Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Homemade GIANT-SIZED personalized FORTUNE COOKIES

For Valentine's Day I'm making some fun stuff for my lover. My kids are pretty spoiled and usually get all the surprises, but I like to focus more on my husband for the 14th of February each year.  Chris is an avid reader of my blog (love that!) but I made him cross-his-heart-and-hope-to-die that he wouldn't read this post. 


I recently discovered super cool GIANT-sized fortune cookies that can be ordered online. A few day ago, I actually ordered and shipped some to loved ones because I was crazy about them.  Later that night while I was in bed I thought to myself, "Self! You can totally make those!".  So the next morning I woke up and decided to make some for Christopher!

 HOW TO MAKE SUPERSIZED PERSONALIZED FORTUNE COOKIES:

1) First I cut long strips of paper and penned some secret fortunes for my lover.  Every cookie he opens will have a good prediction for his future, that's guaranteed.  ;)  


See the secret fortune hidden inside?

 2) Next I found a solid recipe for homemade fortune cookies and followed it precisely.
*Please note: If you are making giant-sized cookies, you must DOUBLE the recipe*

Homemade Fortune Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 egg white
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup white sugar


Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Butter a cookie sheet. Write fortunes on strips of paper about 4 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. Generously grease 2 cookie sheets.
  2. Mix the egg white and vanilla until foamy but not stiff. Sift the flour, salt, and sugar and blend into the egg white mixture.
  3. Place teaspoonfuls of the batter at least 4 inches apart on one of the prepared cookie sheets. Tilt the sheet to move the batter into round shapes about 3 inches in diameter. Be careful to make batter as round and even as possible. Do not make too many, because the cookie have to be really hot to form them and once they cool it is too late. Start with 2 or 3 to a sheet and see how many you can do.
  4. Bake for 5 minutes or until cookie has turned a golden color 1/2 inch wide around the outer edge of the circle. The center will remain pale. While one sheet is baking, prepare the other.
  5. Remove from oven and quickly move cookie with a wide spatula and place upside down on a wooden board. Quickly place the fortune on the cookie, close to the middle and fold the cookie in half. Place the folded edge across the rim of a measuring cup and pull the pointed edges down, one on the inside of the cup and one on the outside. Place folded cookies into the cups of a muffin tin or egg carton to hold their shape until firm.

I don't have any photos of the preparation because everything moves very fast so the fortunes could get folded in before the cookies set and harden.  


4) Instead of making many normal sized cookies as in the recipe above, I made GIANT cookies.  My husband supersizes everything so he needed GIANT fortune cookies!  To make giant cookies simply pour the batter into the middle of a cookie sheet and rotate the sheet until the batter is about 6-8 inches in circumference. 

5) Once the cookies are complete, let set, dry, harden, and cool for a few hours or overnight.




6) Decorate your finished cookies!  You could dip the edges in caramel or chocolate and dip in sprinkles.  Or what I did was melt candy coating and put it in a pastry bag.  I then piped on shapes and words onto the cookie to customize it.

 

Ta Da! 




If you're like me, you'll realize it's quite entertaining (housewives are easily amused) to make different shapes with the leftover red candy coating.

I've actually showed ideas on how to use abstract melted chocolate shapes before on a previous Valentine Day dessert post HERE

I will save these shapes and pop them off the wax paper to use in some way on Valentine's Day.  Maybe I will place them on top of a big bowl of breakfast oatmeal...



Okay, back to topic.  The finished GIANT fortune cookies!


To give you an idea just how big these are, I put one on a stack of love books.  Each cookies is about 4-6 inches long.



It adds intrigue to have secret, hidden messages folded inside a classic fun food.  Discovering and reading our fortunes have always been one of those few-second delights that we get to experience in life.  Meaningless, light fun that glitter our days.




Love and relationships are kindled by wonder, mystery, and dreams for the future.  Fortune cookies are the perfect fit. 





I love this guy,
can't get enough of him. 

Lucky in love, 
that's my fortune.







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29 comments:

Kristin said...

What a great surprise your husband is in for!

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

This is a great idea, Lisa. How creative of you to make these up. They've got to taste good, too.

