Tuesday, October 7, 2008

{DIY: F is for Fortune Cookie Favors}

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Fortune cookies can be tricky to make - it's important to make sure that the cookie batter is spread out evenly on the baking sheet. Instead of using the back of a wooden spoon to spread the batter, it's better to gently tilt the baking sheet back and forth as needed. Wearing cotton gloves makes it easier to handle and shape the hot cookies. This fortune cookie recipe makes about 10 cookies.

Prep Time: 15 minutes   Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:
  • 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
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.

Note: If you haven't made this recipe before, you might want to check out my Top 9 Tips for Making Fortune Cookies

{Kim's Food for Thought}

Don't have time to make your own fortune cookie?  
Purchase a box of already made cookies and dip them in any way you want.
Dark chocolate drizzled with white chocolate, regular chocolate covered in sprinkles,
or even white chocolate with an assortment of nuts.

There are many ways to package your fortune cookies.  
Boxes, bags, bows, ribbon, etc.
Don't forget the cute thank you tag!

Write cute poems in your cookie or say nice things about friends attending the party.
Fortune cookies are always a great conversation piece.

Don't want to DIY?  Check out these great sites.

Fortune Cookie recipe found on About.com by Rhonda Parkinson

4 comments:

Gracie said...

You can also steam apart store bought fortune cookies, place your own sentiment in them and them mold them back together.
Just boil a big pot of water and get some tongs and hold the cookies one by one over the rising steam!

Mrs. Designher said...

Holy cow that's so cool. It's actually so cool that I need to try it just to see if it really works. ha ha :) Thanks for getting my brain going!! Where did you hear about that?

Gracie said...

I actually just thought about it and tried it out. It was a great gift for some friends when we were all on a much tighter budget!

Good luck! I hope it works out well for you!

Custom Fortune Cookies said...

WOW the tuxedo cookie is cool. There are many cookie places out there and here in SF we even have a place where you can watch them being made.

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