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Sweetheart Fortune Cookies - Recipe for Romance

Updated on October 6, 2015
Fortune cookie "Take advantage of an upcoming opportunity" modified by author
Fortune cookie "Take advantage of an upcoming opportunity" modified by author | Source

An Edible "I Love You" for Valentine's Day

They say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, but let's face it, some guys just don't get a subtle message. Men need it spelled out... like a recipe, you might say. How about sending your love notes in both sweets and sweet words this Valentine's Day?

Homemade, customized, "just for you" Sweetheart Fortune Cookies speak to the body and the soul(mate) with personalized messages you tuck into clever treats that show how much you care.

Here, as well as my own recipe you can use to make your own homemade fortune cookies, I've rounded up a really good video to show you how it's done. I've also got a few baking tips to help you along, and some ideas for finding the best romantic quotes to get your message scross, just in case you're one of those tongue-tied shy lovers who struggles to find your own words. Let your tasty baking skills do the talking for you - True Love never had it so tasty!

by C.P.Storm on Flickr
by C.P.Storm on Flickr

Three Ingredients for Sweet Romance

  1. Fresh, crisp Fortune Cookies - preferably homemade by your own loving hands.
  2. A personalized message of love with a special meaning for your beau. Or, maybe, a nicely naughty prediction of how the evening might unfold?
  3. An appropriately romantic setting in which to serve your man these special treats. With champagne by candlelight? While you're strolling under the stars? Middle of third period of the hockey game, when his home team's winning? ... Well, you're the one who knows your sweetheart best, so I'll leave the place and time up to you!

New Beginning by Tim Ebbs on Flickr
New Beginning by Tim Ebbs on Flickr

Get your custom messages ready ahead of time with your chosen words written or printed on slim slips of paper. You don't need a template, just a long skinny rectangle shape you can easily mark off with a ruler or straight edge. For size, each slip of paper should be about 1/4 to 1/3 inch wide by about 3 1/2 or 4 inches long.

Now, on to the kitchen!

Preheat your oven to 350°F, and spray 2 small baking sheets with cooking oil. It's important to use 2 pans as you'll want to let each pan cool down and then re-grease it again, between each batch, to prevent sticking.

Note: If this is your first try at baking your own Fortune Cookies, mix up the whole batch of batter as described below, but start with just 1 or 2 circles of batter at a time. This is because you'll need to work quickly to fold the cookies while they are still hot, and the they will cool down very quickly. Once you get the hang of how to fold them around the paper messages, you can start to put more circles into the oven at one time.

Serving Size

Serves: 12 -14 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp cold water

Instructions

  1. Whisk the egg whites until they're frothy, then whisk in the vanilla extract, almond extract, and vegetable oil.
  2. In a second bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, cornstarch and salt, then stir in the cold water.
  3. Gradually add the flour mixture to the egg-white mixture, whisking vigorously until the batter is very smooth.
  4. Drop a level tablespoon of batter onto a prepared baking sheet, and use the back of a spoon or a small spatula to spread it out into a circle about 31/2 or 4 inches across.
  5. Several inches away, repeat with another tablespoonful of batter to make a second cookie, and perhaps a third if you're confident about being able to fold them quickly enough.
  6. Bake 12 to 14 minutes - just until the edges begin to turn a golden colour.
  7. Use a spatula to remove the cookies one at a time from the baking sheet, and fold them up around the slip of paper with your message (see below for instructions).
  8. Repeat the process until you've used up all the batter.
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First, Whisk the Egg Whites...

The one kitchen gadget that I use almost every day, and can't imagine doing without, is a low-cost but tough little stick blender that doubles as a chopper and a whisk. Yes, absolutely, I do use a hand whisk for a quick froth, say, for example, when making scrambled eggs. But for seriously whisking - like now, when we want to get those egg whites good and frothy - it's hard to beat the Cuisinart Smart Stick.

