Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Happy New Year Fortune Cookies
Happy New Year! It's 2008 and it's going to be a great one. Part of our annual tradition is to make homemade fortune cookies filled with hand written fortunes that are more funny than prophetic. This recipe is really easy and yields a cookie that is far more tasty than the kind you get wrapped in plastic at the end of your Chinese take out meal. Plus, since you get to write the fortunes they'll be much more relevant and heartfelt than your average fortunes.
The batter is simple to whip up but there's some skill, time and tools required in the proper forming and shaping of the cookies. You really need to have a Silpat silicone cookie sheet liner or these will just stick right to the sheet. But even if you don't get them into the traditional "fortune cookie" shape, I guarantee you'll love the taste of this cookie. Peter declared that they taste like pancakes and I agree. There's something almost maple syrupy you get from the crunchy cookie.
4 egg whites from large eggs
1 cup superfine sugar (either place regular white sugar in your Cuisinart and grind or just use it as is)
pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
3 Tb heavy whipping cream
6 Tb butter, melted
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place Silpat liner on sheet pan or cookie sheet. Prepare fortunes on small strips of paper. Get out a drinking glass with a fairly wide mouth.
2. Place egg whites in mixing bowl and add sugar. Using the whisk attachment mix until frothy, about 1 minute.
3. Add salt and vanilla and continue to mix for 30 seconds.
4. Add flour, cream and melted butter and mix until batter is smooth, about 1 minute.
5. Using your measuring spoons, place 1 Tb of batter on one side of the cookie sheet. Use the back of the spoon to spread batter into an even circle, about 5" across. Place one other circle of batter on the other side of the sheet.
6. Bake for 8 minutes, until the edges are golden brown.
7. Remove from oven and working very quickly remove one cookie from the sheet using an offset spatula. Place a fortune strip in the center of the circle and fold the cookie in half into a half moon. Pick up the cookie and fold it over the mouth of the glass, holding for a few seconds to press it into shape. Repeat with other cookie.
Tip: only try to do 2 cookies at a time or they'll harden too quickly to shape. I space mine apart by about 4 minutes and work with 2 sheets to be most efficient.
Yield: about 20 cookies