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DIY Toasted Almond Fortune Cookies

January 29, 2014

Every other week, Anna Hezel talks about the innovations, decorations, and other quiet touches that make a party memorable.

Today: A nutty take on fortune cookies that you can make at home and fill with your own fortunes.

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Everybody should spend at least one week of their lives making dumplings. Over the course of a few days, what once seemed complicated and mysterious becomes second nature.

When Gabriella and I decided to have a dumpling party, we knew it was an ambitious idea. We also knew that with a little work in the week leading up to the party, the party itself would be easy and delicious. We dedicated a work week night to each type of dumpling we were making, froze them, stocked up on cheap utensils from a restaurant supply store, and the day of the party, all we needed to do was steam, fry, and have a nice time.

After you've folded 250 dumplings, making fortune cookies is a walk in the park. But even if you haven't made 250 dumplings, making your own fortune cookies is a lot easier than you think.

Since they have to be folded while hot, the one important trick to keep in mind is to have all of your fortunes and supplies ready to go and to bake them in very small batches (I did two at a time). The possibilities for fortunes are endless, but we settled on half Jack Handey quotes and half Kanye West quotes -- a fun guessing game for our guests and an instant cocktail of worldly wisdom. (We also loved Molly Yeh's Twitter-inspired idea for fortunes.) I printed my fortunes out in size 4 font and cut them into 3-inch slips of paper, using a paper cutter.

Toasted Almond Fortune Cookies

I wanted to create a fortune cookie with a delicate crunch and a rich toasted almond flavor. After researching many recipes for fortune cookies and for almond tuiles, I landed on a standard egg white, flour, and sugar cookie flecked with sandy bits of toasted almond. A scoop of almond butter helps to make the cookies pliable for folding, and the little bit of fat makes them easier to pop off the baking sheets in a hurry.

Get the full recipe here.

How to assemble:

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spoon a teaspoon of batter onto the baking sheet. Using the back of a teaspoon, gently spread the batter out into a circle about 3" in diameter. Leaving at least an inch of space in between, repeat with another teaspoon of batter.

Bake for about 5 minutes, or until edges turn brown. Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Very quickly, while the cookies are hot, place fortunes in their centers, and gently fold them in half.

Remove from baking sheet, one at a time, setting each cookie gently over the edge of a glass or a bowl to create a crease in the bottoms. Set the finished cookie inside a muffin tin or a small glass so that it holds its shape as it cools.

Ready to serve!

Photos by Anna Hezel

14 Comments

Patti S. December 29, 2014
How long can you store these?
 
molly Y. February 2, 2014
omg i love the idea of jack handey fortunes. I WANNA COME TO YOUR DUMPLING PARTEEEE
 
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Anna H. February 3, 2014
Come to Brooklyn!
 
AEC February 1, 2014
Looking forward to trying the recipe as is. I'm also thinking about making these with my son to share with his class, but the school is nut-free. How do you think soy nuts + soy nut butter would work? Other substitution ideas?
 
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Anna H. February 3, 2014
You should give Molly Yeh's recipe a go, just eliminating the almond extract. I haven't tried this recipe, but they look great. http://blogs.forward.com/the-jew-and-the-carrot/189801/diy-fortune-cookies-for-christmas/
 
AEC February 3, 2014
Thanks, Anna!<br />
 
Sylvia E. January 30, 2014
I've never even thought about making my own fortune cookies, but you make it look so easy. I think this will be a fun thing to do next time my nieces and nephews come for a weekend visit.
 
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Anna H. February 3, 2014
It is definitely easier than you'd think!<br />
 
AntoniaJames January 29, 2014
A fun twist would be to have your guests each provide text for fortunes in advance. You would insert them anonymously, pass the cookies around and have everyone open them but read them out loud, one at a time, and everyone would guess who submitted the fortune. It's all about the games! (We love games here. No, we live for games here. With the crowds we entertain, this would hilarious -- such great, great fun.) ;o) P.S. We'd probably also encourage trading of fortunes amongst guests, after the guessing activity.
 
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Anna H. January 29, 2014
That's a great idea, AntoniaJames!
 
Merrill S. January 29, 2014
These are so cool, Anna!
 
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Anna H. January 29, 2014
Thanks, Merrill!
 
rizzle January 29, 2014
These look like the first fortune cookies that I'm actually eager to eat!
 
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Anna H. January 29, 2014
They would not be too bad dipped in a little dark chocolate either.