♥Smitten Foodie is 1 Year Old♥
•How do I celebrate Smitten’s birthday, with a easy, no fuss recipe? Heck no! I have to push myself and make a challenging cookie=) Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday and I love making something a little over the top like last years Smitten S’mores. These sweet little fortune cookies are a bit advanced, but once you get the rhythm, they’re pretty easy. Fun to make your own cute, personal or funny fortunes to stick inside. Cute to give away to that special someone, packaged in a Chinese takeout box or in cellophane bag tied with a pretty ribbon.
One year ago today my very first post was bacon wrapped scallops with chili lime butter. I look back at that post now and see how much I’ve grown, in photography especially. I remember being a bundle of nerves to even start and so nervous to post on Facebook. Would anybody even like my page? I hit 20 “likes” the first couple days, and was ecstatic! I’ve grown to almost 3000 “likes” and couldn’t be happier=). Thank you all for the support, trying my recipes, ignoring my grammar and spelling mistakes, listening to my stories, and putting up with my sense of humor…..It is all so appreciated! What does the future hold?
These are an advanced cookie and take some time and patience. I strongly suggest that you wear some sort of gloves to protect your finger tips. Don’t (like me) think that you can handle it. These cookies are already a labor of love and your recipients don’t need a layer or your finger tips too=)
Preheat your oven to 300° Line 2 or 3 baking sheets with parchment paper and lightly spray with with cooking spray-set aside. You can also just use Silpat or just a nonstick baking sheet with a little spray. I like the parchment because I could lift it and maneuver the cookies off a little easier without breaking them rather than using a spatula.
Make your fortunes to fill the cookies. I hand wrote them with a sharpie on white paper and embellished them a little with a heart paper punch, and permanent marker. You can print off of computer, add little pictures or stickers, use colored paper or fancy scissors.
Going old school with the hand mixer, every recipe I found used it, so why change? In a med bowl, add the egg whites.
the lemon juice
and the vegetable oil.
Beat on med speed until the eggs are frothy, not stiff, about 30 sec.
Dump in the flour
and cornstarch. Mix until all incorporated, scrape down sides of bowl with spatula.
Add in the water
and blend until smooth and this consistency.
Divide the batter in half, thirds or fourths and dye how you like. I divided in thirds, kept a white batch, and tinted one light pink and one dark pink.
If you’re going to get fancy with decorating, put into squeeze bottles. These would be just as cute just solid in different colors without the hearts and such.
Measure out 1 tbls batter for each cookie, and with the back of a spoon, spread out thinly to 5 inch diameter. Only work on and bake 2 cookies at a time. The final assembling is time sensitive, don’t overwhelm yourself with more than 2 cookies.
Here comes the fun-
For hearts-with a contrasting color, squeeze on dots.
Take a toothpick and start a little bit above the dot and drag it through the dot to create a tail. Easy huh? Just polka dots are cute too.
For web-with a contrasting color, squeeze on a spiral.
Take a toothpick, and drag down from the edge of the spiral to the center. You can also go from the center out, or alternate.
Pop the 2 cookies in the oven for 12-15 min. Get your next 2 cookies ready.
The cookies are done when the outer edge is golden brown and releases easily from paper or pan.
This next part is time sensitive…….you need to work very quickly and book it!!
Pull the cookies out of the oven, release from pan or paper, flip them over and put back into the oven for another min to keep warm and put your next batch in to bake, set timer for 12 min for that batch.
Remove finished cookies and place, bottom up, in your hand. Add the fortune.
Fold in half.
Crimp, folded side down, edges up, over a coffee cup.
Place in a muffin tin while cookies cool so they keep there shape.
Continue with the rest of the cookies-remember that you can always pop the unformed cookies back into the oven if they aren’t playing nice and hardened up on ya.
Cookies will keep for a couple days in an airtight container on the counter. Super cute gift packaged up in a Chinese takeout container (can buy at craft stores) or in a cellophane bag tied with a pretty ribbon♥Enjoy
Believe in love♥