Thanksgiving Fortune Cookies

Posted on 26 November 2013 by Mădălina

Fortune cookies have been on my culinary bucket list! I thought it would be out of character if I didn’t add the literal Duh-licious twist to them.

Although these cookies have a simple recipe and process, don’t be fooled. Several burnt fingers, and crappy cookies later, the results are shown below. Just like crepes, the first few batches are a sacrifice– once you get the hang of it, you’ll breeze right through. Pro-tip: work fast + smart!


Fortune Cookies

(recipe makes 1 dozen, 2″ cookies)


- 1 egg white
- 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1/4 all-purpose flour, sifted
- 1/4 cup sugar
+ orange gel food coloring, optional
+ plenty of butter for greasing your cookie sheet (don’t even try parchment paper– it doesn’t work)


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Butter a cookie sheet. Write fortunes on strips of paper about 4 inches long and 1/2 inch wide **SERIOUSLY, do this BEFORE you start!! Generously grease 2 cookie sheets.

2.  Mix the egg white and vanilla until frothy but not stiff (think bubble bath water). Sift the flour, salt, and sugar and blend into the egg white mixture.

3. If you want to create the ‘swirl’, divide batter into two, dye one batch orange.  Place teaspoonfuls of the batter at least 4 inches apart on one of the prepared cookie sheets. Tilt the sheet to move the batter into round shapes about 2-3 inches in diameter. Be careful to make batter as round and even as possible.

*I made two at a time, because you can only manipulate cookies when they are hot– more than two at a time was too much too handle. More on the swirly effect below.

4. Bake for 4-5 minutes or until cookie has turned a pale golden color 1/2 inch wide around the outer edge of the circle. The center will remain pale. While one sheet is baking, prepare the other.

5.  Remove from oven and quickly move cookie with a wide spatula and flip upside down. Quickly place the fortune on the cookie, close to the middle and fold the cookie in half. Place the folded edge across an edge of a wooden spoon, and pull the pointed edges down. Place folded cookies into the cups of a muffin tin or egg carton to hold their shape until firm.

6. Grease with butter after batch! Repeat until you have no more batter.


The swirl effect was my favorite part! I alternated dollops of orange and white batter, and then used a toothpick to create a swirly effect.


Notice the pan is already melted, and there are crumbs everywhere– this was a picture of the process a few batches in! Make sure you re-grease your pan after every batch.


Make sure you come up with your fortunes before you pop your first batch in the oven– I made that mistake..ops.


You’ll want to work fast once the cookies are out of the oven. Pry them off the pan, flip them over, insert your message and pinch.

Fold the opposite way to create the fortune cookie look. If you’ve made tortellini’s, its a similar process.


If you don’t work fast, the cookie will cool down on you, and crack ever so slightly (notice the edges). I progressively got better at this.


These cookies will harden nice and crispy. I served these day-of, but if wrapped tightly, can be enjoyed up to a week.




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