I think these cookies are super sweet and super fun! I love the customizable aspect of writing your own fortunes, especially for a party or other event. You do need to know what you’re doing going into this- you have to work super quickly and in small batches to avoid cracking cookies! It took me a few tries to get it down, but I think I got the hang of it eventually…
- 1 egg white
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1-2 tbsp water
Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees, liberally greasing a cookie sheet, and writing out your fortunes on small, narrow strips of paper.
In a small bowl, whip your extracts and the egg white together until light and foamy but still soft. Then, stir in the other ingredients, adding the water gradually until you have a batter the consistency of a crepe- basically, you want it pretty thin.
I recommend working in batches of two or three for this next part- maybe start with one or two to get a sense for the timing. Spread the batter out in small discs onto the cookie sheet- you want these super super thin and about 3 inches across. Then, bake for about 5-6 minutes or until the edges have just browned and crisped. Remove from oven and get right to work!
Lift a cookie disc from the sheet, fold in half around a prepared fortune, and curl the long edges in towards the center. I let mine cool in a muffin tin to hold their shapes. Work as fast as you can, or you’ll end up with a few broken cookies while you work! And that’s that! They’re surprisingly easy and I love the delicate flavor. I do recommend regreasing the pan between batches, but sparingly. If you overbutter the pans, the butter will just pool under the batter and make it hard to form (near)perfect circles. Enjoy! And good luck!