So Valentines fortune cookies that are filled with sugar sprinkle hearts that fall out when you break them along with sweet loving predictions and sayings - kinda neat huh.
Also a gluten free option which I know for a lot of you is even neater.
I'm doing this post a few weeks after I originally meant to, as the first idea I came up with was fortune cookies for New Year filled with sugar sprinkle confetti, but I was having a bit of a lazy time after Christmas and it just did not seem like a big priority.
But now that I have made them I'm thinking I really should have made the effort back then.
Because.......Um - super easy. Like really, really super dooper easy peasy recipe here.
and the kids can not get enough of them, 'cause you know sprinkles inside, plus the fun fortunes.
If your good on a computer you can make up a bunch of neat sweet fortunes and print them out, or if you search around there are some free printables. I just wrote mine out by hand the old fashioned way.
The fun thing about this is that you can write up little love notes that hold special meaning for you and your loved ones. Yup you have to be pretty special to be getting one of those love you more than cookies ones from me:)
Now I have never made fortune cookies before so I needed to have a search around for a recipe, this one over at AlphaMom looked simple and I though I could easily adapt it to be gluten free without much tweaking.
Apart from adding color and changing the liquid ingredients a bit I substituted Gluten Free All Purpose flour (plain flour) for the regular flour in the recipe.
I made up 2 batches, one with each type of flour and here was my verdict......
Regular flour - did not stick to paper when baking as much, made a neater finished cookie, easier to fold and shape.
Gluten Free flour - made a crisper thinner cookie more like the ones from the Chinese takeaway which I liked, however they did stick to the paper so needed a spray of oil on the paper each time. The oil results in the edges not being quite as neat and the finished cookie is therefore not as neat. Was a little more difficult to fold.
I actually liked the texture of Gluten Free ones better, but if you only have regular flour that is fine, and plus that was just what I preferred you may like the regular flour version better:)
Valentine Fortune Cookie Recipe (makes approx 15)
I just used a hand whisk to whip these up as there is not a lot of mixing to get the egg whites to the soft peak stage. The recipe can easily be doubled.
1 egg white
pink food color (I used Wilton paste)
1/4 cup All Purpose Plain Flour (or all purpose plain gluten free flour)
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp raspberry essence
3 teaspoons (1 US Tablespoon) of water
Canola or Rice Bran Oil spray
Heart Sprinkles (If you need them to be gluten free check the ingredients)
Preheat oven to 200C (400 F)
Place the egg white and food color into a bowl and whisk until just past foamy and soft peaks are starting to form.
Add the remaining ingredients and whisk in until combined well.
Line a baking tray with parchment paper. If you are using the gluten free version spray a little oil on the parchment paper.
Spoon a couple of teaspoons of mixture onto the tray and using the back of your spoon spread it out in an even circle until it is about 10cm (3") in diameter. It is best to only make 2 cookies at a time until you have got the hang of folding.
Place in oven and bake between 4 to 6 minutes until the edges just start to turn golden.
Eeek - sorry about that writing the kids destroyed the tip of the pen....
Using a spatula quickly release the cookie from the baking paper and flip over so the top is laying on the workbench. Place a fortune in the center of the cookie, add 1/4 tsp of sprinkles and quickly fold in half.
Then pop them into muffin baking trays to hold their shape until they are cooled.
That's it, the only thing left to do now is spread the sprinkly love.
I did find with my gluten free ones some of the sprinkles fell out if I was not careful to hold them upright, but that might have been due to my poor folding technique which I never really quite got the hang of.
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