National Fortune Cookie Day

While Fortune Cookies are most popular in Chinese restaurants, they originated in Japan (think elegant desserts and folding techniques). But they were adopted in America by Chinese restaurants at the turn of the last century and exploded in popularity after World War II and are now an essential part of today’s pop food cuisine.

Ever muse that you can write better fortunes if given the chance? Make your own cookies and you can become the great post meal seer. It is a bit of work but well worth it. I offer a recipe here by one of my favorite internet creators: Chef John. Visit his site to see a video of the entire process.

Fortune Cookies
for video instruction


  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour, plus more if needed


  1. See video for more instructions
  2. Print out fortunes that will fit within cookie.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place Silpat on rimmed baking sheet. Put about a Tablespoon full spreading out batter to about 4 inch circle (two to four per sheet, work one sheet at a time).
  4. Bake about 10 minutes or so or until about 50-75% has browned. Work quickly with spatula to loosen cookie. Place one fortune inside and fold exactly in half. Press edges together. Bend folded side on edge on rim of baking sheet and place in ramekin to hold bent shape while it cools. (caution – must be hot to warm to shape) If cookie cools too much, put back in oven for a few minutes to re-soften. Continue with remainder of dough. Let cool completely SOURCE: Chef John


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