Fortune Cookie Recipes
Fortune cookie recipes for people who want to make personalized fortune cookies at home.

Fortune Cookie Recipes

Who invented the fortune cookie?

Experts are still unsure. Japanese say fortune cookies were invented in Los Angeles and Chinese say they were invented in San Francisco in the 1930s.

A judge was even asked to make a decision on this several years ago and ruled on the side of the Chinese. To this day it's still controversial.

However, the fortune cookie recipe itself, is really very easy. The actual process takes time, but if you work methodically and carefully you'll end up with a result that not only tastes good, but looks good too!

Think of it as a "methodology." Certain foods require a "methodical" approach to their preparation. There is a certain process you must follow to perfect the fortune cookie. For instance, they start out flat, 4-inch circles (with the exception of the giant size) when removed from the oven. While the cookie is still hot and flexible, you form it to the traditional shape: place the slip of paper with the fortune saying inside, fold it in half over the paper, pull the tips together over a plate or muffin pan. Allow the cookie to cool.

Some tips to remember:

  • Work fast because the cookies cool quickly. Work with only 2-3 at a time to make it easier.
  • If the cookie becomes too brittle or stiff to fold, return it to the oven for 2-3 minutes and try again.
  • To form into the familiar shape, use a plate or thin-edged bowl.
  • Allow to cool in a muffin tin to allow them to keep their shape until they cool.
  • It is best to handle the hot cookies with white, cotton gloves.

Additional fortune cookie recipe ideas:

  • You can change the color of your fortune cookie by adding a drop of food coloring along with the liquid ingredients.
  • For added fun, dip in chocolate for a decadent treat!

Some fortune cookie recipes for you:

Confucius Crunch


2 tablespoons butter (no substitution)
1/4 cup confectioners sugar
1 large egg white
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch salt
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
14 strips paper (3 by 1/2" each) with fortunes


1. Preheat oven to 375F. Grease 2 small cookie sheets.

2. In 1-quart saucepan, heat butter over low heat until melted. Remove saucepan from heat. With wire whisk, beat in confectioners sugar, egg white, vanilla, and salt until blended. Beat in batter until batter is smooth.

3. Drop 1 heaping teaspoon batter on to cookie sheet. Repeat with another teaspoon batter, at least 4 inches away from first. With small metal spatula or back of spoon, spread batter evenly to form two 3-inch rounds.

4. Bake about 4 minutes or until cookies are lightly golden. Loosen both cookies with metal spatula. Working with 1 cookie at a time, place a fortune across center of hot cooke. Fold hot cookie in half, forming a semi-circle, and press edges together(a). Quickly fold semicircle over edge of small bowl to create fortune-cookie shape(b). Repeat with other cookie. Let shaped cookies cool completely on wire rack.

5. Repeat with remaining batter and strips of fortune paper to make 14 cookies in all, cooling cookie sheets in between batches, and regreasing sheets as necessary. Store cookies in container up to 2 weeks. Makes about 14 cookies.

San Francisco Fortune Cookies


1 large egg
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 to 2 Tbsp. of water


Beat egg slightly. Add sugar and beat until very thick and smooth. Add oil to mixture. Add water and a little of the egg mixture to the cornstarch and stir until smooth: beat into egg mixture. Heat griddle to about 30F. Drop a heaping teaspoonful of batter into the griddle. Then spread with a spoon into a cookie about 3 inches in diameter and about 1/ inches think. Turn over to brown underside. Cook until cookies are light golden in color and lifts easily from the pan. Remove cookies one at a time from the griddle. Place a fortune paper in the center of the cookie and fold the cookie in half, pinching the edges together and folding down.

Blue Ribbon Recipe


1 egg
1/3 cup sugar
2 tbsp. corn oil
2 tbsp. water
1/4 cup cornstarch


Have fortunes prepared in advance. Beat egg on low speed until frothy.

Beat in sugar, a little at a time, and continue beating until mixture is a very light yellow and thick. Fold in corn oil. Blend water and a little of the egg mixture into cornstarch, then stir into the remaining egg mix.

Heat heavy, well seasoned griddle to 350 deg. or until drops of water bounce when dropped on the griddle. ( For griddles without temperature control, keep heat between low and medium). Drop heaping tb. of batterr on the griddle and spread with the back of a spoon to about 4 in. wide and 1/8 in. think. Cook until edges are slightly brown and cookies can be easily lifted from griddle with a spatula. 5-8 minutes. ( If cookies carefully and cook other side until light brown. Be careful to keep temperature even. Place fortune paper on cooke as soon as it is removed from the griddle.

Folding is easier to do than to describe, but the end result is shaped like a horseshoe. Fold opposite edges together, forming a semicircle.

Crease crosswise a the cent of the straight edge to form a flattened side. then bend the opposing corners together for the traditional shape.

Set in a small glass or muffin tin until cookie cools and holds its shape. Wipe griddle and stir batter. Repeat.

My Mom's Best Fortune Cookie Recipes


1 cup flour
2 tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 cup sugar
pinch salt
1/3 cup oil
3 egg whites
1/2 tsp. vanilla or 2 to 3 drops of almond extract
3 tbsp. water
butter for cookie sheet


Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. add liquid ingredients and stir until the batter is smooth.

Heat oven to 300 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with foil; butter foil, or spray with non-stick vegetable coating. Drop level teaspoons ( no more) of batter onto the cooke sheet, no more than6 to a sheet. Spread evenly to 4-inch diameter.

Set cookie sheet in the oven; bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the cookies begin to brown lightly. Remove from the oven and immediately remove 1 cookie with a broad spatula. Place a fortune in the center, fold in half and press back against ledge of counter or muffin pan to form fortune cookie shape. Set cookies in muffin tin to keep their shape until cool.

Continue with the rest of the cookies without delay, as they harden fairly rapidly. If the cookies become too brittle to fold, return to oven for 2 or 3 minutes and try again. Repeat process with remaining batter.

Note: You can change the color of the cookies by adding a drop of food coloring with the liquid ingredients. also, it is easier to handle hot cookies if you wear white cotton gloves.

To make fortunes: Print or type fortunes on large sheet of paper, then cut them into 3/4 inch strips no more than 3 1/2 inches wide. Use ink that won't run if the paper gets a little oily.

Favorite Fun Fortune Cookie Recipe


3 tbsp. light brown sugar
1/4 cup regular sugar
2 large egg whites
2 tbsp. canola oil
1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup + 1 tbsp. flour
Non-stick vegetable oil spray
24 paper fortune strips ( 2 1/4 X 1/2") with fortunes


1. In medium bowl, press brown sugar with back of spoon to remove lumps. add regular sugar, egg whites, oil, vanilla and almond extracts and whisk till blended. Stir in flour and whisk till smooth. Let batter stand for 20 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat baking sheet with nonstick spray. spoon 1 tablespoon of batter onto prepared baking sheet. With back of spoon, spread batter to 3-inch circle with even thickness. repeat 3 more times. Place a muffin pan nearby.

3. Bake in oven until golden around edges, about 5 minutes. Coat spatula with non stick spray and loosen cookies immediately from the sheet. remove 1 cookie to work surface. ( Return remaining cookies on baking sheet to oven with door open to keep them soft.) flip 1 cookie over, lay fortune paper in center, and fold cookie in half over fortune. fold cookie in half again, bending on straight side, to form traditional fortune cookie shape. Place in muffin pan to hold shape and cool. Repeat with remaining cookies.

4. Cool baking sheet, wipe clean, and coat with cooking spray. Repeat with remaining batter and fortune papers. Store cooled cookies in airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.