Chocolate Dipped Fortune Cookies

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    Chocolate Dipped Fortune Cookies

    On every special occasion like hubby’s birthday, our wedding anniversary or Valentine’s Day I spend a considerable amount of time thinking what to buy for him but ultimately I end up giving him a simple sweater or a shirt with a card. You know why it’s so difficult because he is not fond of anything! I mean nothing! He isn’t fond of clothes, shoes, watches, perfumes, electronics, games etc etc. Whatever you can think of he isn’t a fan and that’s what makes it so so difficult. It’s so easy to give me a gift, just give me some kitchen stuff/bakeware or bags or clothes and I will be the happiest girl in this world but my husband? *sigh* Anyway so this time around on Valentine’s Day I thought of making something special for him at home after all anything made at home with all your love is always the best gift, isn’t it? and that’s how these fortune cookies were made! And after receiving this he said this is the best gift he has ever received!

    Fortune Cookie

    I will not say that fortune cookies are easy to make. The batter is actually super simple to make but the shaping part is tricky because you have to mold the cookies right after they are out of the oven and that is little difficult. It’s best to use kitchen gloves if you have one, I didn’t so I had to use my hands and I burnt them twice, not good I tell you. These cookies are a labor of love but when you see that smile on the face of the person you give it to, it all seems worth it. I was in the kitchen for 3-4 hours while making these and the reason is that I could bake only 2 cookies at once and each batch took around 11 minutes. I will tell you later why I was able to bake only 2 fortune cookies at a time.

    And how do they taste? Surprisingly they taste good even though the batter just has few basic ingredients. They are really crunchy and delicious. And what makes them even better? Obviously dipping them in chocolate! Since I made these as a Valentine’s Day gift, I had to dip them in chocolate and cover them with sprinkles.

    Fortune Cookies

    Okay so few things are crucial to get this recipe right!

    #1 Baking time is extremely important here. You have to bake till the edges of the cookies start to get brown [not extra brown]. I will tell you the problems I faced, I first baked one cookie for 12 minutes and the cookies were over-baked, they cracked when I tried to fold them over the edge of the cup. Then I baked another one for 10 minutes, and the cookies were soft and I was able to fold them nicely but they didn’t harden up enough once they cooled down. Like they were hard, but you expect fortune cookies to crack open and they weren’t that hard. I then baked my 3rd cookie for 11 minutes and voila, I found the perfect baking time for my fortune cookies. The cookies were soft enough to be folded well and hardened up perfectly. So every oven is different, please keep an eye on the cookies as even a minute can make a big difference.

    #You can bake only 2-3 fortune cookies at one time and that’s what makes the whole process tedious but it’s something we can’t do much about. Why? Because you have to work very fast once the cookies are baked. You need to shape them when they are super hot out of the oven and you won’t be able to do that if they start to cool down. If you bake too many cookies at once, then obviously some will cool down by the time you are done shaping others. Plus they are hot to touch so 2 cookies at a time is perfect, of course you can bake more if you are an expert or have been doing this forever!

    # Chill the batter for 15-20 minutes before you start baking the cookies. It just makes it easier to work with the batter.

    # If you can use kitchen gloves, it will make things much easier.

    # As soon as you shape the cookies, put them in a muffin tray. This will help cookies maintain their shape. Like this. [As you can see in the picture below, the first 3 cookies on left were baked for 12 minutes, they are over-baked. Fortune cookies shouldn’t be that dark]

    Homemade Fortune Cookies

    The easiest part of making fortune cookies is preparing the batter. It’s so simple and comes together in minutes and you don’t even need a mixer for it. Just your simple hand whisk is enough for this recipe. And the best part about homemade fortune cookies is that you can customize it according to your own wish! You can add whatever fortune you want, I didn’t even add any fortune but just placed some messages in every cookie. This will make for some wonderful gift for your loved ones. My husband hasn’t opened all the cookies yet because he likes opening 1 per day and gets really excited for the message inside the cookies. It’s a lot of fun to watch him get all happy and excited! : )

    Homemade fortune cookies will also be perfect for Chinese New Year which co-incidentally is today!

    Homemade Chocolate Dipped Fortune Cookies

    Do you have any fond memories associated with fortune cookies? I would love to hear!

     

    Method

    Have your fortune/messages ready. You can print them online or write your own messages. I cut thin strips of paper and wrote my own messages.

    Line you baking tray with parchment paper or silicone mat and set aside. Try to use a thick baking pan. Separate the eggs and transfer egg whites to a clean bowl.

     

    To the bowl containing egg whites add orange juice, vanilla extract, almond extract, vegetable oil and water.

    Whisk the mixture using a hand whisk till the mixture is frothy [not stiff], around 20-25 seconds.

    Sift all purpose flour, sugar, salt and cornstarch into the mixture.

    Fortune Cookies Recipe-Step-1Whisk till the dry ingredients are well incorporated and you get a smooth batter. Keep the batter in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes, this is optional but makes it easier to work with the batter. Preheat your oven to 325 F degrees.

    Take 1 tablespoon of batter per cookie and drop it on the baking mat.

    Using the back of your measuring spoon spread the batter to a thin circle, around 4-5 inch in diameter from both sides. Remember you have to bake only 2 cookies at one time.

    Fortune Cookies Recipe-Step-2Bake at 325 F degrees for 11 minutes, now 11 minutes worked for me, you might need to adjust the timing depending on your oven. You want the cookie to brown from the edges, the cookie in the picture below is over-baked, you only want to get it light golden brown.

    Take out the baking sheet from the oven and release the cookies from the mat using a spatula. Flip the cookies immediately.

