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
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:
2 tablespoons butter (no substitution)
1/4 cup confectioners sugar
1 large egg white
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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
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
1/3 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
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
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
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
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")
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.