Fortune Cookies and a relaxing break…

March 31st, 2009

Hey Everyone! Sorry for the two week hiatus, I was on spring break.  The week leading up to spring break was a flurry of activity as I tried to get my school work finished.

The week off was delightful. I spent it sleeping in late, lazily drinking coffee, visiting friends and family plus hanging out with J as much as I could when he wasn’t at work. It was really relaxing! I needed to just sleep and destress.

I made fortune cookies.  They turned out fairly well.  A little cracked when I would fold them but I got better with practice.  Many of the recipes I looked added flavor with an extract other than vanilla.  I did not do this but in the future I would.  The cookies seemed a little bland to me.  They were also a little greasy so that after a few days the grease bled through the fortunes.  I would recommend eating them quickly.  I enjoyed making them.  I used a recipe from Tea Time, which is pretty much identical to the one I found here.

Fortune Cookies
(adapted from here; also check out this blog for other ideas)

Makes about 16 cookies.
2 large egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla 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

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. Use a silicon baking sheet.

2. In a medium bowl, lightly beat the egg white, vanilla extract and vegetable oil until frothy, but not stiff.

3. Sift the flour, cornstarch, salt and sugar into a separate bowl (make sure to sift, this is important so it doesn’t get lumpy). 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.

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.  Do only about 4 at a time.  When you take them out of the oven, they will harden quickly so you can only do a few at a time.

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 (12-15 minutes).

7. Working quickly, remove the cookie with a spatula and flip it over in your hand (Use a piece of parchment paper to protect 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.

Merry Christmas!!!

December 25th, 2008

I hope that everyone is having a wonderful holiday filled with fun, family and food!!!!

Exams are over and I have spent the last week sleeping, relaxing and eating. This weekend, J and I are off for a much needed vacation in sunny Argentina. I am so excited!!!! When we return, I will post the recipes for these chocolate chip cookies, my mom’s pizza, and many other delicious dishes plus pictures from our trip…until then…

Have a Happy New Year!!!! :)

And they all came falling down…

December 13th, 2008

I’m sure I have complained about my kitchen before but I am going to again.  It is so SMALL!!!!  The first batch of these amazing fudgey cookies had a very short life when, trying not to burn myself while closing the oven, I balanced the pan on the stove and it went toppling over.  It is driving me crazy!  One of the reasons, I do not cook as much as I used to is that I do not have the counter space.

Well, the other main reason is I just don’t have the time.  I’m sorry I have been so absent from the food blogging world.  I have been studying away and now am happy to say, I have only one exam left!  The semester has been really busy, stressful and exhausting but also fun, interesting and rewarding.  Although sometimes I wish my brain would stop picking out torts and contracts in my everyday life, I have learned a lot this semester.  I miss cooking though.  I am embarrassed to admit that I’ve been living on grilled cheese, salads, and pasta.  Just a few more days though and I plan to start cooking again!

Now, about these cookies…Sara of Ms. Adventures in Italy participated in the blog tour for Anita Chu of Dessert First and her new cookbook “Field Guide to Cookies: How to Identify and Bake Virtually Every Cookie Imaginable.  Sara made the Pistachio and Chocolate Crinkles Recipe and I have been thinking about those cookies ever since. This morning, I decided it was time to make them. They were great…little cookies of brownie-like goodness!  They were also very easy to make.  To check out the interview with Anita, the blog tour plus the recipe for these amazing cookies jump on over to here.