Every FORTUNE COOKIE contains a BIRTHDAY WISH!! We asked the birthday girl’s friends to write special wishes for the cake…and she opened every cookie and read them all! There are so many events that would be perfect for FORTUNE COOKIE WISHES! An anniversary, a going away party, a retirement party, or even a romantic celebration…MARRY ME!!! You could even stuff the fortune cookies with CHARADES CLUES!! This is going to be FUN!!
Here’s how we made the Fortune Cookies
1 cup butter
6 large egg whites
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons warm water
100 paper fortunes about 3/8 wide X 2 inches long (we wrote them on a computer and printed them on white paper, then trimmed to size)
1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line several cookie sheets with parchment paper, non stick foil or sil pads. Spray vegetable cooking spray on the parchment paper if using.
2. Melt the butter and cool to room temperature.
3. Beat the egg whites, sugar and extracts until foamy. Stir in the melted butter, flour, and salt until well blended. Add the water and stir until smooth.
4. Spoon batter onto the prepared cookie sheets into 2 inch circles, about 6 per pan. Bake until cookies are golden brown around the edges, 5 to 7 minutes. Quickly remove them from the pan, place a fortune across the center and fold the cookie in half. While holding the sides together, press against the straight back side to bend the cookie in the middle and create the fortune cookie shape. Repeat with the remaining cookies, working quickly. If the cookies become too hard, return to the oven to soften for about 1 minute. Repeat with the remaining batter to make about 100 cookies.
To assemble the cake:
Frost a two-tier cake with white buttercream and press the fortune cookies into frosting all over the cake to cover. Add candles and make a wish!
(PS If you live in an area with Chinese bakeries and Asian markets you can sometimes find fresh-made fortune cookies. If you don’t have time to bake your own, simply remove the pre-stuffed missives from the store-bought cookies and substitute your custom fortunes!)
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