Halloween fun! I may not have kids around the house anymore, but are these adorable or what? To be honest, I was rather intimidated by the idea of making fortune cookies, but that part turned out to be the easiest. Would you believe it's finding exactly the right kind of black food coloring that's the trick? Some just left me with grey batter...no matter how much I added. Why don't ALL grocery stores carry good quality black and orange food coloring this time of year?
And the next time I make them, I'm going to use even more black. The camera made them seem more dark brown than black, which trust me, they were. (Or perhaps it was the lighting......)
Anyway, surprise your family and make a batch for Halloween!
From The Decorated Cookie (such talent!)
2 large egg whites
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
8 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons granulated sugar
3 teaspoons water
Method:Write fortunes on pieces of paper that are 3 1/2 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. Or print them out HERE.
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Grease 2 9-X-13 inch baking sheets.
In a medium bowl, lightly beat the egg white, vanilla extract, almond extract and vegetable oil until frothy, but not stiff.Sift the flour, cornstarch, salt and sugar into a separate bowl. Stir the water into the flour mixture.Add the flour into the egg white mixture and stir until you have a smooth batter. The batter should not be runny, but should drop easily off a wooden spoon.
Note: if you want to dye the fortune cookies, add the food coloring at this point, stirring it into the batter. I added black as indicated above. A little at a time, until the desired color was reached.
Place level tablespoons of batter onto the cookie sheet, spacing them at least 3 inches apart. Instead of spreading the batter with a knife or spoon, gently tilt the baking sheet back and forth and from side to side so that each tablespoon of batter forms into a circle about 4 inches in diameter. That way they will be smooth and crisp.
Bake until the outer 1/2-inch of each cookie turns golden brown (difficult to see with black ones!) and they are easy to remove from the baking sheet with a spatula (14 - 15 minutes). Working quickly (I used a hot pad over my hand), remove the cookie with a spatula and flip it over in your hand. Place a fortune in the middle of a cookie. To form the fortune cookie shape, fold the cookie in half, then gently pull the corners downward over the rim of a glass. Place the finished cookie in the cup of a muffin tin so that it keeps its shape. Continue with the rest of the cookies. This recipe makes about a dozen cookies.
And stay tuned for a fabulous giveaway next week!
Oh Barbara you deserve a 10..I like the black Wilton :) I think I bought that same little package last year..So cute!!! Are you having a little party? I watched Parenthood last night one of my favorite shows.. it was all about Halloween:)I will make these one day! Not this year..but one day..ReplyDelete
That is such a great idea! I love them!ReplyDelete
Neat, Barbara. This is so cute. I know mine wouldn't be this nice though. I can never make things look pretty;)ReplyDelete
Cute idea, Barbara! I'd make these year round (and pass on the food coloring for, say, my Chinese New Year celebration.) :)ReplyDelete
PS I always eat around my fortune first. It drives everyone else crazy but I like to think it helps my fortunes come true.
These are such a great treat for Halloween! They came out great! Neat idea!ReplyDelete
How unique! I love it!ReplyDelete
And I agree with you about the food coloring. I just used an entire tube of orange gel to color a cheesecake without getting the orange that I was after. I'm going to have to look for the kind that you used.
Whoa these are seriously awesome! What a cute and festive idea.ReplyDelete
i never would have thought it would be so hard to find black food coloring...who knew?
this look very similar like Chinese fortune cookies, great ideas!ReplyDelete
I think the kid in all of us would love these!!!!ReplyDelete
Such an innovative idea. I wouldn't have thought about it.ReplyDelete
What a fabulous idea. I didn't think it possible to make a fortune cookie, but you've made them to look perfect. Great post Barbara.ReplyDelete
My kids at school would love these- so cute!ReplyDelete
You rock, Barbara. Those things are so awesome. You're never too old to get into the Halloween spirit!ReplyDelete
Such a fantastic idea for halloween Barbara ! Hope your halloween is spooktacular !ReplyDelete
Oh, I love these, they are so much fun! I wonder what mine would say... :)ReplyDelete
I'm not at all sure I am coordinated enough to just tip the cookie sheet this way, then that, to get a roundish shape, but otherwise, I'm already plotting when I might make some...ReplyDelete
Now those are something that could really be fun for the kids!!!ReplyDelete
Hope you have a great weekend Barbara!
