The Chinese New Year is Saturday the 25th and I wanted to celebrate by making the perfect vegan fortune cookies – totally handmade! The overall ingredients are pretty simple but the actual process is a little bit of a labor of love – it’s fun, but I wouldn’t call it easy!
I knew I wanted to use aquafaba in place of the egg whites for traditional fortune cookies, since they needed to froth up. But getting the sugar amount right proved challenging to get the right texture for the cookie. Once I found a good ratio, I tried this recipe a few more times with great results!
The one part of this recipes is that handmade fortune cookies require the double bake! Don’t be tempted to skip this step. If you bake them too long at 400F, they will burn – so you don’t want to bake them longer than required to get a nice golden rim around the edge. But this will leave the centers slightly chewy – so the second bake a 225F is important to get that perfect crunch that is traditional to the fortune cookie.
Part of the Chinese New Year tradition is gifting oranges and tangerines as a symbol of good fortune. I wanted to incorporate this into cookie and made a orange and dark chocolate version, which happened to be a big hit! This flavor version’s recipe can been seen in the notes of the recipe below.
I included a video of the process since it is a little tricky to smooth the batter and fold the cookie properly, but after a few trials it becomes quite easy. I only baked two cookies at a time to prevent burning and allow enough folding time. I found an assembly line was a great way to finish the batch of fortune cookies perfectly.
Follow along for a step by step guide on how to make the perfect vegan fortune cookies!
I think that the best part of this process was writing the fortunes! I had a couple of witty friends help me; it’s a good starting place to get creative and go wild. I used canva.com to organize the messages and get the perfect print out size. This is an awesome gift for a birthday/anniversary to really make it fun and personal!
Homemade Vegan Fortune Cookies
- 6 Tbsp Aquafaba Chilled
- ½ tsp Vanilla
- ½ tsp Almond Extract
- 60 g (½ cup) All Purpose Flour
- 50 g (¼ cup) Sugar
- ½ tsp Salt
- 2 Tbsp Plant-Based Butter Melted
- Preheat oven to 400F. In a medium bowl, beat together aquafaba and vanilla and almond extract with a hand mixer or whisk until frothy. Sift in the flour, sugar and salt and fold together with a spatula until just combined – don't overmix the batter. Fold in your melted butter If the batter is too thick, add a teaspoon of water at a time until it is the consistency of runny pancake batter.
- On a greased cookie sheet or silicone mat, add a tablespoon of batter and spread it with the back of the measuring spoon until it is approximately a 3" circle. Get the batter as even as possible.
- Bake 2-3 cookies at a time starting at 5 minutes. If the edges are not golden brown, check on them every 30 seconds until they are (my oven took 6 minutes and 15 seconds).
- Once golden brown around the edges, remove from the oven and immediately flip the circles over with a spatula. Place your fortune across the middle and fold in half with the spatula.
- Use the spatula to remove the folded cookie from the pan and fold again over the rim of a drinking glass. The place the cookie in a cupcake pan to hold its shape. ** It helps a lot to wear gloves on this step – these cookies are hot!!**
- Repeat the baking process until all cookies are make. Reset your oven to cool down to 225F. Once your oven is 225F, place the cookies (all still in the cupcake tin) in the oven for 10-15 minutes. This allows them to get crispy without burning.
- Keep the cookies in the cupcake tin until cool and enjoy!