With Cookies

With Cookies


submitted by: Nicole Robertson


romantic-fortune-cookie-ideas-recipeFor Valentine’s Day last year, I was at a loss for what to give Rob – my boyfriend of 4 years. It seemed that he already had EVERYTHING. I wanted to give him something personal, and with meaning, but it felt like I had already used up all of the good ideas.

Finally, after searching various websites endlessly for “gift ideas for him” I came across something that I could use, and quite easily afford. A recipe for fortune cookies. (I’ve included the recipe).  It was an awesome way to show him how much he means to me, plus he always used to say “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” Inside the cookies, his “fortunes” were jokes that we had shared, memories, phrases that we saved only for each other, as well as confessions of love and longing.  He ended up eating the whole batch in one sitting, partly because they taste great, and partly because he wanted to see the messages in them!

(also check out Michael Webb’s recipe for GIANT fortune cookies here)

Fortune Cookies

1 cup flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup oil
3 egg whites
3/4 teaspoon vanilla or 2 to 3 drops almond extract
3 1/2 tablespoons water
Butter for cookie sheet

  1. Heat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Add liquid ingredients and stir until the batter is smooth.
  4. Line a cookie sheet with foil; butter foil, or spray with nonstick vegetable coating.
  5. Drop level teaspoons (no more) of batter onto the cookie sheet, no more than 6 to a sheet.
  6. Spread evenly to a 4 inch diameter.
  7. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the cookies begin to brown lightly.
  8. Remove from the oven and immediately remove 1 cookie with a broad spatula.
  9. Place a fortune in the center, fold in half and press back against ledge of counter or muffin pan to form fortune cookie shape.
  10. 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 to 3 minutes and try again. Repeat process with remaining batter.

Makes about 20 cookies.

Note: You can change the color of the cookies by adding a drop of food coloring with the liquid ingredients. You can do the same with flavor using extracts.

To make your fortunes, print or type your messages on a blank sheet of paper. For an extra nice look, you can use a sheet of paper with a rich texture or thicker bond. Cut each fortune no more than 3/4″ wide and 3″ long.

Have fun!