Saturday, February 24, 2007

Successful Fortune Cookies

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Autumn and I attempted a second go 'round with fortune cookies today. We started with a different recipe, and practiced the folding technique with a round piece of paper. This helped immensely!

I've included the recipe that we used. If you try it, be sure to only make two or three at a time on each cookie sheet. They get hard very fast, and you must work quickly. The cookies came out crisp, and delicious! As a matter of fact, my husband and I are attending a Sweetheart banquet tonight, and are taking these with us. Every couple is supposed to bring an unsigned homemade valentine. I found the cutest little Chinese take-out style boxes at Big Lots. Autumn and I packaged up the homemade fortune cookies into these containers for our valentine. So cute!

She wasn't disappointed today! Here's the recipe:

Fortune Cookies

2 large egg whites
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
8 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons granulated sugar
3 teaspoons water
1. Write fortunes on pieces of paper that are 3 1/2 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease 2 9-X-13 inch baking sheets.

2. In a medium bowl, lightly beat the egg white, vanilla extract, almond extract and vegetable oil until frothy, but not stiff.

3. Sift the flour, cornstarch, salt and sugar into a separate bowl. Stir the water into the flour mixture.

4. Add the flour into the egg white mixture and stir until you have a smooth batter. The batter should not be runny, but should drop easily off a wooden spoon.

5. Place level tablespoons of batter onto the cookie sheet, spacing them at least 3 inches apart. Gently tilt the baking sheet back and forth and from side to side so that each tablespoon of batter forms into a circle 4 inches in diameter.

6. Bake until the outer 1/2-inch of each cookie turns golden brown and they are easy to remove from the baking sheet with a spatula (14 - 15 minutes).

7. Working quickly, remove the cookie with a spatula and flip it over in your hand. Place a fortune in the middle of a cookie. To form the fortune cookie shape, fold the cookie in half, then gently pull the edges downward over the rim of a glass, wooden spoon or the edge of a muffin tin. Place the finished cookie in the cup of the muffin tin so that it keeps its shape. Continue with the rest of the cookies.

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