Thursday, July 30, 2009

Poor, Unfortunate Cookies

The Chinese, they're too smart!! Even their cookies are tricky to make! ((well, they weren't hard to make but will be hard to perfect. I'm sure that after a few attempts the craft of folding fortune cookies will become easier))

None the less, they tasted just like a fortune cookie you get at your favorite Asian restaurant. They would even be good made as a decorative crispy cookie served with ice cream. Mom loved them. Who ever you're making these for will really enjoy the personalized fortunes.. no more lame fortunes like "You are pleasant and charming " .. great, tell me something I didn't know : p

Fortune Cookie Recipe:
Adapted from
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 8 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 teaspoons water


1. Write fortunes on pieces of paper that are 3 1/2 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease 2 9-X-13 inch baking sheets.

2. In a medium bowl, lightly beat the egg white, vanilla extract, almond extract and vegetable oil until frothy, but not stiff.

3. Sift the flour, cornstarch, salt and sugar into a separate bowl. Stir the water into the flour mixture.

4. Add the flour into the egg white mixture and stir until you have a smooth batter. The batter should not be runny, but should drop easily off a wooden spoon.
Note: if you want to dye the fortune cookies, add the food coloring at this point, stirring it into the batter. For example, I used 1/2 teaspoon green food coloring to make green fortune cookies.

5. Place level tablespoons of batter onto the cookie sheet, spacing them at least 3 inches apart. Gently tilt the baking sheet back and forth and from side to side so that each tablespoon of batter forms into a circle 4 inches in diameter.

6. Bake until the outer 1/2-inch of each cookie turns golden brown and they are easy to remove from the baking sheet with a spatula (14 - 15 minutes).

7. Working quickly, remove the cookie with a spatula and flip it over in your hand. Place a fortune in the middle of a cookie. To form the fortune cookie shape, fold the cookie in half, then gently pull the edges downward over the rim of a glass, wooden spoon or the edge of a muffin tin. Place the finished cookie in the cup of the muffin tin so that it keeps its shape. Continue with the rest of the cookies.

My Tips: Wear gloves when handling the cookies. Brilliant idea. I wish I would have taken that advice before folding my first cookie. Make sure to keep the cookie sheet well greased if you are making these in batches. They stick especially easily since they are so thin.

Have fun and may your cookie making be filled with good fortune!


Justin said...

i don't think i realized this was something regular people could actually make at home... adding custom fortunes would be so fun

foodcreate said...

Delicious ! looks like there tasty :)

Thanks for sharing your recipe:)

and if you can visit me I can visit you!

Have a great Day ~~~

Karine said...

Wowow you are couregeous to have tried to make some fortune cookies! Next time, they will be easier for you to make :)