Celebrate Chinese New Year (January 23, 2012) with homemade fortune cookies. They’re fun to make and fill with customized messages to suit any occasion, even school lunches!
1 large egg white
1/4 tsp vanilla 1 ml
1/4 cup all-purpose flour 60 ml
1/4 cup sugar 60 ml
pinch of salt
1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Get everything ready before you start – you’ll have to work quickly once the cookies come out of the oven. You’ll need a clean, flat surface (I use a wooden cutting board), and a rimless mixing bowl or glass to shape the cookies. Generously spray a cookie sheet with nonstick spray.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg and vanilla until foamy. Add the flour, sugar and salt and mix until you have a smooth, thin batter.
3. Place a spoonful of batter into the middle of the sheet. Tilt the sheet around to make the batter run into a circle about 3” in diameter. (This might take a little practice, but you’ll get it!) Use a spatula to spread it out.
4. When the circle is even, place the sheet in the oven for about 5 minutes, until golden around the edges but still pale in the middle.
5. With a wide, thin spatula, quickly slide the cookie off the sheet and onto your work surface, flipping it upside down. Lay the fortune on the cookie, just off of the centre. Fold the cookie in half over the fortune so that it’s lying along the fold, inside the cookie.
6. Quickly pick up the cookie and place the middle of the folded edge on the rim of the empty bowl, keeping it upright, like a taco. Pull one end down one side and
the other end down the other. Hold it for a few seconds until it firms up, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.
7. Once you get the hang of it, you can bake one cookie as you shape another, or do two at a time. Either way, make sure you cool the sheets between batches.