Cuisinart CSB-77 Smart Stick Hand Blender with Whisk and Chopper Attachments
Cuisinart CSB-77 Smart Stick Hand Blender with Whisk and Chopper Attachments

This well-made kitchen gadget is a lot of value for a very low price. It's easy to use, easy to clean - that's a biggie! - and has a surprising amount of power behind it. When you can't spare the cash or the counter space for a lot of different small appliances to do a lot of different small cooking tasks, a good stick blender with chopper and whisk attachments is, I have found, a very practical tool to have in your kitchen.

 

Tip: Stir a few drops of food coloring into the batter to tint it with a hint of color - try pink or red for Valentine's Day.

Sift the Dry Ingredients...

Yes, when you're making Fortune Cookies, it is well worth sifting the dry ingredients before you mix the batter! But... if you're like I used to be, sometimes you don't want to bother, even when a recipe calls for sifted flour, because it's just a big hassle. I used to use a sieve over a bowl for sifting - now there's a mess waiting to happen! - and my mother has an old hand-crank sifter that you have to take apart to clean. No question, this OXO sifter is a much more sensible design.

OXO Good Grips 3 Cup Stainless Steel Flour Sifter
OXO Good Grips 3 Cup Stainless Steel Flour Sifter

No fiddly bits to get jammed up or gunked up. You just measure in your dry ingredients, remove the lid on the bottom, and shake the sifter from side to side over your mixing bowl. It's as simple as that. And you can do your sifting with one hand, while you're stirring in the dry ingredients with the other hand. How efficient is that? Dishwasher safe, too.

 

Video Tutorial - Watch and Learn How to Make and Fold Fortune Cookies

Here's a cute young guy to show you how to make homemade fortune cookies, step by step. Pay particular attention to the consistency of the batter - see how it's very loose and spreadable? That's what you want. Actually, Max's mixture may be a bit more liquid than mine, perhaps due to a little "oops' with the almond extract... but, these things happen to the best of us! Don't you think Max Rumaner could be a future Famous TV Chef?

You Are The Mast of Everything Situation by seedoubleyouaretoo, on Flickr
You Are The Mast of Everything Situation by seedoubleyouaretoo, on Flickr

Folding Instructions

Wearing cotton gloves to protect your hands from the heat, lay one cookie flat on your hand. (This will go better if you flip the cookie upside-down from how it was sitting on the baking sheet - the side that was against the pan will now be facing up as it sits on your hand.)

Fold it in half around one of your pre-printed paper slips and press the edges together. Work quickly, so it won't cool down and crack! This gives you a half-moon shape with the message hidden inside, just sticking out a bit at each end.

Lay the folded, straight edge of the cookie across the handle of a wooden spoon (or the lip of a cup or bowl - your choice) and press the tips gently downward and together, to form the traditional triangular shape.

Set each one into a muffin pan cup, to help it to hold its shape while it cools and hardens, while you quickly move on to folding the next.

Finding it hard to picture exactly how to do this? No problem! Have another look at the video above- Max Rumaner walks you through the whole process.

by C.P.Storm, on Flickr
by C.P.Storm, on Flickr

Avoid a Sticky Situation - Try a SlickMat baking mat

For best results, it's important to make sure your baking sheet is cool when you start laying out your circles of batter, so that means pulling at least two pan into play and rotating between them. Maybe three, if you're getting fast at your folding technique so the pans don't get a chance to cool down.

Two of my baking sheets are (sigh!) the wonderful Paderno, and I can count on them to give me a good result every time. My third one? Not so much... That third pan is so old, I think there's part of Methusaleh's goat baked into the corners, and even a heavy greasing won't keep baked goods from sticking. But it's a good heavy baking sheet (the kind it's hard to get these days without paying a mint) and still far too good to get rid of, so I've started lining it with a silicone mat when needed.

Cuissential SlickMat - Non-stick Silicone Baking Mat; Baking Sheet Size (Pastry Mat, Baking Liner)
Cuissential SlickMat - Non-stick Silicone Baking Mat; Baking Sheet Size (Pastry Mat, Baking Liner)

The silicone baking mat gives any pan a non-stick surface. "No more grease or parchment paper!" Also handy for rolling out pie crust - you just pick up the mat and flip the crust into the pan, no sticking or stretching. To clean, just slosh it off with a cloth and soapy water.

