Published December 10, 2010 by
You can enjoy fortune cookies at home at any time if you make them yourself. You don’t have to wait to go to a Chinese restaurant when it’s this easy to bake them at home. Have confidence in your abilities. A few simple folds will create this complicated-looking cookie!
Here is the ingredient list from About.com listing exactly what you will need:
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
Those are pretty standard ingredients for any fortune cookie recipe. You can also add flavors like chocolate or orange, but let’s stick to the basics for now.
Our instructions here simplify the process for you. Start out by preheating your oven to 300 degrees. Generously grease two standard cookie sheets.
Cut strips of paper about ½ inch wide to fit inside the cookies. Use any paper you like, but thin paper is best. Write funny or interesting messages on them. You can write Happy Birthday or Congratulations or any message to celebrate an important event. You have to have your fortunes ready before the cookies come out of the oven. The key to getting your fortune inside the cookie is to work while the cookie is hot and still pliable.
Beat the egg white, vanilla, almond extract and oil in a bowl until bubbles start to form.
Use a standard tablespoon to pour individual cookie batter circles onto the baking sheet. Leave a few inches between them as they will spread. Tap the baking sheet a few times to get the batter to level off. Your circles should end up being about four inches across when the batter has settled.
Every oven is different. Start checking your cookies at 12 minutes and bake no longer than 15 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven when they are not hard or crisp, but just baked enough to remove off the sheet with a spatula. This step is crucial as you are going to fold the cookie quickly. If it’s over or underdone, the cookie won’t fold properly.
Quickly flip the cookie onto your hand. It will be hot, so use cotton gloves if you have them. Grab a fortune and lay it down onto the center of the cookie. Quickly fold the cookie in half then pinch the edges together to form that classic fortune cookie shape. Experts differ on what you should do next. Some say you should immediately place the cookie on a solid base like the edge of a drinking glass or over a wooden spoon. Others say you can just place it down on the counter. Setting them in a cupcake pan also helps them keep their shape while they cool. These cookies harden so fast that you’ll want to have thought out your strategy beforehand. Try it all ways and see which works best for you. Don’t get discouraged if your first batch doesn’t turn out perfectly. It’s going to take some practice, but you’ll get the hang of it.
If you want to try something different, you can dip your cooled fortune cookies in melted chocolate for a gourmet treat!