January 21, 2012
Homemade fortune cookies are a fun dessert to serve this Chinese New Year. This is a delicate cookie and needs to be shaped quickly while still hot from the over. For a gourmet touch, dip them in chocolate (and roll in nuts or shredded coconut). Tuck inspiring messages or witty sayings into your fortune cookies that you and your guests can enjoy.
4 tablespoons melted butter cooled
1/2 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
6 fortune strips - (2 1/2" by 1/2")
Pour in the melted butter, flour, salt, and extracts; mix until well combined. Drop a tablespoon of the batter onto the prepared cookie sheet. Using the back of a spoon, spread the batter evenly into very thin 3-inch rounds. Alternatively, use the lid of a jar with a 3-inch circle punched out as a template, pour the batter in the ring, and remove. Because you must work quickly to shape these cookies, bake just 3 at a time.
Bake for about 5 to 8 minutes or until the edges are a light golden color. Remove the cookies with a spatula and place on a work surface. Lay a fortune in the lower middle of the cookie, and fold in half to make a semi-circle. Bend the edges up toward each other to make a crescent. Drag the crease across the rim of a small measuring cup, with the ends facing down. Cool in mini muffin tins to hold shape until crisp. Repeat with remaining batter.
This recipe yields 6 cookies.