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Making Fortune Cookies, Chinese New Year #kidsinthekitchen

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Today is Chinese New Year. It’s the Chinese culture’s most important celebration as it is a time for family reunion. Our plan was to celebrate with a fun food activity, making Fortune Cookies.Making Fortune Cookies #kidsinthekitchen
What I thought was going to be a fun group activity was way wrong. There was nothing kid friendly about it. In fact I should’ve just left the kids out of the kitchen. Things weren’t as “easy-going” as YouTube made it out to be. ย The kids did help with the fortunes and cutting them and folding them and adding them to the scorching cookie as I tried to fold them.

Fortunes in a Fortune Cookie #kidsinthekitchen
We started off with a very simple cookie batter recipe then I had to spread 2 circles of batter on a cookie sheet and bake for 12 minutes. That turned out to be the longest 12 minutes ever. ย As soon as they came out of the oven they had to be handled, bent, shaped and stuffed with a fortune. These babies were HOT. Sabreena was using her sweatshirt sleeves so she didn’t burn her fingers. I was using silicon oven mitts. I always hear about chefs having “asbestos fingers”, I guess I’m nowhere near that level.

Making Fortune Cookies #kidsinthekitchen Sabreena and I thought we had it under control and put 4 circles of batter in at once to speed up the process. We had 2 casualties that time. One cookie that didn’t take on a very good shaped and one that never made it off the baking sheet.

Making Fortune Cookies #kidsinthekitchen Was it fun? YES. Will I ever attempt it again? Probably Not. Best part though is they tasted really good.

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  1. Taste is what matters. I’ve made fun foam fortune cookies and THEY were a pain, so I can imagine that a hot cookie is 10x worse.

  2. i’m sure it was delicious. i’ve always wondered how to make these at home!

  3. Wow, I guess the fortune cookie machine IS easier than making them yourself. What a pain, though!!

  4. I can imagine myself making these and putting things in there like if you go to bed early good will come to you in the form of rest, or make sure you clean your bed good for you will be rewarded with a hug.

  5. This always seems like it would be fun. But it also seems like a lot of work to make your own fortune cookies!

  6. lol, I’ve done fun projects too, that I probably never will repeat. ๐Ÿ™‚ Fortune cookies would def. be fun!

  7. Bummer that it was more work than it was worth, but I am glad they tasted good. And now you know….LOL.

  8. It’s nice to see someone share a fail! Sorry that it didn’t work, great that they tasted good!

  9. The fortune cookies from our local restaurants aren’t nearly as good as they were when I was little, but I never considered making them myself. Maybe we’ll give it a try…might be worth the work.

  10. Crystal @ Surviving a Teacher's Salary says

    YUM I’ve never had homemade fortune cookies but they look amazing! Some of the best homemade stuff takes foooorever to make but it’s worth it – even if only for a few short minutes! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Happy Chinese New Year. This fortune cookie recipe looks like fun (aside from the work.) I have a dim sum menu planned for tonight if I ever get to the market.

  12. What a fun project! I’m sure that even if you never make them again, this will be a time you remember every time you eat a fortune cookie. One of these days if I have some extra time on my hands, I may just attempt these. I think my kids would be thrilled!!!

  13. My kids would love this! Especially making their OWN fortunes!

  14. Betty Baez says

    Well at least they were good! Good to know this isn’t a kid friendly recipe.

  15. These would be CUTE for a kid’s party. Not sure if I could handle the casualties, though. Glad they tasted good!

  16. Thanks for the heads up. At least they still tasted good ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. I love fortune cookies! I have never made them, but I just might have to try.

  18. Cross that one off the bucket list though. I think you guys did a darn good job!

  19. Well, good for you for trying anyway! And thanks for sharing the results. If only they could figure out a way to taste test online, I’d be set. Maybe I’d try them once for a special occasion.

  20. This is so fun! I never thought I could make these.

  21. These look fun! I never knew it was so easy to make these at home. This would be a great recipe/craft with sweet Valentine messages inside!

  22. I love Chinese New Year! It’s such a fun and unique holiday to celebrate. And I have never seen a recipe for homemade fortune cookies, so thank you for this.

  23. I didn’t know you could even MAKE these at home – shows what I know. I think it would be fun to create each other’s fortunes!

  24. That really seems like a fun baking project! I love fortune cookies, so I could make these year-round as snacks!

  25. Glad they turned out tasty! I have been wanting to make some fortune cookies forever!

  26. I think in the end tasting good is all that matters! But don’t you hate it when things appear easier than they are in real life? Sort of like when you’re looking at a map and think a destination is a million times closer than it actually is. Four hours later….still driving ๐Ÿ˜‰

  27. That’s cool! I love fortune cookies but I honestly never thought about making them! lol

  28. Autumn says

    These look so cute! I’d love to make my own fortune, in more ways than one ๐Ÿ˜‰

  29. Oh wow!! Yeah I hate burning my fingers.. LOL Great job on the cookies!!

  30. This seems like such a fun idea. Sorry you kitchen experience didn’t go the way you hoped. But at least you can say you made fortune cookies once.

  31. What a fun way to learn about the Chinese new year! I’m sure the kids loved it but sorry about your fingers!

  32. What a cute Chinese New Year activity! I’m going to have to try to make these gluten free!

  33. How cool that you can make these at home. Bummer that they were so not kid friendly!

  34. Liza @ Views From the 'Ville says

    These are so cute! I’m definitely pinning these so I can make them with my daughter soon.

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