Well, it’s Mother’s Day this weekend and my siblings and I are always looking for new idea’s to surprise our mother. When we were little, we did bouquets of wild flowers along with breakfast in bed. Now that we’re a bit older, we try to get a bit more sophisticated – homemade dinners, her favorite desserts, jewelry etc. This year she had to go and complicate things by heading off to Utah to go hiking with my dad and some friends. So our homemade dinner idea was scrapped.
Back to the drawing board, I started looking around for new ideas. Note, if you google Mother’s Day ideas, all that comes up are fancy bouquets, expensive jewelry, weird perfumes, and clothes. Let’s face facts; most college students/recent grads can’t afford random pieces of gold, or scents at $100+ an ounce and I’m never making the mistake of trying to pick clothes for my mom again. So, still sifting around, I came across this recipe for Valentine’s Day Fortune Cookies at Sugar for the Brain. My mother loves fortune cookies, so I called my siblings, told them to shoot me a bunch of fortunes (funny sayings, thank you’s, iou’s), and went to town on baking.
The recipe for these cookies is relatively easy:
2 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 cup sugar
3 teaspoons water
Putting it all together:
1. Beat egg whites, vanilla, almond, and vegetable oil until frothy (not stiff).
2. Add the dry ingredients and the water. Beat until the batter is smooth and drops easily off a spoon.
3. At this point you can separate the batter into different bowls and add food coloring to them.
4. Drop 1 tablespoon of batter onto a silpat sheet and use the back of spoon to form the batter into a 4 inch diameter circle. Use the colored batter to draw designs of each cookie (as seen below). Note – only do two of these at a time until you get the hang of it – you have to shape them while they’re hot and they cool quickly.
6. Bake each batch for 10 minutes at 300 degrees. The cookies should be golden brown around the edges, but still white in the middle.
7. Quickly flip each cookie over, place a fortune in the middle, fold the cookie in half, then pull the edges down over the rim of a mug to create the fortune cookie shape. Describing this verbally is difficult, but here’s a video link that shows how to fold the cookie into the proper shape: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0a3S5XNu88.
8. Once shaped, place the cookies in a muffin tin until cooled (otherwise it will unfold).
Learning experiences – these buggers are hot!! My sister and I ended up making little finger gloves to protect our thumbs and index fingers so we could fold the cookies faster and more easily.
Here are some of my finished cookies. They’re currently in the mail on the way to Utah with a singing card for Mother’s Day!
As an added bonus, here are the fortune’s that ended up inside the cookies. Mother’s Day Fortunes