It’s the Chinese New Year – Time for homemade fortune cookies

Photograph by:renjith krishnan, www.freedigitalphotos.net

Last night my 11 year old son took a cooking class. The class was titled “Chinese New Year Recipes.” He was so excited and could not wait to attend. On the other hand, I was worried that it may not live up to his expectations. I was wrong. Not only did he have a fantastic time but he came home with several recipes for the items he had made. Each one of these recipes were delicious and easy to make. Honestly, I was extremely surprised.

One of the recipes they made was fortune cookies. Again I am not sure why I should be surprised by that and the class was designed around a Chinese new year theme. I had never tried making them, and I never thought about how easy they are to make. They are incredibly simple as you can see in the following recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 egg whites, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp lemon extract
  • 2 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch fortune strips

Directions:

Preheat over to 350 degrees.

Whip the egg whites until stiff and then put in the refrigerator to chill. In a mixer, cream the butter, then add the sugar and continue mixing. Add the flour and mix in, then add the vanilla and blend again. Add the chilled egg whites and mix on low until well incorporated and the batter is smooth.

With a small spatula, spread the batter into cookie size circles on a nonstick baking pan–about 3-4 inches in diameter.

Bake in oven until golden brown – about 7 to 8 minutes. Quickly remove from the oven and one at a time place a fortune strip across the center with the strip edge hanging over the side. Fold the cookie circle in half over the fortune with flaps slightly overlapping each other. Turn over and bring opposing sides together and pinch. Let cool.

What a fun way to incorporate the Chinese New Year and home made cookies. I hope you enjoy this recipe!

Please feel free to leave any questions you may have in the comments section.

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