Fortune cookies

Fortune cookies

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 10 mins plus chilling, cook time per batch

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Makes about 15

Fill homemade fortune cookies with personalised messages for a customised treat - ideal for any occasion, such as Chinese New Year, Christmas, Valentine's Day, birthdays and weddings

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per cookie (15)

  • kcal81
  • fat3g
  • saturates0.4g
  • carbs12g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre0.4g
  • protein1g
  • salt0.1g
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  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 3 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

  • 100g plain flour
  • 2 tsp cornflour
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1½ tbsp black sesame seeds


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/160 fan/gas 4 and line a large baking sheet with baking parchment, or use a silicone baking sheet. Write or print fortunes on paper measuring 6cm long by 1cm wide.

  2. Put the egg whites, vanilla, almond extract, oil and 2 tsp cold water into a bowl and whisk with an electric hand whisk until frothy, 20-30 secs. Measure the flour, cornflour, sugar and a good pinch of salt into a bowl, then sift into the egg white mixture. Whisk everything together until you have a smooth batter-like consistency. Chill the mixture for 1 hr.

  3. Next, put a tbsp of mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Oil a metal spoon, then use the back of it to swirl the mixture out into a 8-10cm circle. Repeat with another tablespoon of the mixture, to create 2 cookies. Make sure there is space between each cookie as they will spread in the oven. It is best to only bake 2-3 cookies at a time, as you will need to shape them whilst they are hot. Sprinkle 1 of the cookies with black sesame seeds, then bake for 10-12 mins until the edges of the cookies turn golden.

  4. One at a time remove the cookies with a palette knife once they are out the oven. You want them to still be soft so you can shape them so work quickly. Turn the cookie over so that the sesame seeds are face down and put the fortune in the middle of the circle. Fold the circle in half to secure the fortune and pinch the 2 edges together to seal. Pop the cookie on the rim of a mug or cup and very gently pull the 2 corners down to get the fortune cookie shape. Hold for 10 secs, then transfer the cookies to muffin tins so that they hold their shape whilst cooling completely. Repeat with the remaining cookie mixture.

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Abi Dear's picture
Abi Dear
9th Jul, 2020
Can I make these a day or two in advance? How long will they keep for? Thanks!
Evie Palmer's picture
Evie Palmer
3rd Sep, 2018
I was so pleased with how these came out!! Definitely took a couple of tries to make them perfect but is honestly so worth it once you see the final result. I do have a couple of tips from making these today- reduce the almond extract by a touch, maybe closer to 3/4 of a teaspoon. Also, when you spread the cookies out, do them thin- thinner than feels comfortable, and reduce the bake by a few minutes, closer to 8/9 minutes. This gives you a lovely ‘snap’. You definitely need to have asbestos hands to shape these too! I’d recommend wearing some kind of thin glove if you can. However, these were surprisingly easy and the flavour was almost identical to that of an authentic Fortune Cookie! Very impressed, thank you for the recipe!
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Hester Davies
15th May, 2018
Quite difficult to fold but taste really good. Not very crispy though.
16th Dec, 2017
Great recipe, even if you do need asbestos hands to get them in shape! It adapts to a gluten free version quite well too.
Hester Davies's picture
Hester Davies
12th May, 2018
Can I make the cookie shape then bake them?
goodfoodteam's picture
15th May, 2018
Thanks for your question. You need to bake the cookies so they are firm enough to shape them.
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