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Saturday, January 3, 2015

DIY Fortune Cookies

It is always hard to decide what to bring to your friends house, for a relaxing movie evening.
So then my son reminded me of the fortune cookies we had made before. I thought this would be a good surprise.

We wrote some fortunes in paper, some of them inspired from the wise Google.
It is fun because you can write whatever we think it is funny, and you can make the phrases age appropriate.
I adapted the recipe from Fifteen Spatulas, which has a very good video on how to make them (click on the highlighted name to go to their site). I substituted a portion of all purpose flour for rice flour, to make it crispier. So in the end I used:
Fortune Cookies
3 egg whites
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp water
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup rice flour
Heat oven to 375 F degrees.
Whip all the wet ingredients, then mix the dry ingredients.
Place the dough on a silicone mat preferably, a teaspoon at a time.
I found a few tricks on their video on how to make the shapes of these cookies.
First of all, bake 2 to 4 at a time, or they will cool too soon and you won't be able to shape them. Also spread the layer with the back of a spoon, to make it thin.
Bake for 5 to 7 minutes.
Placing the piece of paper with the fortune right after is out of the oven, while they are hot.

then bend them on the edge of a cup while hot,

and let them cool in a muffin pan, to keep the shape.

When one batch is ready, I quickly place another tray in the oven, time for 5 minutes, and fold the ones that are ready before they cool. It takes a little while master the technique, and some of them break. But in the end there are enough cookies perfect and ready to package.
They make a cute plate to bring to a friend.
And it is a nice snack to bring for kids. They think they are hilarious.
You should try.