Monday, May 04, 2009

Making Vegan Fortune Cookies: A Tutorial!

Last weekend was Musty's 40th birthday (woot!) He doesn't really like stuff, but he loves food, so I decided to make him a big batch of personalized fortune cookies. I did some searching around and found a recipe on about.com. I tweaked it a bit, veganized it, and began experimenting. Let me say that making fortune cookies is a bit of a challenge!


For this post, I present you with the recipe I used, a photo tutorial, and a *bonus* video tutorial!


First, get your fortunes ready. I used a combination of old standards ("You will attend a party where strange customs prevail") to personalized ones.


Now mix up the batter. It should be pretty thin, as you can see.


Pour the batter onto the cookie sheet. Use 1 Tbsp per cookie. Don't try to make more than 2 cookies at a time, or it will only end in heartbreak. I tried many different things here: tilting the cookie sheet every which way to spread the batter, using a spatula, using my fingers (what the heck, they were for my boyfriend!)... I finally settled on the spatula. Also, I tried using a heavily greased cookie sheet (no good), natural parchment paper (no good), and in the end found no big difference between using my silpat (silicone baking sheet), traditional parchment paper, or a lightly greased cookie sheet. (Hint: in the video tutorial, I put in a batch using one method and take out a batch using a different method! Incongruity error!)

Now cook 'em for about 14 minutes. They should be golden around the edges.


Quickly remove them from the oven and use a firm spatula to loosen them from the cookie sheet.


Flip it over in your hand, and lay a fortune down in the cookie.


Fold it in half like a taco!


Pinch the corners and bend it over the edge of a bowl or mug.

Then lay it in a muffin tin or mug so that it can harden without springing back open. Quick, do the other one!


Here you see them all resting in the muffin tin. I think I made about 20-25 in all. It was project, but lots of fun!


video
Here is a little video I made. Special shout out to my mom who did the masterful camera work!


Here's my version of the recipe:

Ingredients
  • 3 tsp EnerG Egg Replacer + 1/4 c warm water, whisked together
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 6-8 teaspoons water
  • 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
First, get your fortunes ready - either type or write on pieces of paper about 3 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. Preheat oven to 300 F. Get your baking sheet ready. Either lightly grease it, or use a silpat, or traditional parchment paper. If using parchment paper, you will need a fresh piece for each batch.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg replacer, vanilla extract, almond extract, vegetable oil until frothy. Add in the water.

Sift the flour, cornstarch, salt and sugar into a separate bowl.

Combine the wet and dry mixtures and stir until you have a smooth batter. The batter should be on the runny side.

Pour 2 level tablespoons of batter onto the cookie sheet, spacing them at least 3 inches apart. Gently tilt the baking sheet back and forth and from side to side so that each tablespoon of batter forms into a circle 4 inches in diameter.

Bake until the outer 1/2-inch of each cookie turns golden brown and they are easy to remove from the baking sheet with a spatula (14 - 15 minutes). Use a firm spatula and act fast. You may need to "scrape" them off a bit... just keep at it!

Working quickly, remove the cookie with a spatula and flip it over in your hand. Place a fortune in the middle of a cookie. To form the fortune cookie shape, fold the cookie in half, then gently pull the edges downward over the rim of a glass, wooden spoon or the edge of a muffin tin. Place the finished cookie in the cup of the muffin tin so that it keeps its shape. Do the other one.

If you are inspired to give it a try, please let me know if you develop any useful tricks or insights!

35 comments:

  1. Amey you are so cute! I love the tutorial. :)

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  2. amey, you're awesome! what a super cool and inspired idea.

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  3. those could make a nice gift n_n

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  4. I want to try! I am unsure if I have the egg replacer, but I wonder if a flax egg will work!

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  5. That's so fun! YAY!

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  6. I love the "giant poop" fortune! And the video is very helpful. Someday, I hope to have the patience (and the time) to give this a try.

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  7. Okay, so I just made these and the flax egg did not work at all! I went out and bought the egg replacer and it worked beautifully!!! I am so excited by these.

    Thank you for the recipe!!

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  8. aw, amey!
    you video brought tears to my eyes. i loved it. but the best was the gang at the end. cooOOOookies!!
    xo
    kittee

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  9. wow--how fantastic! i remember visiting a fortune cookie factory in san francisco's chinatown and was totally amazed at how quickly they could make these things...yours look so beautiful!

    thanks for the recipe!!

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  10. ahh they're gorgeous - great idea!!

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  11. Just amazing, Amey--these look spectacular!

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  12. I'm not a sissy, I can handle it! That being said, giiiirl, these are way too hard to make for the June potluck. Seriously.
    Also, the dogs & kitty session were too cute! My cats would never eat these!

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  13. WOW, great idea. I'm already thinking about the messages I would put inside. Thank you!

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  14. Great job, Amey! This reminds me of the cookie baskets I made a long time ago. I burned my hands and was very patient making 3 or 4 cookies at a time. I think I'm ready to try fortune cookies.

    Your pet family is so cute!

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  15. Wow! Those look awesome! :-)

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  16. And happy birthday to Musty!

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  17. So freakin amazing! I want to try these when I have spare time to bake! :-) Love the positivity! :-D

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  18. The video is awesome Amey! I love it and all the promised fortune for the fur balls! And, your kitchen looks so lovely and full of light.

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  19. Man, do these cookies look perfect or what! And your instructions are so thorough... I'm definitely making some of these the first chance I get!

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  20. I bet these are so much better than the cardboard-like variety that I remember! I'd love to make some and put in funny fortunes :)

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  21. Hi Amey! I loved your video. I actually made fortune cookies last year. It was challenging but fun. It was so fun to see you and the furries in the video. I miss you! Lots of love, Carey

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  22. What a great idea! Thank you for this.

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  23. i was thinking about the same thing, making the cookies. great job girl!

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  24. I can't wait to surprise my son with these. He misses eating fortune cookies

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  25. Anonymous11:19 AM

    This is so cool!! Love the video, too. And happy birthday to Musty!

    jen e.

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  26. I've always wanted to make my own fortune cookies. Thanks for the tutorial, they look great!

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  27. That's so cool that you made your own fortune cookies! They look perfect! (I am amused at the "you will have a giant poop" fortune you made)

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  28. Love the video!! I wish I was getting cracked fortune cookies fed to me!

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  29. I love those! And, I really really hope the fortune about Lost comes true! ;=)

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  30. Hello, I thought that was a great tutorial, I am going to try making these tonight. thanks
    -ayida

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  31. I tried this recipe and followed it to the T, but my cookies somehow were cracking/ tearing in the middle, when I tried to fold them, and the middle portion stayed soft, and didn't harden like the sides...
    Any idea what might have gone wrong?

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  32. hey esha!
    I'm sorry they didn't work out. I did get quite a few cracked ones, which were duds, but the majority turned out okay for me. All I can think is that maybe somehow your dough was more moist than mine? Probably it has to do with annoying little differences between our two batters, oven temperatures and even baking sheets... I'm bummed they didn't work for you. :( Wish it had turned out better!

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  33. Anonymous9:14 AM

    I'm planning to try this tonight. Since I have so little time, though, I might try to make a few giant fortune cookies instead of a bunch of small ones. Thanks for sharing your experience! :)

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  34. Anonymous6:53 AM

    do you need to use the almond extract (food allergies)?

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