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. says

    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!

    • says

      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!

  3. says

    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

    • says

      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

  4. says

    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 :)

    • says

      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 :)

    • says

      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!

    • says

      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.

  5. says

    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. ;)

    • says

      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 :)

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