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Easy to Make Fortune Cookies

Posted by  ·  January 9, 2019  ·  Last Updated: June 27, 2019

Learn how to make an easy fortune cookie in just a few steps. There are tasty and fun to make! If you love a good fortune try these paper fortune tellers or this version that gets kids to do a few chores.
fortune cookie on white background

Fortune Cookie Sayings

Before starting the cookies make slips of paper with fortune cookie messages. Write fortunes or anything you like! You can even print them on the printer. Here are a few ideas for fortune cookie quotes.

Download and print —> Fortune Cookie Fortunes

  • Don’t worry about money. The best things in life are free.
  • A thrilling time is in your immediate future.
  • If you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.
  • Avoid taking unnecessary gambles.
  • Don’t pursue happiness – create it.
  • Do or do not. There is no try.
  • Courage is not the absence of fear; it is the conquest of it.
  • Be on the alert to recognize your prime at whatever time of your life it may be.
  • A friend asks only for your time, not your money.
  • All things are difficult before they are easy.
  • Patience is your alley at the moment. Don’t worry!
  • The real kindness comes from within you.
  • A chance meeting opens new doors to success and friendship.

How to make a fortune cookie

A fortune cookie is a sweet, crisp cookie which contains a piece of paper with a fortune. Typically they have melted butter however these are butter free. This great recipe has sugar, flour, almond extract, egg white and vanilla extract.  Mix up the batter in a medium bowl using the recipe below. It is really as simple as whipping the egg whites and adding in the other ingredients to make a thin batter.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Using a Silpat baking mat(affiliate), parchment paper or greased baking sheet place 1 tablespoon of batter on the pan. I liked the Silpat mat the best.  I did not have a problem removing them from my un-greased pan, however, they were hard to keep in a circle. Since the moisture content in the batter is high, it does make the parchment paper wrinkle slightly but it still worked.
tablespoon pouring batter on silpat

Working from the center in a circular motion, spread the batter into a 5-inch circle.
spreading batter into a circle

Start with two cookies. Once comfortable with the process more can be baked at one time.  I was only able to ever bake two at a time. I used two pans and staggered the baking time so I had time to form the cookies until all the remaining batter is used.
two circles of batter on pan

Bake until edges are lightly golden brown. Mine baked for 6 minutes. Start watching closely at 4 minutes. Every oven bakes differently so be sure to pay attention.
two baked fortune cookies before forming

Working quickly, remove the cookie from pan with a very thin spatula.
spatula removing fortune cookie from silpat

10) Flip the cookie over and place the fortune on top of the cookie.
flat fortune cookie with fortune on top before folding

Working quickly, bring the sides up and pinch together. It helps to wear thin cotton gloves.
folded fortune cookie

Next quickly bend cookie over the edge of a cup. The whole process of forming the cookie should take about 10 seconds. You must move fast because once the cookie cools it will not be flexible.

TIP: Once formed place cookies in a muffin tin to help them keep their fortune cookie shape while cooling.

folding fortune cookie on side of cup

If you like these homemade fortune cookies can be placed in cut Chinese take out containers. It makes for a fun gift!
red and printed Chinese take out boxes

How easy was that!?!

DIY fortune cookies on a plate

Fortune Cookie Recipe

fortune cookie on white background
5 from 1 vote

Fortune Cookie Recipe

Easy recipe to make homemade fortune cookies

Servings 12
Calories 55 kcal
Author Cindy Hopper


  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup flour sifted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract


Set oven to 400F degrees.

  1. 1) Place egg whites in a bowl and beat with electric mixer on medium speed until very frothy, almost soft peaks.
  2. 2) Add sifted flour,
  3. 3) Add sugar, almond, and vanilla then mix.
  4. 4) Stir in 2 tablespoons of water to thin batter.
  5. 5) Using a Silpat baking mat, parchment paper or un-greased baking pan place 1 tablespoon of batter on the pan. (I liked the Silpat mat the best.  I did not have a problem removing them from my un-greased pan. When I greased the pan the batter did not stay in a circle. Since the moisture content in the batter is high, it does make the parchment paper wrinkle slightly but it still worked.)

Recipe Notes

Makes about 12 fortune cookies

Nutrition Facts
Fortune Cookie Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 55
% Daily Value*
Sodium 8mg 0%
Potassium 13mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Sugars 8g
Protein 1g 2%
Iron 1.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
The cookies are VERY hot. It is easy to burn fingers on the cookies as they are being formed. Try wearing thin white gloves to protect fingers.

Fortune Cookie Facts

  • There are 107 calories in a fortune cookie you get at a restaurant, these homemade ones only have 55.
  • 3 billion fortune cookies are made each year.
  • Fortune cookies are an American invention.

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  1. Nina
    Saturday, January 12th, 2019
    Тhanks a lot!!!!!!!!!!!great idea!!!
  2. Sunday, February 1st, 2015
    Made this last year with my kids. So easy and fun!
  3. Thursday, February 9th, 2012
    My kids love fortune cookies, it's a family favorite. Thanks!
  4. Monday, April 12th, 2010
    Love everything fortune cookie, such a fun symbol!
  5. Tuesday, January 19th, 2010
    we made them! thanks for another great idea!
  6. Jessica
    Friday, January 15th, 2010
    I've always wanted to try and make fortune cookies. I might make some of these for my husband this year. :)
  7. Friday, January 15th, 2010
    LOVE this idea! Thinking about making them for my daughter and hubby. :)
    • Cindy
      Wednesday, January 9th, 2019
      My daughter loves them Rhyah!
  8. Friday, January 15th, 2010
    I can't wait to try and make them. Thank you so much. My kids will LOVE this.
  9. Sandy
    Friday, January 15th, 2010
    I love homemade Chinese fortune cookies! They are so much better than the store bought or takeout kind. I've made these for years. When I dated my now husband, I made these and put my own sentiments not fortunes inside...like the conversation heart candies. Thanks for triggering my memory, now I'll get busy and make some!
  10. Thursday, January 14th, 2010
    We tried these today and they turned out so cute! thanks for posting these.
  11. Thursday, January 14th, 2010
    I'm all over these... !
  12. Thursday, January 14th, 2010
    So cute! This would be really fun to make for my co-workers this year.
  13. Thursday, January 14th, 2010
    Thanks for sharing the info about the fortune cookies and directing us to that site!
  14. Thursday, January 14th, 2010
    i love this idea....
  15. Thursday, January 14th, 2010
    Oh these are brilliant, the real crispy thing. We will just have to try them.
  16. Thursday, January 14th, 2010
    fantabulous idea!
  17. JB
    Thursday, January 14th, 2010
    Great idea, love the pics!
  18. Thursday, January 14th, 2010
    Hello found your blog in my travels today! Very nice, I must say. Loving today's posting... Grandaughter has a birthday soon, what a fab idea
  19. Thursday, January 14th, 2010
  20. Thursday, January 14th, 2010

    I love it!