Chinese Fortune Cookies

My mom served a mission in Hong Kong when she was younger for our church. She fell in love with the culture and would celebrate the New Year with us growing up. She would always make egg drop soup, we would eat fortune cookies, receive red envelopes and use her beautiful China dishes.

Well this year I wanted to teach my son about it and so I did some of those traditions but we made our own fortune cookies! Haha you almost have to burn the tips of your fingers off because you handle the cookie right when it comes out of the oven. I couldn’t stop laughing the whole time because it hurt so bad. The best part was making up our own fortunes to put inside. Such a fun date night!


  • 3 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 3 Tbs water
  • 1 cup flour

I would recommend watching a video of how they are made before trying it. It helps to see how to fold them. I used this video and recipe.


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or a silicone mat, and have your fortune strips ready to go.
  • In a stand mixer (or large bowl with a hand mixer), whip the egg whites and sugar on high speed for about 2 minutes, until frothy. Whip in the melted butter, vanilla, almond extract, and water until incorporated. Add the flour and mix until the flour *just* disappears. (You want a runny pancake light batter)
  • With a tablespoon measure, spoon the batter onto the parchment paper and spread it out into an even 3 inch circle. I recommend not doing any more than 2-3 at a time (per person, we did 6 at a time since there were two of us), since they set very quickly and you will not be able to fold more than that.
  • Bake the fortune cookies for 7-8 minutes, until the edges brown slightly. If you let them brown too much, they will snap when you shape them. Conversely, if they don’t brown a little bit, they will also break (but tear, rather than snapping).
  • When each batch of fortune cookies finishes baking, remove them from the oven and quickly flip the circle over, and fold your fortune cookie in half, into a semicircle. This is when you slip your note into the cookie (quickly) because if you slip it in right at the beginning, the cookie will be too hot and your paper will stick to the cookie. Place your semicircle onto the edge of a cup, and quickly fold the ends down, to crimp into a fortune cookie shape (see above tutorial video if needed).
  • Place the cookie in a muffin tin to let it cool and hold its shape.
  • Repeat with the remaining batter and enjoy!

This is how runny your batter should be.

As you can see the batter was way too thick on the ones starting from left to right. After each batch I added a little bit more water until it turned out the smooth finish that I wanted.

This is how to fold the cookies

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