Friday, January 11, 2013

Fortune Cookie Recipe

For our New Year's celebration, I thought it would be fun to have a festive dessert.  After a few minutes, I got an ambitious hair and decided to make fortune cookies!  It became a family event with Lulu being on watch for any crumbs to help taste test, Winston cheering us on with coos and Benjamin doing the folding because I have a habit of burning myself!  Our New Year's Eve was special because we were all in the kitchen and the receipe turned out to be easier than I expected!  

Fortune Cookies
5 tbs of unsalted butter
4 egg whites
1 cup of white sugar
1 cup of flour
pinch of salt
3 tbs of heavy whipping cream
1 tsp almond extract
Parchment paper

Makes about 15 cookies

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Melt butter in a small bowl and set aside.  In a separate bowl, beat together egg whites and sugar on a medium speed for about 30 seconds.  Scrape the bowl down to ensure all of the sugar has been mixed in.  Next add the flour and salt.  Beat together until combined.  Scrap the down the bowl.  Lastly, add in the melted butter, cream and almond extract.  Beat together for another 30 seconds.
Go ahead and try a taste - it is delicious!
As a guideline, draw two 5" circles onto the parchment paper and place on the cookie sheet.  Spoon about a tablespoon of the batter onto the parchment paper and spread with the back of the spoon into a thin circle.
Put in the oven and bake between 6-8 minutes or until the edges turn golden brown.  When you take the pan out of the oven, you will need to act fast.  Take a spatula and lift the first circle off of the pan and place on a clean surface.  Quickly place the fortune in the middle of the circle.
Then take two sides and fold them until they meet together.  Then press the middle of the semi circle over a coffee mug or a straight surface to create the middle crease of the cookie.
Place the folded cookie into a muffin tin to help maintain the fortune cookie shape!
Don't worry if the middle of your cookie cracks a little - it happens.  If it splits the whole way, it just means you can eat it without feeling badly!  Quickly do the second circle and repeat until all batter is used.  

After the first 8 or so, I was able to spoon out an appropriate amount and no longer needed the circle outline.  It may take one or two at the beginning to get into a groove, so if you need to make an exact 15, I would recommend doubling the batter to be on the safe side.

Since we had created two fortunes for each guest, we then created a cute little box using the Silhoutte and bright card stock.  After gluing the sides together, using puff paint I wrote the names of our guests and 2013 on the sides of the boxes.
This allowed for a great presentation of the cookies and the boxes were also useful for taking home one should they want to save it for later!
Overall I was very pleased with the turnout of the fortune cookies!  They tasted fantastic, the fortunes we crafted for the family were well received and provided some good laughs and they were fun to make!  
Just a note:
You could also use vanilla extract instead of almond, if you prefer.
After the cookies cool, try dipping one side into chocolate and covering with sprinkles for another option!

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