Add a fun twist to a dinner party or surprise someone with a special message with homemade fortune cookies.
This month we celebrate both Valentine’s Day on the 14th and Chinese New Year on the 19th, so I thought it would be fun to make fortune cookies (although it turns out from my pre-posting research that fortune cookies are actually an American invention).
The great thing about making your own fortune cookies is that you can personalise the message however you want. Although if you’re stuck for ideas there are websites like Fortune Cookie Message where you can find lots of suggestions. I particularly like “Your shoes will make you happy today” and “Sometimes you just need to lay on the floor”.
Making your own fortune cookies is really straight forward but does take a little care. To ensure that your cookies are a success there’s a few important rules (full recipe and instructions below)…
- When spreading your cookie mixture onto the tray you need to make sure it is as thin and even as possible (about 1mm thick), otherwise your cookies will lack their snap.
- Don’t overcook your cookies, they’ll be too brittle to shape and are more likely to stick to the tray. You want them to be just browning around the edges and pale in the centre.
- Don’t cook too many cookies at once otherwise you won’t be able to shape them before they’ve cooled.
- Once the cookies have cooked you need to shape them immediately while they’re still hot (be careful not to burn yourself). If they’re too cool when you try and shape them they’ll be too brittle and will break.
I find that it’s not always easy to follow written instructions for things like this, so to help you I’ve also created a little video showing how I spread the cookie mixture on the tray and how I shape the cooked cookies.
An alternative for the little ones
If you’ve got children who are a bit young to appreciate the fortune inside, you can also fill them with a few sweets (e.g. smarties). Just make sure you choose something that doesn’t melt too easily as the cookies will be warm when you shape them.
Also, the cookies are quite hard so don’t give them to very young children (sorry if that’s stating the obvious but I felt like if I put a children’s alternative then I should make it clear).
To make your own fortune cookies at home you’ll need the following equipment…
- Large bowl
- Weighing Scales
- Small palate knife
- Two baking trays (you can manage with one but it’s quicker if you have two)
- Silicon baking sheets (optional, but these cookies can stick so the silicon sheets make life a lot easier)
- Cup or mug (to help shape the cookies)
- Muffin tin (or similar, to help the cookies hold their shape while cooling)
You’ll also need strips of paper approximately 1cm x 10cm in size and a pen (for writing the fortunes).
Fortune Cookies Nutritional Information Per Cookie
This is the estimated nutritional information per cookie (assumes the recipe serves 6). Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you want to learn more about how this is calculated.
Tower Housewares Valentine’s Cookbook
This fortune cookie recipe is also featured in the Tower Houseware’s Valentine’s Cookbook. A free e-cookbook featuring valentine’s recipe ideas from brilliant bloggers such as Angela at Patisserie Makes Perfect and Charlotte at The Goodowl.