Great idea, Barbara. I made fortune cookies once and they were a mess... I think the recipe was wrong because I did follow it closely.. yours are perfect and BLACK!!! how cool is that. great idea for a party with appropriate phrases inside.ReplyDelete
You are my hero, Barbara! These are so adorable and they really are so impressive. I love the customized fortunes too, how fun!ReplyDelete
i take it this is not part of the 12 days of xmas cookies?ReplyDelete
aren't they fun, i just got the book sweet misfortune, i will be back to try out your recipe!
sure hope you enjoy overboard, i was riveted, but the ocean is my version of horror stories and i quake with every howl of the wind and slap of the waves. the part that blew me away was the coast guard rescue man, 20 years in and ready for retirement with gray hairs showing HAD NEVER DONE A REAL RESCUE BEFORE! ok i am shaking all over again! happy reading and thanks for the scary cookies to boot~
What a great idea that would be perfect for an adult Halloween party too. You were successful - they are really, really black. Scary fortunes too!ReplyDelete
What a cute idea! Need to make some for my little grandkids and see if I can scare them! (insert evil laugh here)....ReplyDelete
What a great idea! You've inspired me to make some of my own.ReplyDelete
WOW; I have never attempted to make these thinking it would be too trying! Yours look so pro and the idea of the misfortune cookie is just brilliant!!!!!ReplyDelete
You Amercians have so much fun with this Halloween celebration !! Why don't we have it? I loved the idea of the cookies..I imagine what my girls would write !!! Vampires are now glamorous, though! ;DReplyDelete
I love these so cool! I'm already trying to think up something to write that is spooky and a little naughty for an adult party! Oh how fun
this may be an unseemly question, but what does that coloring do to a person's waste? i'd be curious to see. :)ReplyDelete
great idea for a party treat!
These would be great to send to my daughters at school. Thanks for the adorable idea!ReplyDelete
wow this is so cool love itReplyDelete
This is a great adult Hallowe'en party item. Brilliant. Looking forward to your giveaway. I hope you include Canada! We aren't that far away, you know! And we like mail!ReplyDelete
I have said this many times You are my Hero! Great idea!!ReplyDelete
I LOVE this idea!!! Thanks for sharing. I can think of some great sayings for the insides!!! Wow, this can go in many directions;)ReplyDelete
My kiddos would get a kick out of these; especially if I could convince them that they did in fact come from a Chinese restaurant. Your turned out perfect.ReplyDelete
You are a fabulous cook and I would never have thought of making my own fortune cookies. These look great in black and wouldn't the kids be happy to get them.
Barbara, these fortune cookies are adorable. Absolutely perfect for Halloween. Trick or Treat!ReplyDelete
Barbara!!! teeeeheee, what a great title: MISFORTUNE COOKIES....I love such cleverness! THANK YOU for always coming to visit with me. You are SO KIND, and it is pleasantly overwhelming to know many people who make such an effort to leave a message. I hope your weekend is filled with much delight and happiness. BAKE ON!ReplyDelete
Haha that is so cute! I love them and I love the name Barbara! :DReplyDelete
Always wanted to know how to do that!!! Thanks!ReplyDelete
I love the originality of these cookies: MISFORTUNE cookies,...hahahahaha,..I laso love the phrases in these cookies,...Lovely invented, dear Barbara!ReplyDelete
They look awesome & ooh so original too!
So clever and soooo daring Barbara - I'm always in awe of you fearless bakers that will take on anything - including BLACK fortune cookies! How fun!ReplyDelete
These are fantastic!! I am almost tempted to take some to school, with grade type fortunes for my students!ReplyDelete
Oh I love these....when I made mine I had trouble with the message sticking...but all in all they were very fun to make.ReplyDelete
Love you idea of black ones for halloween!!!!
HA! What a clever idea!ReplyDelete
Such a great idea, Barbara! These sound like a lot of fun to make and eat.ReplyDelete
I have used that black food colouring with my students while making various cupcakes and it rocks! So does your idea for MISfortune cookies. I love it. So hilarious and novel!ReplyDelete
My daughter would love to whip up a batch of these and take them to her work colleagues. I am sending her the link. I will also keep it for me to use with my own students next year.
This is a clever trick in a common treat that I am sure will be a big hit at Halloween.ReplyDelete
I love these!! If only my neighborhood Chinese restaurant was handing out these for the holiday. ;)ReplyDelete
I'm making these for the next new year! Of coz, not in black! hehe.... have a great day!ReplyDelete
these are SO CLEVER! and, yes, Wilton is probably best for black food coloring---we learned once the hard way, too, with streaky iced halloween cookies.ReplyDelete
How creative of you Barbara. This is an idea I'll keep if ever I make a Halloween themed dinner party ;o)ReplyDelete
Ciao for now,
What an awesome Halloween idea! These are so fun :).ReplyDelete
These are awesome Barbara! (how did I miss this post?). Been thinking about making fortune cookies lately and when I read the ingredient list, yay, I have some eggwhites in a bowl in the fridge. I know where they're going now :)ReplyDelete
My gosh girl you are adventurous!! I got nervous just reading the recipe and how to shape them...LOLReplyDelete
I have the Wilton black and love the color it gives you.. would be fun to do them for Valentines in red and pink...
Genius! I love these!ReplyDelete