Fortune Cookies: Take One

This was my first attempt at a vegan fortune cookie recipe. I’m not 100% happy with the result…the cookies were a little bit too sweet for my taste and a little bit too cake-y for a fortune cookie. I’ll make some changes and try again in a couple days, but I thought I’d post this in the meantime. Clearly, I’m in the over-enthusiastic early stage of blogging. Also, my mom really liked them.

This recipe makes six large fortune cookies.


1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1/3 cup soy milk

3 tbs canola oil

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp almond extract

You will also need paper, scissors, and a pen, for writing the fortunes.


First, write your fortunes. Don’t use regular printer paper, because you will be folding it into a warm cookie and the moisture would ruin it. You could try using ribbon or parchment paper. I used vellum, which is a plasticized paper that you can buy at most craft stores. I cut it into 6 inch by 1/2 inch rectangles, and then I wrote the fortunes on with a regular old pen.

Next, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and make the batter. Combine the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in another. Add the wet to the dry and mix thoroughly. It should be pretty thin and soupy.

Prepare your baking sheets. I used a silpat, but you could also use parchment paper or cooking spray.

Pour the batter slowly onto the cooking sheet until it spreads into a circle with about a 5 inch diameter. Since you won’t have much time to fold each batch of cookies after it comes out of the oven and before it cools, only put two cookies per sheet.

Place your cookie sheet in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes, until the edges turn golden brown. Let the cookies cool for about one minute. If you let them cool too much longer than that, they will become too crispy to fold.

Turn your cookie upside down on the counter and lay a fortune across the top. Now you’re ready to fold it into a fortune cookie. Be prepared to mildly singe your fingers; no big deal. There are two steps to folding your cookie. First, roll it into a tube with the ends slightly overlapping:

Second, gently fold the tube by pushing the ends away from you with your thumbs and pushing the middle towards you with your other fingers. Hopefully, these arrows help:

After the second fold, it should look like this:

Repeat with the second cookie on the sheet, working as quickly as you can. As they cool, these get much crispier and harder to fold. At this point, if you haven’t already, you can put your next pair of cookies in the oven to bake and fold.

These cookies are best served the same day that you bake them.


2 Responses to “Fortune Cookies: Take One”

  1. February 3, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    cool idea! like the paper going from one end to the another. the ones from the shops are usually too hard to crack open.

  2. February 4, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Thanks! You’re also my first blog comment ever, so this is exciting for me 🙂

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