I always look forward to the fortune cookies given at the end of a chinese restaurant meal. Recently, I’ve seen a lot of recipes for fortune cookies, claiming they are quite easy to make.
I think fortune cookies would be a fun dessert for Chinese New Year, or a fun personalized treat for your special someone on Valentine’s Day (especially dipped in some chocolate), so this weekend I thought I’d try making some.
The cookie batter was pretty simple to make. I had a hard time understanding how I was supposed to shape the fortune cookies. I finally found some great step by step pictures here.
You have to fold the fortune cookies while the cookies are still hot because as soon as they begin to cool they won’t be able to be shaped. It was a little painful working with the hot cookies.
My cookies didn’t come out exactly right. Even while hot, I couldn’t seem to get the dough to bend without cracking slightly in the middle. Also when the dough did finish cooling, it never completely turned as crispy as fortune cookies are supposed to, but instead remained a little chewy.
I’m not sure where I went wrong. I’m probably going to try again with another recipe. Since this was a test run, I actually didn’t put any messages in these fortune cookies.
Fortune cookies (slightly adapted from recipe found on Ceramic Canvas)
Yields about 10 cookies
2 large egg whites
½ tsp pure vanilla extract
¼ tsp pure almond extract
3 tbsp vegetable oil
8 TBL all-purpose flour
1½ tsp cornstarch
8 tbsp granulated sugar
3 tsp water
1. Write fortunes on pieces of paper that are 3 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat mats.
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, 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.
5. Place level tablespoons of batter onto the cookie sheet, spacing them at least 3 inches apart. Gently use the back of the back of a spoon to make circular motions on the surface of the batter to form circles with about 3.5” diameters.
6. Bake about 14-15 minutes 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.
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 a muffin tin so that it keeps its shape while it cools. Continue with the rest of the cookies. View here for good step by step photos.