About this recipe:Write your own fortunes and place them in cookies. Great idea for parties or Chinese New Year!
1 egg white
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons plain flour
1 pinch salt
4 tablespoons caster sugar
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Preheat oven to 200 C / Gas mark 6. Write fortunes on strips of paper about 10cm (4 in) long and 1cm (1/2 in) wide. Generously grease 2 baking trays.
Mix the egg white and vanilla until foamy but not stiff. Sift the flour, salt and sugar and blend into the egg white mixture.
Place teaspoonfuls of the batter at least 10cm (4 in) apart on one of the prepared baking trays. Tilt the sheet to move the batter into round shapes about 8cm (3 in) in diameter. Be careful to make batter as round and even as possible. Do not make too many, because the cookies have to be really hot to form them and once they cool it is too late. Start with 2 or 3 to a tray to see how many you can do.
Bake for 5 minutes or until cookie has turned a golden colour around the outer edge of the circle. The centre will remain pale. While one tray is baking, prepare the other.
Remove from oven and quickly move cookie with a wide spatula and place upside down on a wooden board. Quickly place the fortune on the cookie, close to the middle and fold the cookie in half. Place the folded edge across the rim of a measuring cup and pull the pointed edges down, one on the inside of the cup and one on the outside. Place folded cookies into the cups of a muffin tin or egg carton to hold their shape until firm.
This recipie is terrible. My first batch came out like overly sweetened pancakes. I recommend reducing the sugar to 2 tablespoons, whipping the egg whites just until slightly foamy but not solid at all, and spreading the batter so thin with the back of a spoon that you can see the tray through it. This will help you create authentic fortune cookies. - 21 Jul 2008
I've given this a challenging rating purely because it really is quite hard to get the best thickness, at least I found it was. Too thick and they will end up chewy.
Eventually though I found the key to it turning out just right was that you should be able to see the baking tray through the batter.
The recipe itself though is superb! - 16 Mar 2012
These tasted wonderful! It took a couple of "test batches" before I got the hang of it. 200 degrees is way to hot for my oven! I baked them for about 10 minutes at 160 degrees, and they turned out beautifully. I used my fingers to spread the batter to ensure (almost) perfect circles. Make sure the circles are THIN before you put them in the oven or they won't turn crunchy! Works great with Wholemeal flour too! =) - 21 Jul 2008