There are no two ways about it, fortune cookies take time, but if you work methodically and carefully you will have lovely favors for your guests that truly are a labor of love. The wonderful thing about making your own fortune cookies is that you can write your own fortunes! It's best to have four hands when it comes to taking these cookies off the griddle and inserting the fortunes, so they are best baked by a team of two people. These fortune cookies taste just like those you get at the Chinese restaurants, only better...delicately crisp and sweet.
Be sure to have the fortunes written and cut before doing your baking. The fortune papers should be no more than 2-1/2" x 1/4".
Mix water and cornstarch together. Beat the egg and sugar until thick and ivory colored, add oil and stir, then add water/cornstarch mixture and stir until smooth. Have an electric griddle at 340 degrees. Pour one level tablespoon (use a measuring spoon for accuracy) of batter onto griddle. Spread the batter out with the back of a spoon, starting in the center making small circles and moving slowly out towards the outer edge making larger circles until you have made the batter into a 4" circle. Allow to bake slowly, about 2-3 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom. With a sharp metal spatula and your fingers, slowly and gently pry the pancake away from the griddle starting along the edges. Turn and brown the other side for a few minutes.
With spatula, carefully remove from griddle. Take your time removing it from the griddle, but once it is off, you must work quickly, as it is malleable only while hot. Lay fortune paper on cookie, fold cookie in half without creasing. Then fold in half again by placing it on the edge of a measuring cup and pulling down on both ends until they meet. Rest cookies in egg cartons so they will stay bent while cooling. Makes 15-16.
They will get better as you go along. I ruined my first ten, but then got the idea of how to bake and fold them, and every one turned out perfect after that.
Suggested fortunes for weddings:
Package fortune cookies in cellophane bags, Chinese take-out cartons, small boxes or silken rice-paper napkins. Be sure to store them in an airtight container to retain crispness. Take-out cartons and silken napkins can be obtained online at Blissweddings.com.