Making homemade fortune cookies is a snap, and your loved ones will get a kick out of their personalized predictions.
Step 1: Create messages Cut six pieces of paper into 16 2- by ½-inch strips and write a fortune on each with a nontoxic pen.
Step 2: Preheat oven Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and grease a baking sheet with butter or nonstick cooking spray.
Step 3: Whisk egg whites Whisk egg whites in a medium-size bowl until they’re just foamy.
Step 4: Add remaining ingredients Add the flour, sugar, and almond extract to the egg whites and beat until the mixture is smooth.
Step 5: Drop the batter Drop four separate tablespoons of batter onto the cookie sheet, spaced far apart. You have enough batter for about 16 cookies, but don’t attempt to bake more than four cookies per sheet—they need room to spread.
Step 6: Spread the batter Use a butter knife or the back of a spoon to spread the dropped batter into circles about two inches in diameter.
Step 7: Bake Bake the cookies until the edges just begin to turn brown: about six minutes. The centers should remain pale.
Step 8: Remove the cookies As soon as you take the cookies out of the oven, lift them off the cookie sheet with a spatula and place them on a piece of wax paper.
Step 9: Fill and fold Place a fortune in the center of a cookie, and fold the cookie in half to form a semi-circle. Pick up the cookie and place the straight edge across the rim of the measuring cup. Fold the pointed edges down, one on the inside and one on the outside of the cup. Put the cookie in a muffin tin so it retains its shape as it cools.
TIP: Work as quickly as you can! Once these cookies cool, they will be impossible to bend.
Step 10: Enjoy! Enjoy the looks on your loved ones’ faces when they read fortunes written just for them.
FACT: The largest fortune cookie manufacturer in the world is located in Brooklyn, New York.