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May062009

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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I recently attended a dinner party with an Asian theme. At the end of dinner the hostess presented everyone with a custom fortune cookie. Inside was a custom message to each of us. Super unique and very cool. Definitely made the night memorable.

01.13.2010 | Unregistered Commenterkpfeiffer

Made these last weekend, and covered half of each cookie with wilton chocolate and sprinkles. So good! Thanks for sharing this!

01.28.2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

Thank you, thank you, thank you! After spending a lot of time trying to find a place where I could order fortune cookies for a baby shower, I was not able to find one that gave me any more information as to what the fortunes would say other than "general baby". Furthermore, to customize those messages, I was finding $50 fees for one message alone, and $10 for each additional message! Then I stumbled onto your blog. Making these cookies was so much easier and more fun than I would have imagined, and now our fortunes are highly individualized to bring a lot of fun and laughs to the baby shower. The cookies are also very tasty! Your blog was a very helpful resource. Thanks!

03.21.2010 | Unregistered CommenterNettie H.

they look so cuite hwo did you do all of those cookies
love ella xoxoxoxo

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