Fortune Cookies

Who Invented The Fortune Cookie?

It’s a mystery shrouded in an enigma wrapped in a cookie. Today’s prepackaged meal-ending prophecy has Asian antecedents that go back to the thirteenth century, when anti-Mongol rebels in China passed secret messages in cakes. Beginning in the 1870s, Chinese railroad workers in America baked holiday greetings inside biscuits. But the fortune cookie in its present form, with a cheerful prediction or affirmation folded inside a brittle beige carapace carefully prepared to simulate the flavor of Styrofoam, is known to have originated in California early in the twentieth century.

Paper Fortune Cookies :

You can make them with all kinds of paper or even foam make a great fortune cookie :

Fortune Cookie Pin Cushion:

  • (2) 5 inch square of cotton fabric for the outside of your cookie
  • batting or stuffing
  • you can add a strip of ribbon for message
  • a circle to trace, one with a diameter of about 4.5 inches

As with the paper version – trace the shape and cut out . With right side together sew around edges ( ZIGZag) and leave a whole for turning and stuffing. Turn and add stuffing and ribbon. When done close whole -fold in place add tack together to hold shape.

Easy Cookie Recipes :

  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 T of water
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets, or line with parchment paper. Have fortunes ready to go on small strips of paper.
  2. In a large glass or metal bowl, whip egg whites and sugar on high speed of an electric mixer until frothy, about 2 minutes. Reduce speed to low, and stir in melted butter, vanilla, almond extract, water and flour one at a time, mixing well after each. Consistency should resemble pancake batter. Spoon the batter into 3 inch circles on the prepared baking sheets. Leave room between for spreading.
  3. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges begin to brown slightly. Quickly remove one at a time, place a message in the center, and fold in half. Fold the ends of the half together into a horse shoe shape. If they spring open, place them in a muffin tin to cool until set.

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