Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  I know a lot of you probably did at least some of your celebrating over the weekend, but just in case you still wanted to make a fun and festive treat for your sweetie, kids, friends or neighbors, here is one more idea.  I purposely saved these for today because they really are an simple last minute option.  Now, I know what you’re thinking – they look complicated.  But, they require only four ingredients, all of which are probably in your house right now.  And despite their looks, they are actually very simple to make.  The best kind of holiday treat – easy and impressive!  The batter does need to chill for one hour, so that gives you just enough time to write out sweet little love notes to stick inside.

The thing with these cookies is that they are all about timing.  You really only want to bake 3-4 at a time because once they come out of the oven, there is a short window for shaping.   Immediately out of the oven the cookies will be too soft to pick up, not to mention too hot to handle, so you need to wait briefly before peeling them off the parchment (20-30 seconds).  If you wait too long, the cookie will be too stiff to shape but not to worry – you can pop them back in the oven for about 15 seconds to get them flexible again.  I would just expect your first cookie or two to be an exercise in trial and error until you find exactly what works best for you.

You may want to write some fortunes or sweet notes (or jokes, like me :)) that are personalized for a particular loved one.  In that case, I recommend placing them on separate bowls for cooling, and then using a particular combination of dipping chocolate and sprinkles so that you know exactly which cookies are meant for a certain person.  These are certainly not exclusive to Valentine’s Day, and would be adorable if made to coordinate with a party or shower theme as favors.  I’ve never been all that fond of the taste of fortune cookies and usually only take one to read the fortune, not for eating.  These taste slightly better than the usual but for me, the point of these is really the novelty and not so much the taste.  Anyway, I hope some of you decide to whip these up for your special someone.  I’ll bet it brings a smile to their face!

Fortune Cookies
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Yield: about 20-24 cookies

For the cookies:
½ cup all-purpose or bread flour
½ cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract (or ½ tsp. vanilla plus ½ tsp. almond extract)
2 large egg whites

For decorating (optional):
Melted chocolate or colored candy melts

In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, sugar, vanilla extract and egg whites.  Process until completely blended and smooth. (Alternatively, you can use a blender or even a bowl with a whisk – just be sure there are no lumps in the batter.) Place in a covered container and chill for 1 hour.

While the batter is chilling, cut small strips of paper and write fortunes on them.

Fold up so that they will fit inside the shaped cookies.

Preheat the oven to 400˚ F.  Trace 3 or 4 3-inch circles on a piece of parchment paper.*  Flip the paper over and place on a baking sheet.

Spoon 1 teaspoon of the batter into the center of each of the drawn circles.  Gently spread the batter to fill the traced circles.

Bake for 5-6 minutes, until the cookies are just lightly browned around the edges but still light toward the the centers.

Let the cookies sit about 20-30 seconds before removing them from the parchment.

Working quickly, place one of the folded fortunes in the center of a cookie and fold the cookie over into a semi-circle.  Gently bend the cookie over the edge of a bowl or cup to bend in half.  Let sit to cool on the edge of the bowl while baking and shaping the remaining cookies.  If the cookies on the sheet become too stiff to work with, return to the oven for 15 seconds so that they become malleable again.  Repeat this process with the remaining batter, baking 3-4 cookies at a time.

Dip a portion of each cookie in melted chocolate or candy melts and sprinkles as desired.  Let chocolate set completely before packaging and serving.

*If you do not have parchment paper, you can also use a silicone baking mat sprayed very lightly with a bit of cooking spray, rubbed around in an even layer.  Another option is to use a plain baking sheet sprayed and rubbed lightly with a bit of cooking spray.  In this case, a thin metal spatula will be necessary to help remove the cookies from the baking sheet.  With both of these methods, you will have to eyeball the size of the circles and be careful not to spread the batter too thick or too thin.

Source: adapted from Cooking Light via Our Best Bites

  • They look so cute!! I had no idea that making fortune cookies is so easy!

  • These are awesome! I’m so glad I know how to make fortune cookies now! ;)

  • Adorable! We’ve never been brave enough to try and make our own fortune cookies but it’s just the cutest idea…and these are gorgeous!

  • How adorable are these?! And fun too! Perfect for Valentine’s Day :).

  • So cute! This is getting bookmarked!

  • so so soooo ADORABLE

    I totally need to make these!!


  • These are so cute and unique!!

  • These are the most adorable fortune cookies I have ever seen! Love the Valentine’s Day touch! :)

  • These look so cute! I love this idea :)

  • Pretty cool. Never thought of making my own fortune cookies but very cool :-) Perfect for Valentine’s

  • Those look like fun! I like the sprinkles to brighten them up!

