Mommy Blog Expert: Celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Rabbit with Your Kids by Baking These Homemade Fortune Cookies Together

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Rabbit with Your Kids by Baking These Homemade Fortune Cookies Together


Celebrations
Chinatown, San Francisco Scribe - Chinese New Year 2010
Photo by Mini MommyBlogExpert, MommyBlogExpert.com


The Chinese New Year 2011 begins on February 3 and runs for the next 15 days.   This is the Year of the Rabbit, also known by its formal name of Xin Mao, according to ChinaPage.  

Chinatown, San Francisco Gift Shop - Chinese New Year 2010
Photo by Mini MommyBlogExpert, MommyBlogExpert.com

To enhance this Chinese holiday, as well as create some quality family time, here's a fun kitchen project to bake with your children courtesy of Handstand Kids.
 
Tell My Future Fortune Cookies 

Ingredients:
2 egg whites
1/2 cup sifted flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons water
Non-stick cooking spray
Pinch of salt
Fortune strips
Tools
Cookie/baking sheet
Mixing bowl
Parchment paper
Spatula
Whisk
Wooden spoon
Measuring spoons
Measuring cups

Instructions:
As a safety reminder for parents, always supervise your child closely when working in the kitchen.

1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper and coat with non-stick cooking spray.

3. Whisk egg whites in the bowl.

4. Mix flour, sugar, water and vanilla into foamy egg white mixture.

5. Beat the mixture with the whisk until smooth.

6. Put 1 tablespoon of the mix onto the parchment paper.

7. Use the back of the wooden spoon to flatten into a circle about 4 inches wide.

8. Repeat this step on the other half of the sheet. Make only 2 cookies per sheet.

9. Put cookie sheet in the oven and bake until golden brown at the edges, about 8 minutes.

10. Wearing oven mitts, carefully remove the cookie sheet from the oven. Using the spatula, quickly remove each cookie from the sheet onto a plate and place a fortune in the center before the cookie hardens.

11. Fold the cookie in half, then point the ends toward each other until they almost
touch.

12. Let the cookies cool, then enjoy!

Photo from HandstandKids.com 

FTC Disclosure:  Handstand Kids provided the fortune cookie recipe in this post.  Also, I received the Handstand Kids Chinese Cookbook Set for the related post that links to this one. However, I did not receive any payment or other compensation directly in association with the current post.  See complete FTC Disclosure information that appears at the bottom of MommyBlogExpert's main page and at the bottom of every individual post on this blog, including this one.

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