Safe, effective, and fun! (surrealestate) wrote in vegancooking,
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Fortune Cookie Success!

Last month, I posted a query about fortune cookie recipes and fortunes for a cookie swap. The cookie swap was a fabulous success, with eighteen different vegalicious cookies, with enough extra to eat some there and take many home.

For my fortune cookies, I searched high and low, and ended up just using a recipe I found repeated in many places, subbing in egg replacer. I made 25, all with different fortunes to make sure no two people standing next to each other would have the same one. Plus a few extra for testing. Fortunes included stuff I came up with as well as some of the awesome suggestions generated by my earlier query.


Ingredients:
2 eggs of egg replacer (I used Ener-G)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
3 tsp water

1. Prepare the fortunes ahead of time. I printed mine in 10pt Helvetica and cut them to size.

2. Grease a couple of cookie sheets. Use silicone baking mats if you have them. Preheat oven to 300F.

3. In a medium bowl, lightly beat the egg replacer, extracts, and oil until frothy.

4. Sift the dry ingredients into a separate bowl and mix together, then mix into the wet and stir until smooth. The batter should not be runny, but should drop easily off a wooden spoon. Add as much water as needed to get the right consistency.

5. Drop a tablespoon of batter onto the cookie sheet and carefully smooth into a circle ~4" in diameter. (Start with just one cookie at a time, increasing the number as you figure out your folding technique.)

6. Bake until the cookies are golden brown at the edges: ~15 minutes. Again, figuring out when they're done may take practice. Next comes the fun part.

7. Working quickly, turn it into a fortune cookie. What, you want more detail? Okay, pick up the cookie using a spatula and flip it over into your hand. The cookie will be hot, so I recommend either close-fitting thin gloves or (what I did) a tea towel. Place a fortune in the middle of the cook and fold the circle in half around it. Then fold it again over the edge of a cup to form that distinctive shape. Before you even start baking, try this with a piece of newspaper or fabric cut in a circle so that you can you get the basic idea, but it's really not that hard once you get started.

The cookie may want to unfold right away, so you can either hold it for a few seconds while it sets up, place it in a cup or muffin tin, or (what I did) use another tea towel sort of bunched up to hold them together. I got up to four or five cookies at once, but more than that and there just isn't time to get them all folded before they harden. Unless you have other people helping, which would be a great idea, but in my case, the other people were working on other cookies, and also couldn't necessarily be trusted with such a crafty task. :)


As you can see in the userpic, they turned out pretty well. I mean, they looked like fortune cookies, tasted like fortune cookies, and had fortunes in 'em. What's not to like?


Some of the cookies waiting to be eaten:



And one cracked open:




For a description and pictures of my other recent cookie project (a completely edible gingerbread version of the game Fjords) go here.
Tags: desserts-cookies-fortune cookies
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