We’re on a tight schedule of recipe themes here, moving right on from Superbowl, to Valentine’s Day, and don’t forget Chinese New Year (or Lunar New Year) is the same days as V-day this year. I knew as soon as I took my last bite of Un-fried Buffalo Wing, I’d start thinking about hearts and good fortune. Can I combine the two into a loving Fortune Cookie?

Fortune Cookies out of box 3

Don’t we just feel so efficient when killing two birds with one stone? You can say I love you and Happy New Year all at once, making your own customized messages and fortunes. I guess I should warn you that making these is a lot of work, and you have to be patient, but what says “I love you!” more than “I spent all day making these and I burned my finger”? A fortune cookie, of course, wishes good fortune, so we’re all covered, two holidays in one! ( I debated showing you my messages but those are for each person’s eyes only.)

three fortune cookies 3

My fortune cookies are loosely based on this recipe, ingredients being very similar, but process being different. Most importantly, I recommend folding the fortune/message into the cookie while shaping, and not trying to thread them in after they have cooled. Also, be patient with these. Use the first few to adjust how thick and exact cooking time (because each oven varies) and the first few may not fold exactly right. Don’t sweat. These are not machine-made fortune cookies. They are special, made with your hands, and with your personal messages inside.

Fortune Cookies next to Chinese take-out container 2

Fortune Cookies with Love
~makes 29 if you’re lucky (5 of mine failed)

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 cup superfine vanilla sugar
  • 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 5 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted and lightly cooled
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 29 messages (about 3.5″ x 0.5″ each )

Instructions -

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Put silpat on baking sheet.

2. In a stand mixer, beat together egg whites and sugar  on medium for 30 seconds. Add flour and salt and beat till combined. Add butter, heavy cream, and almond extract. Beat until smooth.

3. Use a 4.5″ circle ring to spread a little less than 1 tablespoon of batter into a circle on the silpat. It’s very thin. (After a few trials, I found that baking 3 at a time was ideal.)

fortune cookie batter with circle cutter 2

4. Bake in the middle of the oven for about 5 minutes, turning once in the middle, until edges are golden and center is set but pale.

fortune cookie batter

5. When you remove from the oven, immediately remove one with a spatula to a clean towel. Fold into fortune cookie with message inside. See video. Remove next one and fold, then the next one. You’ll have to move relatively quickly before they cool too much to be bendable. That’s why I recommend three at a time.

6. Repeat steps 3 through 5 until you finish that batter.

7. Cool cookies completely and store in airtight containers for a week.

fortune cookies in red take-out box

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