How to Make My Own Fortune Cookies

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So long as you have the right recipe, you can make delicious fortune cookies right in the comfort of your own home. Make your own fortune cookies with help from the Chief Confectionery Officer of in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Daria Artem, Chief Confectionery Officer of Lady Fortunes Gourmet Cookie Company and I'm here to show you how to make your very own fortune cookies. This is actually a recipe that I started with when I opened up our bakery in 2004. So, I'm very happy to share it with you and it's very simple to make actually. So, what do we do is we start with three egg whites and we're going to go ahead and break our eggs here. We're going to go ahead and put the yolks aside. So, we've just gone ahead and opened up our egg whites and separate them from the yolks and I'm using about a half cup of organic sugar. You can use any kind of sugar, but you'll granulated is going to work; we're using an organic sugar here which is really nice. I like the flavor it gives it. Now, what I'm going to do is I'm going to go ahead and incorporate the egg whites with the sugar. So, you can see bubbles forming; we're going to go ahead and add three fourth of a stick of sweet butter and that gives you so much delicious flavor in these fortune cookies. It's really tasty. I've melted it beforehand and I had it sitting here. And now, we're just going to go ahead and whisk that together. This is one of my favorite recipes because it just really so easy to make and it really yields a delicious crisp vanilla fortune cookie, kind of like what we do here. Okay. Now, what we do is we have a half cup of pre-sifted flour. You can use all purpose flour if you like and we've got two tablespoons of corn starch. We're going to go ahead and put that in. And now, we're just going to go ahead and mix it up with a spoon. You don't want to over-mix; you just basically want to incorporate everything together. Now, you can add a flavoring agent like almond extract or lemon extract or vanilla extract. A lot of people will add the extract during the first phase when you're, you know, mixing the egg whites with the sugar. I have always done it, kind of you know, my own way which is adding it at the very very end, right before the last mix. I don't know it's just it, for me it's just seems to add a little bit more flavor. And you're just going to add about a tablespoon of it to your mix. And you're just going to go ahead and just incorporate that. And then, what you want to do is you need to let this batter rest for about an hour. We're going to go ahead and put it on the side. It needs to rest for an hour because that allows all the ingredients to incorporate, the cornstarch to dissolve and just come out with a very fluid, delicious batter. Alright, so we've let our batter rest for about a good hour. Look at that, look how beautiful and smooth it is and oh, it smells like vanilla; it's so good. Okay. So, this is my method for making fortune cookies. No need to bake them. What we do is we grab, you, you can use a crepe maker or you can put them on a cookie sheet. If you're putting them on a cookie sheet, you would need to put them on a preheated oven at 350 degrees, otherwise, I have a crepe maker that's set at the highest setting, which is typically about 350 degrees or so. And now what we're going to do is we're going to go ahead and just spray it with a little bit of cooking spray and we're going to take a little bit of our batter and we're going to put it on. And you're just going to use the bottom of your ladle just to make a perfect circle. And now, we're going to go ahead and let it bake. This typically takes about two minutes. Now, you can see that the fortune cookie is beginning to bubble; you can see all these little air pockets in here and you can see it's starting to get golden brown at the edges. We're going to go ahead and check it now and you see, you can go ahead and pick it up and you see it's nice and golden brown. I like to push it a little bit. While this is happening, you can do one of my favorite part which is writing the fortune. So, I'm going to write a fortune over here and see, "You are one smart cookie." And we're going to take that and we're just going to go ahead and fold it up. Okay, so now that I have my fortune here; we also have a rolling pin; I've got fondant roller here, this is a piece of wood and it looks like a rolling pin. You can use a regular rolling pin; you know, anything that has like a curve edge on it, just to help you with the folding of the fortune cookie. I'm also using a glass bowl with a wide lip. I'm also going to take a little form and you can use one of several things. You can go ahead and use like a little silicone form that they sell in cake supply stores. Okay, we're going to go ahead and try this out right now. Let's take a look at the bottom and you can see that it's golden brown. It smells amazing. And what we're going to do is we're going to go ahead and take our cookie and we're going to put our fortune inside along the edge of the rolling pin. Now, you have to do this fast otherwise it won't work. Okay. So, you see what I just did. I just went ahead and I folded it and very quickly, you have to be super quick about this. You have to put it on, fold it and then there it goes. Now, it needs to hold its shape. So, I'm going to go ahead and put this right into here, just to let it sit in here and cool 'cause the cookie is very pliable right now. You have about 20 seconds before, you know, it gets hard on you. Fortune is longer; we can make a shorter fortune, a longer fortune, whatever you want; but that's pretty much it. And that's how to make a fortune cookie. If you want to learn more about recipes and other information on making your very own fortune cookies, please go to; that's lady fortunes with an s dot com for great recipes, ideas and tutorials.


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