DIY Wedding Challenge 2010: Fortune Cookie Favors

kalenalena
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Fortune cookies make fun wedding favors, and can even be used as a creative "will you be my bridesmaid" cookie.


To get started, gather up the following ingredients and supplies (fortune cookie recipe adapted from Paula Deen's Paula Does Takeout):



Ingredients:




  • 2 egg whites



  • 1/2 c. all purpose flour



  • 1/2 c. superfine sugar



  • 1 tsp. almond extract (you can play around with flavors - I've also used lemon, hazelnut, and vanilla extract)



  • 2 tbsp. water



  • Pinch of salt



Equipment




  • Silpat silicon baking mat



  • Offset spatula



  • 1/2" x 4" strips of paper with fortunes printed on them



  • Electric hand mixer



Preheat your oven to 400 degrees (I found this temp to be a bit high, so for my oven, I adjusted the temp to 375 degrees; adjust your oven temp accordingly).


Beat egg whites, sugar, extract, and water until frothy, but not stiff. Sift in flour and add salt; mix until smooth.


On baking sheet covered by the silpat mat, pour 1 tbsp of the cookie batter. Using the back of the spoon, spread the batter in a circular motion, starting from the center and working your way out until the cookie is a thin 4 inch circle.



I would recommend doing no more than 2 cookies for the first round, as you need to work quickly once they come out of the oven. As I got more comfortable, I was able to do max 4 cookies without having any issues with cookies hardening before I had a chance to fold them - and it still was cutting it close.


In general, three cookies per sheet is recommended, unless you have some buddies helping you out.


 


Bake the cookies on middle rack of the oven until golden brown around edges, for about 8 minutes.


Now get ready to hustle! Take the cookies out of the oven. Place one of the fortune strips onto a cookie.



Using the offset spatula, gently lift the cookie from the mat and fold the cookie in half, over the fortune.



Fold the two ends back, in the opposite direction of the previous fold, to make the fortune cookie shape.



To help the cookie keep its shape while it hardens (and so I can move onto other cookies), I use measuring cups and circular cookie cutters.



And that's it! A fortune cookie is made.


Now if you want to have some extra fun, I'd suggest dipping your fortune cookie in chocolate, and maybe even some chopped nuts:



Pack your favors in an airtight container until they're ready to be packed into pretty packages and presented to your guests/bridesmaid/sweetheart.

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Last Updated: August 4, 2013 at 1:41 am
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