Chinese Fortune Cookies

posted: 06/30/10
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Chinese Fortune Cookies


  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon/about 1 ml vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup/70 g all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup/105 g granulated sugar
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 375?F/190?C. Line two large baking sheets with nonstick silicon mats (such as Silpat). Write fortune messages on 16 small strips of paper that are about 2x1/2 inches/5x1 cm.
  2. Using a hand whisk or an electric mixer, beat the egg whites and vanilla in a large bowl to form soft peaks. Sift the flour, sugar and salt into another bowl, then stir the flour mixture into the egg white mixture until a thick pasty batter forms.
  3. Spoon 2 teaspoonfuls/40 g of the cookie batter onto one of the silicon mats for each cookie, forming 4 cookies and spacing them evenly apart. Spread the batter so that each cookie is about 3 inches/7.5 cm in diameter.
  4. Bake for about 10 minutes or until the cookies have turned a light golden color. Working quickly, gently pick up the hot wafer cookies with a palette knife or spatula and place them upside down on the baking sheet.
  5. Place a fortune message in the middle of each cookie and fold each cookie in half to encase the fortune messages. Bend the pointed edges of each cookie backwards and towards each other.
  6. It is important that the cookies are hot while you bend them so that they are still pliable. Once the cookies cool they will become brittle and will break if you try to bend them. Allow the wafers to cool and repeat the process several times until all cookie batter has been used.
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