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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Confucius says...

Make your own fortune cookies!!! These were so much better than any packaged fortune cookie! You can add your own cute fortunes or sayings. These make Chinese night at home a little extra special and they would be great for a party!! Try them tonight!!

Almond Lemon Fortune Cookies

2 large egg whites
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
½ teaspoon pure almond extract
1 teaspoon lemon zest
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
8 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1½ teaspoon cornstarch
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
8 tablespoons granulated sugar
3 teaspoon water
Write or print fortunes on pieces of card stock or heavy paper. Fortunes need to be about 3 inches long, they can be folded in half if needed. Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a medium bowl, lightly beat the egg white, vanilla extract, almond extract, lemon zest and vegetable oil until frothy, but not stiff.
Sift the flour, cornstarch, salt and sugar into a separate bowl. Stir the water into the flour mixture.
Add the flour into the egg white mixture and stir until you have a smooth batter. The batter should not be runny, but should drop easily off a spoon.
Place one tablespoon of batter onto a silicone baking mat (or a well greased baking sheet), spacing them at least 3 inches apart. Gently use the back of the back of a spoon to make circular motions on the surface of the batter to form circles with a diameter of about 3.5”.
Bake until the outer 1/2-inch of each cookie turns golden brown and they are easy to remove from the baking sheet with a spatula (11– 14 minutes). Watch them closely!
Working quickly, remove the cookie with a spatula and flip it over in your hand. Place a fortune in the middle of a cookie. To form the fortune cookie shape, fold the cookie in half, then gently pull the edges downward over the rim of a glass, wooden spoon or the edge of a muffin tin. Place the finished cookie in the cup of the muffin tin so that it keeps its shape. Continue with the rest of the cookies.
Makes about 14 cookies.

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