At the end of March, my mother’s intern was leaving for China and we were throwing him a farewell party. I gathered up my paper lanterns and headed to my parents for the weekend, my sister was also home visiting. Everyone brought something to contribute and we all made stir-fry and our own egg/spring rolls. My contribution was a bowl of orange wedges, five spice peanuts and homemade fortune cookies. After a trip to the Asian Market, with my sister, I was ready to start baking my fortune cookies. I found a recipe on-line and altered it to the ingredients I had on hand. Everyone loved it and it was so easy! My altered recipe is below.
- 2 egg whites
- 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. pure walnut extract
- 3 Tbs. vegetable oil
- 8 Tbs. all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp. cornstarch
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 8 Tbs. granulated sugar
- 3 tsp. water
Write fortunes on pieces of paper that are 3 1/2 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. I made them appropriate for the audience and the reason we were celebrating. I even included lucky numbers for fun. Preheat oven to 300ºF. Grease 2 baking sheets. In a medium bowl, lightly beat the egg white, vanilla extract, walnut extract and vegetable oil until frothy, but not stiff. Mix the flour, cornstarch, salt and sugar into a separate bowl. Stir the water into the flour mixture. 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 spoon.
Place level tablespoons of batter on the cookie sheet, spacing them at least 3 inches apart. I baked two at a time to ensure that I would get them folded before they cooled. 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.
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 (14 – 15 minutes).
Working quickly, remove the cookie with a spatula and flip it over in 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 down. Place the finished cookie in the cup of the muffin tin so that it keeps its shape. Continue with the rest of the cookies.