Home Today: Fortune Cookies

Today we celebrate National Fortune Cookie Day! So join me for some fun and Good Fortune!

Fortune Cookie history:

Most people nowadays believe that fortune cookies were created by a Japanese man named Makoto Hagiwara in 1914 in San Francisco. Hagiwara owned what is now called the Golden Gate Park Japanese Tea Garden, where he served tea and fortune cookies.

Are fortune cookies American or Chinese?

Fortune cookies are often served as a dessert in Chinese restaurants in the United States, Canada and other countries, but they are not Chinese in origin. The exact origin of fortune cookies is unclear, though various immigrant groups in California claim to have popularized them in the early 20th century.

Correct way to eat a fortune cookie ?

After reading the fortune, you must not tell anyone your fortune, and then eat your fortune cookie and put paper on fire for it to come true.

Fortune Cookie recipe:

  • 3 large egg whites
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1 cup all purpose flour (5 oz by
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or a silicone mat, and have your fortune strips ready to go.
  • In a stand mixer (or large bowl with a hand mixer), whip the egg whites and sugar on high speed for about 2 minutes, until frothy. Whip in the melted butter, vanilla, almond extract, and water until incorporated. Add the flour and mix until the flour *just* disappears.
  • With a tablespoon measure, spoon the batter onto the parchment paper and spread it out into an even 3 inch circle. I recommend not doing any more than 2-3 at a time, since they set very quickly and you will not be able to fold more than that
  • Bake the fortune cookies for 7-8 minutes, until the edges brown slightly. If you let them brown too much, they will snap when you shape them. Conversely, if they don’t brown a little bit, they will also break (but tear, rather than snapping).
  • When each batch of fortune cookies finishes baking, remove them from the oven and quickly flip the circle over, and fold your fortune cookie in half, into a semicircle. This is when you slip your note into the cookie (quickly) because if you slip it in right at the beginning, the cookie will be too hot and your paper will stick to the cookie. Place your semicircle onto the edge of a cup, and quickly fold the ends down, to crimp into a fortune cookie shape Place cookies in muffin tins to cool off . Enjoy

This are fun to make with your own fortune but you can buy themm in bulk on Amazon or many Asian markets, <isa

Patterned card stock or sturdy scrapbook paper
Glue dots

Cut paper into circles about 3 1/2″ in diameter. Use a software program, such as Word, to print out fun phrases for your kids notes. If you prefer, have them handwrite them to make them even more personal Cut your notes into strips Place a glue dot at the top of the circle. .Fold the circle and secure with the glue dot. Slip your note inside the folded circle. Don’t glue it in, just tuck it inside, far enough that the end of the note passes the middle of the circle.Insert your thumb and forefinger into the ends of the folded circle and bring your fingers together to fold it into a fortune cookie shape. Secure with a glue dot.

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