Baking Adventure : “How To Make Fortune Cookies”

Last night Big and I made fortune cookies for her Tae Kwon Do instructors. Today is a belt test day so we wanted to say thank you with a little more flair. I know TKD=Korean, Fortune cookies = Chinese. I know. Big knows. We are trying for creative and kind here. And fortune cookies are so much fun!

I had no idea how to make fortune cookies, so I went to the University of Google and found this AWESOME YouTube video:
How To Make Fortune Cookies: http://youtu.be/z0a3S5XNu88

The lady in the video uses this recipe:

FORTUNE COOKIES
RECIPE FROM: http://chinesefood.about.com/od/diningout/r/fortunecookie.htm

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

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes ( I cooked mine for 5 min at 370)

Total Time: 30 minutes

PREPARATION

1. Write fortunes on pieces of paper that are 3 1/2 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease 2 9-X-13 inch baking sheets. 

2. In a medium bowl, lightly beat the egg white, vanilla extract, almond extract and vegetable oil until frothy, but not stiff.

3. Sift the flour, cornstarch, salt and sugar into a separate bowl. Stir the water into the flour mixture.

4. Add the flour into the egg white mixture and stir until you have a smooth batter. The batter should not be runny, but should drop easily off a wooden spoon.
Note: if you want to dye the fortune cookies, add the food coloring at this point, stirring it into the batter. For example, I used 1/2 teaspoon green food coloring to make green fortune cookies.

5. Place level tablespoons of batter onto the cookie sheet, spacing them at least 3 inches apart. Gently tilt the baking sheet back and forth and from side to side so that each tablespoon of batter forms into a circle 4 inches in diameter.

6. Bake until the outer 1/2-inch of each cookie turns golden brown and they are easy to remove from the baking sheet with a spatula (14 – 15 minutes).

7. Working quickly, remove the cookie with a spatula and flip it over in your hand. Place a fortune in the middle of a cookie. To form the fortune cookie shape, fold the cookie in half, then gently pull the edges downward over the rim of a glass, wooden spoon or the edge of a muffin tin. Place the finished cookie in the cup of the muffin tin so that it keeps its shape. Continue with the rest of the cookies.

It was a great recipe and the cookies came out looking awesome! Big made fortune that had “thank you” in both English and Korean. They’re adorable. There is definitely a learning curve top getting the shaping going, but once you get it, it’s super smooth. I highly recommend trying this! It’s a blast!

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