These are neat! You can insert just about any message in them - holiday greetings, birthday or anniversary wishes or even the bride and groom's names and wedding date...you can use colored papers cut into 3x1/2" strips; write personalized messages for each guest, then trace their initials on the cooled cookies...


Chinese Fortune Cookies

2 T. butter (no substitutions)
1/4 c. confectioners' sugar
1 large egg white
1 tsp. vanilla extract
pinch salt
1/4 c. flour
14 strips paper ( 3" by 1/2" each) with fortunes

Preheat oven to 375F. Grease 2 small cookie sheets. In 1-quart saucepan, heat butter over low heat until melted. Remove saucepan from heat. With wire whisk, beat in confectioners' sugar, egg white, vanilla, and salt until blended. Beat in flour until batter is smooth.


Drop 1 heaping tsp. batter onto cookie sheet. Repeat with another tsp. batter, at least 4: away from first. With small metal spatula or back of spoon, spread batter evenly to form two 3" rounds. Bake about 4 minutes or until cookies are lightly golden. Loosen both cookies with metal spatula. working with 1 cookie at a time, place a fortune across center of hot cookies. Fold hot cookies in half, forming a semicircle, and press edges together. Quickly fold semicircle over edge of small bowl to create fortune-cookie shape. Repeat with other cookie.

Let shaped cookies cool completely on wire rack. Repeat with remaining batter and strips of fortune paper to make 14 cookies in all, cooling cookie sheets in between batches, and greasing sheets as necessary. Store cookies in container up to 2 weeks. Makes about 14 cookies.

Note: Because the cookies must be shaped quickly while still hot, bake only 2 at a time.