Feelin’ Fortunate


Introducing…..

 Homemade fortune cookies!

For anyone who loves Chinese takeout, the classic fortune cookie is a deliciously crunchy, subtly sweet ending to a chopstick-eaten meal.

But let’s face it: the best part about the cookie is what’s written inside.  Wouldn’t it be awesome to swap those random fortunes for something more personal?

Companies like Fancyfortunecookies.com have this idea down to a science.  Want caramel on those fortune cookies?  Raspberry flavored? How about a message wishing your favorite future law student good luck on her LSAT’s?  (hint hint)

Or maybe a ginormous, chocolate-and-sprinkle covered cookie as big as someone’s head:

http://www.fancyfortunecookies.com/Giant_Fortune_Cookie_s/49.htm

Giant fortune cookie from fancyfortunecookies.com

That’ll be $39.97 please.

Fear not, cash-strapped college kids!  You can still impress your significant other/grandma/cat AND be able to pay your utilities bills.  All for less than the price of ordering that sweet Sesame Chicken.

To make the incredibly amazing homemade fortune cookies, start with a big bowl.  Add:

1. two large egg whites

2. 1/2 a teaspoon of vanilla extract

3. 1/2 a teaspoon of almond extract

4. three tablespoons of vegetable oil

5. 1/2 cup of flour

6. 1 1/2 teaspoons of cornstarch

7. pinch of salt

8. 1/2 cup of white sugar

9. three teaspoons of water

10. creatively written cut-out and folded fortunes on thin strips of paper

11. a clean, empty mug

12. cupcake tin

and

food coloring in your choice of colors

Do you have to use food coloring?  No, but I think they look a hell of lot more gourmet when they’re pink!

Blend the egg whites, extracts, and oil with an egg beater until the mixture is frothy.  Don’t let it form stiff peaks, we’re not making meringue here.

In another bowl, mix the flour, cornstarch, sugar, and salt.  Pour into the frothy bowl, and add your water.

Blend this until the batter is smooth.

And now, for the fun part:

Add in your food coloring!

Take about two small spoonfuls of the batter (about a tablespoon, depending on how big you want them to be) and drop it onto a greased baking pan.  Leave enough room for an additional cookie.  Smooth out the dollops with the back of the spoon so they form even circles.  Slide the pan into an oven for 10 minutes at 375 degrees.

Why only bake two at a time?  Because you have to form the cookies AS SOON AS THEY COME OUT OF THE OVEN.  If they are allowed to cool for even a minute, they will get too hard and crack when folded.

A word to the wise: cookies will be HOT when they come out.  You can wear clean cotton gloves while you fold them, or you can channel your inner former pizza cook and just burn your fingers like I did.  I suggest the first choice.

After these little guys are done cooking, you need to move fast.  Ease the cookie onto your work surface with a spatula, and place the folded-up fortune on one-half of the cookie.  Fold the circle in half so you end up with a semi-circle like Hey Arnold’s face.

Now, take the folded up pastry and place the flat side against the rim of the coffee mug, keeping the curved edge towards the ceiling.  Carefully bend the two cookie edges around the rim to make the iconic fortune cookie shape.

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Once your cookie has been shaped, place it into the empty muffin tin so it won’t come loose while it cools.  Repeat these steps with the remaining batter.  Until you perfect the folding technique, it’s best to only do two at a time.  Yes, this method takes forever, but the end result is totally worth it.

beautiful.

I managed to get eleven cookies out of the amount of batter I created.  I think it would have been a full dozen, but i spilled some before I was able to put it on the pan.  Luckily, Lucy took care of cleanup.

Remember, making these cookies is really easy!  All you have to do is

pour

and shape

bake

 Happy Eating!

nick.com

-Bri

P.S.: want to know where I got my cutest-ever ice cream cone baking timer?  Go to PerpetualKid.com or click on the link below-

http://www.perpetualkid.com/ice-cream-cone-kitchen-timer.aspx

I love all their novelty kitchen items!

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