My 3 Monsters: Mother's Day Gift Ideas: Giant Fortune Cookies

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4.29.2013

Mother's Day Gift Ideas: Giant Fortune Cookies

This week I wanted to share a week's worth of homemade Mother's Day gift ideas.  We're kicking it all off with my kids' favorite project -- Giant Fortune Cookies.

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I made these for my kids a few years ago as a Valentine's Day surprise and they were a huge hit so when I suggested we them again they jumped at the chance.  They are so much more delicious than the kind you get in restaurants {because they're so fresh} and they're really easy to make.

First, mix up the batter.  Here's the recipe I use:

2 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla extract {you could use 1/2 vanilla and 1/2 almond, but my family prefers plain vanilla}
3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1/2 C. flour
1/2 C. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. cornstarch
1/4 tsp. salt
3-5 Tbsp. water

Whip egg whites until frothy.  Add vanilla extract and oil.  In another bowl combine the dry ingredients.  Add 3 Tbsp. water and mix until smooth.  Gradually fold in the egg and oil mixture.  Batter should be thin and smooth.  Add extra water 1 Tbsp. at a time if needed until the batter is thin enough {like the consistency of crepe batter}.

While I was mixing the batter, my boys were writing messages onto thin strips of paper.  {I told them that we were doing this for the blog, not for me, so just write generic messages, but they were actually really sweet!  Have fun and be safe -- ha, I always say that to my kids when they go out.}

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Next, heat a griddle to 300 degrees and spray it with non-stick cooking spray.  For giant cookies, drop about 1/4 cup of batter on the hot griddle with a ladle and swirl around with the back of the ladle to form a very thin circle about 4-5 inches in diameter.

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Let sit untouched for about 5 minutes then flip over when the underside is a nice golden color.  When it is flipped, let it sit for about 5 minutes more.  When the circle appears dry, take it off the griddle.  This is where you will wish you had asbestos fingers because you have to work fast while the cookie is still hot.  You only have about 30 seconds to shape the cookie before it becomes too hard and begins to crack.

Put the prettier side down and lay one of your prepared fortunes in the center.  Fold the cookie in half leaving a flat bottom.  Hold the edges together as you bend the the outside points together to get that cute fortune cookie shape.  You can fold it over the edge of a cup if that helps.}  Place bent, warm cookie in a muffin tin or cup to hold its shape as it finishes cooling.

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We decided to add a little extra girliness to ours with some melted white chocolate.  They are for mom after all, right?  I put my melted white chocolate in a small squeeze bottle with a thin tip so it was easier to control.  You can be as fancy or as simple as you like.  I did the cute loopy design and my boys just drizzled it back and forth.  Both look equally great!  You can see the fortune down inside there:

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I always see old cookie tins at thrift stores for less than a dollar.  They're usually really ugly, with Christmas designs on them, but you can give them a coat of spray paint {with the lid still on so the inside stays clean} and they become pretty gift boxes.  Package 4 or 5 giant cookies inside a pretty tin and give it as a gift.

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 My kids couldn't wait for me to finish taking pictures so they could crack into the crispy yumminess.  The white chocolate on there really took the flavor to the next level!

Come back tomorrow for some earth-friendly cleaning products that smell like a dream.  Throughout the week I'll be sharing printable note cards, my fave brunch recipes, something to pamper mom's hardworking hands, and the secret to making your own edible arrangements.  I hope you'll join me!

I'll be linking this project up here:
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1 comment:

  1. Wow. This is such an amazing idea! I love this so much you don't even know. 1 the cookies are fabulous, my boys would think this is so fun and 2 I just throw those tins away I should be saving them! You're so full of great ideas :) I just pinned these! Krista @ A Handful of Everything

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