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Fortune Cookies

These delicious cookies don't have to be confined to Chinese meals; they also make wonderful party favors, place cards, or everyday desserts. The batter used to make these fortune cookies is traditional tuile batter. Tuiles are thin, crisp cookies that are easy to mold into curved shapes while still warm from the oven. Remember, the key to success with these oversize cookies is to shape them quickly.

  • yield: Makes 15

Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 cup superfine sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • Nonstick cooking spray

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Heat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet liberally with cooking spray. Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat; set aside.

  2. Step 2

    In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine egg whites and sugar, and beat on medium speed, about 30 seconds. Add flour and salt, and beat until combined. Add butter, heavy cream, and almond extract, and beat until combined, about 30 seconds.

  3. Step 3

    Pour 1 tablespoon of batter onto half of the baking sheet, and spread with the back of a spoon into a thin 5-inch circle; repeat on the other half of the sheet. Bake until the edges of the cookies turn golden brown, about 8 minutes.

  4. Step 4

    Transfer baking sheet to a heat-resistant surface. Working as quickly as possible, slide a spatula (an offset spatula, available at specialty kitchen shops, works best) under one of the cookies. Lift it up, and place it on a clean kitchen towel. Using your fingers, fold the cookie in half, pinching the top together to form a loose semicircle. Hold the cookie with your index fingers inserted at each open end, and slide your thumbs together along the bottom line. Press into the center of the cookie while bending the two open ends together and down to form the shape of a fortune cookie. This whole process should take about 10 seconds. Once the cookie hardens, which begins to happen almost immediately, you cannot fold it. Place the fortune cookie on the kitchen towel to cool, and shape the second cookie. Repeat until all the batter is used up. To speed up the process, bake four cookies at a time, staggering two cookie sheets by 4 minutes to give you time to shape. To avoid wasting batter, practice folding with a circle of paper first.

  5. Step 5

    Write your message on a long strip of sturdy art paper, such as Japanese moriki. Thread the fortune through the cookie when it has cooled.

Source
Holiday Cookies 2001, Special Issue 2001

Reviews (11)

  • 5 Jan, 2013

    They weren't too hard to make, but I found that the center didn't get crisp and was in fact doughy while the outer edges were crisp. Is there a way to fix this? Also, if I can fix it, how long will they keep in a sealed container?

  • 3 Apr, 2012

    When you take the fortune cookies out they are too hot to handle. You have two options: wear light cotton gloves to shape the cookies or cook them at 300 degrees F for about 14 minutes. At that temperature they are still not hot, but they will not burn your fingers!

  • 20 Jan, 2012

    i use an airbake and the cookies come out perfect. They are incredibly flavorful compared to those that come in Chinese take-out. Being able to insert your own message is so much fun. I have used twice for a wedding shower favor placed in a clear bag with ribbon. with experience, these cookies are a snap to make. Try 'em!

  • 3 Feb, 2011

    These are so easy! I just made them for my daughters Chinese New Year celabration and they are perfect! I would recomend these to anyone! Oh yeah,they taste great too:)

  • 27 Feb, 2009

    The cookies tasted good and the edges were crispy but the middle didnt seem to get that hard and was more cake like, could i be doing anything wrong?

  • 4 Jun, 2008

    how far in advance can these be made, if i make them on a monday will they be good on a saturday?

  • 7 May, 2008

    Total Disaster.
    Loving to bake, I thought these would be great for a shower gift, dipped in chocolate with baby-blue sprinkles. After the first recipe failed, I made another and still had no success. I have a convection oven and used the sheets that have a layer of air so maybe that contributed to the failure. They didn't brown and still retain the softness in order to fold. I was able to fold a few but only once before they cracked.
    One good thing was the flavor!

  • 7 Feb, 2008

    These cookies were great! I was amazed that I was able to make them as I am not usually very good at things like this. I found that the baking time was too long for my oven; I ended up baking them about 4-5 minutes each. Also, when I make them again I will wear gloves of some sort as my fingers are burning! All in all though turned out well and lots of fun.

  • 7 Feb, 2008

    These are so much fun to make. They turned out great. My fingers are a little tender now from the heat, but it's all worth it. They taste better than the ones at the resterants. Make sure to cook them all the way or they will get stuck on the fortune paper.

  • 30 Dec, 2007

    This is really the perfect tuile/fortune cookie recipe. It's super simple and turns out beautiful and delicious cookies every time. I make them each year at New Year's as my tradition.

  • 13 Dec, 2007

    this was easy but keep on an eye on the cookies so they don't burn