Fortune Cookies | ‘Dragon Dance: Chinese New Year’ Book

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Dragon Dance Chinese New Year Kids' Book (affiliate)Chinese New Year is such a fun thing to learn about with children–the bright colors, the many cool crafts and, yes, the yummy food!

We first read Dragon Dance: A Chinese New Year, which is an awesome lift-the-flap book, and then decided to make fortune cookies for our recipe pairing. The recipe is super simple, but mastering how to fold the cookies (while they are hot!) is not easy. I highly recommend practicing folding on a piece of clay before trying this with the real cookies. (You will thank me for this, TRUST ME.) I wish I had practiced because I ruined a few (many) cookies before mastering the folding. Thank goodness they tasted good anyway!

To Shape Fortune Cookies:

(Practice on some clay first!)

If you have younger children, you will definitely want to leave the folding and shaping to the adults. Be sure to wear disposable food preparation gloves because you are handling super hot dough when folding them!

1. Fold cooked fortune cookie dough circle in half.

2. On the straight side (the non-open side), push the dough up in the middle like this:

Folding and Shaping Fortune Cookies

 

3. Grab either end and pull them down toward you to make the fortune cookie.

4. Place the cookies into muffin tins so they’ll hold their shapes while cooling.

Making Fortune Cookie Fortunes

I printed off some silly sayings and fortunes (that I made up) on the computer. (You can print them here.) If your kids are old enough to write they may have fun making their own, just have them write small! Be sure to get all the fortunes ready before you make the cookies, including folding them into thirds. The process after the cookies bake goes fast and you have to get everything done (fortune inserted, cookies folded) before they cool.

Fortune Cookies Recipe for Kids

Fortune Cookies

  • 3 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 2 TB water
  • Food coloring of choice
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and generously grease a cookie sheet.
  2. Beat together the egg whites and vanilla until foamy.
  3. In another bowl, mix together the flour, salt and sugar.
  4. Slowly pour the flour mixture into the egg white mixture, and blend well by hand.
  5. Separate the cookie mixture into as many bowls as you want different colors (or, don't use food coloring if you want the "normal" color of fortune cookies).
  6. Add a couple of drops of food coloring to each bowl.
  7. On the greased cookie sheet, spread batter about a 3-4 inch circle.
  8. Bake the cookies for 5-7 minutes, or until the cookies have a golden edge and lift easily.
  9. !To Shape Cookies:
  10. Immediately place folded fortune onto cookies and shape cookies by folding and pushing into a fortune cookie shape. (See post for full directions). Work quickly before dough cools! Place folded cookies into a muffin tin to help hold shape until cookies are cool.

 

About Author

Jacqueline Wilson is Ella's mom and a homeschooler. She loves cooking and creating with her daughter. She is the co-author of 50 Shades of Frayed: Three Moms Talk About What Happens When "I Do" Becomes "Not Tonight". You can follow her on her personal Twitter account, WritRams and on Facebook as WritRams and Little Cooks Reading Books.

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