Thursday, February 10, 2011

Fortune Cookies

Happy Belated Chinese New  Year!

So Chinese New Years was really last week, and at home we would normally celebrate with a huge New Year's feast.  This year, at my home away from home, few friends decided to have a potluck to commemorate the year of the Rabbit. 


In addition to making a normal traditional dish, these Fortune Cookies were a great addition to the dinner.  So I assumed that these cookies were just another American invention, like McDonalds, Google, or the Oscars. Apparently, Fortune Cookies are Japanese in origin, brought over by the Chinese and just took off in the U.S.!



These can be a little tricky to make, but I suggest that you make one on the baking sheet first and then slowly increase the number you make at a time.  


Here's a little video on how to fold the cookies (fast-forward to 1:20)
How to Fold Fortune Cookies


Don't forget to write fortunes on little pieces of paper and place them in the middle of the cookie before folding! If you want to get fancy, put "learn Chinese" or some lotto numbers on the back.


Recipe (makes 10):
1 egg white
1/8 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup white sugar
2 tbsp water


Preheat to 400 degrees Farenheit.
Butter the cookie sheet really well!
Mix egg white and vanilla together until foamy.
Sift in flour and sugar. Mix together.
Use 1 tsp of batter and spread it into a 3 in. round diameter on the cookie sheet.
Bake for 5 minutes.


While the cookie is still warm, take the cookie of the sheet and place the fortune in the middle.
Fold the cookie in half and using the edge of a mug, pull the corners down.
Put the folded cookie in a muffin tin so that it can keep its shape!



2 comments:

  1. I speak from firsthand experience...these were delicious! They have a much more substantial flavor and texture than the takeout fortune cookies. The homemade fortunes were a huge crowdpleaser; reading these personalized messages was too much fun. What a way to impress your guests!

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  2. I am surprised that you could make this one. Never think about this during my student's life. However, I am curious that how Ming felt about this one. You could tell me in secret way. hahaha.

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