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How to Make Fortune Cookies

Learn how to make your own custom fortune cookies at home! These adorable cookies are perfectly crispy, slightly sweet, and are filled with your own custom message! 

Homemade fortune cookies with a custom message "I love you" sticking out of one that is broken open

Homemade Fortune Cookies Overview

  • Skill Level: Intermediate

A fortune cookie is a delicate thin cookie that is folded into a crescent shape. The cookies are made from a very thin batter that is similar to a tuile batter. 

Once the batter is made, spoonfuls are dropped onto baking sheets and spread into a thin circle to be baked. As soon as these cookies come out of the oven, they must immediately be folded and shaped. The cookies will begin cooling and setting very quickly. 

Tips for Making Custom Fortune Cookies

There are a few tips that you need to know to make successfully make your own custom fortune cookies. They are a little tricky to master at first, but with a little practice they are actually quite easy to make. 

Tip #1: Print and Cut your Fortunes Before you Start Baking

Pile of homemade fortune cookies

Write out your fortunes and print and cut them before you even start making your batter. Once the cookie are cooked you have literal seconds to get the fortunes stuffed inside before they start setting. 

I have made these for an anniversary before and made the message say “Happy Anniversary Lauren! I love you more and more each day. Lucky Numbers: 08-05-2019” with the lucky numbers being the wedding date. They were such a hit! 

Tip #2: Make Sure Your Batter is Really Thin

Spreading batter out thin for homemade fortune cookies

When you spread the batter out on your baking sheet, it needs to be extremely thin. So thin you can almost see through it. This is what will make the cookies very crispy. 

A word of warning, it is a bit tricky to spread out, but just stick with it and remember that the batter doesn’t need to be in a perfect circle. 

Tip #3: Bake Two Cookies at a Time per Set of Hands

Adding a custom fortune inside a homemade fortune cookie before folding and shaping.

When the cookies come out of the oven you must immediately fold them within in the first 15-20 seconds. So I only bake two at a time unless I have another person helping, in which case I can bake four at a time. 

Tip #4: Wear Gloves if Needed

Placing fortune cookies into a muffin tin after shaping to help them hold their shape while cooling

You must fold the cookies immediately when they come out of the oven, this means they are HOT! My hands can handle a lot of heat, but if needed wear gloves so you don’t burn yourself. 

Watch the Video Tutorial! 

The video tutorial will walk you through step-by-step so you can see exactly how the batter should look and the technique for folding. 

Keep in mind, that it may take you a few tries to perfect the technique. They are a little tricky to master, but stick with it! 

How to Make Fortune Cookies

How to Make Fortune Cookies

Yield: 18-20 Cookies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

This recipe for homemade fortune cookies is so fun to make! You can customize the fortunes to celebrate a birthday, an anniversary, or any special occasion! These cookies are super crispy and slightly sweet with a hint of almond extract.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (60 gr) all-purpose flour
  • 2 TBSP (18 gr) rice flour
  • 1 teaspoons (3 gr) cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (100 gr) granulated sugar
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 3 TBSP canola oil
  • 3 TBSP water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract (*optional)

Instructions

Note: I recommend watching the video tutorial linked above to see the visual details of how the batter should look and how to fold.

  1. Preheat the oven 325 F (160 C).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, rice flour, cornstarch, sugar, and salt.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk the egg whites together until frothy.
  4. Add the oil, water, vanilla extract, almond extract, and egg whites into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir the ingredients together with a rubber spatula until it all comes together into a thin batter. The batter should run off the spatula into the bowl easily and should be thin like a crepe batter. If the batter seems too thick you can add a bit more water until it is very thin and runny.
  5. Grease a sheet pan, or alternatively you can use a silpat. Use a 1/2 TBSP measuring spoon and drop spoonfuls of batter onto the greased baking sheet. You can really only bake two at a time per person you have available to fold them as they cool really quickly and start to solidify.
  6. Bake at 325 F (160 C) for 8-11 minutes until golden brown.
  7. Remove from the oven and immediately use a spatula to release it from the pan. Add a fortune into the center of the cookie, fold in half pinch to seal. Fold the cookie in half on a mug and then place into a muffin tin to cool completely. This will help keep the shape of the cookie. If your hands are sensitive to heat, I recommend wearing gloves to do this as it is extremely important the the cookies are hot while you fold them.
  8. After completely cooled, store in an airtight container at room temperature for 5 days.

Notes

Recipe adapted from PopSugar Fortune Cookies

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