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Big Black Dog: A Rainbow of Fortune

March 25, 2008

A Rainbow of Fortune

I finally did it! I finally figured out how to make Fortune Cookies and they were fun to make too. I even typed up my own personalized messages for each cookie! My nieces are going to love these!

I tried several recipes and found one that was easier to work with and it was the only one I tried that used corn starch in the batter. And I found a wonderful list of Helpful Hints for Making Fortune Cookies. Make sure that you use the recommended White Cotton Gloves when forming the cookies!

I am entering my Rainbow of Fortune in Sugar High Friday, March theme "Sweet Gifts" hosted by Danielle of Habeas Brulee.






Fortune Cookies
Recipe adapted from About.com

2 large egg whites, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla 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 (I had to add an additional 2 tsp of water)

Note: Directions have been altered according to my own baking experience.

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.

I used my Silpat Baking Sheet and had no problems what-so-ever. I tried parchment paper but the hot cookies were difficult to remove.

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 be the consistency of thin pancake batter. I had to add an additional 2 tsp of water. If you want to color the cookies now is the time to add the food coloring.

I divided up the batter into prep bowls and dyed each bowl of batter a different color.

5. Place 2 tsp of batter per cookie on baking sheet, spacing them at least 3 inches apart. I only baked 2 cookies at a time. Gently tilt the baking sheet back and forth and from side to side so that each cookie forms into a circle 4 inches in diameter.

6. Bake until cookie is firm not sticky on the surface and the edges should not be browned.

7. Working quickly and wearing a pair of white cotton gloves, 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 mixing bowl.

8. When the cookie has dried enough to hold it's shape. Place the cookie into a mini tart mold or a cupcake tin with the folded edge down.

9. To crisp up the cookies, place the tart mold or cupcake tin in a 300 degree oven for 4-5 minutes. Cookies will soften a bit during the crisping so you can gently reform if necessary. Remove and cool.






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9 Comments:

Blogger OhioMom said...

How wonderful, you are much more adventurous than me :)

March 25, 2008 at 10:37 AM  
Blogger MrsPacNW said...

How adorable are those? Nice job Michelle...

March 25, 2008 at 12:01 PM  
Blogger Lucy said...

WOW...AND WOW AGAIN!!! Very impressive indeed!

March 25, 2008 at 1:43 PM  
Blogger LisaRene said...

How fun! These are great, I love the colors. They must have been a lot of fun to make.

I grew up in McHenry but have since moved away. Barrington is a lovely area.

March 26, 2008 at 1:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michelle, love the colorful cookies. Great job.

March 26, 2008 at 11:21 AM  
Blogger The Apron Queen said...

These are way cool. What fun! Maybe I'll cook up some stir fry this weekend & serve these for dessert!

Stop by for a visit. I'll even save a cookie for you! :D

Confessions of an Apron Queen: http://anapronaday.blogspot.com

March 28, 2008 at 3:31 PM  
Blogger Joy @ Joy Of Desserts said...

How fun. I'll bet they will love it, especially with great colors like that. :-)

March 28, 2008 at 10:55 PM  
Anonymous Joelle said...

The girls loved these! And what cute inserts--we loved your personal messages. Even Max couldn't resist cracking one open. Just Great--thanks Aunt Michelle!

May 7, 2008 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger Elle said...

Those look amazing! Fortune cookies are tricky work. Wish someone made these for me!

May 8, 2009 at 11:49 AM  

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