They are not Chinese in origin, but the innovation of an enterprising baker in Los Angeles in the 1920's. Be sure to have cotton gloves and a muffin pan handy. And, don't forget to have all your 'fortunes' written and ready in 1/2 x 3 inch strips.

Advertisement

Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).

    Advertisement
  • Stir together sifted flour, salt, cornstarch and sugar.

  • Add salad oil and egg whites and stir until smooth.

  • Gradually stir in water just until blended.

  • Foil cover the cookie sheet. Drop level tablespoon of batter for each of 6 cookies. Use back of spoon to spread batter evenly into 4 inch circle.

  • Bake for about 20 minutes.

  • Remove one cookie at a time from the oven with a wide spatula; working quickly follow these four steps: 1. Flip cookie onto cotton gloved hand 2. Hold fortune in center of pliable cookie while folding cookie in half 3. Grasp ends of cookie and draw gently down over edge of muffin pan to crease at center of cookie 4. Fit cookie in muffin pan (points down) to hold shape as it cools If cookie hardens too quickly, return to oven for about 1 minute. Store in airtight container.

Nutrition Facts

143 calories; 8.3 g total fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 60 mg sodium. 15.5 g carbohydrates; 1.8 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (11)

Read More Reviews

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/11/2007
To be honest I can't understand why everyone is giving this recipe such bad reviews. For me it worked perfectly and my family was delighted. We ejnoyed the cookies after a Thai dinner and thought they were delicious! Thank you so much!:) Read More
(19)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
09/29/2003
This is the worst recipie I have ever used. Not only are the measurements confusing (7 tablespoons oil 1/3 cup egg whites) but the batter is mush and the oil in it seperates. They are difficult to spread and once cooked they are inedible. I made one to test and ended up throwing the whole batch away. Read More
(34)
14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 0
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 8
Rating: 5 stars
07/11/2007
To be honest I can't understand why everyone is giving this recipe such bad reviews. For me it worked perfectly and my family was delighted. We ejnoyed the cookies after a Thai dinner and thought they were delicious! Thank you so much!:) Read More
(19)
Rating: 1 stars
09/28/2003
This is the worst recipie I have ever used. Not only are the measurements confusing (7 tablespoons oil 1/3 cup egg whites) but the batter is mush and the oil in it seperates. They are difficult to spread and once cooked they are inedible. I made one to test and ended up throwing the whole batch away. Read More
(34)
Rating: 2 stars
10/05/2003
I don't see how they are supposed to be bendable.....they just brake when you try mold them! This recipe was very easy to make but I would not recommend it! Read More
(25)
Advertisement
Rating: 5 stars
07/11/2007
To be honest I can't understand why everyone is giving this recipe such bad reviews. For me it worked perfectly and my family was delighted. We ejnoyed the cookies after a Thai dinner and thought they were delicious! Thank you so much!:) Read More
(19)
Rating: 1 stars
09/08/2009
The batter was SUPER sticky had no flavor the cookies were dry and would break when you tried to bend them into shape. Stay away from THIS recipe if you want a cookie that's actually worth the time and expense.:( Read More
(5)
Rating: 1 stars
03/27/2008
I did no like this recipe. it did not work... it was soooo sticky it was hard to work with and immpossible to move around with the spoon. i tried another recipe that worked much better... Read More
(5)
Advertisement
Rating: 1 stars
12/01/2008
I did not care for this recipe. We burnt our fingers and not one circle was even close to bendable. Read More
(2)
Rating: 2 stars
12/26/2011
These cookies absoulutly would not bend right! Each time I tried to fold them they would crack so eventually I just cut a slit in them put my fortune in there and closed the slit. Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
08/08/2014
people get too worked up about this i loved the fortune cookies they had flavor it wasnt sticky it turned out great Read More
(1)
Rating: 1 stars
01/30/2014
this cookie was a disaster. The batter was too thick and stuck on the foil as directed and finally I had to thin out the batter with more water than the 3 tbls it asked for and used cooking spray to make sure the cookie did not stick to pan. Never again! Read More