The bakers of ancient China decided to help people in difficult days - they created cookies with predictions, the recipe of which over two thousand years has become popular throughout the world. The Chinese believed that cookies would bring them luck and financial prosperity. Today I want to tell you how to make a “happy” Chinese cookie with my own hands.
- egg whites - 2 pieces;
- a pinch of salt;
- sugar - ½ cup;
- flour - ½ cup;
- vegetable oil - 3 tablespoons;
- water at room temperature - 2-3 tablespoons;
- vanilla (optional).
Chinese fortune cookies. Step by step recipe
- With great care and accuracy, we separate the proteins from the yolks (not a drop of yolk should get into the protein).
- Add a pinch of salt to them and beat with a mixer until they increase in volume (about 2 times).
- We add sugar to whipped whites in a lush foam and continue to whisk (to the state of “hard peaks”). We check this way: turn the bowl over, if the squirrels remain in place - the whipping is finished.
- To a whipped mass, sift half a glass of flour and add vegetable oil.
- Gently mix with a spatula until smooth. If the dough turned out quite thick, you need to add 2-3 tablespoons of room temperature water and vanilla sugar (vanillin can be). Divide our dough into two equal parts.
- On the parchment we draw circles (it is possible with the help of a glass, with a diameter of about 7-8 centimeters).
- Turn the sheet of parchment with the drawn side down and proceed to the formation of the bases for the cookies.
- For one pancake, one teaspoon of dough is required: carefully and gently spread the dough, trying not to go beyond the boundaries of the mug. We try to distribute the dough evenly, so that along the edges and in the middle the thickness is the same (for better baking).
- We send the billets into the oven preheated to 180 degrees and bake for about five minutes, until the edges are slightly browned.
- We leave the finished cookies in the included oven with the door open and take out one at a time, since they need to be formed hot, otherwise the dough becomes brittle when it cools.
- We prepare small containers in advance (I used coffee cups).
- We put the prediction in the middle of the cookie, fold it in half, form the edge of the glass and place it in the prepared container (you can see this process in more detail in the video from the YouTube channel) so that it cools and takes shape.
- In the second portion of cookies, to give a beautiful pink color, add a couple of drops of food gel dye. Next, starting with step 6, repeat the whole process. Baking paper can be reused.
Be careful when working: cookies are very hot.
As a result, we got 24 cookies with predictions: not only interesting, but also very tasty. On Valentine's Day - February 14, predictions can be changed to confessions or wishes. Your beloved will be happy with such an unusual gift made by yourself. Do you want to surprise and delight your loved ones even more? On the site "I love to cook" you will find a lot of great ideas for the holiday. And next time we will tell you how to cook the “Festive Salute” cookies and savoyardi cookies.