Make Your Own Fortune Cookies with Monday Night Martha
Mainly because -- think about it -- you get to write your own fortunes! Oh, the possibilities -- will you be charming or practical or passionate or vindictive in your fortune compositions?
Before tackling the cookies, prepare the fortunes. Instead of using the computer, find an old typewriter and bang out some retro-looking homemade fortunes customized for their intended recipients, and cut them into strips. Set aside.
Next, make up the batter. As usual, here at Monday Night Martha, Martha Stewart provided the recipe for the cookies.
Next, it's time to bake the cookies. Here's where things get tricky. Spoon about a tablespoon of batter onto a well-oiled cookie sheet. In a swirling motion, spread the batter with the back of a spoon until you have about a 5 -inch circle. (Or smaller, depending on the size of fortune cookies you want -- go bigger to get the slightly supersized ones you get at restaurants.)
Martha recommends cooking for about 8 minutes. Frankly, this was too long -- 4 to 5 minutes seemed to get the job done.
Fortune cookie folding is best done as a team effort. Get yourself a cookie-baking partner, (preferably one who doesn't mind burning the crap out of his or her fingertips). Although we started with only two cookies on a sheet as per Martha's instructions, we worked up to being able to handle 5 cookie discs each cooking cycle.
Beware: Trial and error demonstrated that a non-stick pan works far better than classic aluminum.
We were predicting disaster for this project, but they turned out pretty great. You will get some sensitive fingertips and there may be some shrieking, but we like an interactive baking experience. Get a team together, go forth and make fortune cookies.