Fortune Cookies


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Kelly Rossiter

My son and his girlfriend started a tradition last year when they had a party on New Year's Day and showed episodes from the various and sundry Star Trek series. They let everyone know the time of day each series was showing, and guests could drop in according to the series they wanted to see. No doubt some people were there for the whole thing. Tomorrow the theme is Dr. Who and there is certainly plenty of material there for people to see. It seemed like a fun thing to do to provide a bowl full of fortune cookies, with fortunes that relate to Dr. Who.

These are a bit finicky, in that you have to stick close to the oven and you have to work quickly to fold the cookies when they get out of the oven, but they aren't particularly hard. They actually taste pretty close to restaurant fortune cookies, although the texture is quite different. The real fun comes in choosing the fortunes to go inside the cookies. With some help from the internet, we came up with some pithy quotes such as "The bravery of idiots is bravery nonetheless" and "Anybody remotely interesting is mad, in some way or another" and made some up like "Someone will knit you a nice scarf" and " You will soon meet a tall Dalek". No doubt we will have some laughs tomorrow afternoon as people open their fortunes.


5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
4 egg whites
1 cup sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons heavy cream
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Non-stick cooking spray


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and spray baking sheet. Melt butter and set aside. In a large mixing bowl with a whisk or the bowl of a stand-mixer, mix the egg whites and sugar for about thirty seconds. Add heavy cream, flour, salt and almond and vanilla extract, mixing at a high speed for about one minute. Finally add the melted butter, whisking until batter is just combined. The cookie batter will have the consistency of a thick pancake batter.
  2. Spread about 1 heaping tablespoon in a thin circle on the sprayed cookie sheet. You don't want to have any more than three cookies at once, because anymore cookies at one time and you won't be able to fold them into the right shape once they've come out of the oven
  3. Bake the cookies for approximately 7–8 minutes, until edges are golden brown. Take the cookies out of the oven and remove with a spatula, you only have about 7–10 seconds before all the cookies set into their shape, so work quickly. Once the cookie hardens, you cannot fold it. Place a fortune in the center of the circle, fold in half, then fold in half once more, leaving you with a twice-folded rose-like cookie. Set on a rack or in a bowl to fully cool. Respray the cookie sheet and start the process again.
This recipe appears in: Butter & Sugar
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