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How to make homemade fortune cookies for Chinese New Year

The year of the Rooster is almost upon us! Chinese New Year is on Jan. 28, and homemade fortune cookies are the perfect way to celebrate.

These little gems are delicious, of course, but the best thing about them is you can stuff your own personalized fortunes inside. Perfect conversation starters for a Chinese New Year party — or any party, really.

Have fun and celebrate with fortune cookies

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.

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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.

The first step to making fortune cookies

After baking for 4 to 6 minutes, remove the cookies from the oven, and flip them. Get ready to work quickly.

Step two in making fortune cookies

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…

Add your fortune to the fortune cookies

… then pinch the two ends of the cookie together.

Ready to shape the fortune cookies

Place the cookies in a mini muffin tin to help keep their shape as they cool.

Fortune cookies almost ready to serve

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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.

Yields 24

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


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper, and set them aside.
  2. Use a mixer to beat the egg whites and sugar until combined and frothy.
  3. Add the butter, honey, almond extract and orange zest, and mix until combined.
  4. Add the flour to the mixture, and blend until incorporated.
  5. 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.
  6. Bake 1 side only for 4 to 6 minutes or until the edges turn golden and the centers begin to turn color.
  7. 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.
  8. Allow the cookies to cool completely before removing them from the tin.
  9. 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!

printable fortunes

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Originally published February 2015. Updated January 2017.

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