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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Fortune Cookies

While planning this years family reunion, I suggested we make fortune cookies as a way for people to draw the name of who they would serve during out time together. My brother-in-law said, "That's a great idea. Where do you get something like that made?" I just laughed and told him I could make them. They were all a little skeptical but were quite impressed when I turned these out. They are easy but do require speed. I would recommend having someone help you fold them, or bake only two at a time. They get crisp and crack very quickly.
2 egg whites
1/3 cup sugar
4 tablespoons melted butter, cooled
1/2 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoons almond extract
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
2 1/2 by 1/2-inch fortune strips
Opt. - Add a few drops of food coloring for special events.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a cookie sheet thoroughly or use Silpat Mat.

Whip the egg whites on low speed until light and foamy. Blend in the sugar and continue to beat until soft peaks form (this takes awhile).

Pour in the melted butter, flour, salt, and extracts; mix until well combined. Drop a tablespoon of the batter onto the prepared cookie sheet. Using the back of a spoon, spread the batter evenly into very thin 3-inch rounds. Alternatively, use the lid of a jar with a 3-inch circle punched out as a template, pour the batter in the ring, and remove. Because you must work quickly to shape these cookies, bake just 3 at a time.

Bake for about 5 to 8 minutes or until the edges are a light golden color.

Remove the cookies with a spatula and place on a work surface. Lay a fortune in the lower middle of the cookie, and gingerly (they will be hot) fold in half to make a semi-circle. Bend the edges up toward each other to make a crescent. Cool in muffin tins to hold shape until crisp. Repeat with remaining batter.


PandA said...

wow! those look amazing!!! I think this could be a really fun way to end a chinese date night at home with the hubby! you could so put some awesome fortunes like "your going to get lucky tonight"! hahaha....your are so talented kristin!!! thanks for sharing this!

Analisha said...

I can't wait to draw names for Christmas this way. I think I will make them as party favors for my sister in laws baby shower with a thank you on the inside.