Chocolate-dipped fortune cookies recipe
The best part of a Chinese takeaway is cracking open the fortune cookies at the end – but making your own is surprisingly simple. Get the kids to help and have fun writing the fortunes to hide inside, then dip in melted chocolate and desiccated coconut for a tasty twist. See method
- 2 large egg whites
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 70g plain flour
- 80g caster sugar
- 1 tbsp cornflour
- 60g dark chocolate, melted
- 1 tbsp desiccated coconut (optional)
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- Preheat the oven to gas 4, 180°C, fan 160°C. Line a baking tray with nonstick baking paper. Prepare 12 fortunes on slips of paper, roughly 7 x 1cm.
- Beat the egg whites, oil and vanilla extract in a jug until combined. Mix the flour, sugar and cornflour in a bowl. Pour the egg mix into the dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon, beating out any lumps. Set aside to rest for 5 mins.
- Drop a tablespoon of the mixture onto the baking sheet and, using the back of a metal spoon, spread into a 10-12cm circle. The mixture can be quite thin in places, almost see-through. Repeat until you have 3 circles.
- Bake in the centre of the oven for 5-6 mins until the edges are just browning but the centre is still pale.
- Remove from the oven and, working quickly, peel a cookie from the paper. Place a message in the middle and fold the cookie in half, enclosing the message. Gently bend the cookie in half again, pinching the ends to seal, and leave to set in a muffin tin – the cookie will uncurl slightly but the muffin tin will help it retain its shape.
- Repeat steps 3-5 with the remaining mixture. Don't be tempted to work in larger batches, or the cookies will harden before you have time to fold them.
- Dip the ends of the cooled fortune cookies in the melted chocolate and sprinkle with desiccated coconut (if using); allow to set. Will keep for up to 3 days in an airtight container.
Flavour twist: Add ½ tsp ground cinnamon to the flour for cinnamon chocolate cookies.
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As part of a healthy diet, we recommend this recipe for a special occasion or treat.