These custom fortune cookies are perfect for the Chinese New Year or anything else you can think of! Easy to make with a subtle flavor and a great crunch.
How I created this Fortune Cookie Recipe
I love fortune cookies – seriously the best part of Chinese take out is the fortune cookies. But I have a large family and they rarely deliver enough cookies so I tend to go without.
There is just something about thin crisp slightly sweet cookies that I love. So making my own fortune cookies has been on my list forever!
I used my Waffle Cone recipe as the base – to make it easier to spread and add a crispness to the recipe I added more melted butter. I also added a little almond extract for a slight almond flavor.
There is a little work involved as you need to spread out the batter to the right size to get the thinness right. And then of course shaping the cookies, but it goes quickly.
Just take me to the Homemade Fortune Cookie Recipe already!
If you’d rather skip my tips and tricks for custom fortune cookies, along with links to other related recipes and get straight to these delicious fortune cookies – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.
Tips to Make the Perfect Custom Fortune Cookie
– I tried baking on both a silpat mat and parchment paper. The wet batter caused the parchment paper to warp a little so the bake was a little uneven and I didn’t love it so I recommend the silpat mats
– Use a #60 cookie scoop – 1 Tbsp – so all the cookies are the same size. Use the back of a spoon to spread the batter out as evenly as possible to a 3 inch circle.
– Oven’s don’t bake evenly so I turned the cookie sheet halfway through, 4 mins and 4 mins.
– 30 seconds can make a huge difference with these cookies – being underdone or overdone, so consider baking just 1 or 2 at a time until you find the best time frame for you.
– The cookies cool quickly so you need to shape them semi quickly so I don’t recommend baking more than 6 at a time. In fact I’d say start with 4 at a time until you feel a good rhythm.
– Use a glass cup to help shape the cookies. You can see how I did this in the video down below (it’s easier to see than to explain well).
– Place the folded cookies into a muffin tin to hold the shape while they cool (it won’t take long).
To make these Fortune Cookies you’ll need
- Small angled spatula
- 1 Tbsp #60 cookie scoop
- Cookie sheet
- Silpat mats
- Glass Cup
- Muffin tin
- Paper fortunes – here are the ones I created
Are Fortune Cookies Chinese?
ACTUALLY the history of fortune cookies is from Japan! Who knew! They were served at Japanese temples and had random fortunes in them (although the fortunes were wedged in the fold of the cookie vs the hollow inside.).
The original cookies were a little larger and darker than the current version. They were made with sesame and miso, so the flavor was also a little different.
During world war 2 when the Japanese Americans were put into internment camps the production of the fortune cookies were then taken over by Chinese Americans. And that’s when it seems to have switched over to being known as a Chinese treat.
They used to be made by hand but once the fortune cookie machine was created it the cookies dropped in price and were an easy novelty to add at the end of Chinese meals.
Homemade Fortune Cookie Recipe
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To watch me make these fortune cookies in a live cooking show play the video in the recipe card. There should also be a short teaser auto playing for you.
- 1 C sugar
- 4 lrg egg whites
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp almond extract
- ¼ tsp salt
- 8 Tbsp butter
- 1 C flour
- 1/2 inch by 2 1/2 inch paper fortunes
- Whisk the sugar and egg whites until smooth, breaking up the egg whites
- Add everything else and whisk smooth
- Scoop 1 Tbsp onto cookie sheet and spread out with the back of spoon and spread to about 3 inches wide
- Bake 350 8 mins (consider turning half way through)
- Working quickly while the cookies are warm flip the cookie over, place the paper fortune in the center.
- Fold the cookie in half and shape using the edge of a cup
- Place into a muffin tin to hold the shape and let cool
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