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Recipe: How To Make Fortune Cookies Tasty and Fun For Children.

Updated on May 30, 2015

Light and Tasty Cookies.

Have Fun with the Fortunes.

Fortune Cookies. Why not make them something really special for younger children, have fun letting them help and amaze them at the same time? Making tasty Chinese Fortune Cookies with this easy recipe is child's play. They are a fun way of adding a little extra something to your dinner party. The fortune notes that they contain are messages that you created and at least half of the messages that you design, should reflect your sense of humor. Where possible, try to introduce a third party (say a very wise Mr. Tzu) as a fictitious character (that you know) who is responsible for providing the fortune notes that appear in your cookies.

Chinese Fortune Cookies are not a traditional custom, but certainly are a novelty something that most children love as much as pulling Christmas Crackers. Of course these are for use all year round; so familiarise yourself with this very simple recipe; because if the kids have anything to do with it; you will be making Fortune Cookies for every birthday and all the other special occasions. These simple pleasures have the potential to become a family tradition, as they really do have the power to bring people and families together. Now that is worth a fortune.

Chinese Fortune Cookie Ingredients.

2 Eggs

2/3 Cup of Castor Sugar

1/2 Cup of Corn Starch

1/4 Teaspoon of Cinnamon

4 Tablespoons of Corn Oil

4 Tablespoons of Water.

24 Fortune Message Notes.

Note: This recipe makes Two Dozen (24) Fortune Cookies. They are tasty and your guests are likely to enjoy them as well. Perhaps it might pay to double the mix next time.

Make the fortune notes funny.


It always pays to have your fortune message notes made up in advance; long before you start making the cookie mix. Ensure that you have given some thought to what your fortune notes will say. The more unusual the fortune message the better; so don’t be afraid have a few fortune notes that will surprise and humor everyone (after all, Mr. Tzu must have written them).

In a glass bowl break the 2 Eggs and lightly beat them with a fork until nicely mixed.

While beating the eggs, gradually fold in the Castor Sugar and the Cinnamon. Keep beating this mix until it is a good yoke color and has thickened up. Now take the measure of Corn Oil and gently fold into the batter.

Into a separate bowl, pour the Corn Starch, the measure of water and a small measure of the batter mix, stirring throughout to ensure smoothness. Once achieved then stir this into the egg mixture of the first bowl, folding gently to ensure that the overall consistency is smooth.

Standard cookie shape.

Cooking and Forming Cookies.

Heat your griddle plate to a low – medium heat of around 350 or 360 deg. Before you apply any batter to the griddle, test the heat by shaking a couple of drops of water over it and if the water bounces on the griddle; then the temperature is perfect.

Take a large dessertspoon and use it to apply a spoonful of batter onto the hot griddle. Spread out the mix with the back of the spoon so that you have a circle of batter that is approximately 4 inches in diameter and even depth wise. It will take 5 or 6 minutes for the edges of the batter to go slightly brown and when that occurs; turn it over with a Teflon spatula and cook the other side until light brown ensuring that the heat is even on the cookie.

Now is the time to place your fortune message note inside the cookie. Remove the cookie from the griddle and while it is still warm you need to fold it. On one side of the circle run a wet finger around the edge so that there is a damp half section on the cookie. Fold up your note, place it inside the half and fold the dry side to the wet side pressing the two halves together to stick, as you go.

Lightly grease across the centre of the cookie and then take each ‘sharp’ end of the semi circle and bend them towards each other; so that the cookie resembles a horseshoe shape. Keep following this process until and stirring the batter until you have used it all. Allow each cookie to cool and store your Chinese Fortune Cookies in an airtight container until ready to use and enjoy. Wasn’t that easy?

Give some thought to the fun that you can have with Chinese Fortune Cookies, espcially if you establish the idea as a 'tradition' while your children are young. As major events happen in their lives, including things like exams; you can boost their confidence, simply by having the appropriate cookie message; which they don't have to know that you created. Have some fun; people really are surprised when they break a cookie and find a message that just seems to fit. Most importantly; keep a straight face... wait at least a month, if ever; to tell them it was you! They won't believe you. Good Luck.

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    • Pearldiver profile image

      Rob Welsh 7 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      Hi Sarah, thanks for suggesting this. I will consider that at my next back linking session. Did you follow the advice that I left for you there? And with this recipe... it's a good one. Cheers.. take care.

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      smackins1974 7 years ago from UK

      Hi PD, this would make a great hub for recommend1's affiliate site, surprised you haven't put link on submissions for this one it would be ideal link for chinese cooking section and only alteration needed is a hyperlink in the text which should be easy with such a perfect subject.

      Will have to try out this recipe and I loved the slogans in the pictures :)


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      Rob Welsh 7 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      Hi Triosol, thanks for reading this work. Yes there are many different things that can be done to make these fun. Cheers... Take Care

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      triosol 7 years ago

      Great idea and well explained hub. Voted up.

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      Rob Welsh 7 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      Hi Katiem, thanks for reading this fun recipe. Yes they are absoutely perfect for that. Can you imagine what 1st Date messages you can create lol. Or do them in Green on St. Pats Day.. with messages from the little people. They are more than a novelty though, they are also very tasty. Take Care.

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      Rob Welsh 7 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      Hi Benny, yep you can use them for everything, every indirect thing that you'd like to say to a group of people lol. Oops.. Even at the bosses Christmas party... eg:(A major competitor is about to headhunt your key staff!)... Would you get a rise do you think? Thanks for calling back. Take Care.

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Oh how fun to make your own chinese fortune cookies, I think It will be fun for Valentine's Day, adding some red color and valentines messages, it would work for any holiday. Thanks :)

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      BennyTheWriter 7 years ago from Northeastern U.S.A.

      Oh yeah...they would be AWESOME for practical jokes...didn't even think of that :)

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      Rob Welsh 7 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      Hi Micky Dee, Thanks for reading this recipe. I thought it would be a great one for many people... who want to write their own fortunes. Take care.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      The workings of a fortune cookie! Thank you!

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      Rob Welsh 7 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      Hi Benny, thanks for taking the time to read this fun recipe. You can vary the shape and the taste on these Fortune Cookies. Yes you can also play practical jokes on friends by giving them fortune message notes that have very personal meanings to them. (gasp).. Take care.

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      BennyTheWriter 7 years ago from Northeastern U.S.A.

      Awesome stuff. I'm a fan of Chinese cuisine, especially fortune cookies. You're right, they're good for any occasion, and you get to have a lot of fun coming up with crazy fortunes : )

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      Rob Welsh 7 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      Hi Chirls, thank you for reading and commenting on this recipe. The good thing about these little parcels is that they are not restricted solely to Chinese food dinner parties; especially if children are involved. Take care.

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      chirls 7 years ago from Indiana (for now)

      What a fun idea! I've never even thought of making my own fortune cookies. I will have to remember this if I ever have a Chinese food dinner party! Thanks. :)

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      Rob Welsh 7 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      Hi Cybersupe, Thanks for reading this recipe.. wow that was fast off the ramp as it was just published. I appreciate your comments. Cheers Take Care.

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      CYBERSUPE 7 years ago from MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A.

      Great idea and well explained instructions. Very informative, good images. Thanks for sharing.