New Year’s fortune cookies – a recipe from blogger Sara
When it comes to bringing something along to a New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day party, I try to think outside the box. And that’s how I came up with this recipe for fortune cookies.
Let’s be honest – after all the Christmas celebrations, the thought of food can be less than, well, appetising. But that’s no excuse not to rustle up something special for New Year. I love desserts and what could be more fitting on New Year’s Eve than a sweet treat to enjoy with a glass of bubbly? Whether for a big party or a relaxed family get-together, fortune cookies are a fun way to start the New Year.
As the recipe doesn’t require many ingredients, fortune cookies are simple to make. Alongside flour and sugar, creativity and some good proverbs are all you need. You can even tailor the messages so they apply to friends and family members. Laughter guaranteed!
The best thing about this baking project is that there are no limits to your creativity. I like to decorate the finished cookies using sugar strands and melted chocolate. But there are all kinds of ways to personalise the cookies, and you can even make them with your nearest and dearest. One of you can bake and the other can come up with the messages inside. An easy way to fulfil your resolution to spend more time together!
Makes around 12-15 cookies
- 2 egg whites
- 1-2 drops of vanilla extract
- 1-2 drops of almond extract
- 50 ml of vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons of water
- 100 g flour
- 30 g cornstarch
- 100 g icing sugar
- 150 g white or dark chocolate
- Sugar strands or other toppings
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and cover a baking tray with baking paper.
2. Write the messages on thin pieces of paper no longer than 6 cm.
3. Beat the egg whites with the vanilla and almond extract, oil and water for approx. 30 seconds. Add the cornstarch to the icing sugar and sieve into the egg white mixture. Mix until smooth.
4. Use a tablespoon to portion the mixture into 8-10 cm circles on the baking tray. A wet or oiled spoon works best. Make sure the circles aren’t too close together.
5. Only bake 2-3 cookies at once because you will need to make them as soon as they come out of the oven. Bake for around 8-10 minutes until golden brown.
6. Remove the cookies from the baking tray with a knife or spatula. Lay the message on top and fold the cookie over in the middle. Create the typical curved edge using the rim of a cup. Allow to cool.
7. Melt the chocolate. Dip one end of the cooled cookie into the chocolate before decorating with sugar strands.
Sara Plavic is a blogger and the author of a number of books. Her passions are baking, photography and travel, which she writes about on her blog “birdslikecake.de”. Her latest book “Belgrade – A Culinary Journey” (German only) features traditional Serbian recipes and a culinary map of Belgrade’s best cafes and restaurants with some beautiful images. Sara enjoys baking for her friends, family and colleagues, but when she’s not creating new recipes she works as a gynaecologist.