A Tale of Two Fortunes – Green Tea and Red Velvet Fortune Cookies

 

Green Tea and Red Velvet Fortune Cookies are a fun twist to celebrate the Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day!  

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Whenever we get Chinese take-out,  we always look forward to cracking open the fortune cookies they give you at the end of the meal.

It’s fun to see what messages are written inside.

Some of them are really silly and make absolutely no sense while others make you ponder and say “hmm”.

Our lil guy loves cracking these fun cookies open and finding a surprise inside.

 

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Last year for Chinese New Year, I made plain fortune cookies so this year I decided to try other fun variations.

Since Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day are only two weeks apart this year, these Green Tea Fortune Cookies and Red Velvet Fortune Cookies make a special treat for sharing.

The best part is that you can add your own personalized fortunes and messages inside.

Jazz them up even more by decorating them with melted chocolate and pretty sprinkles.

The special people in your life will feel so fortunate that you are sharing these fun treats with them.

 

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Two Fortune Cookies – Red Velvet and Green Tea

Cook Time: 14 minutes

Yield: Each recipe maakes around 12-15 large fortune cookies depending how thin you make your batter

Two Fortune Cookies – Red Velvet and Green Tea

Green Tea and Red Velvet Fortune Cookies are a fun twist to celebrate the Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day!

Ingredients

    Green Tea Fortune Cookies
  • * 2 large egg whites
  • * 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • * 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • * 3/4 cup sugar
  • * 1 tablespoon matcha green-tea powder
  • * melting chocolate *optional for decorating
  • * sprinkles *optional for decorating
  • Red Velvet Fortune Cookies
  • * 1/3 cup of all purpose flour
  • * 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • * 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • * 3 tablespoons of oil (I used olive oil)
  • * 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • * 8 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • * 2 large egg whites
  • * 3 teaspoons buttermilk or milk
  • * 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • * 1/8-1/4 teaspoon red food coloring, *optional for decorating (I used Americolor Super Red Gel)
  • * white melting chocolate, *optional for decorating
  • * sprinkles, hearts, *optional for decorating
  • * red sanding sugar, *optional
  • Printed or handwritten personalized fortunes or love notes cut into thin strips measuring 2-3 inches long and 1/2 inches wide

Instructions

    Green Tea Fortune Cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 315°F.
  2. Have personalized fortune slips ready and nearby.
  3. Line cookie sheet with parchment or silicone mat.
  4. In a small bowl, sift together the flour and matcha powder; set aside.
  5. Beat egg whites with electric hand mixer until frothy. Slowly add in sugar and continue beating until soft peaks form.
  6. Pour in the flour, matcha powder and melted butter and mix until well combined with a spatula. IMG_2048.jpg
  7. Spoon a tablespoon of batter and drop onto the cookie sheet. **Start with two cookies at a time until you are comfortable with molding the cookies quickly after they bake as they harden quickly. IMG_2054.jpg
  8. Using the back of the spoon or an offset spatula, spread out the batter to thin out the cookie. IMG_2057.jpg
  9. Bake in preheated oven until the edges are browned and the centers are still light for about 12-14 minutes. IMG_2061.jpg
  10. While baking, have a coffee mug and standard-size muffin tin handy.
  11. Remove cookies from oven, let cool for 10 seconds, then using a spatula, invert one cookie and place the fortune slip in the middle and fold in half gently pressing the edges together. Bring the corners together by folding again over the rim of a glass or with your hands. Place in muffin tin to cool and keep the shape. Work very quickly as the cookies will harden once they cool. IMG_2076.jpg IMG_2077.jpg IMG_2079.jpg
  12. Allow to cool then eat.
  13. Red Velvet Fortune Cookies
  14. Preheat oven to 315° F.
  15. Have personalized fortune slips ready and nearby.
  16. Line cookie sheet with parchment or silicone mat.
  17. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, cornstarch, sugar and salt; set aside.
  18. In a separate bowl whisk the egg whites, vanilla, and oil until frothy but not stiff.
  19. Add to the egg mixture and stir until combined.
  20. Stir in the buttermilk, adding a little bit more if the batter is too thick. Add the food coloring, if desired.
  21. Spoon a tablespoon of batter and drop onto the cookie sheet. **Start with two cookies at a time until you are comfortable with molding the cookies quickly after they bake as they harden quickly. IMG_2065.jpg
  22. Using the back of the spoon or an offset spatula, spread out the batter to thin out the cookie. IMG_2068.jpg
  23. Bake in preheated oven until the edges are browned and the centers are still light for about 12-14 minutes. IMG_2070.jpg
  24. While baking, have a coffee mug and standard-size muffin tin handy.
  25. Remove cookies from oven, let cool for 10 seconds, then using a spatula, invert one cookie and place the fortune slip in the middle and fold in half gently pressing the edges together. Bring the corners together by folding again over the rim of a glass or with your hands. Place in muffin tin to cool and keep the shape. Work very quickly as the cookies will harden once they cool. IMG_2082.jpg IMG_2084.jpg IMG_2086.jpg
  26. Allow to cool then eat.