. said...

I know he's gonna LOVE these!!!

I don't think I told you, but I made homemade fortune cookies before with my own personalized messages too. I made regular size, not these cute giant ones though!

-Brandi

Gameday Stylist said...

This is awesome - am do going to do this!!

-Sara @ Gameday Stylist

Blondie's Journal said...

These are incredible, Lisa! I made fortune cookies a long time ago and I remember the race to get the fortune inside and get it folded before it got hard. But SO fun!

XO,
Jane

June@I will craft said...

Cute idea. I've made fortune cookies a few times but never thought of making giant ones - great job.

the cape on the corner said...

best thing i've seen all morning! wish i could do this, but i am a no go with anything baking/cooking.

Jen Lossing, The Consigner Designer said...

I absolutely love this idea! I am totally going to make one for my husband for Valentines too! This is so great, I always find it so hard to buy for him on Valentines so this will be perfect! Thanks

Jenifer Harrod said...

These are so cute and thoughtful.
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Janel@hatingmartha said...

What fun! Do they taste as good as they look?

Maria said...

These are awesome :D Very cute for Valentine's Day!

Allison @ Alli 'n Son said...

Love it! What a great way to personalize a valentines day treat.

Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more said...

so fun, we used to make twill cookies like this in culinary school and would burn our little fingers LOL. Yours look so cute, I would never have thought of decorating them like that, I must try!

Jill @ KitchenFunWithMy3Sons.com said...

We are hosting our first Kitchen Fun and Crafty link party next Friday and would love for you to share this! Feel free to stop by and grab a party button! http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/

Brandy said...

Super Cute Idea!

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amyg @ My 3 Monsters said...

Cute, cute, cute! I made these a couple years ago and they were a big hit. I'm sure he'll love it!

Alison @ Oopsey Daisy said...

Your photography is just gorgeous! I love the hearts you added! Stopping by from TT&J.

ginger @ literally inspired said...

I didn't even know you could make fortune cookies. Great idea! I love the way you decorated them. if you have time I would love for you to link up to my party - http://www.literallyinspired.com/2012/01/wytbw-can-i-get-do-over.html

Hope to see you there!

Ginger

Amy said...

WOW! That is SO cool! I'll have to remember this for our anniversary sometime; my hubs proposed using a fortune cookie that had "will you marry me" inside. Thanks for the great idea! Would you pretty please share it here too?

http://oneartmama.blogspot.com/2012/02/shine-on-fridays-13-and-some-fabulous.html

Jenny@daysofchalkandchocolate said...

I love this! How fun would it be to crack that open on Valentine's Day! I would love if you would link up to my Friday party!

http://daysofchalkandchocolate.blogspot.com/2012/02/latest-greatest-friday-link-party-17.html

Sarah said...

These are a darling idea. How clever of you to figure out how to make them yourself. Too cute!

Crafty Mischief said...

Those are awesome! My kids would love them! Thank you for sharing!

pinkertonjamesl said...

It was awesome idea.Thanx to share with us.It really special things for the husband.I really enjoy it and i inspire from it.

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Brandi said...

Such a sweet idea! Thanks for including your recipe!

chiwei said...

Cute! And looks yummy!

wallopingteaspoon said...

I love it! I made fortune cookies for New Year's Eve, and tried to fill them with snarky or funny fortunes. Everyone got a kick out of it. Love the Candy Melt details, too!

So Domesticated said...

Love these giant fortune cookies!

Holly Lefevre said...

There is nothing better than a homemade fortune cookie....except a big old one with sweet messages inside. CUTE! Featuring it on Tickled Pink!

portatoredichrist said...

"Janel@hatingmartha said...
What fun! Do they taste as good as they look?"

They were amazing! :-)


"Lucky in love, that's my fortune."
Hey, that describes me perfectly. I feel so, so, so lucky to have you, Lisa Renee! The cookies were a complete surprise. It was hard not to visit Mooreminutes, but the wait was well worth it. It was the perfect surprise having you show up at my office, with giant, love filled treats! You and Kotah have convinced me that all cookies should be giant sized.