I’ve always wanted to try my hands on making fortune cookies and if you are looking at ways to use up your egg whites (thanks to the Chinese New Year season + cookies making period), you could definitely consider this DIY Chinese Fortune Cookies recipe. I believe the ingredients are easily available in your pantry and the only tricky part is molding the cookies into shape.
But do not be too overly concern though – I became quite an expert after my third attempt!
Fortune Cookies are not only tasty, the really fun part is discovering your own “secret” fortune inside. This DIY version allows you to be creative and make your very own slips. Some of my favorites are – “Marriage lets you annoy one special person for the rest of your life”, “Your fortune is in another cookie”, “You will find a bushel of money” and also those with sets of lucky numbers. I think it could be used as a surprise proposal item too, can you imagine breaking open a cookie with a “Will you marry me?” slip inside? I would totally say yes..haha! Too easy huh.
2 egg whites
½ cup (70 g) all-purpose / plain flour
1/3 cup (85 g) caster sugar
Pinch of salt
½ tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp lemon extract / almond extract (optional)
1 tbsp (15 g) vegetable oil
Makes 14 cookies
Recipe source: U Try It (with modifications)
Preheat oven to 325°F/160°C.
In a medium bowl, beat the egg whites and sugar together with a whisk until dissolved.
Add in salt, vanilla extract and lemon extract (if using) and stir well.
Sift in flour and whisk until just combined.
Lastly, pour in oil and mix well.
Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper. You could use a silpat as well.
Scoop the batter with a teaspoon and drop it onto the baking tray.
Use the back of the spoon to smooth out the batter into a 4-inch round circle. It should not be spread too thinly as the cookie will crack. You should do 2 – 3 cookies at a time.
Bake for 8 – 10 mins, until the edges are golden brown. If you like your fortune cookie darker, bake until most of the cookie is golden brown.
Remove the tray from the oven and use an offset spatula to separate the cookie from the baking sheet. While the cookie is still warm, put a strip of message in the center of the cookie and fold it into half.
Bend the cookie over the edge of a cup to form the shape of a fortune cookie. Place in a muffin tray to hold its shape while cooling. It will harden when cooled.
Store cookies in air-tight container at room temperature for up to a week.