Fortune Cookies are actually an American invention,  not Chinese, though still a favorite end-of-meal treat around the world. Make your own with this tasty recipe.
Fortune Cookies

Fortune Cookies
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6 servings
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 4 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Write fortunes on strips of paper about 4 inches long and 1/2-inch wide. Generously grease 2 baking trays.
  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 4 inches apart on one of the prepared baking trays. 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 cookies have to be really hot to form them and once they cool it is too late. Start with 2 or 3 to a tray to see how many you can do.
  4. Bake for 5 minutes or until cookie has turned a golden color around the outer edge of the circle. The center will remain pale. While one tray 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.
Use a spatula to spread the batter on the baking sheet to ensure that it is thin. Thick cookies will remain chewy and not keep their form. Uniformity for each cookie is important in this recipe or some cookies will be chewy and others crisp. A thickness of 1/16-inch is ideal for each cookie.
If your cookies do not come out as desired with the first batch, try lowering the temperature of the oven to 325 deg. F. and bake for 10 minutes.


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