How to Make Fortune Cookies

How to Make Fortune Cookies

These fortune cookies make cute and inexpensive gifts or something a little different for an office shout or your next birthday dinner. Write your own fortunes and make the cookies one or two at a time as they need to be shaped while hot. Place your cookies in small Chinese takeaway boxes or cellophane bags and tie with a ribbon to give as gifts or pile into a ceramic noodle bowl on the table at your next dinner party.

For some extra fun try adding a few drops of food colouring to the mixture or dipping the cooled cookies in melted chocolate and nuts, coconut or sprinkles. For ideas to fill your cookies look for inspirational love quotes, print onto waxed paper and cut into strips for your cookies.  

 Fortune Cookie Recipe

Ingredients

2 tablespoons butter (no substitution)
1/4 cup confectioners sugar
1 large egg white
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch salt
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
14 strips paper (3 by 1/2" each) with fortunes

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375F. Grease 2 small cookie sheets.

2. In 1-quart saucepan, heat butter over low heat until melted. Remove saucepan from heat. With wire whisk, beat in confectioners sugar, egg white, vanilla, and salt until blended. Beat in batter until batter is smooth.

3. Drop 1 heaping teaspoon batter on to cookie sheet. Repeat with another teaspoon batter, at least 4 inches away from first. With small metal spatula or back of spoon, spread batter evenly to form two 3-inch rounds.

4. Bake about 4 minutes or until cookies are lightly golden. Loosen both cookies with metal spatula. Working with 1 cookie at a time, place a fortune across center of hot cookie. Fold hot cookie in half, forming a semi-circle, and press edges together(a). Quickly fold semicircle over edge of small bowl to create fortune-cookie shape(b). Repeat with other cookie. Let shaped cookies cool completely on wire rack.
 5. Repeat with remaining batter and strips of fortune paper to make 14 cookies in all, cooling cookie sheets in between batches, and regreasing sheets as necessary. Store cookies in container up to 2 weeks. Makes about 14 fortune cookies.

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