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Fortune Cookies

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In honor of the Chinese New Year, I’ve decided to test out this fortune cookie recipe and to my surprise the intimidating looking cookie is actually really simple to make!

These plain cookies are the perfect canvas to get really creative! Dip them in chocolate or even add food coloring to the batter to add color as a start!  To show up to a party with these cookies, I can tell you all your friends will now pin you as the veteran baker of the group they will be so impressed!

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  • 2 egg whites from extra large eggs
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 6 tbsp of butter


  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a sheet tray with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the egg whites until they hold a stiff peak. Chill in the fridge for 10 minutes.
  3.  While chilling the egg whites, cream the butter, sugar, and vanilla in a separate bowl.
  4. Gradually add the flour to the butter mixture. (It will be a stiff dry batter)
  5. Slowly fold in the egg whites with the batter until it is fully incorporated. This will make the batter now very loose.
  6. Using a small spoon, scoop about 1 tablespoon of batter onto the lined cookie sheet. Use the back of the spoon to smooth the batter into a very thin circular layer. Repeat this process with additional batter to form two or three circles of batter on the cookie sheet.
  7. Bake the cookies for 5 to 7 minutes, or just until the edges of the cookies begin to brown.
  8. Remove the cookies from the oven, flip each circle upside down so the underside is now facing up. Place the handwritten fortunes in the centers of the cookies, and then use a flat spatula to very carefully release the cookie from the sheet tray. Fold it in half, then pinch the edges inward to start to create the fortune cookie shape.  Place the folded cookie over the edge of a glass or ramekin, which I have pictured, to finish the fortune cookie shape. Continue this process with the remaining cookies, which will harden within 30 seconds of being formed.Processed with VSCOcam with g3 preset


I also recommend trying dipping them in chocolate or even adding a food coloring to the batter before cooking them to give them a little more personality!

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