Welcome to the first Friday Food of 2012. I am excited to share this recipe with you, although many of you may think it’s a tad dated given the New Year recently passed. However, feel free to use these with your own invented fortunes. Have a company? Slip a logo and ph# inside and watch people respond to how clever you can be! Use them for birthdays, Valentine’s Day or your next movie night in with your sweetie.
Not feeling the paper route? May I suggest filling the cookies with something? Say Nutella or Peanut Butter? Perhaps dip the outside in chocolate and use sprinkles or powdered sugar? Hmm how about tea and honey?
I found the great idea for this on Pinterest (naturally) which lead me to Alpha Mom for the official post. This is also where you will get links for the fortune slips.
- 2 egg whites
- 1/2 cup flour (sifted)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
- In a bowl mix egg whites with an electric mixer until they appear frothy and seem to form peaks
- Add flour and mix
- Mix in sugar, almond, and vanilla
- To thin the batter, stir in 2 tablespoons of water
- Spoon the mixture onto a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Do not use a greased pan as the grease will make the mixture spread and lose its shape. The original baker noted the parchment paper will wrinkle, but works. My wax paper did NOT work, the batter joined to the wax. However, my stoneware baking dishes worked fine
- From the center spoon the mixture out into a circle. I made my circles using both 1 table spoon (3 teaspoons) and 2/3 tablespoons (2 teaspoons). Note the size differences above
- Bake until edges start to brown. It should take between 6-10 minutes, keep an eye on them! (You will probably only want to bake about 2 cookies at a time
- Remove cookie with a thin spatula and working quickly place a strip of paper in the center. (This whole ending process should take 10-20 seconds, the cookie will start to cool and become fragile)
- Fold the cookie and pinch the edges together then quickly bend to form over the edge of a bowl
- Place in a muffin tin to hold shape
I would highly recommend wearing a pair of gloves when molding the cookies. They can be very warm (hot) upon removal.
When I made the cookies smaller I was able to bake more at a time, but found when removing them I needed to remove them one at a time or they would cool too quickly.
My cookies never became crispy all the way through. I’m not sure if cooking them longer would help, or trying to make the circles thinner. Allowing them to sit out a few days did not do anything. This wasn’t an issue for me because I think a lot of FC are too hard anyway, but it should be noted for those searching for a specific texture.