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helena's picture

fortune cookies (post #63296)


I was thinking that fortune cookies might be cute for a Christmas gathering, but have no recipe and no experience. Anyone done this before?

Wolvie's picture

(post #63296, reply #1 of 31)

I'm thinking  Aussie can help you with this one, but I may be wrong. Hopefully, she'll check this thread.

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helena's picture

(post #63296, reply #3 of 31)

Thanks! I hope she'll chime in :o)

meljanbil's picture

(post #63296, reply #2 of 31)

All I can say is that my only experiance with making fortune cookies was when I was 15 and babysitting.  I got to the house and the mom told me she had made the batter and it was up to me to get them into the oven and shape them.  Needless to say I couldn't figure out how the HE** to shape those molten lava thingies, so I threw them over glasses and made cups out of them (my father had just taken me to the Four Seasons for my b-day).  The children were very disappointed and looking back I can't remember if I ever babysat for them again, up to that point they had been regulars.


helena's picture

(post #63296, reply #4 of 31)

LOL! That's a cute story :o). At least you now know how to make cups for icecream and mousse desserts, right? ;o)

soccermom's picture

(post #63296, reply #5 of 31)

Wow! The best I hope for from a 15-year-old babysitter is that she manages to put the takeout pizza plates in the dishwasher, doesn't entertain gentlemen callers in my home, and doesn't touch my home office computer to surf the Net all night. Perhaps I should increase my standards. LOL





CookiM0nster's picture

(post #63296, reply #6 of 31)

I've made them, but not in years. They're actually pretty easy, but you do need hands that can take a lot of heat because you have to fold them while still hot. I'll see if I can find my old recipe.

helena's picture

(post #63296, reply #9 of 31)

I'd appreciate your recipe and any hints cookimonster :o). I think I'd be able to handle some heat, for some reason they are very appealing to me, LOL!

CookiM0nster's picture

(post #63296, reply #13 of 31)

I'm still looking for the recipe I used - the trick is remembering which book it was in. In teh meantime I googled and found the following recipe, which looks very similar to the one I used. It's amazing how much variation there is among fortune cookie recipes out there!

helena's picture

(post #63296, reply #14 of 31)

Ooh, thanks! It doesn't sound too hard, I think the trick is just to be patient and not make too many at once.

Jean's picture

(post #63296, reply #15 of 31)

Well this might be too late, but here's a recipe that was originally posted by Mer1.

Fortune Cookies from the Joy of Cooking.

Preheat oven to 350. If you want to make the cookies into fortunes, have your remarks printed on paper 3 x 3/8 inches ready to go.

Combine and mix until the sugar is dissolved:
3/4 cup unbeaten egg whites (5-6)
1 2/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt

Stir in separately and beat until well blended.
1 cup melted butter * see note
1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup finely chopped blanched almonds
1/2 teaspoon vanilla or one tablespoon lemon juice

1. Drop dough in tablespoon-fulls onto an ungreased baking sheet (I used Silpats and Teflon sheets.)
2. Bake 10 mins or until edges are golden brown.
3. While still hot, the cookie is very flexible, so you place the fortune inside and fold it to the proper "fortune cookie shape" (fold it in half over the fortune, and then draw the tips together over a rod or plate). Pinch the ends of the cookies closed while the cookie is still warm. I found that using the rod end of a wooden spoon was very helpful.

Once it cools, the cookie becomes hard and crunchy!

The recipe calls for a full cup of butter. I don't know how to explain this clearly, but the cookies were a bit oily, as there were some grease spots on the paper fortunes. When I do this recipe again, I will cut back the butter quite a bit. I followed the recipe exactly and the cookie dough was delicious. It was quite different from the traditional fortune cookie recipe but that's good.

Secondly, the cookies must be folded while very hot. Let them sit for a few seconds after they come out of the oven or they will split apart. Then, move quickly. I staggered the baking times, so I would only take out two or three from the oven at a time.

They take some time to make, but they are a fun treat, quite dramatic and delicious.







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CookiM0nster's picture

(post #63296, reply #16 of 31)

Hey Jean! It's good to see you back.

MadMom's picture

(post #63296, reply #17 of 31)

Welcome back,'ve been missed.

