Saturday, February 20, 2010

Fortune Cookies

One of my favorite things about a Chinese meal is the fortune cookie at the end. While they don't actually taste all that great, I love the entertainment they bring. However, I've discovered that homemade fortune cookies are delicious! They actually taste like a cookie.

My husband & I decided to have 3 other couples over for sushi on Valentine's Day instead of going out. I realize that sushi is Japanese and fortune cookies are Chinese, but we've been wanting to have friends over for sushi for months, and with the holiday weekend also being the Chinese New Year, I figured it would be a great opportunity to make the cookies.

HOMEMADE FORTUNE COOKIES (adapted from Cooking Light)

1/2 C flour
1/2 C sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 egg whites

Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend to combine. Place in a container and chill 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 400°.

Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper*. Draw 3-4 (3-inch) circles on paper. Turn paper over. Spoon 1 teaspoon batter into center of each of the drawn circles; spread evenly to fill circle. Bake at 400°F for 5-6 minutes or until the cookies are brown just around the edges and a little toward the centers. Remove from the oven. Let sit for a few seconds before removing from pan. Working quickly, loosen edges of cookies with a spatula, and turn over.

Place fortune along the center of 1 cookie. Fold cookie over so the edges meet ; press edges together. Gently pull the ends of the cookie down over the rim of a small bowl (or jar); hold for a few seconds or until set. Repeat procedure with remaining cookies. If cookies become too cool to work with, pop them back in the oven for 20 or 30 seconds to warm them back up.

Makes about 18 cookies.


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