I have to admit, New Years Eve has never been my favorite holiday, or one that I put a lot of effort into celebrating.
That being said, one aspect of the holiday that I enjoy is reflecting on the previous year and setting good intentions for the New Year.
For this challenge, I decided to put my $20 towards an experience that everyone at our New Year's Eve party could participate in and enjoy.
The idea is to make homemade fortune cookies, with everyone at the party contributing by writing one of the fortunes—a pearl of wisdom, piece of advice, or wish for the New Year.
Once all of the fortunes are written, we'll place each one into the cookies and then everyone will draw a random cookie.
We'll get to eat them at midnight, ringing in the New Year with good vibes!
Total Cost: $5.23
Homemade Fortune Cookies
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup rice flour
- 4 teaspoons tapioca starch
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 4 egg whites
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons canola oil
- Zest of 1 lemon
- Preheat oven to 350°F. In a bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, rice flour, tapioca starch, and salt.
- Make a well in the center of flour mixture, then add egg whites, 3 tablespoons of water, and the vanilla extract. Mix all ingredients in a circular motion until the wet mixture is incorporated into the dry mixture, and the entire mixture is smooth.
- Continue mixing, slowly adding the oil and lemon zest. Scoop teaspoon-size drops of batter onto a Silpat baking mat or other non-stick baking surface, rounding out and smoothing eat drop until the batter is almost translucent.
- Bake until the edges of each cookie just start to look golden in color—about 10 minutes.
- When you remove the cookies from the oven, you will need to work fast before they cool. Use a small offset spatula or knife to remove each cookie from the Silpat, then carefully fold each in half like a taco, using the edge of the sheet tray to bend the centers of the cookies to form their final shapes. Hint: Use a muffin tin to hold each fortune cookie in its form until it cools.
- To insert the fortunes, fold each piece of paper and use a skewer or toothpick to help guide each into a cooled cookie.