Chinese Fortune Cookies

Jul 22, 2017


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Yield: about 3 dozen cookies

1 3/4 cups flour

1 1/4 cup superfine sugar

1 cup egg whites (about 6)

1/4 cup hot melted butter

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 Tablespoons ground ginger

Combine the flour and superfine sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitter with a paddle attachment.  Add the egg whites and mix until smooth.  Add the melted butter in a steady stream and mix until fully incorporated.  Mix in the vanilla and ginger.  Cover the bowl and. Place in the refrigerator for about 2 hours or overnight.

Create or choose your favorite ‘fortune cookie’ sayings or some provocative literary quotes.  Type or handwrite then small strips of paper that will fit into the fortune cookies, and set aside.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees and warm a nonstick baking sheet in the oven for a few minutes.  Place 2 dollops of the cookie batter (about 2/3 Tablespoon each) on the warmed baking sheet and spread out thinly and evenly to a diameter of about 4 inches.  It is important the batter is spread evenly or it will burn in spots.  Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for about 6 to 8 minutes, or until the cookies turn golden brown around the edges.  Bake only 2 cookies at a time, as the Harden very quickly. 

Working with one cookie at a time, very quickly remove from the baking sheet and turn over so the shiny side is down.  Place the fortune you have written across the center of the cookie.  Fold 2 opposite edges in so that they overlap.  Quickly grasp the two long ends and fold them backwards, away from the overlapped side.  Pinch the edges together and hold them in place with a plastic-coated paper clip for a minute or two until the cookies Harden.  Repeat for the remaining cookie. And  place on a wire rack to cool.  Store the cooled cookies in an airtight container until ready to serve.