Fortune Cookies

Fortune Cookies

Does anyone even actually like fortune cookies?! Do you see a fortune cookie on the table after a Chinese take-out meal and think “YES! I can’t wait to eat that amazing culinary creation?” Did you know that they didn’t even come from China!? Yup, that’s right, just like the Chinese food you ate right before your fortune cookie, they have nothing to do with China. In fact, Fortune cookies were imported into China as American fortune cookies! Is there nothing in this world that we can hold sacred!?

That being said, who doesn’t love opening up a fortune cookie to a quirky quote for a quick smile? With this is mind, Nathan and I decided to make homemade fortune cookies for the New Year’s Eve party that we will be attending. As you can see from the pictures, our cookies have such classy fortunes as ‘Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow your New Year’s resolution starts.’ and ‘Ask not what your fortune cookie can do for you but what you can do for your fortune cookie.’

Hopefully our cookies will give everyone a good laugh tomorrow night and start the New Year out with a smile!

Happy New Year’s everyone!

Fortune Cookies 2

Fortune Cookies

based on this recipe.


3 egg whites
¾ cup white sugar
½ cup butter, melted and cooled
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼  teaspoon almond extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons water


1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray cookie sheets with cookie and spread evenly using a paper towel. Have fortunes ready on small strips of paper.

2. In a large glass or metal bowl, whip egg whites and sugar on high speed of an electric mixer until frothy, about 2 minutes. Reduce speed to low, and stir in melted butter, vanilla, almond extract, water and flour one at a time, mixing well after each. Consistency should resemble thick pancake batter.

3. Spoon the batter into 3 ½” inch circles on the prepared baking sheets. Leave room between cookies for spreading.

4. Bake for 5 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges begin to brown slightly. Quickly remove one at a time, place a message in the center, and fold in half. Fold the ends of the half together into a horseshoe shape…to do this it helps press to the center of the fortune cookie over the lip of a bowl. This whole process should take about 10 seconds. Once the cookie hardens you cannot fold it.  If the finished cookies spring open, place them in a muffin tin to cool until set. (We found this video to be helpful in illustrating how to fold the cookies)

The dimensions of our fortunes were approximately 2 ¾” wide x ½ high” with a font size of 9.

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