Homemade Fortune Cookie Recipe

Homemade Fortune Cookie Recipe

Determine your guests’ fortunes with our DIY fortune cookies and fortune ideas.

By: Jackie Bruchez

Fortune cookies are now not only a post-meal restaurant experience. Since these can be easily made at home, surprise your loved ones with this homemade treat. Add quirky or sentimental fortunes to brighten their day. There are many different variations: you can dip one side in chocolate, add a personalized message for your loved one or wrap them up and present them to your friends, co-workers or family this Valentine’s Day for a gift they will not forget.

Homemade Fortune Cookies
Makes: 30 cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Difficulty: Medium
Cost: $

3 egg whites
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour
3 tablespoons water


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  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Generously grease a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray or line with parchment paper. Set aside a muffin pan
  2. Prepare the fortunes on small strips of paper
  3. In a large bowl, beat egg whites and vanilla until frothy (about 2 minutes)
  4. Add butter to egg whites and mix to combine
  5. Gradually add flour to egg white mixture and beat until smooth. Using a wooden spoon, stir water into batter
  6. Spoon 3-inch circles on the prepared cookie sheet, then spread as thinly as possible. To facilitate folding, spoon and bake only 4 rounds onto each cookie sheet at a time
  7. Bake fortune cookies for about 14 minutes or until outer edges have browned
  8. When cookies are done baking, remove from oven and place fortune in the center of each round
  9. Working quickly, fold each round in half and gently pull the edges downward
  10. Place cookies in muffin pan and allow to cool completely

Fortune Ideas
If you’re having trouble coming up with fortunes for your cookies, use our suggestions as a starting point:

Believe it can be done.
A surprise is waiting for you.
Welcome change.
Believe in yourself.
You’re almost there.

What’s the best fortune you’ve ever received in a fortune cookie? Share in the comments below!

Jackie Bruchez is a wife and mother of three living in Solana Beach, Calif. She is the author of the food blog The Seaside Baker, which focuses on delicious baked desserts and the occasional savory dish. She loves to travel and is currently working on a cookbook featuring West Coast farmers and cuisine.

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Hi Mina, yes you should add the sugar to the egg mixture; thank you for letting us clarify!

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I assume that the sugar is added with the egg mixture before adding the flour? That's what I did. Also, The end result look nothing like the piture and taste nothing like the chinese cookies you have depicted on that photo. They turn out white-ish cream with golden brown edges and taste like sugar cookies.. Also, I recommend anyone trying these to bake until golden brown because otherwise the cookies stay somewhat soft after cooled.

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This is such a great idea for a sleep over. Different from a regular cookie party.

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