At my office we have a Chinese GA (Graduate Assistant), Lihua. We thought it would be fun to celebrate the Chinese New Year. So, me being the adventurous person I am, decided to try making fortune cookies. I scoured the internet and finally found one at All Recipes. I always pick the recipe with the most ratings, then I look through the comments. The comments on this recipe we varied though. Some people loved the recipe as is, some claimed you *had* to add butter, others claimed the recipe was bland. Oh well, I’ll just make it myself and see what I think. It’s a very small recipe so I wouldn’t waste too many ingredients if I didn’t like it.
I mixed up the batter. Then, using my tiny scoop I placed 3 drops of batter onto a WELL greased cookie sheet. Make sure you shake the cookie sheet to make the batter flatten out. I found out that it doesn’t spread that much in the oven, so make sure they are thin, before you put them in.
Five minutes later, out of the oven they came. Quickly place a fortune inside, fold over, then fold over again and there you have a fortune cookie. As I was making these cookies (late at night, after working almost 11 hours that day, I wasn’t thinking coherently) I knew they didn’t look exactly right, but I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with it.
Moments later, John came in for a taste and starts to laugh. “What are you doing honey?!?” he exclaimed. Turns out I had been shaping them wrong afterall. After a quick lesson and help from John we were on our way.
The CORRECT way to fold Fortune Cookies: Place the fortune in the middle and fold in half (so you have a taco). Then place the fold on the side of a bowl and push down, take off the bowl, and make sure the two sides are pushed all the way down.
The one on the left is John’s, the one on the right is one of the first ones. Notice we got much better as the cookies went on. 🙂
To help hold the fortune cookie shape while it is cooling, you can use an empty egg carton.
We had a Secret Santa exchange at work at Christmas time and Lihua was my Secret Santa, so I wanted to do something a litle special for her. What’s better than a GIANT fortune cookie. 🙂
John folding it oh so carefully, it was so big it was starting to tear.
Yes, that is a normal size cutting board that it’s sitting on.
I had planned on getting supplies to make a huge Chinese take-out box, but time ran out and I forgot to pick up the paper. But John remembered we had leftover take-out boxes from the wedding! So, I cut out a circle for each box, printed “Happy New Year” in Chinese (suppossedly 🙂 ) and glued it over the wedding label.
I’ll update with party pictures this afternoon. I always get in trouble from CB for not posting “uglies”. So here are my “uglies”. Still so tasty though!
Recipe after the break
- 1 egg white
- 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 pinch salt
- 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup white sugar