Notes

Store cookies in airtight container for up to 2 days.

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Green Tea Fortune Cookies: Food and Wine

Red Velvet Fortune Cookies adapted from: Budget Gourmet Mom

Comments

  1. Sarah - Bread & Batters says:

    Fortune cookies are so fun! I love your fun variations for these fortune cookies – they look adorable Kelly!

  2. I love it – homemade fortune cookies! Both flavors sound amazing, but being the red velvet lover that I am, I know I would devour the red velvet first.
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  3. Lovely cookies! I am a big fan of fortune cookies and these babies are a perfect surprise for valentines day :)

  4. This is so awesome, Kelly! Great job on these inventive fortune cookies. My son loves them too and when we were in SF for summer vacation last year, we had the yummiest fortune cookies in the lobby of the hotel. Funny enough, I had intended to “make” some fortune cookies for New Year’s with some customized fortunes for the kids as a bit of a gag. I was honestly just planning to “doctor” up some pre-made ones and dip them in chocolate…I never had the time and now I’m thinking it’s best I didn’t because real homemade ones are far, far better. Lovely job!

    • Thanks so much Monica :) When we visited SF a few years ago, we got some fortune cookies at the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory and a few other restaurants and I agree, they were the yummiest ones I’ve ever had :) Hope you are staying warm and have a great week!

  5. These are so elegant! I bet your homemade fortune cookies taste amazing! And dipping them in chocolate is such a neat idea :)

  6. How fun, Kelly! I’ve never thought about making my own fortune cookies, but it looks like an exciting project to try! Great project for the kids when they’re a bit older too.

  7. You are a genius – these flavored fortune cookies are adorable and sound scrumptious – specially that red velvet one! I would never have though a coffee mug was involved in forming these!
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  8. I just had the silliest dream, I wanted to make my own fortune cookies for the upcoming CNY! I love the fact that you can personalize these messages for the fortune cookies and I can’t believe it’s nearly the Year of the Horse! I like your fun variation ideas – green tea and red velvet for V Day and CNY…we need to have more colorful fortune cookies these days! Thanks for sharing the step-by-step photos, that was a pretty cool trick, placing them on the rim of the cup. Happy early CNY or Gong Hei Fat Choy (Gong Xi Fa Cai);) xx Rika

    • Haha, you should definitely make some, they are fun and yours would look amazing! Hope you have a wonderful week and thanks so much for the well wishes and right back at you girl! xx

  9. What a brilliant idea Kelly, and so pretty as well. I would never have thought to turn them red for Valentines Day and the ability to add your own messages is so cool, I love it :)

  10. Both versions sound yummy and I hope I can make them too. My son LOVES anything sweet, especially these.

  11. I have been wanting to try making fortune cookies at home forever but for whatever reason they kinda intimidate me! Love the fun flavors you have going on – in particular the red velvet (my favorite!)
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    • Thanks Ashley:) I felt the same too – the hardest part is just having to work quickly to mold the shape but once you get the hang of it, it’s not too bad :)

  12. These are a super cute idea! I love that you gave detailed instructions on how to assemble them!!

  13. These are awesome Kelly!! I love how you made two varieties and showed me how to fold them. I can’t wait to try!! Pinning!!

