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Homemade Fortune Cookies

Homemade fortune cookies with personalized messages

The back-to-school theme prompted me to think of a fun way to use a cookie for your child’s lunch that shows you are thinking of your son or daughter and wishing him or her the BEST day each and every day at school.

These fun fortune cookies do just that.

I like to write messages for my boys in their lunch boxes– notes as simple as “Hi!” for my preschooler and longer messages for my 3rd grader.

And, yes, we all know that there comes a point that writing “Mommy loves you!!!” with lots of hearts and XOXOXO just might not be as sweet and caring to your older school-aged child as moms wish it would be.

So, I’ve moved on to sending jokes, riddles and little brainteasers.

My son approves.

Fortune cookies allow that same message-sending fun to be done inside the cookie. Write a joke, a note, a math problem– whatever you’d like– and package it in this tasty cookie as a surprise.

Personalize messages for homemade fortune cookies

This was my first attempt at fortune cookies and it didn’t go as smoothly as I’d hoped, but once I got the batter the right consistency and the folding method perfected for the shape, it was really fun to assemble these treats.

I think the same idea would work well for many occasions– birthday wishes, teachers’ gifts, thank you notes, even hostess gifts. How will you share your fortune cookies? I’d love to hear your ideas!

Recipe adapted from Crazy about Cookies by Krystina Castella, page 195-196

Please note that I did not make substantial changes to the ingredient list of the original recipe except to add more liquid.

The change that made a BIG difference in my experience was increasing the oven temperature and decreasing the baking time. I went from throwing out batches to being very pleased with the results.

The lower temperature did not create enough heat for the cookies to fold easily after baking and without the added liquid the batter was too thick. Experiment and see what works best for you.

Yield: 18

Fortune Cookies

Homemade fortune cookies with personalized messages

Adding a special note inside these fortune cookies is a great idea for school lunches, Valentine's Day, or even a proposal!



  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • paper cut approximately 3-4 inches by 1/2 inches


  1. Write your messages on the papers then fold in half lengthwise.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F
  3. Mix together the flour, confectioners' sugar, and salt; set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl beat the eggs whites until slightly foamy then add the melted butter, cream, water and vanilla.
  5. Combine the wet and dry ingredients and stir until well blended. The batter will be slightly thicker than pancake batter but not as thick as something like chocolate chip cookie dough.
  6. Spoon about one tablespoon of batter onto a cookie sheet covered with parchment. Use the back of a spoon to quickly spread out the batter into a circle about 3-4 inches wide. The batter will be thin but should not have gaps within the circle. Make 4-6 circles per cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 14-15 minutes or until edges just start to brown.
  8. Remove cookies from oven and very quickly work on forming the shape of your fortune cookie. Take your papers and fold the circles in half over the papers. Immediately fold the ends of your semicircle together (bending the cookie over the side of a mug helps this step) then place the folded cookie in a muffin tin. Remember the cookies will be HOT so be careful that your fingertips don't burn.


What are you celebrating? Send special messages in these cookies for teacher appreciation presents (have each child write a note), birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 90Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 68mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 2g

This data is provided by Nutritionix and is an estimate only.

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Perfectly shaped fortune cookies using muffin tins

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Monday 7th of October 2013

Your idea is wonderful. My kids love fortune cookies. My 12 year old might even think this is pretty cool as long as I don't make the messages to emotional, it's getting pretty hard to win her over! Thanks for the inspiration!!

Holly @

Monday 7th of October 2013

Thanks! Yes, it gets harder as they get older, doesn't it? Maybe you could write jokes or even logic/math problems for your 12 year old.


Sunday 6th of October 2013

I think this is absolutely brilliant. My kids would be floored if I did this! Thanks for joining us!


Tuesday 24th of September 2013

These fresh fortune cookies are a fun way to enjoy a lunch box treat. It is a great way to share and put a smile on someone's face.


Holly @

Tuesday 24th of September 2013

Thanks, Velva, it's always nice to find a way to send a special message to our kids. My next batch might be making notes for my grandmothers to enjoy.


Monday 23rd of September 2013

What an lovely idea, I often put little notes in the lunch box, but you idea is just great.

Holly @

Monday 23rd of September 2013

Thanks for your comment. Isn't it fun to leave notes in lunch boxes? Even a smiley face can brighten a day!


Thursday 19th of September 2013

Wow, these are awesome! I love the idea and will definitely have to try these. I loveeee fortune cookies.

Holly @

Monday 23rd of September 2013

This was my first try with fortune cookies, Miranda, and I hope to try other variations on the recipe soon too. Thanks for your comment!

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