Delight your friends (or terrify them) with extremely accurate customized fortunes!

This recipe is deceptively tricky – you must follow the instructions closely. Mix in ingredients one at a time and thoroughly, or the batter won’t have the right texture. Spread the batter very thin, or you’ll have a hard time folding the cookies into the signature shape. Fold them as soon as they come out of the oven, or it will be completely impossible.

If you’re a rule-breaker, this recipe’s probably not for you. But if you respect the cookie, the cookie will respect you…or something like that.

Fortune Cookies

  • Prep Time:15 minutes
  • Cook Time:30 minutes
  • Total Time:45 minutes
  • Servings:10
  • Advanced Course


  • 3 Egg whites
  • 3/4 cup White sugar
  • 1/2 cup Butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/4 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoon Water
Photo by Caitlyn Heter
  • Step 1

    Write out your fortunes on strips of paper and have cookie sheets lined with parchment paper ready to go. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

  • Step 2

    In a large bowl, whip egg whites and sugar on high speed until frothy (about 2 minutes).

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  • Step 3

    Reduce mixer speed to low. Add melted butter and mix well.

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  • Step 4

    Stirring well after each ingredient, add vanilla, then water, then flour. You should end up with a mixture that looks like pancake batter.

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  • Step 5

    Add small spoonfuls of batter onto each cookie sheet, and spread the batter into circles about 4 inches across and very thin. The thinner you make them, the faster they will bake and the easier they will be to fold. I recommend just 2 cookies per sheet – even if there’s room for more. Bake for 5-7 mins, or until the edges are golden.

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  • Step 6

    Immediately after removing the cookies from the oven, carefully fold them: put in your prepared fortune, then fold the cookie in half. Quickly and carefully fold again, to achieve the desired shape.

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  • Step 7

    Your cookies will probably resist holding their shape after the second fold – leave them in a muffin tin to cool, so they’ll keep their shape and harden.

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  • Step 8

    Break ’em open and enjoy.

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