Did you know you could make your own fortune cookies at home? I love this recipe & I think you will too! These were a lot of fun to make but I have to tell you the first time I made them I folded them the wrong way…rookie mistake. I won’t be making that mistake again ;). I folded them in half then I folded them in half again & I couldn’t figure out why they didn’t look right. So don’t make the same mistake as me! *Make sure when you bend them over the mug that the seam is facing up.
Homemade fortune cookies look paler compared to the factory-made ones because they put food dye in them to give them a golden colour but don’t worry these taste just as good!
You can handwrite your fortune cookie messages or type them up. I chose to type them up on the computer using size 11 font, print them, & cut them into strips. If your message is too long to fit inside the cookie you can fold it in half. If you need some ideas on fortune cookie messages to write try looking at fortunecookiemessage.com
The trick with these cookies is to work quickly. You only have about 30 seconds before the cookie becomes too cool to shape & mould into form. I have made them by myself but it helps to have an extra pair of hands so you can work faster.
I have heard that wearing tight fitted cotton gloves helps so you don’t burn your hands when working with the hot cookies. We will try these tips again next time!
Lunar New Year is coming very fast and these fortune cookies will be the best gifts for those young friends. Give this Fortune Cookies a try, don’t forget to tag us on Instagram as @leplaincanvas and use the #byplaincanvas hashtag. I love seeing your takes on my recipes!
Fill these Homemade Fortune Cookies with your own personal fortunes for a fun and delicious crafty treat!
3 large egg whites
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter melted
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
3 tbsp water
1 cup all purpose flour (5 oz by weight)
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or a silicone mat, and have your fortune strips ready to go.
- In a stand mixer (or large bowl with a hand mixer), whip the egg whites and sugar on high speed for about 2 minutes, until frothy. Whip in the melted butter, vanilla, almond extract, and water until incorporated. Add the flour and mix until the flour *just* disappears.
- With a tablespoon measure, spoon the batter onto the parchment paper and spread it out into an even 3 inch circle. I recommend not doing any more than 2-3 at a time, since they set very quickly and you will not be able to fold more than that.
- Bake the fortune cookies for 7-8 minutes, until the edges brown slightly. If you let them brown too much, they will snap when you shape them. Conversely, if they don’t brown a little bit, they will also break (but tear, rather than snapping).
- When each batch of fortune cookies finishes baking, remove them from the oven and quickly flip the circle over, and fold your fortune cookie in half, into a semicircle. This is when you slip your note into the cookie (quickly) because if you slip it in right at the beginning, the cookie will be too hot and your paper will stick to the cookie. Place your semicircle onto the edge of a cup, and quickly fold the ends down, to crimp into a fortune cookie shape (see above tutorial video if needed).
- Place the cookie in a muffin tin to let it cool and hold its shape.
- Repeat with the remaining batter and enjoy!