Kids in the Kitchen: Fortune Cookies

Last night I was craving Chinese food. It wasn’t my plan to whip up lo mein and egg foo young, but I had all the ingredients on hand so I said, “you know what? let’s do it!” and off we went. The kitchen was a flurry of pots, pans, and mixing bowls but I still had one goal in mind: one dish a day I’m going to cook with my little one this week. So these fortune cookies were the perfect end to a wonderful dinner. Now I must admit that I learned a lot about fortune cookies last night. For example: did you know that they are fried? Neither did I! Did you also know that prior to pouring the batter into the pan it must be a thin consistency like that of crepe batter? I didn’t know that either!

To say I was a noob chef last night would have been an understatement. But nonetheless, we survived through this work-in-progress recipe. The flavors were spot on, and while my cookies didn’t “look” exactly like traditional fortune cookies, my daughter was super happy to create little paper fortunes to stick inside. So here is the recipe we followed everyone. If you do give these cookies a try, comment or tweet to me @The_NoobChef and let me know how it went! I’d love to hear from you πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful day everyone and let’s get cooking!

Homemade Fortune Cookies
Homemade Fortune Cookies

Fun Fortune Cookies

Courtesy of: Sheila Ellison & Judith Gray, “365 Foods Kids Love to Eat” cookbook

Yield: 12 cookies


  • 4 tablespoons unbleached flour
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind
  • Pieces of paper with messages, fortunes, or drawings on them


Step 1: Gather your ingredients.


Step 2: Pour all of your batter ingredients in a bowl. (Everything minus the paper).


Step 3: Stir until smooth. (Note: Make sure your batter is very thin (almost crepe-like). Add more water by the tablespoon if need be.


Step 4: Drop batter by the tablespoons onto a skillet over medium heat, forming circles. Cook for 4 minutes. Flip. And cook for 2 minutes.


Step 5: Quickly remove from the pan, add your fortune, fold in half, then bend over the edge of a bowl. (Note: If your cookie isn’t holding its form, stick them in muffin tins and let them cool. They will hold their shape). Once cool, eat and enjoy!


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