I will be the first to say that I am not a huge fan of Valentine's Day. Yep, to my husband's sheer delight, I'm one of those women that could care less about the expensive and overly romantic nature of this holiday. Save the beautiful flowers for a random day when I'm feeling a little underappreciated and I prefer my fancy dinner experience to be when the restaurant world isn't cracking under the pressure of their busiest night of the year. I forget everything that major companies spend millions in advertising dollars to teach me about this Holiday. I go back to elementary school! That's not a misprint folks. Remember when you made homemade cards and were delighted when you received one of your own in all its crafty splendor. If you were really lucky there was a sucker, in your favorite flavor, taped to the inside. Well, for me Valentine's Day is about those simple thoughtful gestures and sharing love with those in our lives. One of the ways I'll be sharing the love this year is with these adorable Valentine Fortune Cookies. They're a fun way to send sweet messages to the ones you love. I'm cooking up several fun and endearing Valentine ideas to share over the next few weeks so stay tuned! In the meantime.... Enjoy these fun treats and be sure to watch the assembly video that is included in your directions. It'll have y'all folding fortunes like a pro.
Valentine's Fortune Cookies
3 egg whites
1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons cranberry juice
Red food coloring (if you like)
Watch this How To Fold a Fortune Cookie video before you begin.
You will want to have your fortunes written/printed and cut into small strips.
Preheat oven to 350° and line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone pad. In a large mixing bowl combine sugar and butter until creamy. Mix in egg whites one at a time. Add vanilla extract and mix until combined. Slowly add the flour making sure to scrape the sides of the bowl from time to time. Lastly you'll want to add your fruit juice and blend. If you want a brighter color you will need to use a red food coloring. I suggest blending one drop at a time to be sure you don't over do it.
Spoon a tablespoon of the batter onto the parchment sheet. Use the back of your spoon the spread the batter into a thin circle. When I say thin.... I mean thin. Bake for 5-7 minutes or until the edges begin to brown. Quickly take the cookies from the oven and remove from the baking sheet. Place the fortune in the center and fold the cookies in half. Holding the left and right outer edges, place the cookie over the rim of the coffee cup and press down to bend. Nestle formed cookies inside your muffin pan to help them keep their shape. Your first few cookies are all about trial and error. Don't worry. You'll quickly get the hang of it. Once your cookies have cooled you can remove them from the muffin pan and start spreading the love.
adapted from: whatjewwannaeat