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Want to learn how to make awful fortune cookies? Read on!

I just made my first batch of DIY fortune cookies and couldn’t wait to share the results with you. I think they turned out great for a first attempt, at least in looks!

But they taste horrible!

Sometimes this DIY wedding stuff just doesn’t turn out. I spent more than an hour on these little demons and then another hour+ writing up this tutorial, but the next morning after I tasted them, I was horrified. They have the consistency of shoe leather.

Since you can only make three of these at a time, you’d need a ton of patience to make these as favors even if they had turned out.

The lesson here: some things are best not DIYed! You’d be much better off buying custom fortune cookies and using your creative skills elsewhere.

How (Not) to Make Fortune Cookies (Adapted from


1 egg white

1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

1/4 cup white sugar

1.5 tablespoons water

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

Write fortunes/favorite quotes or print them out on your computer. Strips should be 4 inches long and approximately 1/2 inch wide.

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Mix egg white and vanilla until foamy but not stiff.

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Sift flour, salt and sugar and blend into egg white mixture. Add water and stir.

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Place Silpat on baking sheet. If you do not have Silpat, generously grease cookie sheet. Place teaspoonfuls of the batter onto Silpat or baking sheet.

Use the back of a spoon to move the batter around so that if forms a circle that is about three inches in diameter. Make three circles.

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Bake for 9-10 minutes.

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Remove from oven and quickly remove a cookie with a spatula (I used a metal barbecue spatula) from the sheet and onto a wooden board.

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Quickly place the fortune/quote on the cookie close to the middle.

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Fold the cookie in half. Place the folded edge on the rim of a cup and pull the pointed edges down, one on the inside of the cup and one on the outside.

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Place the folded cookies into the cups of a muffin tin to hold their shape until firm.

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Voila! Some of your edges might get a wee bit cracked, so if you’re going for perfection you might opt for the store-bought type.

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