Things to Make - Fortune Cookie Valentines

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A few weeks ago, our neighbor brought us fortune cookies. According to the tiny strips of paper inserted inside each cookie, we all had uninteresting destinies (except for T's "you are not a person who can be ignored"), so the kids discussed the predictions they would draft. And then I (rather randomly) said, "well, let's try baking our own fortune cookies." And now we can't stop.

Turns out fortune cookies make for a great "team" baking experience - one kid writes and cuts out the crazy fortunes (this would be F), while another child (P) helps fold and insert the fortunes before the cookies harden (basically "speed" baking).

Plus, I've found the 4-5 minute baking time allows me to help with homework and/or cook dinner without becoming overly distracted (i.e. I can't read a whole article in 4 minutes).

Anyways, we like them so much that we're handing some out for Valentine's Day. The best part was coming up with the fortunes - from "you will travel to all 7 continents" to "you will dance with an elephant", I'm hoping we'll make the second grade smile.



* 1 egg white
* 1/4 tablespoon vanilla extract
* 1 pinch salt
* 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
* 2.5 tablespoons white sugar
* 1 tablespoon of water
* Empty egg carton (or muffin tin)

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Write fortunes on strips of paper approximately 4 inches long and 1/2 an inch wide.

2. Butter two baking sheets. Lots of lots of butter (otherwise the cookies will stick).

3. Mix the egg white with the vanilla extract until foamy but not stiff. Add flour, salt, and sugar to the egg mixture. Add the water. If the mixture is too thick add 1 more tablespoon of water.

4. Place batter (measured out as 1 teaspoon per cookie) four inches apart on the cooking sheet. Only bake 3 at a time (if this is easy for you, then you can try to bake more in the next batch).

5. Tilt the baking sheet around to assure that the batter is in a circle.

6. Bake 4-5 minutes or until the outer edge of the cookie turns a golden brown (JUST the outer edge).

7. Remove cookies from the cooking sheet using a spatula (I slowly pushed them off the sheet) and place on a wooden cutting board. QUICKLY, place the fortune in the middle of the cookie and fold in half. SUPER QUICKLY fold the cookies again by putting them into the empty egg carton (which I found to work much better than a muffin tin).

- Makes 12 cookies.

(adapted slightly from this allrecipes.com)

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