So I'm ending and starting years with glitter. Some things will never change no matter if it's 1980, 2014 or 2050. Regardless, these homemade fortune cookies were a fun way way to ring in the new year with my German family.
In honor of the special occasion, I dressed them in evening wear, dusted them in silver and gold, flavored them with a bit of lavender extract and filled them with lovely, random, snarky and funny predictions.
Writing the fortunes can be a fun activity for the whole family, each member keeping theirs secret from the other. Only the baker knows all! I had Dr. B check a few I wrote in German and I wrote the rest in English.
Anyway. You can make a few versions of these, one nice and positive to bring with to a dinner invite from friends and one funny, snarky, more personal version for the family.
Once you get the hang of it the cookies are easy to make. Fresh out of the oven they require some quick work of inserting the fortunes and folding. You might want to wear gloves to prevent burning your fingers.
Once they were shaped and cooled, I painted the fortune cookies with disco dust for their grand entrance on the New Year's Eve stage.
Wishing you all a happy and healthy wonderful new year full of love and good things!
Glittered Homemade Lavender
(Slightly adapted from this Fortune Cookie Recipe from Allrecipes.com)
- 3 egg whites
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup butter melted and cooled
- 1 teaspoon lavender extract
- 1 scant cup flour
- 3 tablespoon water
- 3" in diameter round cookie cutter
- Muffin tin
- Fortunes written/printed and cut into strips.
- Disco dust.
- small paintbursh
- 2 tablespoons clear drinking alcohol (vodka)
- Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F.
- Have all your fortunes, printed, written and cut into strips.
- Take a 3" in diameter cookie cutter and trace it several times on a piece of parchment paper.
- Flip the parchment paper over and place on baking sheet.
- Flip over the paperBeat the egg whites and sugar together for a few minutes.
- Add extract ad mix throughly.
- slow the mixer down and pour in the melted butter, then water.
- When everything is just combined add the flour.
- Making 2 to 4 cookies at a time, spoon the batter onto the center of the drawn circles and use the back of the spoon to fill in the circle outlines.
- Bake for 6-6 minutes until the edges get brown.
- Remove and working quickly, flip over a cookie in your and, insert the fortune.
- Fold in half and then gently fold in half again.
- Place in a muffin tin to let the cookie hold it shape until it cools and hardens.
- Repeat with the rest of the cookies as quickly as you can.
- When you finish all the cookies, dip the paintbrush into the vodka, then the disco dust and apply to the cookies.
Here are some past month's posts that made me laugh my way into the new year:
Yuckylicious's Miracle of Blending
Chickens in the Road's Christmas Angel in the Hay
Cakewrecks' Christmas Cheer
King Arthur Flour's Take That Dreaded Fruitcake Under the Tree and Shove it.
Thug Kitchen's Frosted Gingerbread Bites
Foodiggity's Ginger Men Death
Instructables' Fruitcake Cocktail
Girl Chef's Who Hash
Food for the Thoughless's Christmas is Coming
Culinary Concoctions By Peabody's Epic Fail