We’re all familiar with fortune cookies. They’re usually served at the end of a meal as a little sweet dessert treat. Crack open the cookie to find a note of good fortune or prediction for the future.
There is a common misconception that the fortune cookie is a Chinese treat. They’re actually an Americanized dessert, thought to have originated from a Japanese cookie. The inventor of the fortune cookie is unknown, but many have fought for the title.
It may not be tradition to serve fortune cookies during Chinese New Year, but many have adopted this sweet treat into their celebrations because of the good fortune it brings. We’re going to share with everyone a quick recipe to make your own at home!
Ingredients: (Makes about 6 cookies)
- 1 egg white
- 1/4 cup sugar (white sugar)
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp almond extract
- 1/4 cup sifted flour
- 1 to 1-1/2 tbs water
- Homemade fortunes (3″ x 1/2″)
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees before you start preparing the ingredients. Beat the egg whites until peaks form. Mix in the flour, and then the almond, vanilla, and sugar. Once mixed, add water and stir.
Prepare a sheet for baking. Silpat is the sheet of choice, but parchment paper will be fine. Spoon tablespoons of the mixture onto the sheet. Spread it out to make a flat circle around 3-4 inches in diameter. Bake for 9-10 minutes (try baking 2 at a time until you have gotten the hang of the process).
Once ready, take the sheet out of the oven and remove the cookie. The next few steps have to be done quickly but carefully (the cookies are HOT)! Place the fortune in the middle of the cookie. Slightly fold the edges over (just the edge!), and bend the middle of the cookie over the edge of a cup. This should make the famous fortune cookie shape. Leave aside for the shape to set.
There you have it! Your own DIY fortune cookie! Fill your cookies with sayings of good fortune to pass on to friends and family. They’re sure to enjoy this delicious treat!
Some popular sayings for Chinese New Year is:
- Happy New Year!
- Wishing you good health and prosperity!
- Good luck!
Let us know what types of fortunes you would put in your fortune cookie in the comments below!