fortune cookies

Last night I had a craving for fortune cookies. Actually, I’d had the craving for a few days, and it was getting unbearable (and no, it’s not that kind of craving, so you needn’t ask!). I hopped online and found a recipe, and set to it. They were surprisingly easy, and turned out pretty decently! The only problem was that I do not have any silicone mats, so I had to use parchment paper. It worked well enough (they didn’t stick) but it didn’t allow the cookies to spread out enough and get really thin like they’re supposed to be. So they were a bit thick, but they still tasted great, and they satisfied the craving! So here’s the recipe, courtesy of The Take Home Chef.

Chinese Fortune Cookies

Makes about 16


2 large egg whites
¼ teaspoon/about 1 ml vanilla extract
1/2 cup/70 g all purpose flour
1/2 cup/105 g granulated sugar
Pinch of salt


Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line two large baking sheets with nonstick silicon mats (such as Silpat). Write fortune messages on 16 small strips of paper that are about 2 x 1/2 inches.

Using a hand whisk or an electric mixer, beat the egg whites and vanilla in a large bowl to form soft peaks. Sift the flour, sugar and salt into another bowl, then stir the flour mixture into the egg white mixture until a thick pasty batter forms.

Spoon 2 teaspoonfuls of the cookie batter onto one of the silicon mats for each cookie, forming 4 cookies and spacing them evenly apart. Spread the batter so that each cookie is about 3 inches in diameter.

Bake for about 10 minutes or until the cookies have turned a light golden color. Working quickly, gently pick up the hot wafer cookies with a palette knife or spatula and place them upside down on the baking sheet.

Place a fortune message in the middle of each cookie and fold each cookie in half to encase the fortune messages. Bend the pointed edges of each cookie backwards and towards each other.

It is important that the cookies are hot while you bend them so that they are still pliable. Once the cookies cool they will become brittle and will break if you try to bend them. Allow the wafers to cool and repeat the process several times until all cookie batter has been used.

As I mentioned, my parchment didn’t let them spread quite enough. The first batch turned out quite cakey, as you can see here:

For the second batch, I spread them as thinly as I could on the parchment, and they turned out much more ‘fortune cookie’-ish.

If you happen to have silicone mats, and you decide to make these, I’d be interested to find out how well it worked for you!


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