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fortune cookie favors

I needed a favor for my friend Emily's baby shower recently, and decided to make some personalized fortune cookies. I'm not a fan of the crunchy stale fortune cookies you usually get after a meal in a chinese restaurant, but these homemade fortune cookies not only look cute, they actually taste pretty delicious!

I came up with as many fortunes as I could for this new baby girl, things like "Baby Wight will never cry" or "Baby Wight will grow up to be a famous trapeze artist" or my favorite, "Baby Wight will be a boy! Surprise!". The fortunes were printed and cut into strips, mine are about 1/2" high and 7" or so wide.

The recipe I used is a traditional tuile batter, which you drop by spoonful onto a Silpat. Then using the back of your spoon, you push the batter into a 4" circle, keeping it as thin and even as you can. The cookies bake quickly, you want to watch them carefully and pull them out when the edges are just barely golden.

Once the cookies come out of the oven, you need to work quickly to add the paper fortunes and form the cookies. If the cookies cool, they will harden and be too brittle to twist and shape. Small batches work best, I started doing 4 at a time, and got up to 6 (but you've really got to work fast to get all 6 twisted and folded before they are too brittle).

It takes a few batches to get all this figured out. Just a few extra seconds in the oven can change the color of your cookie pretty quickly. The cookie at top was pulled out a bit early, the middle cookie is just right, and the bottom cookie stayed in the oven a little too long.

I packaged the cookies in little white takeout boxes, filled with some pink and white dotted glassine, and I packed a few larger boxes with some extra cookies for Emily and her family.. full of wishes and good fortunes for their new little baby.

Welcome little one.

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Reader Comments (65)

How very cute and inventive! :) Love the idea.

05.6.2009 | Unregistered CommenterMuffin

I've always wanted to have a go at fortune cookies. Yours look wonderful and the takeaway boxes are a perfect way to present them.

05.6.2009 | Unregistered CommenterJane Weston

wow! in a very impressed and jealous way. I wish i was as crafty as you! amazing.

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05.7.2009 | Unregistered CommenterGabrielle

LOVE this! I made fortune cookies a few years back and loved it so much that I'm a bit surprised I haven't made them since then! They DO taste better too. And what a great idea for a party especially a baby shower. I am going to have to steal this idea, ok? xx

05.7.2009 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

After my last comment realized I need to make these for a few babies soon to be born when we get home and maybe a best friend who is getting married. I would love to hear some great ideas you might have for marriage fortunes :)

05.7.2009 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

I made them a while back (http://hollyklein.blogspot.com/2008/07/dont-press-your-luck.html) and took them to work with expressions like "your hard work will pay off" and "the person sitting next to you makes lots more money". They really got people going!

05.7.2009 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

That is super cute! Thanks for sharing with us!

05.7.2009 | Unregistered CommenterJujube

this is such a fantastic idea. i love the fortune "baby wright will have a talent for the accordion" - so cute!

05.7.2009 | Unregistered Commentererin

Ahhh...where were you when I was pregnant?? What a fantastic friend you are! Enjoy the shower.

05.7.2009 | Unregistered Commenterkate

Hi, Fabulous blog by the way.
I love the fortune cookie idea. How long ahead of time can you make them? Would they last a few days? We are having a shower for my very dear friend in June, I would love to see some more baby shower ideas!

05.7.2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

wow!! this is fantastic. what a good friend you are!

05.7.2009 | Unregistered Commentersk

oh these look so beautiful. i love the color they turn when baked. you have a great deal of patience to prep each one!

last week i wanted to make fortune cookies for a bridal shower but the bride is allergic to gluten, so i made pink felt cookies with fortunes into a mixed bag of candy.

05.7.2009 | Unregistered Commenterjill

oh so impressive!
how cute.

05.7.2009 | Unregistered Commentersummer

So cute! What a thoughtful project!

05.7.2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

These looks fantastic! I love the take out box packaging.

05.7.2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen

How neat! I've made fortune cookies in a frying pan before, but I would like to try your method :)

05.7.2009 | Unregistered CommenterClaire

Cute, beautiful and so clever........

05.7.2009 | Unregistered CommenterKieran

Wow, that is an awesome project. Love the tutorial pictures you included. Thanks for sharing the cool idea.

05.7.2009 | Unregistered CommenterQuiltOtaku

these came out so cute! what a treat.

05.7.2009 | Unregistered Commenterjen jafarzadeh

Perfect. When do you find the time to do this, esp. with kids?!

05.7.2009 | Unregistered CommenterHasley

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