Fortune Cookies

I could call this IK’s 2nd kitchen disaster of 2014.  But, we’re not going there, mmm k?

Fortune Cookies | Inspiration KitchenIt is waaaaaaaaaaaay to early in February to do that. I still have time to screw up big-time this month. I don’t want to waste a good thing.

BUT… the good news is, you know what I learned this weekend?

I AM the absolute, slowest Fortune Cookie maker in the world.

That’s a good thing, right?  I mean, everyone needs to have something.  And, at the very least, I have that.

I can make 1 every 7 minutes.  How lightening fast is that?

I know, right?

Seriously…, if you want a real time waster (that is totally fun, but potentially a complete disaster, yet tastes goooooood), by all means, read on!

First and foremost, get your personalized fortunes ready.

Fortune Cookies 01 | Inspiration KitchenNow, this doesn’t really matter, ’cause you are not going to need them unless you are the best Fortune Cookie maker in the world.  (Hey, who knows?  You just might be).

But, aren’t they cuter than heck when they’re all cut out?

Fortune Cookies 03 | Inspiration KitchenAnd…, they fit perfectly into our perfect-fortune-cookie cookie cutter that we are sssooo not going to use.

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But, keep going!  You still need to do this next step, because YOU (the best Fortune Cookie maker in the world!) have great aspirations to also put homemade confetti in your cookies, right?  A big celebratory explosion for Valentine’s Day?  (p.s. sounds good, but please do not get excited).

Now, this part takes a while.  But it’s great to do with your kids.  Because we are all just wasting time anyway, ya know?

Fortune Cookies 02 | Inspiration KitchenCut out thousands of these.

Ok, don’t.  I’m just warning you → do not do this!

I was so excited because sometimes I was lucky and got a two-fer of hearts!  See the two hearts side-by-side?  So cute for couples!  Valentines Day, right?

Eh.  It doesn’t matter.

So, why am I posting this “that ain’t easy” recipe?

Well, because they were definitely the best tasting fortune cookies I’ve ever had – IF you minus the fortune and could overlook…uh, well…their homeliness.

Of course, throughout the process, I had my usual problems.  I’ve told you all before, I cannot crack a single egg without assistance (see item #5).  Saturday was no different.

Fortune Cookies 04 | Inspiration KitchenThis is NOT a staged photo.  This actually happened.  How the blazin’s did that happen?  Excellenttttt question. All I can say is…they’re slippery little buggers.

every.single.time. I am really starting to dislike eggs.

Maybe I need to go to cooking school like my darling friend Marcie @ Flavor The Moments.  That girl can cook!  And, I’m pretty sure she has no issues with eggs.

Anyhooo… get your ingredients ready, ’cause this goes fast (and sometimes disasterous), but, we’re ignoring that part because we’re not quitters!  Are you with me on this?

Fortune Cookies 05 | Inspiration KitchenNow, puhleassssse pay attention.

Are you still with me?

Because that cup there?…It’s important. IT is what forms the shapes (assuming you ever get there).

Fortune Cookies 08 | Inspiration KitchenThe hearts?

Ummm, well… They are there as a reminder for you as to whyyyyy in-the-ever-loving-world you are doing this.

And, becauseee… they trick you with the “you are so-dang-cute-you-just-can’t-stand-it” hearts for Valentines Day.  Tricky-mick-trickersons.

But, they mean nothing (p.s.  I’m sorry to tell you, but they just don’t).

Ok, let’s do this!

Pour them out.  Only 2 at a time (trust me on this one). Or, if you’re me, just pour 1.

Fortune Cookies 06 | Inspiration KitchenSpread them with the flat side of a spatula until about 3″ wide.

Fortune Cookies 07 | Inspiration KitchenThen, bake ’em.

And, don’t worry if the first time is a complete failure!  We’re better than this! But, they look just like they should – thin, crispy, and light golden brown.

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And, after the 2nd time, when you still can’t really get it together…just squish ’em into darling little lips!  Don’t they look like they’re smiling? I love these!

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How perfect for Valentine’s Day, no?  Kissable lips.  I say YES!  Just look at that darling fortune peeking out of the cookie!

Don’t worry. Actually, you don’t want this. It’s going to stick to your cookie big-time too.  🙂

Bleh.  Like this.

Fortune Cookies 12 | Inspiration KitchenBad fortune! Uh oh…that doesn’t sound right.

Anyhoo, if you stick with it, you’ll finally make one!  And, if you’re lucky, you’ll make a baker’s half dozen (7!) like I did.

Fortune Cookies 13 | Inspiration KitchenSuccess!

So, here are my tips.

  1. Go buy Fortune Cookies and save yourself a lot of time and grief. 🙂
  2. Or, if you’re insistent on making your own (because they taste so darn good), skip ALL the fortune telling part unless you’re going to serve them on the side, because they like to stick to the cookies!
  3. The Lips are way cuter and way easier to make than the stinkin’ way they’re supposed to be made in the first place.


Have you ever tried to make a fortune cookie?

