapbook paper

Glue dots or double-sided tape

 

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  1. Cut your circle.
  2. Fold your paper in half.
  3. Make a crease perpendicular to the half with your forefinger as shown.
  4. As you are doing this, use your thumb and middle finger to pull the open ends closed while allowing one of the rounded paper edges you are holding in your other hand to slide under the other rounded edge. (Doing it is much simpler than describing how to do it!)
  5. Open it up to add your fortune and close it again.
  6. Add 2 glue dots to secure.fortune-paper-4

 

Not so super simple, but really a treat, are edible fortune cookies in a treat box. These little treasures sell for 35 cents each with your choice of one personalized saying  and this price  is in quantities of 500.

Make your own bonus: You can adjust the fortunes to the gift or party!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bake your own fortune cookies to celebrate Chinese New Year or Valentine’s Day

baked fortune cookiesI suspect these cookies would be simple to make the more practice one had at making them. The secret is how thin you can make the cookie and how fast you can shape it.

The best thing about them is that you can adjust the enclosed fortune for virtually any party or holiday theme.

Interesting: Fortune cookies are often equated with Chinese food, but according to the Smithsonian the cookies originated in Japan.

BAKE AT HOME FORTUNE COOKIES

3 egg whites

3/4 cup white sugar

1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon almond extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons water

Fortunes, printed or written and cut

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Grease cookie sheets, or line with parchment paper.
Have fortunes ready to go on small strips of paper.
In a large glass or metal bowl, whip egg whites and sugar on high speed of an electric mixer until frothy, about 2 minutes.
Reduce speed to low, and stir in melted butter, vanilla, almond extract, water and flour one at a time, mixing well after each.
Consistency should resemble pancake batter. Spoon the batter into 3 inch circles on the prepared baking sheets. Leave room between for spreading.
Bake for 5 to 7 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges begin to brown slightly.
QUICKLY remove one at a time, QUICKLY place a message in the center, and fold in half.
Fold the ends of the half together into a horse shoe shape. Hang over cup to dry. If they spring open, place them in a muffin tin to cool until set. (I skipped the hanging over a cup and just put them in the tin.)
Although these cookies are not malleable if overbaked, you need to bake them long enough until they are golden around the edges or they will be too under baked and remain soft, spongy and pancake-like.
Enjoy!

Don’t you think these would be fabulous dipped in chocolate on one end and then dipped in sprinkles?

Want to put your Fortune Cookies in a TAKE-OUT BOX?

You can find templates on the web—you may need to re-size depending on the size of paper your printer can take and how many cookies you want to box—grab some pretty scrapbook paper, cut and fold.

 

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supersimple-chinesenewyear-terrioWant to make paper fortune cookies instead? Here’s the link!

 

Folding Paper Photo Books

paper folding picture bookGo crazy making Folding Paper Photo Books for everyone you love.

Materials and Tools:

5 – 12×12 inch double sided design scrapbook paper

coordinating embellishments

scissors

bone folder

adhesive – glue or tape runner

cardboard (like from a gift box, not corrugated)

wire ribbon

Instructions:

For the pages….

1) Fold paper into triangle.

2) Open back up and fold paper in half.

3) Open again and fold paper in half the other way.

4) Bring the edges in making it a 6×6 inch square.

5) Repeat Steps 1 through 4 with two more sheets of paper.

For the covers….

6) Cut 2 6×6 inch pieces of cardboard.

7) Cut 2 approximately 7×7 inch pieces of scrapbook paper.

8) Center the cardboard on the paper and adhere.

9) Fold over the outer edges but don’t adhere yet.

Trick: If you miter (cut the corners off at an angle, your project will lay flatter.

Another cover option:

Use fabric and craft foam instead. Cut the fabric to go over the craft foam. If you miter the fabric, you may need to paint on a bit of fray check.

10) Fold the paper edges over the cardboard and adhere.

11) Cut a strip of ribbon and adhere to cardboard showing side of  one of the covers.

Put it together…

12) Adhere the covers each to one of the unfolded sides of the 6×6 inch squares.

13) Adhere the unfolded corners of the squares as shown in the photo.

Now you are ready to add pictures and tie the bow!