Monday, December 27, 2010

homemade fortune cookies

I have been saving this post for a while and am SO excited to share a simple, fun and creative baking project that is perfect for New Years Eve/Day entertaining! Whether you are attending a party, throwing your own or even staying home in your pj's, homemade fortune cookies are a festive treat to make and a family baking project that everyone can participate in.

Start by making your own fortunes. This could really be anything- favorite quotes, bible verses, poetry, song lyrics or even things that are specific to you and your family (inside jokes would be a blast!).

Cut them into strips and set aside.

The batter is REALLY easy and while there are a number of different variations, I went with a simple recipe.

  • 1 egg white
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup white sugar

Mix the egg white and vanilla until foamy but not stiff.

Sift the flour, salt, and sugar and blend into the egg white mixture. The batter will be just a little bit runny.

Grease up a cookie sheet. I like to flip mine upside down and use the bottom.


Place teaspoons of batter onto the cookie sheet and using a spoon spread thin.



Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 3-5 minutes or until the edges of the cookie are browned.

Using a metal spatula quickly and carefully remove the cookies.
tip- since the cookies will stay flexible as long as they are warm make small batches to make the process easier.


Fold and place fortune in the middle of the cookie


and fold in half.


Using a glass or mug bend the cookie over the rim and let cool.


As it cools it will harden.






  1. Super cool. You make it look very easy. May have to try this.

  2. wooow it seems easy, I will try to make these cookies =)

  3. Hola!
    muy lindos trabajo!!
    te dejé un Mimo especial con mis mejores deseos para este nuevo año 2011, en mi blog.
    es para ti!!
    UN abrazo!!

  4. That's so cute!!!

  5. These look amazing! Thank you for sharing.

  6. Thanks for posting this recipe! I'll try this with new year resolutions for a pot luck party.

  7. This is so fun!! We gave out custom fortune cookies at our wedding as favors, so they hold a special place in my heart :) Thanks for sharing!

  8. Anonymous7:25 PM

    how many does this recipe make?

  9. I love homemade fortune trick is to put them in an empty egg carton cup after folding so they don't pop open before they cool :)

  10. How much fun! I love it!


  11. Anonymous10:44 PM

    You have such beautiful handwritting

  12. Love this idea Alisa!

  13. What a great idea :P And I have to agree with the anonymous comment about your handwriting ;)

  14. I love this idea! I would have never thought to make fortune cookies at home, but you make it look so easy. Great pics, too!!!

  15. This looks great! I featured you today! Hope you had a great holiday!


  16. Oh how fun! I so want to make these for my family for New Years! Thanks so much Alisa, I'll be linking.

  17. I love, love, love this. Thank you for posting the recipe.

  18. I love this idea! I really want to make these! I will be sharing this with my FB fans...hope you don't mind!

  19. Thanks for posting this! This is really cool! I really should make some!

  20. hey alisa thats real nice ,,,,good thing u saved this post for today...cos its helped i was depressed abt somethings wonderin which way to go when ur cookies told me to go follow my dreams...thanks and may you have a great year 2011

  21. Sydney6:56 AM

    Such a great idea! We have a party for the kids every year and they love fortune cookies. I really love your blog. You are so very creative and have a fabulous creative color palette!

  22. This is really an excellent idea to make Custom Fortune Cookies and it is quite easy. So, I will definitely try this on new year day. Thanks for sharing.

  23. Just finished up making several batches for our new years ... the clock strikes twelve in just ten minutes. What a beautiful way to start the year.
    Thanks Alisa!

  24. Lovin this idea...your great photos and instruction make me think that even I could attempt this!!

  25. Adorei a Idéia!!!!
    Obrigada por compartilhar!!!

  26. Anonymous6:37 AM

    so happy I found these. I think they would be great idea to include in my girl's birthday goodie bags. I am a terrible baker, but they seem pretty simple. Thank you very much :)

  27. I made these for our New Year's Eve party and it was a big hit! Thanks!

  28. Anonymous2:08 PM

    thank you for this wonderful recipe. My daughter (10) made it for her brother's birthday. He turns 13, so you can imagine how funny the fortunes were....

  29. I've made these once already and will be making them again tonight! Wonderfully easy and so fun :)

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  30. Made these right now and they turned out amazing!! They were super easy to work with and the flavor is really yummy (taste just like sugar cookies). One recipe yielded 10 fortune cookies for me. My tips are - spray the cup with cooking spray and the pan every time you bake a new batch... and make 4 cookies at a time. after shaping them, I placed each in a tiny metal sauce cup (I have a bunch). I would not recommend using an egg cartoon because it might contaminate your cookies with salmonella... unless you wash it really well. Thanks so much for a great recipe! :-)

  31. Just beware that they don't last long... I made them last Friday and on Sunday they already had an umpleasant taste. Today (Wednesday), they tasted worse. They tasted wonderful for the first two days. Hope this helps. :-)

  32. what a sweet idea. your blog is devine, glad I happened upon it.

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  35. Anonymous4:42 AM

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful post about the fortune cookies. Fortune cookies are crunchy Asian American cookies that are made of sugar, flour, vanilla, and edible oil, with a special 'fortune' placed inside.
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