January 26, 2010

how to tuesday:: fortune cookies

Chinese New Year is only a couple of weeks away. It's time to start planning a fun get together to welcome the Year of the Tiger! What's a Chinese meal without a fortune cookie at the end?? These cookies are much tastier than their plastic wrapped counterpart. They are super simple to make but let's keep that our little secret!

  • 5 tbl. unsalted butter
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 c. flour, sifted
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 tbl. heavy cream
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  1. Preheat oven to 400*.

  2. Melt butter.

  3. Combine egg whites and sugar in electric mixer for about 30 seconds.

  4. Add flour and salt and beat to combine.

  5. Add butter, cream and almond extract. beat for 30 seconds.

  6. Pour 1 tablespoon of batter onto a parchment paper covered cookie sheet. Spread into a 5 inch circle. 4 circles should fit onto a cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 7-8 minutes, or until edges are golden brown.

  8. Remove cookie from baking sheet and place the fortune in the center. Immediately loosely fold in half. Insert your index fingers into the open ends and press into the bottom center. Pull the ends in toward the center into fortune cookie shape. Hurry because they will harden fast! And most importantly, be careful! These babies are HOT!!

    For your fortunes, use a width of about 1/2 inch and atleast 2 inches in length. Wouldn't it be fun to put Truth or Dare questions in them next time?
The darker cookies are chocolate! I just added 1 tablespoon of Ghiradelli cocoa powder to the last half of the batter. YUM!

I have also used this recipe and rolled them into a cigar shape instead of a fortune cookie. Just roll them around a chopstick or something similar. Dip the ends in chocolate and cover them in sprinkles, nuts, crushed toffee... whatever! Enjoy!!

1 comment:

Danica said...

Wow! Those look so yummy! What a fun thing to do with your kiddos- or make personalized messages for their lunch box.