We’re off to a Chinese New Year party tonight, our contribution is some Chinese Fortune Cookies. My eldest pointed out that this is the first time he’s seen a ‘Year of the Dragon’ since he was born – I’m not sure how he can be 12 years old later this year, there are times that it feels like 5 minutes ago that he was a baby! Between the four of us we’ve worked out that we are a dragon, a horse, a dog and a rooster.
Anyway, back to the cookies, the mixture was almost batter like and they only took 6 minutes to cook in the oven. The ‘fortunes’ range from pearls of wisdom such as ‘A closed mouth gathers no feet’ to ‘he who laughs last is laughing at you!’. A vast range of cookie fortunes can be found online.
Here are the cookies:
Here’s the recipe:
For 12 cookies (plus enough left in the bowl to satisfy a 9 year old!)
100g plain flour
pinch of ground ginger
pinch of salt
3 large egg whites
100g icing sugar
1tsp vanilla extract
75g melted butter, cooled slightly
First melt the butter, it can be cooling whilst you get on with the rest of the steps. Sieve the flour, salt and ginger in to a bowl. Whisk the egg whites till they are stiff. Add the icing sugar and vanilla extract and whisk until combined. Stir in the sifted dry ingredients, add the melted butter and stir until smooth. Leave to rest for 10 minutes.
Draw 2x 10cm circles on 3 sheets of baking parchment and spoon 1tbsp of mixture on to each circle. Using a palette knife or the back of a spoon, spread the mixture in an even layer to fill the circles. Put 1 baking tray onto the middle shelf and back for 6-8 minutes or until the edges just start to turn golden, the second baking tray can go on the bottom shelf of the oven about 3 minutes into the cooking of the first tray. Once the first tray of cookies is ready, remove it from the oven, move the second tray up to the middle shelf and place the third tray on the bottom shelf. As soon as the cookies come out of the oven, flip them over, place the fortune across the middle of each cookie and fold in half. Bring the points of the cookies together to make the fortune cookie curl and leave to cool in a muffin tin – this will help the cookies keep their distinctive shape.
As each tray comes out, put another prepared tray in. 12 cookies only took about 30 minutes from start to finish.