Have you ever thought of making fortune cookies like the ones you find in your local Chinese restaurant, but with something more interesting than the usually stale and/or cliched messages they contain? Then follow the recipe and directions on this page and use the haiku poems provided here (courtesy of J Kerouac), or write your own.
Begin by gathering together all your ingredients and equipment, then check out the haiku samples below and the link. Amaze your friends and dinner guests with miniature poems. Make up your own.
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract
- 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
- 8 tablespoons of white flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of cornstarch
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 8 tablespoons of sugar
- 4 teaspoons of water
- 2 mixing bowls
- Balloon whisk
- Electric beater
- Teaspoon measure
- Tablespoon measure
- 2 Cookie sheets
- Muffin tray
- Print Haiku
Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) and grease the cookie sheets. It is better to have 2 cookie sheets so that you can have a batch of cookies baking in the oven while you are working on forming the ones that are newly cooked.
Separate eggs as you will only be using the white in this recipe.
Place the egg white in a bowl and beat with balloon whisk.
Add the vanilla and almond extracts and the vegetable oil and whisk again until the mixture becomes a little foamy.
Place the flour, cornstarch, salt and sugar into a mixing bowl and stir in the water.
You may find it easier to do use an electric beater to get this mixture fully combined and resembles a thick paste.
Now take your egg mixture and add small amounts to the flour mixture and combine together using electric beaters.
Continue adding egg mixture until there is none left and you have a smooth batter, runny batter.
Place tablespoons of batter onto a greased cookie sheet making sure to space each one about 2 inches apart. Tilt the cookie sheet back and forth and from side to side so that the batter spreads out evenly into a fairly large circle.
Don’t worry too much about trying to get perfect circles as the heat from the oven will help to spread the batter before they start to cook. (You may want to start by only baking a couple of cookies before you become familiar with the process).
Bake for 10 – 15 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies start to turn a golden brown color and they start to come away from the cookie sheet.
Remove the cookie tray from the oven, remove a cookie using a spatula and place it on the palm of your hand (use caution as the cookies will be very hot so gloves should be used to protect your hands).
You will need to work quickly! Place a pre-cut fortune on to the middle of the cookie.
Now form the cookie shape by folding the cookie in half and then pulling the 2 outer points together.
Place the folded cookie into one of the cavities on your muffin tray and leave to cool.
As the cookie cools it will harden and keep the classic fortune cookie shape.
Now that you have you’ve finished making your fortune cookies, you can share them with your fellow writers, poets, friends & family.
HAIKU – Read about the Haiku form, and how to compose your own at http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Haiku-Poem – or use the ones below:
Early morning yellow flowers,
the drunkards of Mexico.
No telegram today
only more leaves
boy smashing dandelions
with a stick.
Holding up my
purring cat to the moon
Drunk as a hoot owl,
Empty baseball field
hops along the bench.
All day long
wearing a hat
that wasn’t on my head.
Crossing the football field
coming home from work –
the lonely businessman.
After the shower
among the drenched roses
the bird thrashing in the bath.
Snap your finger
stop the world –
rain falls harder.
too dark to read the page
Following each other
my cats stop
when it thunders.
Wash hung out
Friday night in May.
The bottoms of my shoes
from walking in the rain.
sleeping on this flower –
your light’s on.