As part of our Chinese New Year themed Weekend Box we reviewed, we made easy fortune cookies.  I always thought they’d be really complicated, and had no idea how they’re made, so I was pleased to see how we could make them the easy way.  Ok, so they might not be traditional, but for something easy that children could make, these are worth a try.

cheat's easy fortune cookies - perfect for chinese new year Bubbablue and me

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We decided to decorate ours as well, because why not. Plus if you’re cooking with toddlers or young children, making food with sprinkles is always going to encourage them to try eating new foods.

We used wholewheat tortillas as that’s what we had in, but I think they’d probably be nicer with the wheat version. They’re also more pliable than wholewheat which can be a bit brittle.

Ingredients:

  • Flour tortillas (we used wholewheat)
  • Olive oil
  • Toppings (optional) – melted chocolate, sprinkles, freeze dried fruit (chopped), sesame seeds

How to make cheat’s easy fortune cookies

1, Write your messages or sayings on thin strips of paper, cut out and fold.

2, Take a tortilla and a round scone or biscuit cutter and cut out circles from the tortilla.  I’d recommend a larger sized cutter so there’s room for folding and putting the paper inside.

cookie cutting out fortune cookies

3, Lay a paper message on the inside of the circle, brush some olive oil around one semi-circle edge of the tortilla, then fold over the other half of the tortilla to close.  Press down the edge to help it hold. (We did struggle a bit with keeping them closed, so I guess you could try something like milk or beaten egg instead).

making fortune cookies with tortillas

4, Fold the points gently inwards towards each other to make the ‘horseshoe’ fortune cookie shape. Continue to make as many as you want.  Lay each fortune cookie in a muffin tin hole.

cooked fortune cookies

5, Bake for up to 5 minutes at 150C , remove from the oven and leave to cool. Just keep an eye on them and don’t let them burn like some of mine did!

6, If decorating, dip in melted chocolate and sprinkle over chopped freeze dried fruit or sprinkles, or brush on olive oil and sprinkle over sesame seeds.

sesame or strawberry topped fortune cookies

I’m not really a fan of the taste of proper fortune cookies (it’s more about the message inside).  With these, everyone likes wraps, so you know they’ll get eaten. The sprinkles add a bit more flavour, plus they look really pretty sitting in a dish or on a plate as part of  Chinese New Year decorations or feast.

fortune cookie messages

Easy fortune cookies

Make quick cheat's fortune cookies for Chinese New Year

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword chinese new year
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Decorating time (optional) 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Emma

Ingredients

  • fFour tortilla wraps
  • Olive oil
  • Toppings optional – melted chocolate, sesame seeds, freeze dried strawberries,

Instructions

  1. Write your messages or sayings on thin strips of paper, cut out and fold

  2. Take a tortilla and a round scone or biscuit cutter and cut out circles from the tortilla. 

  3. Lay a paper message on the inside of the circle, brush some olive oil around one semi-circle edge of the tortilla, then fold over the other half of the tortilla to close. Press down the edge to help it hold.

  4. Fold the points gently inwards towards each other to make the ‘horseshoe’ fortune cookie shape. Lay each fortune cookie in a muffin tin hole, repeat.

  5. Bake for up to 5 minutes at 150C , remove from the oven and leave to cool.

  6. If decorating, dip in melted chocolate and sprinkle over chopped freeze dried fruit or sprinkles, or brush on olive oil and sprinkle over sesame seeds.

If you want to make them more authentically, you could try the BBC Good Food recipe.

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7 Comments

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    • Yummy and educational. It made a good start in the run up to all his nursery chinese food and art.

  2. Ahh this is so lovely and creative to do with the kids. I love it. Will have to bookmark to do with mine soon. So cute. Your little one is concentrating so hard too cute. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme

    • Yes, he loved folding them over, although was trying to properly folder flat, rather than just the edges! I guess the toppings are the exciting bit for children. Thanks for stopping by

  3. Oooh what a good idea! I will definitely have to have a try with this, mine love baking & this is something a bit different for them x

    • Just make sure you watch them in the oven. I forgot about mine, hence I only had a few left for photos and eating!

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