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.
How to make fortune cookies
Gluten-free fortune cookies
It’s so simple to make your fortune cookies gluten-free. All you have to do is swap the plain flour in this recipe for the gluten-free alternative. Gluten-free flour can be found in most supermarkets in the free-from aisle. Gluten-free alternatives include: almond flour, buckwheat flour and brown rice flour.
Egg-free fortune cookies
Traditionally fortune cookies use egg whites to make the dough but if you’re looking for an egg-free, vegan version swap the egg whites in this recipe for aquafaba instead.
Aquafaba is the juices in a tin of chickpeas. If you drain the juice into a dish and whisk like you would egg whites the aquafaba becomes fluffy and white just like egg whites would when making meringues. Measure out 3 tbsp of aquafaba which is the equivalent of 1 egg so this recipe will need 6 tbsp of aquafaba.