These cookies are perfect to celebrate Chinese New Year (or any celebration). I'm not sure what I like best about making fortune cookies: They're adorable, they taste great, and you can stuff your own personalized fortunes inside them.
These cookies are super fun to serve, but there's one thing you should know: Making them is not for the leisurely baker. You have to work fast to put these together, but the effort is worth it.
Grab a friend or two to personalize the fortunes, then work together to make the cookie prep easier. These cookies might not be quite as crunchy as the sort you find at a Chinese restaurant, but they're adorable, and they taste great too!
The first step to making fortune cookies is to form the batter into rounds.
After baking for 4 to 6 minutes, remove the cookies from the oven, and flip them. Get ready to work quickly.
Place your personalized fortune in the center of the cookie, with a bit sticking over one edge. Quickly fold the cookie in half like a taco...
... then pinch the two ends of the cookie together.
Place the cookies in a mini muffin tin to help keep their shape as they cool.
How to make homemade fortune cookies
These cookies are nothing but fun. Grab a friend to make the most of baking time, and celebrate later with these festive treats.
Prep time: 5 minutes | Bake time: 4-6 minutes | Total time: 37-53 minutes
- 2 egg whites
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted and cool
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- Zest of 1/2 an orange
- 1/2 cup flour
- Parchment paper
- Mini muffin tin
- 24 fortunes printed on paper
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper, and set them aside.
- Use a mixer to beat the egg whites and sugar until combined and frothy.
- Add the butter, honey, almond extract and orange zest, and mix until combined.
- Add the flour to the mixture, and blend until incorporated.
- Use a round cookie cutter about 3 inches in diameter to serve as your template. You'll add batter the size of the cookie cutter (about 1/2 teaspoon) onto the sheet (3 at a time). Use an offset knife or the back of a spoon to evenly and thinly spread the mixture into the circle.
- Bake 1 side only for 4 to 6 minutes or until the edges turn golden and the centers begin to turn color.
- Remove from the oven and, working quickly, use a spatula to flip over the rounds. Add a fortune to the center of the circle, and then fold it in half (like a taco). Quickly fold the 2 ends together, and place the cookie in a mini muffin tin to help it keep its form.
- Allow the cookies to cool completely before removing them from the tin.
- Continue, working with 3 cookies at a time, until the batter is gone.
Don't forget to print your fortunes before you make your cookies!
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