  • So impressive, Annie! These fortune cookies are just adorable and very creative. Great job on them, and happy Valentine’s day to you and your sweethearts!

  • aprila

    Those look fantastic! It’s kind of funny because I was just talking to a friend the other day about needing to learn how to make my own fortune cookies! love it!

  • So cute and so clever! I love that these can be personalized.. not that baking special valentine’s treats isn’t already incredibly thoughtful and personal. :)

  • Alissa

    These look too cute! About how many cookies does this recipe make?

  • Annie

    The yield is listed in the recipe :)

  • Those are adorable!! I love the pretty Valentines colors and personalizing the notes inside. What a creative idea!

  • I love the decorations on these cookies! What a great Valentine treat.

  • Sprinkled with Flour

    Great minds think alike! My son and I made these for Valentine’s too:) They were so much fun:)

  • I love your blog! What a cool idea. I’m going to use it for my husband’s upcoming birthday! :)

  • Annie, you are fearless in the kitchen. I know you said they’re easy, but just to tackle something that looks so daunting is impressive! Thanks :)

  • Such a beautiful and romantic idea :)

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • ohhh those are soo pretty!

  • caitlin

    one of my favorite projects.. and addicting to make!.. but YIKES do they burn! A pair of clean cotton gloves helps to avoid numb finger tips if you are making a large batch… cute decorations, Annie!

  • tricia

    made these for my beau yesterday. he absolutely loved them. such a wonderful idea that will likely become a valentine’s day tradition – thank you!! :)

  • What a great idea! These are so cute and they look delicious:-)

  • Kylie

    two quick questions for you
    1. Is wax paper and parchment paper basically the same thing and if so could I just use wax instead?
    2. Where do you get your boxes that you put the fortune cookies in I am thinking of doing these for st. Patrick’s day and sending them to my family and friends and do you think they would send good?

  • Annie

    No, parchment is not the same as wax paper. You can Google to read about the differences but you definitely don’t want to use wax. The boxes I used for the cookies are from Garnish, but I’m sure you can find take-out boxes at places like Michael’s, etc.

  • i’m so impressed! i can’t wait to try these :)

  • Lovely! You make them look so easy! I’m almost certain there will be cracked cookies everywhere when I try. Nevertheless, I will attempt them! Wish me luck! PS: Love your blog.

  • Katherine

    I made these today. They taste great but were soft and have stayed soft? What do you think I am doing wrong?

  • Annie

    It’s tough to say. Maybe they need to bake longer? See my FAQ page under “what went wrong?”

  • Kristin

    Hi Annie, We are thinking about doing these for a special event — any idea how long they stay fresh, or how to store them? Thanks so much!

  • Annie

    I’m not sure how long they are good, but actually with fortune cookies crispy seems to be the norm, so more than a few days is probably okay. I would store them in an airtight container. I guess if I were planning to do them for an event or something I would probably do a test run to figure out more exact methods. Good luck!

  • Camilia

    I tried these, they’re so good! :)
    But the sides of the cookie didn’t stick to each other, it kept opening. Is it supposed to be that way?

  • Annie

    It’s not supposed to stick closed, they should just hold their shape after they are molded.

  • Ree

    I tried these yesterday! Delicious!
    Though we had a few issues.
    First we use wax paper and the cookies had a layer of paper on them!
    Then, when we fixed that problem, we couldn’t get them to bend :P
    Any tips?
    But seriously, they were delicious!

  • Annie

    If they wouldn’t bend, they may have been baked too long. As it says, you just need to sort of play with the time to find exactly what works for you to make them easiest to fold. Wax paper is definitely not the same as parchment paper and shouldn’t be used in baking.

  • Eva

    I am definitely trying these! I’ve always wanted to do my own with both mean and nice notes. Your cookies do look lighter though than other recipes I’ve seen. Is that because there’s no butter or heavy cream in it like the ones from Martha Steward?

  • Adriana

    When I’ve made fortune cookies I like to cool then in a muffin tin, it helps the cookie keep its shape while it’s still warm.

  • The dough and method is very similar to homemade ice cream cones! Interesting.

  • Darlene

    One benefit of being a long-time Annie Lover is I knew you had a fortune cookie recipe. I am making it this week-end for our family’s Chinese New Year celebration! Thank you for your service Annie. xoxo

  • ashlie duncan

    I just found your blog and have made these today! They took a few tries to get the timing right but after that they were a cinch! Thank you so much!!!! I wish I would’ve found this recipe when my Korean gma was still alive.