Fortune Cookies for Valentines & Lunar New Year
Before starting the cookies make slips of paper to fill the cookies. Simply download, print and cut the paper into strips.
Fortune Cookie Papers for Valentine’s Day
Fortune Cookie Papers for Lunar New Year
This simple recipe is adapted from Paula Deen. The butter or oil that is normally found in other fortune cookie recipes is missing, but I figured if Paula leaves out the butter it must be okay!
Fortune Cookie Recipe
2 egg whites
1/2 cup flour (sifted)
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons water
1 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Makes about 12 fortune cookies
Set oven to 400F degrees.
1) Place egg whites in a bowl and beat with electric mixer on medium speed until very frothy, almost soft peaks.
2) Add sifted flour,
3) Add sugar, almond, and vanilla then mix.
4) Stir in 2 tablespoons of water to thin batter.
5) Using a Silpat baking mat, parchment paper or un-greased baking pan place 1 tablespoon of batter on pan. (I liked the Silpat mat the best. I did not have a problem removing them from my un-greased pan. When I greased the pan the batter did not stay in a circle. Since the moisture content in the batter is high, it does make the parchment paper wrinkle slightly but it still worked.)
6) Working from the center in a circular motion, spread the batter into a 5 inch circle.
7) Start with two cookies. Once comfortable with the process more can be baked at one time. I was only able to ever bake two at a time. I used two pans and staggered the baking time so I had time to form the cookies.
8) Bake until edges are lightly browned. Mine baked for 6 minutes. Start watching closely at 4 minutes.
9) Working quickly, remove cookie from pan with a very thin spatula.
10) Flip the cookie over and place slip of paper on top.
11) Bring sides up and pinch together.
12) Next bend cookie over the edge of a cup. The whole process of forming the cookie should take about 10 seconds. Once formed place cookies in a muffin tin to help them keep their shape while cooling.
Then, package in some festive Chinese take out containers…
and you have a sweet way to celebrate!
NOTE: The cookies are VERY hot. It is easy to burn fingers on the cookies as they are being formed. Try wearing thin white gloves to protect fingers.