  14. Kelly! Stop it! This is too cute! I totally want to make these and put fun little Valentine messages in them. This is great!
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  15. My favorite thing about Chinese take out is the fortune cookies! And what fun variations you’ve made Kelly! I especially want to try the red velvet flavor :)
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  16. These are so cute, Kelly! Love the pretty colors and the flavors sounds amazing. I’m obsessed with anything with green tea so I know that I would love these. Great job!
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  17. How creative! I have never thought to make my own fortune cookies, definitely the best part of Chinese take-out!

  18. This is such a cute project and I love that you can put your own fortunes inside! Almost one year of blogging – so crazy! Does it feel like it’s been a whole year? Blogging goes by so quickly!
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  19. This is really a cute idea – I haven’t tried making my own so I will need o try. It would be fun to make up some fortunes too…. have a great week!!
    Deb@ Cooking on the Front Burner recently posted…Raspberry Bars

  20. Oh Kelly! These fortune cookies are so cute, and yes, green tea and red velvet…perfect on a Chinese Year New table feast.
    So cute! Have a wonderful week ahead my dear :D
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  21. These are soooo stinkin cute!!! And my kiddos love fortune cookies, so I bet they’d go crazy for these!

    • My lil guy loves them too, fortune cookies are always so much fun for the kiddos:) Thanks Jocelyn and hope you have a great week and stay warm!

  22. Wow! Incredible, your own fortune cookies…so you can put your own wishes in there?! Happy New Year, Kelly. The cookies look fantastic! :) ela

  23. This is such a fabulous idea for Valentine’s Day! I love the red velvet ones! :)
    Thank you for sharing at Marvelous Mondays this week- pinned!
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  24. I’ve always wanted to try making homemade fortune cookies, and yours look like they turned out SO good. Love the flavors for CNY and Valentine’s Day, too!

  25. I never thought I’d see red velvet fortune cookies! Seriously love these!!
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  26. Such a cute idea – making two different ones for both occasions. They look so sweet and delicious! I would love to make fortune cookies, I’ll bookmark this for the future :-)

  27. These are so cute, Kelly! What a fun twist!
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  28. Hello there, I stumbled across your beautiful blog and am totally enjoying your posts! I love the fortune cookies! So original!

  29. What a simple tutorial to make fun flavored fortune cookies. I would have thought they would be so much harder to make. Which one is your favorite? I’d pick red velvet :) I hope you are doing awesome, Kelly!
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  30. This is such a great idea Kelly. SO elegant and I love the green tea and red velvet combinations. Gong Xi Fa Chai (in advance)!!

  31. What a fun idea Kelly! When my kids were younger I’d go into their classrooms and have the kids write out their own fortunes so I could stuff them into homemade fortune cookies. They were always such a hit.
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    • That’s such an awesome idea Jeanette! Love that they wrote out their own fortunes, they must have been thrilled when they opened up their personalized cookies :) Hope you are having a better week so far.

  32. These are too cute, Kelly! I especially love the red velvet fortune cookies. What a fun idea!
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  33. What a perfect twist on fortune cookies. They look so so lovely!
    I’ve always wanted to know how to make these. Thanks for sharing Kelly! <3
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  34. Fabulous fortune cookies, btw, we used to made this on easter and filled it with bibble word….

  35. MATCHA fortune cookies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ll be in heaven if I can have a matcha fortune cookie on my hand! I would loooove to make this. Not sure if I have enough patience to make one by one… I need a fortune cookie machine at home. :D Kelly, you did a fabulous job making these fortune cookies, TWO kinds! Impressive. ;)

    • Haha, thanks so much Nami, you would love the matcha fortune cookies :) Ooh, a fortune cookie machine sounds awesome! Hope you enjoy the rest of the week Nami :)

  36. What a creative way twist on fortune cookies! Fortune cookies are one of those foods I’ve totally wanted to attempt. I think my mom made them once. You did such a great job with them :)

  37. Adorable!!!! totally love this Kelly! Pinned to my Red Velvet board.
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  38. You are my hero for making not one but TWO kinds of fortune cookies this year! I love them both! Beautiful job, Kelly :)
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  39. So creative and cute! I think it would be so much fun to make homemade fortune cookies. Love the flavors!

  40. wow! you just took fortune cookies to another level! fancy!

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