Tonight I had gluten-free Chinese food with my parents. We got to talking about fortune cookies and where they were from…are they an American invention or a Chinese treat? The truth is that they’re neither…they’re actually Japanese! Tsujiura senbei (literally “fortune cracker”) is the official name and the story is here. I used to buy them in Japan, especially around New Year’s. Here is a Japanese confectioner who makes a variety of them. Want to make them at home? Try this recipe with a friend!
What You Need:
1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons corn oil
2 tablespoons water
¼ cup cornstarch
What You Do:
- Preheat a pancake griddle. A constant 350 degrees works best. Think: drops of water bounce when dropped on the surface.
- Beat egg until frothy then add in sugar, a little at a time. Beat until mixture is a light yellow and thick. Fold in corn oil. Mix water and a teaspoon of the egg mixture into cornstarch. Stir everything together.
- Drop rounded tablespoon of batter on the griddle and spread with a spoon to the size of a cd. You want the batter evenly thick. Cook both sides until edges brown and can be lifted with a spatula, about 5-ish minutes. If they stick, they need to cook longer.
- Remove from the griddle, place your fortune (prepared in advance) on cookie and fold.
- To fold: Fold opposite edges together into a semicircle. Keep the curved side toward your finger tips, gently pinch with thumbs on top, and move your palms together to bend the cookie into its traditional shape. Set in a muffin tin to cool.
Hint: It’s helpful to have someone on the griddle and another folding the cookies. I also add about a 1/4 teaspoon of almond extract so it tastes super yummy!