February 21, 2013

Homemade Fortune Cookies

Valentine's Day crafts and gifts were very simple this year.  We bought some small whack-a-pack Valentine balloons and made a custom label that said, "My Heart Pops For You!"  Of course, I forgot to take a picture.  We did manage a little homemade project of fortune cookie making, thanks to a recipe my 3rd grader brought home from school.

I added the chocolate drizzle using melted almond bark and a squeeze bottle.

Oh, if only this was TRUE!

Homemade Fortune Cookies:

4 TB softened butter
1/3 cup sugar
2 egg whites
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup water

fortunes, cut and ready to go

Preheat oven to 375.  Use a well greased baking sheet or a silicone mat.  In a large bowl, mix the butter and sugar until fluffy.  Add egg whites, salt, and vanilla.  Beat until smooth.  Stir in flour and water until combined and smooth.  With spoon, scoop out an even spoonful of batter and carefully pour onto baking sheet.  Use the back of spoon to form a circle about 3 inches in diameter (I made mine a little bigger).  The batter should be thin, almost transparent.  Do not pour more than 5 on a baking sheet at a time.  You will have to work quickly to shape the cookies before they harden.  Bake for 6-7 minutes, until edges are golden brown.  Pull out of oven, place paper fortune on one half of cookie.  Fold over so the cookie is in the shape of a semi-circle.  Gently fold over again, so the cookie can stand up on the open edges (see pictures).  Let cool.  Cookie will harden slightly as it cools.  Drizzle with chocolate, yum!

Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year have both come and gone, but maybe there is another holiday you can celebrate by making these simple, easy cookies.  You can customize a message inside to say anything!  My boys would love these with some fun birthday wishes or even some funny jokes inside.

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