Homemade Chinese Fortune Cookies
so very easy to make for a festive Chinese New Year Celebration! An easy and fun #cookingwithkids project as well.
Have you ever thought about making homemade Chinese fortune cookies? I always thought it would be very time consuming. Surprise! a very easy recipe and you can also have the kids help to write out the fortunes and add to the cookies.
You only need 4 basic ingredients – egg whites, sugar, flour and vanilla/almond extract (I didn’t count salt as an ingredient) — for a fun afternoon with the kids in the kitchen.
While you are preparing the batter (takes 6-7 minutes) and the cookies bake for 5-7 minutes the kids can help write fun good luck fortune wishes which they can then add to the baked cookies.
One of the surprising things that came up while we were making the cookies was a little bit of a history lesson. This is one of the best things about cooking with kids and being together in the kitchen.
We all get to learn something new and it’s always a fun time. This prep and process for making homemade Chinese fortune cookies was so easy and there was practically no mess going on in the kitchen. Just good old fun and a little history lesson. All in all, a good day!
There are many easy recipes on the web that are similar, but when the kids were googling info for inspiration to write the fortunes, they came across a great video from Taste Made. The recipe was similar to all the other recipes I found. It’s quick, easy and definitely worth having the kids help in the kitchen with this recipe.
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup almond flour (Or use AP flour)
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 egg whites (or ⅓ cup liquid egg whites)
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp almond extract (optional)
- 12 Strips of plain paper
- In a medium bowl, sift the flour, sugar and salt - set aside.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg whites, sugar, vanilla and/or almond extract until a little frothy.
- Add the sifted flour into the egg white mixture and stir until you have a smooth batter.
- Drop 1 tablespoon of batter onto the prepared cookie sheet. Using the back of a spoon, spread the batter into a circle about 3 inches.
- Bake only 2 or 3 cookies each time so that you can mold the cookies while they are still hot (this part is for adults only, the cookies are very hot).
- Bake for 5 to 7 minutes or until the edges are browned.
- Quickly remove one cookie at a time and fold in half, placing it on a mug to shape and then place them in a muffin cup to keep the shape as it cools.
- When the cookie has cooled the kids can slide in their fortunes into each cookie.
- If you are doing this alone you can place the fortune on the hot cookie before folding into shape.
- Repeat this process until there is no batter left.
When the cookies are baked they need to be formed into shape immediately. This should only be done by an adult as the cookies are very hot.
The boys found this interesting information on the Telegraph.co.uk about the Chinese New Year, January 28, 2017 – February 15, 2018 – 2017 The Year of The Rooster.
The Personality of the Rooster
People born in the Year of the Rooster are characterized as honest, energetic, intelligent, flexible and confident. But according to Chinese astrology, the year of your sign is believed to be one of the most unlucky years of your life.
The general image of people in this zodiac sign is of always being hardworking, resourceful, confident and talented. In addition, their active, talkative and engaging ways make them popular with people. They are happiest when they are in company, enjoying the spotlight.