Saturday, March 20, 2010

Fortune Cookies

I found this recipe on About dot com and was surprised at how easy fortune cookies are to make. I baked these with kids from my daughter’s school. All the children wrote their own fortune and folded it into a cookie. This part must be done while the cookies are pretty hot, so parental guidance is a must.
You can personalize the fortunes depending on the event-- think how much fun you could have writing racy fortunes for friends!

2 large egg whites
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon almond extract (I didn’t use this)
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
8 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 and ½ teaspoons corn starch (corn flour)
¼ teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons granulated sugar
3 teaspoons water

1) Preheat the oven to 300F (150C). Sift the flour, corn starch, salt and sugar together. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg whites, extracts and oil until frothy, but not as far as soft peaks. Add the egg mixture into the flour mixture, stir well to combine, then drizzle in the water and mix until it forms a smooth batter (similar to pancake batter).

2) Line a baking tray with parchment paper or a silicon mat. Spray with non-stick spray, too. Spoon about 1 tablespoon batter  onto the tray, making sure the batter rounds are at least 3” apart from one and other (I could fit 6 cookies on a tray comfortably).

3) Bake until the cookies are golden just around the edges (about 15 minutes), no more or they will crack when you fold them.  Remove from the oven and IMMEDIATELY slide a cookie off the tray, flip it over and place the fortune on one half of the cookie, fold the other half over to form a half circle and bend the cookie (in the middle) over the edge of a coffee mug, to make the classic fortune cookie shape. You can have helpers hold them in that shape, to wedge the cookies in between something to hold them in that shape until they are cooled and firmed up.

Makes about 8-10 cookies

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