HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Say it with Fortune Cookies!!
Fortune cookies though thought to be Chinese , are actually American in origin. They are served as desserts in chinese restaurants in USA, but intrestingly absent in China. It is a crisp cookie with a message or ‘fortune’ or words of wisdom written on it. ( source: wiki).
One of my very few recipes featuring eggs, I wanted to try it out before substituting it with egg replacers. I was not sure if I could nail down the shape correctly, but they weren’t bad for the first try. Bake these cookies for kid’s birthday parties, for a game of housie, lottery , dumb charades or just about any guessing game or game of probability. For bigger batches, its a bit time consuming, but surely adds an element of surprise for your guests. I must warn you, you will need whole of the kitchen counter for yourself, as whole process has to be well co ordinated and the cookies have to be shaped when they are still hot,a delay of seconds will ruin them. So bake them preferably at night, when kids are off to sleep.
The recipe has been adapted from fifteenspatulas.com, halve the recipe if you want fewer cookies. This one yielded me around 25-30 cookies.
- Egg whites- 3 large ( i used 3 and half medium)
- Sugar- 3/4 cup
- Butter, melted- 1/2 cup
- Vanilla extract- 1/4 tsp
- Almond extract- 1/4 tsp (replace with vanilla, if unavailable)
- Water- 3 tbsp
- All purpose flour –1 cup
- Preheat your oven to 190 degrees C. Use a non-stick flat cake pan or line your tin with parchment paper. Keep your fortune strips ready.
- In a large bowl whip the egg whites and sugar on high speed for about 2 minutes, until it’s frothy.I powdered the normal granulated sugar for better mix.
- Whip in the melted butter, vanilla, almond extract, and water until incorporated. Add in the flour and mix until the flour just disappears.
- With a tablespoon measure, spoon the batter onto the pan and spread it out into an even 3 inch circle.I ended up wasting first two batches, as they were too thick. Try to spread them as evenly as possible and as thin as you can without causing any holes in it.
- Do only 2 at a time ,since they set very quickly and you will not be able to fold more than that.
- Bake your fortune cookies for 7-8 minutes, until the edges brown slightly. If you let them brown too much, they will snap when you shape them, if they don’t brown a little bit, they will tear.Keep an eye on the oven for the first few batches and you will get an idea.
- When your fortune cookies are done baking, remove them from the oven and quickly flip the circle over, place the note and fold your fortune cookie into a semicircle.If the cookie is too hot your paper will stick to the cookie, so partially fold the cookie before placing the note. Place your semicircle onto the edge of a cup, and quickly fold the ends down, to shape into a fortune cookie.
- Stick the cookie in a muffin tin to let it cool and hold its shape.
- Repeat the process with the remaining batter.
Note: try to fold down the cookie from the folded side of the circle, i.e. the vertical diameter side , to give a nice 3d fortune cookie. I didn’t manage to fold them correctly in few cases.
May the New Year be filled with these “real” fortunes
Who lets slip Fortune, her shall never find. Occasion once pass’d by, is bald behind. – ABRAHAM COWLEY, Pyramus and Thisbe
Hold on to it, Don’t let this fortune pass by…