Fortune Cookies Recipe - Authentic Chinese Recipe

Fortune Cookies

Fortune Cookies Recipe - Authentic Chinese Recipe
Region / culture: China | Preparation time: 20 minutes | Cooking time: 10 minutes | Servings: 24 cookies


Fortune Cookies
Fortune Cookies

Fortune cookies are a popular treat often enjoyed at the end of a meal in Chinese restaurants. These crispy, sweet cookies are typically filled with a small piece of paper containing a fortune or words of wisdom. Making fortune cookies at home can be a fun and rewarding experience, allowing you to customize the fortunes and flavors to suit your preferences.


Fortune cookies are believed to have originated in California in the early 20th century, despite their association with Chinese cuisine. The exact origins of the recipe are unclear, but they have become a staple in Chinese-American cuisine and are now enjoyed worldwide.


How to prepare

  1. Butter a baking sheet and lightly dust it with flour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C).
  3. In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs and gradually add the sugar while continuing to beat until the mixture becomes very thick.
  4. Add the water, one tablespoon at a time, and continue beating.
  5. Using an electric mixer, thoroughly mix in the almond flavoring.
  6. Gently fold in the flour until well combined, avoiding overmixing.
  7. Drop the batter by level tablespoonfuls onto the buttered sheet, spacing them 5 inches apart.
  8. Bake until the cookies are lightly browned.
  9. Remove from the oven and shape the cookies while they are still warm, inserting fortunes.
  10. Allow the cookies to cool in glasses to maintain their shape.


  • Add a drop of food coloring to the batter for colorful cookies.
  • Experiment with different flavorings, such as vanilla or lemon extract.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Be sure to work quickly when shaping the cookies, as they harden and become brittle as they cool.

- Use caution when handling the hot cookies to avoid burns.

- Customize the fortunes to add a personal touch to the cookies.

Serving Suggestions

Serve fortune cookies with a cup of hot tea or coffee for a delightful treat.

Cooking Techniques

Shaping the cookies while they are still warm is key to achieving the classic fortune cookie shape.

Ingredient Substitutions

Use all-purpose flour in place of cake flour if needed.

- Substitute vanilla extract for almond flavoring if desired.

Make Ahead Tips

Fortune cookies can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container for up to a week.

Presentation Ideas

Serve fortune cookies on a decorative platter or in a bowl for a fun and festive presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair fortune cookies with a scoop of ice cream or a drizzle of chocolate sauce for a decadent dessert.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store fortune cookies in an airtight container at room temperature to maintain their crispness. Reheat briefly in the oven to restore their crunchiness if needed.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of fortune cookies contains approximately 50 calories.


Each serving of fortune cookies contains approximately 10 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of fortune cookies contains approximately 2 grams of fat.


Each serving of fortune cookies contains approximately 1 gram of protein.

Vitamins and minerals

Fortune cookies do not contain significant amounts of vitamins or minerals.


Fortune cookies typically contain eggs and wheat, which may be allergens for some individuals.


Fortune cookies are a low-calorie treat that is relatively low in fat and protein. They are best enjoyed in moderation as a sweet ending to a meal.


Fortune cookies are a fun and tasty treat that can be easily made at home. Customize the fortunes and flavors to create a personalized touch to this classic dessert. Enjoy these crispy cookies as a sweet ending to any meal.

How did I get this recipe?

forever. It was a hot summer day, the kind of day where the air was thick with humidity and the sun beat down mercilessly. I had just finished a long day of work in the garden, tending to my beloved herbs and vegetables, when I decided to take a break and relax in the shade of the old oak tree in my backyard.

As I sat there, sipping on a glass of sweet tea and fanning myself with a handkerchief, my mind began to wander. I thought about all the recipes I had collected over the years, passed down from my mother and grandmothers before her. Each one held a special place in my heart, a connection to my family and my heritage.

Suddenly, a memory from my childhood came flooding back to me. I remembered a trip my family had taken to San Francisco when I was just a little girl. We had visited a small Chinese bakery in Chinatown, where I had tasted my first fortune cookie. The delicate crunch of the cookie, the surprise of the fortune hidden inside – it had left a lasting impression on me.

In that moment, I knew I had to learn how to make fortune cookies. I wanted to recreate that sense of wonder and delight for my own family, to pass on the tradition to future generations. And so, with renewed determination, I set out to find the perfect recipe.

I searched high and low, scouring cookbooks and asking friends for advice. But no matter where I looked, I couldn't seem to find a recipe that matched the memory of that fateful day in San Francisco. It wasn't until one afternoon, as I was sifting through an old box of recipes that had belonged to my great-grandmother, that I finally stumbled upon the answer.

There, tucked away in a yellowed and tattered notebook, was a handwritten recipe for fortune cookies. My heart skipped a beat as I read through the instructions, my hands trembling with excitement. This was it – the missing piece of the puzzle I had been searching for.

The recipe was simple yet elegant, calling for just a handful of basic ingredients: flour, sugar, egg whites, and a dash of vanilla extract. The key, it seemed, was in the technique – the careful folding and shaping of the batter, the precise timing of the baking process. It was a challenge, but I was determined to master it.

I spent hours in my kitchen, experimenting with different variations of the recipe. I mixed and rolled and shaped dozens of batches of cookies, each one better than the last. And finally, after much trial and error, I had perfected the art of making fortune cookies.

The first time I served them to my family, their eyes lit up with delight. They marveled at the crisp texture of the cookies, the sweet aroma of vanilla that filled the air. And when they cracked open the cookies to reveal the tiny slips of paper with their fortunes written on them, their smiles were priceless.

From that day on, fortune cookies became a staple in our household. I made them for special occasions – birthdays, holidays, family gatherings – and my loved ones always looked forward to the surprise of what their fortunes would hold. It became a tradition, a symbol of love and unity that bound us together.

And so, as I sit here now, reflecting on the journey that led me to this recipe, I feel a sense of gratitude and contentment. I am grateful for the memories it has given me, the joy it has brought to my family. And I am content, knowing that I have passed on a piece of my heritage to the next generation.

For me, making fortune cookies is more than just a culinary skill – it is a way of preserving tradition, of sharing a piece of myself with those I love. And as long as I am able, I will continue to bake these delicate treats, keeping the spirit of my family alive with each batch I make.


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