Valentine's Day Fortune Cookies
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Did you know that 3 billion fortune cookies are made each year around the world, and US is the largest consumer of these little treats.
My friend gave me about 100 of them when I saw her this week, and it got me thinking about Valentine's day. I could make my own fortune cookies, filled with fortune of love saying and quotes? I'm sure I didn't discover anything groundbreaking, but I thought I'd give it a one more try, see I tried to make these once before but I wasn't very successful, mainly because I didn't use the proper tool to cool them in.More about that later.
Second time around, I made about 20-24 fortune cookie. I flavored them with
and they are really delicious.
(about 20-24, depends how big you make the cookies)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup(about 38-40 grams) butter, melted and cooled
1tsp princess cake and cookie emulsion
2/3 cup flour
1tbl and 1tsp water
muffin pan - for cooling folded fortune cookies
red food coloring(optional)
Preheat oven to 375F
Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Using a mixer, on high whip together egg whites and sugar until foamy, about 2 minutes.
Reduce speed to low, one at a time stir in melted butter, extract, water, and flour.Mixing well after each addition. Batter will be somewhat thick, like a pancake batter. If using food color, add few drops and stir the batter until well combined.
Using a teaspoon drop 1 heaping tsp of batter on the baking sheet, using the back of the measuring spoon, using circular motion, make about 3 inch circle.I was able to fit 2 circles on my baking sheet. I found it easier to work with 2 cookies at a time.
Remember to drop the batter apart so when you make the circles two are not touching and cookies have room to expand
Bake for 6-7 minutes, until edges are brown, you want to make sure you bake these cookie long enough so they are not under baked, under baked cookie will be soft, and you are looking for a crisp cookies.
Once you see brown edges, remove cookies from the oven.
Now you have to work fast, cookies can be folded only when hot, once they cool you can't fold them anymore; using your Wilton 9 Inch Angled Spatula, With Black Handle
carefully ran the spatula under the cookie to release it, place the fortune in the middle of the cookie fold in half and then fold the ends into a horse shoe shape, use the edge of a cup to fold the cookie into a horse shoe shape.(see this video for folding tutorial) Place cookie into a prepared muffin pan, this was really helpful this time. See when folding a hot cookie, while hot it can still unfold its self, but when you place in the muffin pan, muffin works like a cooling rack, once cookies are cooled their folded shape remains.
As you see I also partly dipped my cookies in chocolate.
4oz -113 grams, semi sweet chocolate
, white vegetable shortening
Chop chocolate into a medium size pieces, place in a heat proof bowl ( I use tempered glass bowls),add shortening.
Sit the bowl on the top of the pot with simmering water. Stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is well combined.
Remove from heat and let cool, until chocolate covers the back of the spoon.
Line a tray with wax paper, dip cookies in chocolate, working with one cookie at a time.
Decorate cookie with sprinkles or disco dust to add a little love.