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Fortune Cookies

fortune cookies

Fortune Cookies

When we go to a Chinese restaurant in the US, one of the best parts of the meal is receiving the fortune cookie at the end. Interestingly enough, fortune cookies were invented in California and were only introduced in China in the 1990’s, where they were advertised as Genuine American Fortune Cookies!

3 by ½ – inch strips of paper for fortunes

2 egg whites
1/3 cup sugar
4 tablespoons melted butter, cooled
½ cup flour
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon almond extract
½ teaspoon lemon extract

Be creative and write some good fortunes!

Preheat oven to 350º F. Using a ring or glass as a template, draw three 3-inch circles on a sheet or parchment paper.

Add the egg whites to the bowl of a mixer and whip on medium-low speed until they are light and foamy. Add the sugar and continue to beat until soft peaks form.

Pour in the cooled melted butter, flour, salt, and almond and lemon extracts; mix until well combined.

Drop a spoonful of the batter into the circles and, using the back of a spoon spread the batter evenly making thin circles. Because you must work quickly to shape, make just three or four at a time.

Bake for 5 to 8 minutes or until the edges are light gold. You don’t want the entire cookies to be golden or they won’t be malleable enough to fold.

Remove the cookies from the oven. Lay a fortune in the lower middle of the cookie, and, using a spatula, fold in half to make a semi-circle. Be careful because they will be very hot! Bend the edges up toward each other to make a crescent. Place the cookies into a muffin tin to help hold their shape until crisp. Repeat with the remaining batter.

Makes 12 cookies

Cooking Art History: From Ancient Roots to Chinatown


Cooking Art History: From Ancient Roots to Chinatown

This blog was featured in The Huffington Post on February 25, 2016.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens has a fascinating and timely exhibit on display through March 21st, Y.C. Hong: Advocate for Chinese-American Inclusion. Curated by Li Wei Yang, the exhibit provides insight into the early history of the Chinese experience in California and embraces the importance of immigrants in American society. The focus is on Y.C. Hong, an immigration attorney and political activist, who, together with his wife, Mabel, was largely responsible for the creation of Los Angeles’s Chinatown.

Early images of Chinatown naturally got me thinking about Chinese food and its history…