Five Tips for Making DIY Fortune Cookies

Categories: Chow Bella

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Laura Gill

Ever since I saw these on Pinterest several months ago, I knew they would be perfect for Valentine's Day. I'm not much of a celebrator, I don't expect (nor would I want) diamonds, or anything of the sort, but I do like the idea of giving friends, family, and all those special people in our lives (not just significant others) a little something to show them affection.

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I have to be honest from the get-go, though, and disclose that these little gems are not the easiest to make... unless you like the sensation of putting your fingertips on something that's about 350°. I was so annoyed while making them that the only thing that got me through it was telling myself all the terrible things I would say about them. But then I shared them with my family -- and the look on my six year old son's face when he realized it was I who had written the message for him was, as they say, priceless.

The original recipe comes from Martha Stewart, which fails to warn about 3rd degree burns (maybe I'm exaggerating a bit), and doesn't really offer a lot of help.

Here are some tips I picked up along the way:

First - Write out some sweet nothings on small pieces of paper. Mine were about 1cm x 4cm. I also think it would be nice - for those people living the family life - to write some out as coupons, like - "Good for one full day of no dish washing." Are you listening, out there?!?

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Laura Gill

Second - Martha's website provides a stencil for the cookies, which I wasn't able to print out. Instead I drew a stencil onto the back side of a piece of parchment paper using a 24oz can as a guide, bu after making a few batches, I don't think this step is critical.

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Laura Gill

Third - This is a little tricky. Place about a teaspoon's worth of batter in the center of the circle and spread it thin. The first few times, my batter was too thick, resulting in a cake-like cookie that couldn't be manipulated into a fortune cookie shape. Also, my circles ended up being a little too wide for the look I was going for.

Laura Gill

Now the real fun begins...

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