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.

2 Responses to “Fortune Cookies and a relaxing break…”

  1. Deborah on April 1, 2009 12:22 pm

    I’ve always wanted to make fortune cookies!

  2. alice on April 3, 2009 10:28 pm

    Just curious.. what did you write in each cookie? :)

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