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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Fortune Cookies

Along with our Chinese food and Big Bang Theory Saturday night theme, I had to attempt to make some homemade fortune cookies.  What is Chinese food without those yummy words of wisdom?

I decided to try this recipe from allrecipes.com; the reviews were decent compared to others that I have found.  I only skimmed through a handful of the reviews, but a few *important* tips I read were to only make about two or three at a time until you get the hang of it, and to at least double the recipe to allow room for mistakes, since fortune cookies can be tricky to make.  I took those tips and gave it a shot.  


 I made about a dozen "fortunes" (some I found on a fortune idea page, most I made "inside joke" funny)



I got better and better with my batches, but I still don't have the knack for it just yet.  My first batch turned out very thick and cakey, therefore it was nearly impossible to fold without cracking.  I added a splash of water to thin out the mixture to make them more "batter" like than doughy, so I think that helped.


Here are some of my final cookies.  They look decent, but they still weren't done right.  I think I took them out too early because they were still very soft and chewy rather than crunchy.  They did not really want to hold their shape without a lot of manhandling, but I guess that will come with practice.   


Overall, we really liked them.  I'm going to make this over the next couple of Saturdays to see if I can get the technique right before I decide whether its time to move on to a different recipe.  We liked the flavor, and Big Lance thought it tasted like a fortune cookie… but it didn't have the right feel.  Challenge accepted :)

The kids loved them!! Especially the fortunes!  Lance Jr specifically picked a cookie that he saw through a crack the word "Zeus," and they all got a kick out of it.  His fortune? 

"Zeus is watching you." 

Which would be funnier if you knew that our Great Dane always lays in the doorway of the very next room watching us eat, since he is not allowed in the dining room during meals :)


Alex's first fortune was less amusing to her, and she kept trying to pass it off to others as if it were the "Cheese Touch."  Hers was definitely a family inside joke.  

"Justin Bieber loves you."

Fortune Cookies
Serves 6

1 egg white
⅛ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pinch salt
¼ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
¼ cup white sugar

1.  Preheat oven to 400˚. Butter a cookie sheet. Write fortunes on strips of paper about 4 inches long and ½  inch wide. Generously grease 2 cookie sheets.

2.  Mix the egg white and vanilla until foamy but not stiff. Sift the flour, salt, and sugar and blend into the egg white mixture.

3.  Place teaspoonfuls of the batter at least 4 inches apart on one of the prepared cookie sheets. Tilt the sheet to move the batter into round shapes about 3 inches in diameter. Be careful to make batter as round and even as possible. Do not make too many, because the cookie have to be really hot to form them and once they cool it is too late. Start with 2 or 3 to a sheet and see how many you can do.

4.  Bake for 5 minutes or until cookie has turned a golden color ½ inch wide around the outer edge of the circle. The center will remain pale. While one sheet is baking, prepare the other.

5.  Remove from oven and quickly move cookie with a wide spatula and place upside down on a wooden board. Quickly place the fortune on the cookie, close to the middle and fold the cookie in half. Place the folded edge across the rim of a measuring cup and pull the pointed edges down, one on the inside of the cup and one on the outside. Place folded cookies into the cups of a muffin tin or egg carton to hold their shape until firm.

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