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Take-out Chinese food recipes

Diana De Cicco is a food editor and writer based in New York City. She has a master's degree from New York University in Food Studies. Her passions are eating, traveling, and eating while traveling.

Homemade Chinese Take-Out

In these tough economic times, one of the first things to get axed from your budget may be eating out or ordering in. Instead of giving up your favorite Chinese take-out dishes, prepare them at home with these can't-miss recipes.

Fortune Cookies

Makes 6 servings

Small strips of paper
1 egg white
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 pinch salt
1/4 cup white sugar

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease two cookie sheets. Write fortunes on strips of paper.

2. Beat egg white and vanilla until foamy. Gently mix in flour, salt and sugar. Spoon teaspoonfuls of batter on cookie sheets at least 4 inches apart, tilting batter to make circles. Do not make too many cookies at once because you will need to form them before they harden.

4. Bake cookies for 5 minutes. Remove cookies with a spatula and flip over on a flat surface. Place the fortune on the center of the cookie. Fold one edge over the other to seal and fold cookie in half. Place folded cookies into a muffin tin to hold shape. Cookies will harden as they cool.

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