Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Cookies of Fortune

This was inspired by my Mimi's latest blog about impaired vision and trying to take out some poor hapless lad in the parking lot!  (Ha ha!)  I thought with Samhain just mere days away and while I still have an oven (am in the middle of moving to nowhere), these would be fun to make and take with me on my journey.  A new year with new fortunes.  This past year has taught me that one should really create their own fortunes - so that's exactly what I intend to do!!!  They're super easy to make, y'all - you should really make some for yourselves!  They take about a half hour from start to finish - easy peasy.  One thing to take into consideration:  use acid-free paper and pens (like you would use for scrapbooking) to do your fortunes - otherwise they tend to bleed and make an uggy mess - and do NOT use Sharpie markers!!!  Makes the cookies taste fonky!
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 8 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 teaspoons water
• Write fortunes on pieces of paper that are 3 1/2 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease 2 9-X-13 inch baking sheets.
• In a medium bowl, lightly beat the egg white, vanilla extract, almond extract 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 wooden spoon.
• Place level tablespoons of batter onto the cookie sheet, spacing them at least 3 inches apart. Gently tilt the baking sheet back and forth and from side to side so that each tablespoon of batter forms into a circle 4 inches in diameter.
• 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 (14 - 15 minutes).
• 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.