 

What will your Fortune Cookies say?

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      I love your last fortune cookie. Actually my fellow loves being married so much that he sometimes shocks me (He can't cook so I guess he figures that it is a much preferable alternative to his starving to death lol.)

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      ernieplotter 4 years ago

      Never thought I could actually bake those at home... I bet they will taste better than the ones in restaurants and sushi bars!

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      andreaberrios lm 5 years ago

      What a great idea!! Thank you so much, my kids are going to love this one.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Mine will say, "Always and forever." I haven't yet made sweetheart fortune cookies, but I have made them for my graduate students. On the last night of class, we met at a Chinese restaurant to celebrate our semester. I created a customized fortune for every student. Can't wait to expand on the possibilities with your great ideas here. Thanks!

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      Nathalie Roy 5 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Usually my fortune cookies don't make senses thanks to bad and cheap translation to French. I love them, not for the little note but for the taste. With Jasmine tea it's delicious

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I don't know yet. We have our own little codes, so maybe "You're my moon!" She'd understand. Something simple and sweet. If I dip them in chocolate, she may not care what the note says anyway.

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      7thStone 5 years ago

      I feel the need to share an interesting fortune cookie story. Prior to my husband and I dating, we were friends and I was looking for a car ... it was an arduous task. We'd begun early and were still out looking at lunch time so we popped into a Chinese restaurant for a bite. The host seated us at a little corner table that caused us to sit on adjoining sides with the table corner between us, rather than across from each other as we normally would have. A the end of lunch came the predictable fortune cookie, but with an interesting/unpredictable fortune inside. When I opened it the fortune read "Happiness is sitting right next to you" and that fortune cookie was right. We've been together for over 20 years and married for nearly 17 years of that time; we're still VERY happy :)

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      awesomedealz4u 5 years ago

      Wow, these look fun to make!

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      hlkljgk 5 years ago from Western Mass

      i can't wait to make these

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      squid-pinkchic18 5 years ago

      This is so cute! I could see using these for a baby shower or to announce the gender of a baby. So adorable.

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      Jules Corriere 5 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      Congratulations for making it on the DELICIOUS Valentines Recipe board! Well deserved! Thanks for sharing such a beautiful and yummy lens!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Just stopping back by to let you know that this article has been featured on Fun Food.

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      Joan Hall 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      A friend of mine was once having a very casual lunch at a Chinese place with a fellow club member who happened to be female. At the end of lunch, his fortune cookie contained the message: "You will fall in love with a brunette." The lady really did end up becoming his wife, so he says now that fortune cookies are the only future-predicting medium that he believes in.

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      On Valentines Day, I will even love your smelly socks!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      I think that this would be a reall fun project for a class, or a birthday party for kids - and to let the kids make the fortunes, etc. Could also be a great learning experience in kindness... for example, the instructions could be, "You each get to write a fortune, but since you don't know who will get the fortune, you need to write something that would make the person feel very happy!" Something like that... just a thought. Great lens! Blessed.

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

      I don't know what it would be that I'd say in one but this looks like a great idea. Great lens.

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      That is such an excellent idea! You can write a little note in sequences so the fortune cookies would have to be eaten one by one to show a message! Mine would say, "I love making these little messages, more than you...just kidding!"

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      PapaKork 5 years ago

      Now this is something I really want to try!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Oh, this is totally fabulous! I love this idea! Since my husband is crazy about fortune cookies, this is perfect for me. Thanks!

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      aliciamaggie54 5 years ago

      We will see. I like the chocolate dipped cookies.

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      Mary Crowther 5 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Very cute idea! I like the chocolate dipped ones!

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      @entertainmentev: Glamour cookies, ooh, now there's an idea! ... why not dip them in white chocolate and then in those clear sprinkles that make baked goods look like they're sprinkled with tiny diamonds?

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      entertainmentev 5 years ago

      I'm going to have to give this recipe a try. My fortune cookie will say "Enjoy a piece of glamour everyday!"

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Very nicely done! Mine would say "I learned Something New Today"!