Try your luck and make your own fortune cookies!

By: Jodie Shield, RDN

Prediction: People who make fortune cookies get many smiles from friends. Why take your chances on store bought fortune cookies? They taste like cardboard and who knows what’s inside. Make your own! Here’s an easy recipe for homemade fortune cookies I developed for Kmart Playdate Place. Just be sure to bake the cookies one sheet at a time because they harden very quickly. Carryout the Chinese theme with my Shanghai Chicken and Speedy Stir-Fry Rice. Both are on my new app Time To Eat Healthy.

Fortune Cookies

Makes 10 large cookies


Utensils and Supplies:

2 cookie sheets

2 muffins tins (6 wells each)






  • 8 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon cornstarch
  • 8 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 large egg whites, let them sit at room temperature for 30 minutes
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil


  1. Measure strips for fortunes on piece of paper. Strips should be about 3inches long and ½ inch wide. Write fortunes then cut the strips. Set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 300°F. Grease baking sheets.
  3. In medium size bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, and sugar. Stir in water; mix until batter is moistened. (It should look lumpy!) Set aside.
  4. Using a mixer, beat egg whites until foamy but not stiff. (Foamy egg whites will look white, creamy and have lots of bubbles.) Add vanilla extract, almond extract, and oil; beat until combined, about 30 seconds.
  5. Add flour-mixture into egg-mixture; stir until batter is smooth.
  6. Place 5 tablespoons of batter onto cookie sheet, spacing 2 or 3 inches apart. Tilt baking sheet back and forth, side to side, until each tablespoon of batter forms into a 4-inch circle.
  7. Bake cookies one sheet at a time for about 15 minutes or until outer rim turns golden brown color (center will remain pale), and they are easy to remove from the baking sheet.
  8. Remove cookies with spatula onto wooden board. Quickly place fortune in middle of each cookie. To form fortune cookie shape: fold cookie in half; then gently pull edges downward over the rim of a glass.
  9. Place finished cookie in the cup of a muffin tin so that it keeps its shape. Continue with the rest of the cookies.

Nutrition Information: 105 calories, 1.5 grams protein, 15 grams carbohydrate, 4 grams fat, 0 grams saturated fat, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 0 grams dietary fiber, 11 milligrams sodium


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Jodie Shield, M.Ed., R.D., L.D.N. Jodie Shield has been a consultant and spokesperson in the field of nutrition for over two decades. A former national media spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association (1989-1995), she has worked extensively with the Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center and taught nutrition and medical dietetics at the University of Illinois. Currently she is a complemental faculty member of the College of Health Sciences in the Department of Clinical Nutrition at Rush University in Chicago.

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