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DailyBuzz Moms 9×9: Thanksgiving Fortune Cookies

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Thanksgiving Fortune Cookies

Homemade Fortune Cookies

Homemade Fortune Cookies

I’m thankful for Bella (our next-door neighbor/babysitter who is a senior in high school!)  I’m thankful for drawing with Gramma.  I’m thankful for Mormor’s muffins.  I’m thankful for jumping on Morfar.  I’m thankful for you, Mama, for Daddy, for Kendry (little brother), for Keona (our dog), for Portland and for the whole company!  I’m thankful for bushes.  I’m thankful for Daddy’s tool set.  I’m thankful for playing with Daddy.   I’m thankful for me, Cooper…

Fortune cookies have been on my list for a while now so when DailyBuzz Moms announced the Thanksgiving Kids Table 9×9 I thought that it was the perfect opportunity to make “I am Thankful for...” Fortune cookies.

I’ve made French tuile cookies in the past but I have formed the thin cookies into ice cream cone cups, elegant little cylinders and the traditional tile (tuile) shape.  This time I decided to experiment with the fortune cookie shape.  I love my reliable tuile recipe and I had no real reason to try another, but I went ahead and tried Martha Stewart’s tuile recipe since I was looking at her website for tips on how to shape the fortune cookies.  I love how she flavored them with almond.

There are several ways to do this project.  Prior to making the cookies you and your kids can discuss what everyone is thankful for and then place the personalized messages into the cookies as you shape them.  Or, you can make the cookies in advance and have one of the activities at the kids table be writing “I am thankful for…” messages and threading or slipping them into the cookies.  You can write generic Happy Thanksgiving notes or you can write messages to each person at the table for specific place setting favors.  If you personalize the messages and insert the “fortunes” into the cookies as you form the cookies, I recommend using masking tape to label each muffin tin with the respective person’s name.  This way you can keep track of the personalized cookies and then set the table accordingly.

This is a fun and meaningful project if it’s just your immediate family or if you have a large group.  And some of the adults might like to contribute Thanksgiving messages as well.

I love hearing what kids have to say and I think that it’s always a good thing to get us all, young and old alike, thinking about all that we can appreciate and be thankful for.  I guess it goes without saying that with a four-year old (who just turned 4!), we got some touching notes and some silly ones.

To fit the Thanksgiving theme I made a variety of almond-flavored cookies and pumpkin pie-spiced cookies.  The pumpkin pie flavor was subtle because I didn’t want to add too much pumpkin puree and mess up the delicate cookie’s texture.  Even with only a couple tablespoons of puree they didn’t harden up as much as the others but they were still good.  In the future, I probably won’t bother with adding pumpkin puree but I would still add the pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves) for a Thanksgiving-spiced cookie.

Though we made them for Thanksgiving, personalized fortune cookies are a festive place setting or party favor for many occasions.  Depending on the occasion and your tastes, you can flavor your fortune cookies with vanilla, maple, peppermint or any other extracts (or spices).  And you can also dip the finished cookies into melted chocolate and nuts, shredded coconut or other toppings.

*If you have older children they may want to help make the fortune cookies.  However, to prevent burns for both adults and kids, please take caution when forming the cookies because they must be handled while they are still hot.

I’m thankful for family.  I’m thankful for being healthy.  I’m thankful for you, Cooper.  I’m thankful for you, Kendry.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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DailyBuzz Moms 9x9: Thanksgiving {Fortune} Cookies
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Serves: 15-30
 
Personalized fortune cookies are a festive place setting or party favor for many occasions.
Ingredients
Martha Stewart's {Tuile} Fortune Cookies
  • 5 Tbsp butter
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 cup superfine sugar
  • 1 cup flour, sifted
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1+ tsp almond extract
Pumpkin Pie-Spiced Variation
  • Add ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ginger
  • ¼ tsp cloves
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla (instead of almond extract)
Instructions
Martha Stewart's {Tuile} Fortune Cookies
  1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat.
  2. Beat the egg whites and the sugar with an electric mixer for 30 seconds.
  3. Add the flour and mix well.
  4. Add the melted butter, cream and almond extract, beating the mixture for 30 more seconds.
  5. Grease baking sheets and pour 1 Tbsp of batter on half of the pan.
  6. Spread the batter with the back of a spoon to form a thin 4-5 inch circle.
  7. Repeat the process on the second half of the pan so that two cookies will cook at once. {Though there would be room for one or two more cookies on the pan, it is best to limit it at two so that you have enough time to quickly form the hot cookies before they harden.}
  8. Bake the cookies at 400 degrees for 4-8 minutes until they are light golden brown around the edges.
  9. Remove the pan from the oven and working quickly with one cookie at a time, use a spatula to place the flat circle on a clean, dry dish towel.
  10. If inserting the fortune message, place the strip of paper in the center of the circle.
  11. Fold the circle in half to form a semi-circle.
  12. Pull the two edges together to form a fortune cookie.
  13. *A trick I learned on YouTube is to place the straight edge of the folded semi-circle onto the rim of a glass and gently press down so that the tips come together.
  14. Place the folded fortune cookie in a muffin tin to cool so that it keeps its shape.
  15. Repeat the process with the remaining warm cookie and then continue cooking and shaping the cookies until the batter is gone.
  16. If you are inserting the fortune messages after the cookies are formed, thread the messages into the edge (they may stick out some if they can't be fully inserted.)
Pumpkin Pie-Spiced Variation
  1. Add the pumpkin puree and spices to the fortune cookie batter.
  2. Follow the original instructions to bake and shape the cookies.
  3. Optional: toss the warm, shaped fortune cookies in a Ziploc with cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Thanksgiving Fortune Cookies

**Though associated with Chinese food here in the US, fortune cookies were actually invented by immigrants in America based on a traditional Japanese cracker and they are not popular in China.

Fortune Cookies

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One Response to “DailyBuzz Moms 9×9: Thanksgiving Fortune Cookies”

  1. Cherie says:

    I love this recipe for obvious reasons and I am truly thankful for my talented family!

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