Good Fortune & Cheer Cookies
You'll love stuffing Christmas greetings and well wishes into these fun homemade cookies—and your family and friends will love receiving them! —Beverly Preston, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Total TimePrep: 30 min. Bake: 5 min./batch + standing
- 6 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 large egg whites
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon rum extract
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
- Crushed peppermint candies
- Red, white and green nonpareils
- Write fortunes on small strips of paper (3 in. x 1/2 in.); set aside. Using a pencil, draw two 3-in. circles on a sheet of parchment paper. Place paper, pencil mark down, on a baking sheet; set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat the butter, sugar, egg whites and extracts until well blended. Add flour; mix well (batter will be thick). Spread a scant tablespoonful of batter over each circle. Bake at 400° for 4-5 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
- Slide parchment paper onto a work surface. Cover one cookie with a kitchen towel to keep warm. Place a fortune in the center of the other cookie; loosen cookie from parchment paper with a thin spatula. Fold cookie in half over fortune so the edges meet; hold edges together for 3 seconds.
- Place center of cookie over the rim of a glass; gently press ends down to bend cookie. Cool for 1 minute before removing to a wire rack. Repeat with second cookie. If cookies become too cool to fold, return to oven to soften for 1 minute. Repeat with remaining batter and fortunes.
- In a microwave, melt chocolate; stir until smooth. Partially dip cookies or drizzle as desired; place on waxed paper. Sprinkle with crushed candies and nonpareils. Let stand until set. Store in an airtight container.
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Originally published as Fortune Cookies in Country Woman Christmas 2010