Homemade Fortune Cookies
If these seem to be too thick, just add water a teaspoon at a time until the batter spreads well. Do not make many at a time because you have to form them while very hot.
INGREDIENTS | YIELDS 12 COOKIES
- 1 egg white
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
- Pinch salt
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup sugar
Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray a baking sheet with no-stick spray. Write fortunes on 12 strips of paper.
Mix egg white and vanilla until it becomes very foamy but does not yet form stiff peaks. Mix rest of ingredients into egg white, folding carefully.
Place teaspoonfuls of batter 4" apart on baking sheet. Tilt sheet to make batter spread, or spread it with back of a spoon.
Bake 5 minutes. Quickly remove from oven; remove from cookie sheet with a spatula. Flip cookies over and lay fortune inside.
Fold cookies over fortunes, then fold cookie over edge of a bowl to crimp middle.
Place upside down in muffin cups to hold their shape until they cool.
Ancient Chinese Fortune Cookies
Fortune cookies began as a military strategy in the fourteenth century in China. The story goes that when China was occupied by the Mongols, the Chinese rebels hid messages in the middle of Moon Cakes. Chu Yuan Chang disguised himself as a Taoist priest and was able to slip into guarded cities and hand the Moon Cakes to the other rebels. In this way, the uprising that formed the basis of the Ming Dynasty was successfully carried out.