Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Fortune Cookies

Posted by Kejia:

I've been wanting to make fortune cookies with personalized notes for the longest time! This Chinese New Year, after being inspired by the amazing SORTED food, I've decided to make some. These fortune cookies are delicious. No, they're not thick and floury like those from Chinese restaurants. They're flavourful, crispy/crunchy (depending on how you like them, you can adjust the thickness when you spread them out), and super fun to eat. After cracking it open, remove the slip of paper, go "Awww!" after reading an extremely sweet note, and consume the delicious crunchy cookie. The great thing about these cookies is that you can write whatever you want inside! Motivational quotes, personalized messages, funny and lame messages (e.g. "Some fortune cookies contain no fortune.)...whatever you'd like! This makes a great gift for friends and family, and can bring a smile to anyone who's feeling down. (I mean, only if you write something funny or cheerful!) 

SORTED food included chinese five spice in their recipe, but I used half a teaspoon of ground nutmeg instead. It gave the cookies a wonderful flavour, without being too overwhelming or tasteless. They are so simple to make. Please do try this out because you will not be disappointed! :-) 

Recipe adapted from SORTED Food
100g plain flour
150g icing sugar
125g egg whites
60g melted butter
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 

1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF.
2. Stir the dry ingredients together.
3. Beat in the egg whites and melted butter.
4. Sprinkle in the ground nutmeg and mix well. 
5. Spread circles 10cm across onto a baking sheet, keeping them as even as possible. If you'd like a crunchy cookie, make them slightly thicker. If you'd prefer a crispy cookie, make them thinner. The key to making a good cookie is to spread the batter as even as possible!

6. Bake for 5 minutes.
7. Remove the flat cookies from the oven and immediately place a message into the centre of each. Fold them in half and half again while still hot and leave to cool and become crispy. And that's all!

My mother's iron fingers that are immune to heat! (I had to use a paper towel to protect my hands) Take care when folding the hot cookies because they might burn you. Wear gloves!!

Remember not to put too many of them into the oven at once - this makes it very difficult to fold all of them when you remove them from the oven as they will start to cool and become hard. If, by any chance, your cookies turned hard before you got to fold them, simply pop them into the oven for 30-45 seconds and they should be softened again. All in all, these were really fun to make. Do give it a go! :-) 



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