Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Eat and Play: Custom Fortune Cookies

With the new year almost upon us, it's time for some new year fun activities! And what could be more fun than filling fortune cookies! I actually stumbled upon this idea while browsing Foodgawker, and I thought it was such a neat idea. I have made homemade fortune cookies before, and they are hard to do. It requires a lot of perfect timing, burning fingers, and (in my case) unsatisfactory results since they were both partially burned and uncooked. So this method, found here, was a welcome change and really so easy to do.

First you start off with a bag of store bought fortune cookies.
I found mine at a local Asian market, but if you were really desperate, you could try asking your local Chinese food place to sell you some. Then the rest of your supplies are a paper towel and your own fortunes. This is where the fun begins. You can write anything you want. I try to make them interesting, funny, or more fortune-like than most of the standard ones I normally get. But you can have fun with this.

Here are some of the ones I did:


Once you get your fortunes written, you need to wet a paper towel, squeezing the excess water out (but not all of it) until it is wet but not sopping, and wrap it around the fortune cookie. I would do one at a time, because these are a little time sensitive.

Then put the wrapped fortune cookie in the microwave for 20 seconds. Pull it out of the microwave and gently pry the cookie open. It should bend without breaking. Remove the old fortune, and put the new fortune in its place.

Gently close and hold in place for a few seconds as it rehardens. Repeat as many times as you would like.

Then share and enjoy. Here's my sister in law with her fortune cookie.

Here's her fortune!

Yay! I'm going to be an aunt again! (She told us she was pregnant on Christmas Day. It was a happy surprise for everyone!)

What fortunes will you put in?

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