But first, a little about the new year:
2013 is the year of the snake. Snake years recur every twelfth year and always follow the dragon years. Previous snake years were 1905*1917*1929*1941*1953*1965*1977*1989*2001 and now *2013.
If you or someone you love were born a snake, here are some of the personality traits you are said to possessssssss:
A snake is the intuitive, introspective, refined and collected of the Animal Signs. They are attractive people who take crises with ease and do not become flustered easily. They are graceful people, exciting and dark at the same time. Contemplative and private, the Snake is not outwardly emotional. He can appear cunning and reticent and works very modestly in the business environment. The Snake will plot and scheme to make certain things turn out exactly as they want them to. They are not great communicators and can become quite possessive when they set their minds on achieving the interest of a partner.
Now that you have a little background about snake people, let me give you a little instruction on how to make your own fortune cookiessssssss.
They really are simple to make if you follow a few easy steps and don't get too ahead of yourself. I found them to be slightly time consuming to make because you can only bake about two at a time, so plan ahead and make these on a day when you have some extra time to spend in the kitchen!
I think these would also be extra cute for Valentine's Day if you added some adorable fortunes of love to the inside. Plus, you can dip half the cookie in some melted chocolate and then add some red and pink sprinkles to really add some pizazz to the whole Valentine's Day theme. Your special Valentine will LOVE you for it!
FORTUNE COOKIES - makes approximately 36 cookies
3 egg whites
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons water
1 - 2 empty coffee mugs or high sided bowls.
1 empty muffin tin
-Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
-Assemble your fortunes (I went on-line and printed a bunch of Confucius sayings but you can easily make up your own fortunes too. Just print and cut them into strips and you're ready to add them into the cookies.)
-Lightly grease a cookies sheet.
-In a large bowl, whip the egg whites and sugar on high speed until they are frothy (about 3 minutes).
-Reduce the speed to low and add the butter, almond extract and vanilla.
-Slowly add the flour and the water and continue beating until there are no lumps. (The consistency should resemble a slightly runny pancake batter).
-Spoon the batter onto the greased cookie sheet (two at a time) into 3" circles. (After you've practiced this enough, you'll probably be able to do more than 2 at a time. I however stuck to doing two at a time)
-Bake for 5-7 minutes or until the edges of the cookie just start to turn brown.
-Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and loosen the cookie from the sheet using an offset spatula or pancake turner.
-While the cookies are still hot from the oven, (you may wish to wear some light cotton gloves to protect your fingers from the heat), place your fortune-of-choice slightly off center to the middle of the cookie and quickly fold the cookie in half.
-From there you drape the folded cookie over the side of the empty coffee mug or bowl, pressing the pointed edges downward to form the traditional fortune cookie shape.
-Remove your cookie from the cup while it is still warm and place it into a muffin tin so it retains its shape until it cools completely.
-Continue with the remaining batter and fortunes.
It took me awhile to get the hang of making the shape of the cookies until I found the coffee mug tip on youtube. I was having the hardest time trying to get the traditional shape of the cookies and was almost ready to throw in the towel....
Confucius say "When the going get tough, rely on youtube for instruction!" LOL
Once they're completely cooled, you're ready to dip your cookies in chocolate and sprinkles (optional, yet delicious) and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet until the chocolate has set.
Serve and enjoy...
Have a happy Chinese new year everybody and keep and eye out for those snakesssssss!!!
Until we eat again,