Homemade Fortune Cookies


Whether it's sharing a positive prophecy with a friend, proposing marriage, or passive-aggressively letting your roommate know they need to do their dishes, nothing does the job quite like a fortune cookie. The key is to work quickly; you'll want to insert your fortunes and shape these light, crispy cookies right as they come out of the oven. Wearing gloves might be a good idea!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
10 to 12 fortune cookies


  • Custom or prepared paper fortunes

  • 1 large egg white

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon milk

  • teaspoon vanilla extract

  • teaspoon almond extract

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 1 tablespoon melted butter

  • cup all-purpose flour, or more as needed


  1. Print and cut out 3-inch wide paper fortunes.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.

  3. Combine egg white, sugar, milk, vanilla extract, almond extract, salt, and butter in a bowl. Whisk until sugar is dissolved. Add flour and whisk until batter is smooth and falls off the whisk in ribbons.

  4. Scoop 1 tablespoon of batter onto the prepared baking sheet; spread out into a 4-inch circle using the back of a spoon. Repeat once more.

  5. Bake first batch in the preheated oven until crispy and golden brown on the edges and still pale in the centers, about 10 minutes.

  6. Quickly lift up cookies using a spatula. Add a fortune to each. Fold cookies in half, pressing edges together lightly. Bend each cookie over the rim of the pan, bringing ends down on either side. Lift up and curl ends towards each other. Place cookies in ramekins or muffin tins to hold their shape while they cool.

  7. Bake remaining batter in batches, folding and shaping the cookies while hot. Remove from ramekins or muffin tins when completely cool.

Chef's Notes:

If any cookie sits too long and becomes too stiff to shape, return it to the oven for a few minutes to soften.

Make sure you cook the cookies enough, otherwise they won't be crispy when cooled. The entire cookie should come out crispy. I usually shoot for about a 50-75% brown-to-golden ratio on the surface.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

47 Calories
1g Fat
8g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 47
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 30mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 1g
Calcium 3mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 13mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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