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doyenne's picture

(post #63296, reply #19 of 31)

Good to see you back!


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assibams's picture

(post #63296, reply #20 of 31)

You know, I read this post and only realized it was you after all when I reached the signature line - and went back to the name box to double check. So glad you're back!!!

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RuthWells's picture

(post #63296, reply #21 of 31)

Jean!!  Glad to see you; hope you live up to your tag line!  ; )


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MER02's picture

(post #63296, reply #22 of 31)

what a nice surprise to see my recipe already posted! :) Nice to have you back Jean.

Helena, they are very easy to make, but laborious and a bit tricky to fiddle with. If you can get friends to make them with you, they go quickly and it is a fun project to do while catching up with friends as there is a lot of down time as you wait for cookies to bake. Only bake a few at a time because they can only be shaped when hot and they cool very quickly

helena's picture

(post #63296, reply #25 of 31)

Thanks Mer! Unfortunately, I don't have friends who can be interested in anything else but *eating*, as far as cookies are concerned, LOL!

So basically I just fold them in half, and then bend them over a rod or glas, getting the open ends together?

MER02's picture

(post #63296, reply #26 of 31)

yes, they are easy. Once you put the paper in the middle, fold in half , not fully, but just bend the middle and make sure the edges of the cookie touch. Then bring the edges of the half circle together using a wooden spoon or a rim of a glass to help, by pushing in on the center of the folded cookie. Once you have formed them, it helps to sit them on the rim of the glass to cool.

Is this making any sense? I am happy to go into more detail, but am worried that all this detail isn't clear at all.

helena's picture

(post #63296, reply #24 of 31)

Not too late at all, thank you Jean!!

JustJill's picture

(post #63296, reply #27 of 31)

Let me add my voice to the chorus of acclamation -- we've missed you! Welcome back, my friend.


JoeB2's picture

(post #63296, reply #7 of 31)

I've always thought this would be a GREAT idea, with real fortunes too (not those goofy horiscope insights that are in the resturant ones)

If you don't find a good recipe, I bet you could just use a pazelle (sp?) recipe and make them that way.. perhaps sub the anise for almond extract or something.

I think this would be a really cool thing for a resturant to do as a special touch. Custom made fortune cookies with real fortunes in them. My wife says it would be too expensive.. labor intensive.

venturedone's picture

(post #63296, reply #8 of 31)

You can google and find several online resources for custom fortune cookies


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helena's picture

(post #63296, reply #10 of 31)

I love the idea of personalized messages/fortunes as well :o). I don't own a pizelle iron though, so that won't do me any good :o(

JaneRose's picture

(post #63296, reply #11 of 31)

I did this once about 25 years ago and recall it was easy and fun. My variation was "Quotation Cookies" from business management writers like Peter Drucker, some funny stuff I'd heard around the office, and identifiable slips that were funny, but not dangerous in the setting. They were a hit. You can tailor the quotes to the group. Humm, it wouldn't be such a bad idea to revive this idea where I work now.

Adele's picture

(post #63296, reply #12 of 31)

Peter Drucker

That's my old boss's brother.  Very nice man, I met him at a shiva.

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

JaneRose's picture

(post #63296, reply #18 of 31)

Hey Fest-Buddy! Yep, Peter Drucker was quite a fellow. I enjoyed his ideas and saw him interviewed or on some tapes somewhere, in another life, I guess.

I am enjoying the Honey Lemon Jelly. Superb. Thank you so, so much.

JustJill's picture

(post #63296, reply #23 of 31)

What's a shiva? Like "sitting shiva" for somebody who's died?


Adele's picture

(post #63296, reply #28 of 31)


What's a shiva? Like "sitting shiva" for somebody who's died?

Yes, I just figured it was called a 'shiva'.  Very interesting, nice & dignified.

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

JustJill's picture

(post #63296, reply #29 of 31)

I find formal mourning customs fascinating, and wish more of us would return to some of them. Thanks for the info.


RheaS's picture

(post #63296, reply #30 of 31)

We have a Museum of Funeral Customs right her in good old Springfield, IL: I keep forgetting that it's there, so I haven't gone. I have been told that it is one of the better tourist spots in Spfld.