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!

 

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