These fortune cookies are definitely just for fun. They taste fine, but aren’t a gourmet treat.  And they do not always turn out as pretty as you’d like.  That said, they are a fun addition to a Chinese New Year Party menu, especially if you write your own fortunes.


fortunes, typed or written on white paper
2 egg whites, beaten well
6 tbs unsalted butter
1/4 cup fine sugar
1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp Chinese Five Spice Powder

How I Made Them:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line two cookie sheets with parchment or a silpat.

Cream the butter in a standing mixer.  Add the sugar and mix well at medium speed.  Add the flour in two batches and mix well at medium speed.  Add the egg whites and mix well at low-medium speed (do not whip the batter).  Remove the bowl from the mixer and mix the vanilla and spices in with a rubber spatula. You should have a light cookie batter (it won’t have the consistency of regular cookie dough).

On the lined cookie sheet, make three circles of cookie batter, each about 3 inches in diameter. You can prepare a second cookie sheet to pop in right as the first comes out, just to keep your assembly line moving.

Better Pre-Pic

You can only make 2-3 cookies at a time, unless you have help, because you have to be able to fold and crimp them while they are still hot from the oven. Bake for 7-9 minutes, until the cookies are golden brown around the edges. It takes a bit to figure this out.  Not done enough and they won’t fold without tearing.  Done too much and they won’t fold without breaking.

When they are done just right, remove the cookies from the oven. Immediately place a fortune in the center, fold the cookie in half and crimp the top, and then bend the cookie over the side of a muffin tin to cool and harden.

Fold Over

The cookies will cool very quickly, so work fast.  I have yet to master the art of the fortune cookie, so it took three batches of this recipe to make 24 cookies.  The mistakes were frustrating, but tasty.

How They Turned Out:

Not perfect, but a novel way to end a festive dinner party.  Especially if you have witty fortunes.

Final Fortune Cookie Pic