Valentine’s Fortune Cookies

Hello everyone!

I hope January is going well for you! This week I have a Valentine’s Day dessert for you. It’s a bit soon, but I was inspired so why not do it now?

Valentine's Fortune Cookies

I wanted to do fortune cookies for a while, mostly last Valentine’s Day! I love the taste of these cookies, much like sweet pancakes but in cookie form. Yum! And this recipe taste like the real deal! I tried another recipe before this one and quite failed it (I didn’t wait for the butter to be cool enough so the batter became thick)! It was made with butter and even if they were good they were really greasy. So I tried this recipe instead and it was perfect!

I had fun doing little Valentine’s messages with cute designs to put in the cookies.

Valentine's printable messages

Print the fortunes (PDF; 4 Mo)

I had forgotten how much I liked doing vector images! This week I’ll post printables of the same designs and messages as Valentine’s cards.

I’m thinking of doing other Valentine’s messages, geeky ones.
Foodie : You’re the baking powder to my life, you make me rise and shine.
Brainy : You disturb all the chemicals in my brain.
Etc. etc.

Valentine’s Fortune Cookies
Recipe and tutorial from
Yield : 14 cookies

  • 2 large egg whites
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon cornstarch
  • Dash salt
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons water
  • Red or pink food coloring
  • Valentine’s fortunes printable

Valentine's Fortune Cookies

  1. Print the fortunes, cut them and fold them in two. Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease (or use a silpat) two cookie sheets.
  2. In a medium bowl, lightly beat the egg whites, vanilla extract, almond extract and vegetable oil until frothy, but not stiff.
  3. Sift the flour, cornstarch, salt and sugar into the egg mix. Add the water. Beat until you have a smooth batter. The batter should not be runny, but should drop easily off a wooden spoon.
  4. Separate the batter in two. Dye one by adding two drop of red food coloring or enough to obtain the desired color.
  5.  The best is to do 2 cookies at a time because they harden very fast! Place level tablespoons of batter onto the cookie sheet, spacing them at least 3 inches apart. Gently tilt the baking sheet back and forth and from side to side so that each tablespoon of batter forms into a circle 4 inches in diameter. If you want to decorate the cookies as I did, now is the time.
  6. To decorate: it’s mostly the same thing as decorating cookies with royal icing. For all sorts of techniques visit Karen’s cookies.
  7. Bake until the outer 1/2-inch of each cookie turns golden brown and they are easy to remove from the baking sheet with a spatula (14 – 15 minutes).
  8. For this part, look at the Youtube tutorial, it’s much easier to see how it’s done! Also, you should totally wear gloves so that you don’t burn your fingers. Working quickly, remove the cookie with a spatula and flip it over on your work surface. Place a fortune in the middle of a cookie. To form the fortune cookie shape, fold the cookie in half, then gently pull the edges downward over the rim of a glass, wooden spoon or the edge of a muffin tin. Place the finished cookie in the cup of the muffin tin so that it keeps its shape. Continue with the rest of the cookies.


Valentine's Fortune Cookies

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  1. Gorgeous!

  2. What a fun idea and thanks for the sweet comment you left me today!

  3. oh my gosh, home made fortune cookies? I never would have thought. These look absolutely amazing and delicious too! I can’t wait to try!!

  4. Wow – these are super cute! I love them! The printables are just too cute!

  5. How did you get the designs on the cookie? I see how you dye the whole batter, but how can I make those cute decorations?

  6. Wow these turned out so great, I love the printables you have for them, cutest I’ve seen for V-day cookies! Thanks for the great idea.

  7. Love this, but my concern is the fortune paper. Did you use a special type of paper when making these or did regular old printer paper hold up fine?

  8. This is so cute, I know what I’ll be making when I do have a Valentine 🙂

  9. I love these! Do you know how long in advance you can make them? I would love to get a head start on valentines day.

    • Thanks Emily! We ate them all the same day, so I didn’t experience it myself, but other recipes mention that you can keep them for up to one week in an airtight container at room temperature.

  10. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G im getting married in a Japanese garden , i want an oriental themed wedding… you just gave me the best idea! homemade fortune cookies with a thank you note..simply perfect, cant believe i hadnt thought about them! THANK YOU! 🙂

    • Thank you so much Allia! Oh wow a wedding in a Japanese garden!!!! Such a great idea! I’m sure your guests will love this gift!

      • Yes! 😀 ….soo i already gave them a shot lol, and i gotta ask…i did it exactly as explained , but i dunno, they got al bubbly, and some ended up having some kind of cake texture…. what could it be ? 🙁

        • Mine too were bubbly in the oven but when they came out they were perfect. Hum what do you mean by cake texture? It didn’t harden? Were the sides hard after a while and not the center? Might be that there was too much batter or they weren’t bake enough. I don’t know if it helps?

  11. This is so adorable, what a cute idea!

  12. II wanted to make fortune cookies for so long, when I saw your cute one’s on Tastespotting I knew the time had come.
    I really copycated your decorations and I love the way they have turned out. They needed a little less time in my oven (that might have been the cause of the bubbling cookies in some of the replies) and I love them. Making them for a wedding seems to me a great idea but a horrendous job (depending of the amount of guests of course).
    Dyeing the batter gave me also lots of new ideas. You could read my blogpost.
    Thanks and many Dutch greetings, Gerry

  13. Girl this is GREAT! You clever, clever thing. Way to totally reinvent a sweet Valentine’s treat!

  14. did you use icing to make the designs?

  15. I tried to print the printable messages today for these precious fortune cookies & it says the file is damaged & cannot be repaired…?

    Also, so the designs are not made by using the royal icing glaze from Karen’s cookies link? You can simply use the opposite color cookie batter from your recipe? If I understood your answer saying this previously, that is great, just want to be sure.

    Thank you, these are beautiful & I can’t wait to try this…this afternoon…

    • Hello Janna! Yes you just have to take half (or less) of the cookie batter and dye it the color you want, no royal icing needed! Then follow Karen’s cookies tutorial of how to do it!
      For the file, this is strange, maybe there was a problem with the dowload? I don’t know if you’re limited in your dowloads but if not could you try it again? I tried both ways (opening the pdf then clicking save; right-click on the link and select save the link as) and both worked, so it’s my guess, but I could be wrong!
      Thanks to you dear Janna! Hope you have fun doing these!!! Don’t forget your gloves 😉 It burns!!!

  16. I love your idea not only beautiful but cheap too! They’re adorable! I’m gonna make them to my boyfriend for the valentines day :))) ! Sweet sweet sweet!!!!

  17. aaaahhh your blog is killing me !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! everything is so perfect !

  18. Susan@LunaCafe says:

    Utterly fabulous! 🙂

  19. Great for “Promise cookies” for Sunday school or Vacation bible school or church potluck, instead of a fortune put a promise or a Bible verse. Has always been a big hit at my church.

  20. This is one of THE cutest Valentines desserts that I’ve seen!


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