Valentine Fortune Cookies

valentine fortune cookies

I'm a sucker for most holidays.  During December you will see me giggling with glee, as I make my husband trek up to the attic in search of my boxes of holiday wonder (aka, Christmas decorations). He faithfully does his duty, perched precariously on each attic board designated as "safe", to prevent falling another falling-through-the-attic-floor incident.  To this day we have a hole - curiously the same size as my husband - in our garage ceiling.

In November, I start scouring my cookbooks to plan the big turkey day meal, and browse the internet for fun table decorations that I always say I'll have time to make, but never do.  July 4th is the epitome of Americana here; Red, white and blue, stars galore, strawberry pie and sparklers too:)  This balmy summer night, we sit in our very classy walmart brand lawn chairs, to watch the fireworks overhead and set off our "city approved" fountains in the driveway.  See what I mean?  Holidays are fun.

Valentine's Day has never really been a big deal at our house though.  Why?  I don't know.  Maybe because we get tired of being saturated with red hearts and pink polka dots the second that Christmas is over.   Maybe we think it's ridiculous how much restaurants charge for a meal on this day.  Maybe we're just crotchety Valentine's scrooges:)  Don't get me wrong, we still celebrate it in our own way, we just don't shower ourselves in copious amounts of roses and giant boxes of chocolate.  While way shy away from some of this holiday's festivities, there's no denying how much I love my family, and I love to show them in my own way- like these Valentine's Fortune Cookies:)

I thought it would be fun to create something with my son for a Valentine's post, and we turned out these super cute Valentine's Fortune Cookies.  They are quick and fairly simple to make, are a great kid friendly activity, and chances are you already have most of the ingredients in your kitchen.

Valentine's Fortune Cookies
Prep: 5 min; Cook: 12 min; Servings: 24

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tbsp cornstarch
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 large egg whites
1 tbsp water
1 tsp vanilla extract
semi sweet chocolate chips for melting
red decorator sugar
heart shaped sprinkles
paper and pen to write your valentine notes

In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, cornstarch, sugar, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add the oil and egg whites, whisking until smooth. Whisk in the water and vanilla.

Drop a rounded teaspoon of batter onto a well-greased baking sheet. Using the back of a spoon or an offset spatula, spread the batter into a 3" circle. Repeat with another rounded teaspoon of batter. Bake at 300F for 8 to 12 minutes or until lightly golden.  The cooking time will depend on your oven, mine were done at 8 minutes.  If the cookies break when you are trying to shape them, try cooking them for less time.

Working quickly, immediately remove each cookie from the pan with a spatula (an offset spatula works well), and flip over into gloved hand. Place your prepared valentine message in the center of each cookie and fold each cookie in half. Grasp the end of each cookie, and place over the edge of a bowl, pulling the edges down to form a crease. Place cookies, ends down, in a muffin pan to maintain shape while cooling. Let cool completely. Repeat procedure with the remaining batter, baking only 2 cookies at a time.

To Decorate: Microwave the chocolate chips in a small bowl at medium power for 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. Dip the outer edge of the cooled cookie into the melted chocolate, then into decorator sugar or sprinkles. Place on waxed paper to let the chocolate harden. You can place the cookies in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes to harden the chocolate faster.

Happy Valentine's!


Belinda @zomppa said...

These are STUNNING!! I absolutely adore them. Happy Valentine's Day!

Christina @ Still Lucky said...

I love them- so different from every other Valentine treat I've seen in blog world. Such a great idea!

Susi's Kochen und Backen said...

What an adorable idea that is out of the ordinary! The fortune cookies look beautiful :o)

All That's Left Are The Crumbs said...

Great idea! I love that they can be personalized with a message just from you, and that they are are only dipped in a little chocolate, rather than covered.

Anonymous said...

These are beautiful! I love the sprinkles and fortune cookies remind me of eating them with friends at lunch in high school :) Such a fun way to celebrate Valentine's Day!

