Did you know that fortune cookies didn't originate in China? They were actually created in the U.S.!
Fortune cookies are often served as a dessert in Chinese restaurants in the United States and some other countries, but are absent in China. The exact provenance of fortune cookies is unclear, though various immigrant groups in California claim to have popularized them in the early 20th century, basing their recipe on a traditional Japanese cracker. (source: wikipedia)
1. Pack these sweet notes for school lunches! What a nice surprise when your kids are missing mom while in class!
Write your fortunes on small strips of paper. Asking the kids to give advice or provide the sayings will help them get in on the fun and will be guaranteed entertainment! For more suggestions to get you started- check out these fortune ideas.
"You are one smart cookie"
"Keep working hard, great rewards will come to you"
"Being silly is the key to a happy life"
2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets, or line with parchment paper.
3. In a large glass or metal bowl, whip egg whites and other liquids on high speed of an electric mixer until frothy, about 2 minutes. Reduce speed to low, and stir in other ingredients, one at a time, mixing well after each. Consistency should resemble pancake batter- Spoon the batter into 3 inch circles on the prepared baking sheets (spread out with the back of a spoon) like in the video below. Be sure to only bake 2 at a time- they will break if they cool too much.
4. Bake for 7-10 minutes in the preheated oven (watch them carefully), or until the edges begin to brown slightly. Quickly remove one at a time, place a message in the center, and fold in half. Fold the ends of the half together into a horse shoe shape. If they spring open, place them in a muffin tin to cool until set.
Idea: Use food colouring to make multi-colour cookies for colour them for Valentine's Day!
Here's a great YouTube Tutorial video-