fortune cookies

Feb. 16 marks the Chinese New Year and, as always, we’re celebrating with food! Whenever I eat Chinese food, I always finish off my meal with a little fortune cookie. I read the fortune, take it a little too personally, and then inhale the cookie—because far be it from me to not eat a cookie. But, did you guys know fortune cookies aren’t even an authentic Chinese thing? Yup, the fortune cookies we know and love are thought to have originated from various immigrant groups in 20th century California. But that doesn’t stop us from enjoying them, especially around this time of year! Since I’m a “go big or go home” type of person when it comes to food, I’m here to teach you how you can make a giant fortune cookie for your Chinese New Year celebration!

Here’s what you’ll need:

-Paper for the fortunes (along with any pens or markers you’ll need to decorate your fortune)

-1 cup flour

-2 tablespoons corn flour

-1/2 cup sugar

-1/2 teaspoon salt

-1/2 cup vegetable oil

-1/2 cup egg whites

-1 tablespoon water

-2 tablespoons vanilla

Here’s how to make your own giant fortune cookie:

  1. Start with your fortune! The paper should be about 1 inch x 3-4 inches in size. Get creative. I suggest a pun like “It’s the year of the dog, hope this year isn’t too ruff.”
  1. Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Then add the oil and egg whites and stir until the batter is smooth. Finally, add the water and vanilla and beat until smooth.
  1. Drop 1/3 cup of the batter onto a greased baking sheet. Spread the batter thinly and evenly into about a 7-8 inch circle. Bake at 285 degrees fahrenheit for 14 minutes, or until golden brown. It’s best to only bake one or two cookies at a time, as you’ll have to work quickly to fold them once they come out of the oven. When they’re done, remove them one at a time with a wide spatula.
  1. Flip the cookie onto your hand (make sure you’re wearing an oven mitt or towel), place the fortune in the center of the cookie and fold it in half. Then, fold the ends toward each other and mold the cookie until it takes the classic fortune cookie shape.
  1. Let cool and enjoy! And a little tip, if you’re not into making a giant fortune cookie, write a bunch of fortunes on smaller slips of paper and spread out the batter in smaller circles to make a batch of fortune cookies just like the ones at your favorite Chinese restaurant.

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