    Place the fortune in the center.

    Fortune Cookies Recipe-Step-3Fold the cookie in half, it’s better to do this by holding the cookie upright. Sorry I couldn’t take a picture of this particular step. It was difficult to take pictures with this recipe as the cookies were super hot.

    With the folded side down, pull the edges downwards over rim of a mug/coffee cup.

    It will take the shape of fortune cookie, hold it for few seconds and then transfer it to a muffin tray so that it can maintain it’s shape. Repeat the process till entire batter is finished, baking 2 cookies at a time.

    Fortune Cookies Recipe-Step-4

    Once the cookies are cooled, melt your candy melts and dip the cookies into the melted chocolate and immediately roll them into bowl full of sprinkles. Set aside till chocolate hardens and then pack them in a gift box

    Fortune Cookies HomemadeFortune Cookies Recipe

    * Please read all the tips that I have listed in the post before trying out the recipe.

    * Be very careful not to burn yourself while trying to shape the cookies. It’s best to wear kitchen gloves.

    * You can use melted butter in place of vegetable oil if you love the flavor of butter in your cookies.

    * This batter makes around 2 dozen cookies. You can make more or less depending on how big or small you want the cookies to be. They should slightly be on the bigger side though as you need to keep a fortune inside.

    * You can use lemon juice in place of orange juice.

    Fortune Cookies

    Serves: 2 dozen

    Chocolate Dipped Fortune Cookies can be a fun edible gift for you loved ones. Customize cookies by adding in your own fortunes or messages!
    Ingredients
    • 2 egg whites, large
    • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
    • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
    • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 1 tablespoon orange juice
    • ½ cup all purpose flour
    • 1.5 teaspoons cornstarch
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • ½ cup granulated white sugar
    • 2.5 teaspoons water
    To decorate
    • candy melts or wafers
    • sprinkles
    Instructions
    1. Have your fortune/messages ready. You can print them online or write your own messages.
    2. Line you baking tray with parchment paper or silicone mat and set aside. Try to use a thick baking pan.
    3. Separate the eggs and transfer egg whites to a clean bowl.
    4. To the bowl containing egg whites add orange juice, vanilla extract, almond extract, vegetable oil and water.
    5. Whisk the mixture using a hand whisk till the mixture is frothy [not stiff], around 20-25 seconds.
    6. Sift all purpose flour, sugar, salt and cornstarch into the mixture.
    7. Whisk till the dry ingredients are well incorporated and you get a smooth batter.
    8. Keep the batter in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes, this is optional but makes it easier to work with the batter. Preheat your oven to 325 F degrees.
    9. Take 1 tablespoon of batter per cookie and drop it on the baking mat.
    10. Using the back of your measuring spoon spread the batter to a thin circle, around 4-5 inch in diameter from both sides. Remember you have to bake only 2 cookies at a time.
    11. Bake at 325 F degrees for 11 minutes. [every oven is different so be careful of the baking time]
    12. Take out the baking sheet from the oven and release the cookies from the mat using a spatula. Flip the cookies immediately and place the fortune in the center.
    13. Fold the cookie in half, it's better to do this by holding the cookie upright.
    14. With the folded side down, pull the edges downwards over rim of a mug/coffee cup.
    15. It will take the shape of fortune cookie, hold it for few seconds and then transfer it to a muffin tray so that the cookie can maintain it's shape as it cools.
    16. Repeat the process with the entire batter, baking 2 cookies at a time. I was able to get 2 dozen cookies.
    To decorate
    1. Once the cookies are cooled, melt your candy melts and dip the cookies into the melted chocolate and immediately roll them into bowl full of sprinkles.
    2. Set aside till chocolate hardens.

     

    Chocolate Dipped Fortune Cookies

    Chocolate-Dipped-Fortune-Cookies Collage

    42 thoughts on “Chocolate Dipped Fortune Cookies

    1. OMGosh Manali, you crazy girl! There is nothing easy about making Fortune Cookies! I tried it and they were a complete flop! Just search my site for “Fortune Cookie”. Mine came out looking like lips! Hahaha! But, yours are simply gorgeous and I love them! Pinned! p.s. send some over, will you? Mine were pathetic!

      1. hahaha, I just went to your blog and checked that post! You are so funny Kristi!! lips? haha..but you were able to get them just fine by the end! The last cookie looks perfect in your post! I wish I could send you some! Thank you 🙂

      1. Aww really? You get them at the end with the check at every Chinese restaurant! everyone is always all excited to open the cookie and see their fortune..lol..Thanks Angie!

    2. I am amazed at your dedication for these cookies! And they came out so wonderfully. I am definitely too scared to attempt them, but super amazed at your skills!

      So it’s kind of lame, but I actually ask my boyfriend what to get him and the reason is that he isn’t a surprise-kind of person. He’s not SUPER picky about gifts, but picky enough that I need to make sure I’m getting him the right thing. Me on the other hand, I love surprises 🙂

    3. They are one of the most festive fortune cookies I’ve ever seen. Total adoreness. Haven’t made it a long long time, just because it does take effort and is eaten in less than 5 minutes, all of em’.:)
      Great work my dear.

    4. I tried fortune cookies for the first time last year, and you could say that I am completely hooked now! Except, um now I am feeling as though I TOTALLY missed out, because I didn’t dip mine in chocolate like you did! Genius. I’ve gotta try these!

    5. These truly are a labor of love, and you did an amazing job! Homemade gifts are the best to receive, and these fortune cookies would be my favorite ever being dipped in chocolate! I love these, Manali,

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