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:
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