Lynn said...

Yum! these look amazing! I've always wanted to try them but they seem so hard!

grace said...

i'm sure i had no earthly idea how to make fortune cookies--this post has been an education! what a great idea for valentine's day--just thinking about the silly phrases i could slip inside excites me!

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

SO beautiful, Amber!

Becky said...

Such a creative idea for Valentine's Day! I imagine that your son had a wonderful time making and decorating these cookies with his Mom:)

briarrose said...

Adorable! I love the sprinkles.


What a fun idea! They are so cute--maybe I can whip some up before the kids get home...

Meg Luby said...

these are great! i love them and will have to make them ASAP! thank you thank you thank you!

Kathryn said...

LOOVE those! They look like so much fun! I wonder what they'd taste like if they were filled with chocolate...or if that would even be possible...

Muriel Miller said...

Oh my goodness I am in love with these! I love fortune cookies! Love your blog! Just became a follower!

4evaRisa said...

These are the cutest thing. Adorable.

I made brownies and peanut butter cup bars. Should be a big hit tonight.

BTW, I have also fallen through the attic and got caught between my legs on one of the boards. I was in pain for several days after but didn't hurt anything internally. The week that the inspector was coming to look at our house! We had someone come immediately and patch up the hole and then someone else came and spackled and painted over it. The inspector couldn't tell the difference. Phew! I laughed when I saw what you wrote!

Torviewtoronto said...

these look cool and neat

Melissa @IWasBornToCook said...

These are adorable! Perfect for Valentine's Day :)

Kim - Liv Life said...

Amanda, your photos are simply stunning!! These little cookies are just perfect, the little hearts so adorable. Really nice job!

Rich said...

You are by far a much better holiday observer than I (who failed to make anything at all yesterday). Those are really creative cookies - and, as stated, unlike all the other ones I've seen so far ...

Savoring Italy said...

Of all the Valentine's desserts I've seen...these cookies are my favorite! So adorable. I have to give it a try. Thank you for sharing:)

Monet said...

These are just adorable...and I agree with Lora, they are my favorite Valentine treat I've seen! Thanks for sharing, sweet thing. Many blessings to you as the week unfolds.

joycezzz said...

oh my... just saw this!!!
so adorable & cute...

<3 <3 <3

Mimi said...

Just found your fortune cookies on pinterest via Jamielyn Nye. Absolutely Fabulous! I can't wait to try. Thanks so much for sharing :)

Susan@FruitfulWords said...

So cute. And great timing. K put "Make fortune cookies" on my winter bucket list. Making these for valentine's Day would be ideal! Thanks for sharing.

Making of a Mom said...

So cute! And very impressive that you make your own cookie. I am featuring these treats in my Valentine's Day treat round up post to appear this friday. You will be able to find the post here

Thanks for making a delicious treat for me to highlight!

Kara @ Mine for the Making said...

Featured these on my facebook page and found you via pinterest :)


carol Feeley said...

I love these...but am confused about shaping them...wish there was pic to follow. I want to try them but am nervous they are going to look like flat 1/2 moons in a U shape. How did you maintain their puffiness?

Anonymous said...

I'm making these right now! Do they 'harden' and become crispy as they dry? Or are they meant to stay chewy?

Unknown said...

Hi Carol!
The shaping of these cookies is really easy, it just sounds hard. Remove a cookie from the pan, place a fortune in the center then fold the cookie in half. At this point you want to hold the folded cookie at each end, and gently push it down on the edge of a cup to make the crease in the center of the cookie. The cookie stays puffy, but will harden fairly quickly, so you wan to work fast. Expect a learning curve, I ruined several before I got the hang of it. :)If your cookie is getting too crispy too fast, cook the next batch for a little less time. Hope this helps!
Amber/Sprinkled With Flour

Unknown said...

Hi! These do harden as they set, but aren't quite as crunchy as restaurant fortune cookies. If you want them softer, you can bake for less time too. :)

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