FORTUNE COOKIES – WORTH IT, NOT WORTH IT.
I recently purchased a collection of old books without knowing what exactly I was buying. Lucky for me, there were some real gems in there, including first editions of Truman Capote, Ernest Hemingway, and Evelyn Waugh. There was also an old cookbook from the 1960’s about Chinese Cooking. The book contained a recipe for Fortune Cookies that seemed ridiculously easy. I thought to myself that this could be the start of a fantastic signature gift — People make homemade jams, I’ll make fortune cookies with funny, personalized fortunes inside![peekaboo_content]
The process for a fortune cookie goes like this: Mix a simple batter together, pour a very thin circle of the batter onto a baking sheet, smoosh the batter with the back of the spoon so that it thins out, throw them in the oven for about 12 minutes, when the edges just start to turn golden brown, pull them out of the oven, gently spatula them off the baking sheet, put a fortune in, fold in half, then mold them over the sides of a cup, so they take on the signature “C” shape, let them cool in a muffin tin, and –TA-DAAA! – you have a fortune cookie!
I got to work. First batch – fail. “OK, keep calm,” I thought to myself, “this is an old recipe, and maybe the measurements weren’t properly tested.” I went online and found another recipe. Second trial: another fail. At this point, a friend of mine had dropped by and was talking non-stop about some issue. I was trying to be polite and listen, but I can’t remember a word she said, so clearly my attention was on these cookies. Another online search, a new recipe, a third batch, resulting in…. another fail. At this point, I told my friend that I needed to concentrate (ie please shut up) while I figured this out. She grudgingly scrolled her FB feed while I made a FOURTH ATTEMPT with another recipe, resulting in an ego bruising fail. FU*K THESE FU*KING COOKIES.
While I ended up empty handed after hours of work, I still needed cookies for our Impatient Foodie shoot. So, I went to my local Chinese take out place and asked for a bag full. They gave me 10 cookies for $1. That’s what I call easy. Maybe I’ll just leave this one to the pros.
VERDICT: NOT WORTH IT.