Fortune cookies recipe recipe

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makes: 10 - 12
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 10 min
Cooking: 8 min

Fortune cookies are a Chinese restaurant staple, but they’re actually really simple to make at home. The mixture for our recipe is very similar to a French tuiles biscuit base, and is made up of butter, sugar, eggs and flour, as well as a little vanilla flavouring. These wafer-thin biscuits cool down fast, so the trick to shaping them is to work fast (while minding your fingers don’t get burnt!) These are a really fun for New Year or a dinner party to impress friends and family with, and the best bit about making your own fortune cookies is you can make the fortunes personalised.

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  • 2 free range egg whites
  • 110g caster sugar
  • 55g plain flour, sifted
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 65g butter, melted and cooled
  • small strips of paper with ‘fortunes’ written on them


  • To make the fortune cookies, heat your oven to 190C and line two large baking trays with parchment. Whisk the egg whites and sugar in a bowl with a fork or electric whisk, until fluffy. Add the flour and vanilla and stir again with a fork, then add the butter and mix well.

  • Using a tbsp, place a small amount of mixture onto the baking sheet and spread it out very thinly with the back of the spoon into a circle. Repeat the process to make circles about 5 inches apart.

  • Bake in the top third of the oven for 6-8 minutes until the fortune cookies are golden and smell biscuity. Remove from the oven and peel off the baking sheet while still warm.

  • To shape your fortune cookies you have to work quickly, as they will cool and snap after just a few seconds. Fold each circle in half over a piece of fortune paper, without flattening the creased side fully. Pinch your half-moon shaped biscuit at each of its two corners and quickly bend the creased side over the rim of a glass to get the middle dent and classic fortune cookie shape.

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