Fortune Cookies
Better than purchased Fortune Cookies! These are fresh tasting, flavorful and better than the real thing!
Recipe type: Desserts
  • 2 large egg whites
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter, cooled
  • ½ cup flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease a cookie sheet thoroughly.
  3. Whip the egg whites on medium speed until light and foamy. Blend in the sugar and continue to beat until soft peaks form.
  4. Pour in the melted butter, flour, salt, almond and vanilla extracts and mix until well blended.
  5. *Because you need to work quickly, bake 2-3 at a time!
  6. Drop a tablespoon of the batter onto the prepared cookie sheet. Using a rubber spatula, spread the batter evenly into very thin 3-inch rounds.
  7. Bake for about 5-8 minutes or until the edges are a light golden color.
  8. Remove the cookies with a spatula. Fold in half and place the rounded part of the circle over the rim of a glass to form the Fortune Cookie shape. Once you’ve established the shape, place in mini muffin tins to hold the shape until crisp.
  9. Repeat with remaining batter.

Adapted from @ Fortune Cookies.


    • says

      Hahahahaha! Yes, 12 hours sounds just about right. And, getting at least ONE made was a bit validating, I’m not going to lie! 🙂 Thanks for the compliments on the post Marcie! So glad you liked it!

  1. says

    Awesome effort and such a fun post! I can relate to this. Last time I made tuile cigarettes and what a job! Not only do you have to get the batter super thin and only make a couple at a time, you then need to roll it and do it in seconds. I did as many as I could (not that many) and called it a day. But you are so right – these are sooo delicious! Wish they were easier to make.
    Over New Years, I thought of making ‘custom’ fortune cookies for the kids in our family but I was totally planning to work with store-bought cookies. I know my limits and I probably wouldn’t have even gotten 2 good ones! I love your fortunes! : )
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    • says

      Hahaha! I love the tulle cigarettes story! I know what you mean by just making a few of them. I was happy with 7 cookies – it was more than enough to teach me a lesson! If you figure out a way to work with store bought cookies and still get custom sayings in them – let me know! Because I think my fortune cookie making days are over! Have a great week! Thanks for the compliments!

    • says

      Haha! I didn’t place it there. I cracked the egg over the bowl and was trying to separate the yolk from the whites. The whites got in the bowl and the yolk just slipped out of the other shell. I seriously have the worse time with eggs! Have a great week Daniela!

    • says

      Hahahaha! Thanks Christin! I was told today they look more like clams. Eh. Oh well! As it turns out, I don’t have the patience to make them either!

    • says

      Hahahaha! I’m ssssoooo glad you laughed! I love it when my readers get a kick out of my posts. Who needs perfectly shaped fortune cookies anyway? 🙂 I’m completely down with fortune lips from now on. LOL!

    • says

      I’m GLAD you laugh at my disaster!!! I did! And, I love when my reader’s laugh! So glad you enjoyed the post. You have a wonderful week too Juliana! Thank you for visiting!

    • says

      This comment made me laugh Amy! I’m so glad you loved the post, and I’m so honored for the 10/10 for resourcefulness! The kissable lips are divine aren’t they? Hahaha! It was lucky! I just squished them together! LOL

  2. says

    You are too cute Kristi, what a fun post! You gave an awesome effort and your final fortune cookies above look fantastic! I can totally relate, my first blog post ever was making fortune cookies and boy was it ever time consuming and tedious. Hehe, store bought ones are so much easier 🙂 I love your adorable personalized fortunes – they look so pretty!
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    • says

      Haha! I’m so glad you liked it Kelly! The disaster posts are always the most fun to write. As long as I don’t go hungry from not being able to make something delicious in the meantime! Have a great week! And thanks for the compliments on the fortunes!

    • says

      Good luck with that! Hahahaha! Thanks for the compliments – they were fun (and it was so rewarding when I finally folded one the right way!). But, the lips were the funnest to make. Have a great week Josefine!

    • says

      Never fear Asley – you can’t possibly make them slower than 1 at a time, and I already hold that record. Hahahaha! Yes – do try them! Tell me what you think! Have a great week!

    • says

      Hahaha! I’m so glad Pamela – I’m glad that you loved the post! 🙂 It makes me ssssoooo happy to have my readers laugh and enjoy the posts! Even if they are disasterous! Have a wonderful week my friend!

  3. says

    Oh, Kristi! You’re just the best! I’m kinda sleep deprived, hunched over my computer with toothpicks propping up my eyelids … and then I found this post! Just what I needed! I am so not kidding about lol! A LOT of lol … and snickering … and smirking. Tricky-mick-trickersons??? So I’m NOT the only person in the world who thinks up stuff like that (what a relief!!!)?!?!?! I am so sorry for your kitchen disaster, but those cookies look so, so yummy … and it’s just the funniest darn post I’ve read in a really long time! Thanks, my friend – the kick-start my day really needed! Happy Valentine’s Day! <3
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    • says

      Hahaha! I LOL’d at this “hunched over my computer with toothpicks propping up my eyelids…” I’m so glad you liked the post Shelley. I absolutely love it when you visit. You always make me smile. I’m glad to know I can inject a bit of laughter into your day. Have a beautiful week my friend – and a Happy Valentines Day!!! p.s. and the cookies WERE tasty. Just ugly. Really ugly. 😉

    • says

      Thank you! They were fun, but I hope you have a LOT of patience (1 cookie every 7 minutes), or you’re the super-fast-fortune-cookie-maker! Haha, and if you are – come over to my house and make me some! Have a great weekend!

    • says

      Thanks Aimee! You’ll definitely need a few hours. But, I have to admit, it was all worth it after I made those silly lips. At that point, it was like why not? Have a wonderful week and I’m glad you enjoyed them!

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