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Fortune Cookies

Course Dessert
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 36


  • 3 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter melted and cooled
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons water


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets, or line with parchment paper. Have fortunes ready to go on small strips of paper (about 2” wide).
  • In a large glass or metal bowl, whip egg whites and sugar with an electric mixer on high speed until frothy, about 2 minutes. Reduce speed to low, and stir in melted butter, vanilla, almond extract, water and flour one at a time, mixing well after each. Consistency should resemble pancake batter.
  • Spoon the batter into 3 inch circles on the prepared baking sheets, doing no more than 2 or 3 at a time. Leave room between for spreading.
  • Bake for 5-7 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges begin to brown slightly. Quickly remove one at a time, place a message in the center, and fold in half. Fold the ends of the half together into a horseshoe shape. If they spring open, place them in a muffin tin to cool until set.
  • Repeat until all batter is gone. Store cooled cookies in an airtight container or bag.


From: All Recipes
Although these cookies are not malleable if overbaked, you need to bake them long enough until they are golden around the edges or they will be too under baked and remain soft, spongy and pancake-like. See blog post above for additional tips to achieve success.