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Fortune cookies recipe

Try your hand at making these fortune cookies to celebrate Chinese New Year. They're easier to make then you might think and you get to write your own fortunes to boot!



  • 1 egg white
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup plain flour
  • 2 tbspn caster sugar


Write fortunes on small strips of paper and set aside.

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Cover two baking trays with baking paper.

Mix the egg white and vanilla until foamy but not stiff. Sift the flour, salt, and sugar and blend into the egg white mixture.

Place teaspoonfuls of the batter at least 10cm apart on one of the prepared trays. Tilt the tray to spread the cookie batter into round shapes about 7cm in diameter. Be careful to make batter as round and even as possible.

Do not make too many at once, because you will have to form the fortune cookie shape while they are hot - once the cookie begins to cool, it is too late to shape them. Start with 2 or 3 to a sheet and see how many you can do.

Bake for approx. 5 minutes or until cookie has turned a golden color on its outer edge. The middle will remain pale. While one sheet is baking, prepare the other.

Remove baking tray from the oven and quickly remove a cookie with a well-greased, wide metal spatula. With gloves on, flip the cookie into your hand, lay the fortune across the middle of the cookie fold the cookie in half.

Using the edge of a glass, place the folded edge of the cookie across the edge and pull the pointed edges downwards until the unmistakeable shape of the fortune cookie is made.

Place the cookie into a muffin tray as it cools so that the shape is held until firm.


  • This is one of those 'simple' recipes that are all about technique! Once you get the hang of the shaping of the cookie, you will find it easy but until then, be prepared for a couple of messy cookies until you perfect the technique.
  • This really is a batter so it is best to shape the cookies by moving the tray much like when you make pancakes to achieve a round shape.
  • Don't try and bake more than 2 or 3 cookies at a time until you have perfected the art of shaping the cookie as you will waste a lot as they can't be shaped once they begin to cool.
  • Because there is no butter in this recipe, the cookies will stick if you don't use baking paper or liberally grease the baking trays you use. I find that it helps to grease the spatula too when you remove the cookies from the tray.
  • You could add a little butter to the mix BUT this will make your fortunes greasy.