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four homemade fortune cookies on crystal dish

Fortune Cookies for Valentines & Lunar New Year

By Cindy Hopper

If you are looking for a fun way to celebrate the Lunar New Year and Valentine’s Day (both on the same day this year) give these fortune cookies a try!

four homemade fortune cookies on crystal dish

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


strips of paper saying Happy New Year! and I Am Fortunate To Have You For A Friend with a red heart to put in fortune cookies

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.)

pouring batter on Silpat mat to make fortune cookie

6) Working from the center in a circular motion, spread the batter into a 5 inch circle.

pouring and spreading the batter on Silpat mat with a teaspoon

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.

batter in circles on Silpat mat

8) Bake until edges are lightly browned. Mine baked for 6 minutes. Start watching closely at 4 minutes.

two homemade fortune cookies before they have been assembled

9) Working quickly, remove cookie from pan with a very thin spatula.

homemade fortune cookie being lifted off Silap by spatula

10) Flip the cookie over and place slip of paper on top.

a homemade fortune with a Happy New Year message on it before it gets rolled up

11) Bring sides up and pinch together.

a homemade fortune cookie being made and a Happy New Year fortune being inserted

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.

homemade fortune cookie being shaped around a ramekin

Then, package in some festive Chinese take out containers…

one red Chinese food carton and one with colorful hearts

and you have a sweet way to celebrate!

Three homemade fortune cookies with one opened and a fortune reading Happy New Year spilling out

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.

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About the Author

Cindy Hopper

Cindy Hopper was fortunate to be raised in a family who appreciated the arts. This background led to a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education. With a keen eye for design and color, Cindy has cont...

Cindy Hopper was fortunate to be raised in a family who appreciated the arts. This background led to a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education. With a keen eye for design and color, Cindy has continued her love of art and is now passing her creative skills on to her three children. Cindy’s family and friends are the beneficiaries of her passion for fun and meaningful creative projects.

Cindy’s personal blog, Skip to My Lou, has taken her love of a project to new levels. Postings keep the family busy -– from testing new recipes for holiday treats to designing and building floats for a neighborhood parade to making fabric rolls to hold crayons to creating themed parties. Cindy seems to have an unending supply of ideas for gifts, parties and rainy days.

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