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How to Make Fortune Cookies

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When I go out to eat at a Chinese restaurant, one of the things I look forward to is the fortune cookie at the end of the meal. Often the fortunes hidden inside are meaningful, but sometimes they are downright funny when applied to a particular person. Here you will learn how to make your own genuine looking fortune cookies.
 
 
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Step 1: Supplies and Ingredients

To Make the Fortunes:
-Computer with Microsoft Word (or equivalent software)
-Printer
-Paper
-Scissors
     OR
-Paper
-Non-toxic pen
-Scissors

To Make the Cookies:
-2 large egg whites
-1/2 cup flour
-1/2 cup sugar
-1 tsp vanilla or almond extract
-Non-stick cooking spray or butter
-Cookie sheet
-Whisk or fork
-Mixing bowl
-Spoon
-Spatula
-Clean thin cotton glove or paper towel (to protect you from getting burned)

Step 2: Fortune Ideas

I'll leave it up to you to decide your fortunes, here are a few ideas to get you started. Be creative and have fun .

<name>, don't go to sleep tonight.
You should buy <your name> dinner.
Good things will come your way if you walk through doorways backwards.
<name>, will you marry me?
Sorry <name>, but she doesn't like you.
I'm stuck in the cookie factory, send help!
He who rubs cook's back gets good meal.
Stop being a cheapskate and pay the tip.

Step 3: Create Your Fortunes

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Using Microsoft Word

1) Open a new document.

2) Write your fortune, making sure it will fit on a  2  x 1/2 inch piece of paper.

Advanced option, use the column or table function to create columns that are 2 inches wide .

3) Add a black square to the top right of each fortune for an authentic touch.

4) Print your fortunes.

5) Cut out into 2 x 1/2 inch slips using scissors, leaving a portion of the black square on the corner.


The Old Fashioned Way

1) Cut paper into 2 x 1/2 inch strips

2) Using a non-toxic pen, write down your fortunes

Step 4: Baking Preparation

1) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F

2) Grease your cookie sheet with non-stick spray or butter
chibibobo2 years ago
I just made a batch of these to pass out to family members to announce my pregnancy. On the back of the fortunes announcing a baby is on it's way, I put Lucky Numbers like they do on the manufactured ones but only I put the numbers that make up the baby's due date.

I can't wait to pass these out tonight. :) I recommend you make these one by one unless you will have someone helping you fold them asap. It helps to have the fortunes already folded in half, when I didn't fold the fortunes in half, some of the messages were visible in a few of them.

I tried one and they taste even better than the packaged manufactured ones you get at the restaurants. I will most definitely makes these again to reveal the baby's gender rather than a gender reveal cake.
I just realized National Fortune Cookie Day was yesterday. Rats! I will be ready for next year, anyway.

Very nice explanation on the folding. That part is very tricky for us spatially-challenged folks.