Crispy, Crunchy Authentic tasting Fortune Cookies
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 color but don’t worry these taste just as good!
You can hand write 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 & mold into form. I have made them by myself but it helps to have an extra pair of hands so you can work faster. There’s a video on how to make them on youtube if you want to see how its done in action.
*Tip: I have heard that wearing tight fitted cotton gloves helps so you don’t burn your hands when working with the hot cookies.
You want to whisk the egg whites until they are frothy for this recipe. What is frothy? Well it takes about 30 seconds to a minute to make the eggs frothy. Lots of little bubbles will start to form. Here’s a picture:
Once the batter is all mixed together you will scoop tablespoons of it onto a cookie sheet & use the back of a spoon to smooth it out to form a 4″ circle.
This is what they look like when they are baked. The outside edge is golden brown.
Then you want to quickly flip it over with a sharp edged spatula, I prefer the metal ones. Then place your fortune in the middle.
Next use the spatula to bend the cookie in half. Then you pick it up with your hands & gently fold it over the edge of a coffee cup (as shown below). You pull on the ends to bend it. Make sure the seam or opened end is facing up.
Then you place it into a cupcake tin so it holds it’s shape while it cools. It cools quickly in about 10 minutes.
- 2 egg whites
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 3 Tablespoons oil (I used soybean)
- ½ cup cake flour (may substitute with all purpose flour)
- 1½ teaspoons corn or potato starch
- ½ cup sugar
- pinch of salt
- 3 teaspoons water
- Write out fortunes or type them up & cut them into strips. (You want them to be about 3" by ¼") Fold them in half if they are really long.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.
- Whisk flour, sugar, starch, salt together in bowl, set aside.
- In a separate bowl whisk egg whites until frothy. Add in vanilla, oil, & water & whisk together.
- Add egg white mixture to flour mix & whisk together until smooth.
- Scoop tablespoons of batter onto prepared cookie sheets. Spaced about 3 inches apart. You should be able to fit about 6 on each cookie sheet. Using the back of a spoon spread out the batter to form a 4 inch circle.
- Bake for 8-12 minutes or until the ½" of the outside edge is golden brown.
- Remove from oven & flip it over with a metal spatula. Place fortune in the middle. Use the spatula to fold the cookie in half. Pick it up (it will be hot so be careful). Still holding the the folded cookie in both hands (between your thumb and index fingers) pull the ends down over the rim of a coffee mug, until the ends almost meet. Remember the opened side of the fortune cookie should be facing upwards.
- Place each cookie into a cupcake tin laying down so it will hold its shape while it cools. It should cool in about 10-15 minutes.