Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Fortune Hunter

I was serving Crockpot Oriental Steak for dinner and had been making my own fortune cookies the other day. I actually call my cookies Personalized Message Cookies because I tailor the messages to fit any situation: a baby shower, a birthday party, an anniversary or an "over the hill" celebration.  

You have to work quickly with these cookies but they're really not hard to make. I like being able to flavor them a little differently than the ones you get at Chinese restaurants and, depending on the occasion I will often make them in fun colors too.

Anyway, I was typing up the messages, not really fortunes, more like little positive notes when I do them for friends and family. And the whole process got me thinking . . . what if fortune cookies were less affirmative and more . . . well . . . fact based?

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What if, at the end of your delicious Chinese dinner, you opened that crunchy little cookie and instead of optimistic, you get realistic. Because, unless you're one of those people who think you're bound to win the lottery because a cookie told you so, those things aren't your fortune, they're fantasy.

You want fortune? You want to really know what's going to happen? And while you're at it, want flavor? Color? Make your own cookies. And for realistic messages, here are a few I'm considering for next time:

*You will grow a giant pimple on your nose the day of your kid's parent-teacher conference.

*It might rain on your parade. It will rain on your cookout.

*Look for happiness in the little things. You may need to buy a magnifying glass.

*You will win the lottery. Right after the dog eats your ticket.

*That new recipe will come out exactly how you want it to. On the 5th try.

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Personalized Message Cookies
Personalized Message Cookies, a crisp edged cookie with a fun message of your choice inside. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #bake #cookies

*Dreams can come true. Nightmares too.

*No matter how many times you proofread that email, you'll catch the typo after you hit "send".

*Success is heading your way but it may need a new GPS.

*True love is available to all. Check your local library.

*Try something adventurous. Buy adult diapers first.

I'm sure you're all just dying to come to my house for dinner. Only maybe not on a day I'm making Chinese . . . 

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Personalized Message Cookies         

1 egg white
3 TBSP sugar
1/2 stick butter, melted
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp almond extract
1/4 tsp lemon extract
1/3 cup flour
pinch of salt

OPT: food coloring of your choice

*Type and print out 9 short messages. Cut out so each is about 2 1/2 inches long and 1/2 inch wide.
*Cut a piece of parchment paper the size of your baking sheet. Using a pencil, draw trace 3 three inch circles onto the parchment paper leaving plenty of space in between them. Turn the paper upside down onto your baking sheet.
*Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Take out a muffin tin.
*Beat the egg white until foamy. Beat in the sugar, butter, vanilla, almond extract and lemon extract. Gently beat in the flour and a pinch of salt. If using food coloring, mix about 5 drops into batter. If using more than one color, remove half of the batter to another bowl and color each separately.
*Place one TBSP batter into the center of each circle on your baking sheet. Gently spread to cover the circle with a slightly wet spatula.
*Bake for about 7 minutes. Watch them carefully and remove from oven when the edges brown. 
*Quickly, one at a time, place a fortune in the center of a cookie. Use a spatula to fold in half. Pull the edges in towards the center and place in a muffin tin to hold its shape until hardened. 
*Repeat with the rest of the cookies, then the rest of the batter.



  1. This sounds easier than I bet it is. But I love the idea. One of my fortunes might be "you will break into a terrible rash the day of the parent teacher conference" because I did. So, it could happen to you. Yes I really did. It turns out I was allergic to my blood pressure medicine. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

  2. Fortune cookies are not really a thing down under so I have never had one ever

    1. I'm so surprised to hear that, I thought Fortune cookies were everywhere.


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