(by Ann in Utah)
The Fortune Cookie recipe and instructions can also be found in the February 1995 issue of Martha Stewart Living. I know, I know, who gets these and keeps them? But, I have to say that if you can find a copy, the pictures help a lot.
*The key to success with these oversize cookies is to shape them quickly.
Nonstick cooking spray
1. Heat oven to 400. Spray a cookie sheet liberally with cooking spray. Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat; set aside.
2. Using electric mixer, combine egg whites and sugar; beat on medium speed for about 30 seconds. Add flour and salt; beat until combined. Add butter, heavy cream, and almond extract and beat until combined, about 30 seconds.
3. Pour 1 T of batter onto half of the cookie sheet and spread with the back of the spoon into a thin, 5-inch circle; repeat on the other half of the sheet. Bake until the edges turn golden brown, about 8-10 minutes.
4. Remove baking sheet. Working as quickly as possible, slide a spatula under one of the cookies. Lift it up and place it on a clean kitchen towel. Using your fingers, fold the cookie in half, pinching the top together to form a loose semicircle. Hold the cookie with your index fingers inserted at each open end and slide your thumbs together along the bottom. Press into the center while bending the two open ends down to form the shape of a fortune cookie.
5. This whole process should take about 10 seconds. The cookies begin to harden almost immediately and then cannot be formed. Place it on a kitchen towel and proceed to the next one. Repeat with remaining batter.
(To speed up the process, stagger 2 cookie sheets every 4 minutes.)
You can practice the folding part with a circle of paper first. It does help. Don't be intimidated! These are cute and really quite fun. You'll get a great response with these! Some fortunes we have used:
"We are fortunate to have you in our Primary!"
"It is our good fortune to have you serving in Primary!"
"We wish you good fortune with a new year