Make your fortune by making fortune cookies!

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For our bedtime story the other night, we read a book about all the ways you can tell your fortune, like tarot cards, tea leaves, palm reading, (btw, did I happen to mention I worked as a palm reader at the CNE one summer??) Anyways, in the book, there was a recipe for fortune cookies… So what else were we going to do on a tuesday night??

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Here is the recipe I used…
2 egg whites
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp of vanilla
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup of flour
And about 1/4 cup of water

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Start by mixing the egg whites, sugar, salt and vanilla. Then mix in the flour. I just kept adding water until the consistency was thin enough to spread easily.

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Then we spooned about a tablespoon of the batter onto a cookie sheet.

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I used the back of the spoon to spread out the batter in a circular motion.

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I baked them for almost 5 minutes at 350 degrees. Leave them in the oven until the edges are brown. If you bake them too long, they crack, but if you don’t bake them long enough, they are not crunchy. It took me most of the batter to get the timing and technique. The last two cookies we made were perfect!

I forgot to mention that before we started making the batter, we typed up the fortunes on the computer and printed them, then cut them out. We had so much fun thinking of fortunes, Sam came up with a few good ones, like, “You will kiss John”. The kids have pizza day at school on Friday, so we wrote a fortune about, “You will have pizza on Friday” Once we started, it was really easy to come up with a few good ones for our family. These would be so fantastic to customize for a party, or a person. My dad would have been great at thinking of funny fortunes!

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To fold the cookies, you have to work really fast. You have about 30 seconds until they start to harden. So I would suggest cooking only two at at time to start. Also, I would recommend wearing gloves to avoid burning your fingers. I used a clean pair of winter gloves.
I had the kids on stand-by, holding the paper fortunes, ready to hand to me.
When they come out of the oven, I used a spatula to lift up the cookie, placed the fortune in the middle, and folded the cookie in half.

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Next, I folded the cookie in half again, trying not to flatten the cookie too much.

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Finally, if you have a clean egg carton lying around, they are the perfect size to hold the cookies while they are cooling. The cookies want to open up as soon as you put them down, so the egg carton holds them in place.

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Now, for the best part… Reading them, and eating them!

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