The Chinese fortune cookie actually didn’t originate in China but rather in California USA. There are a number of theories as to how the fortune cookies came to be, here are a couple:
1. David Jung, a Chinese immigrant living in Los Angeles made cookies containing inspirational verses, that he gave out for free to the poor outside his shop.
2. Makoto Hagiwara, a Japanese immigrant living in San Francisco created a cookie that held a thank you note that he handed out to the people that stood by him when an anti-Japanese mayor fired Makoto from his job.
The Chinese fortune cookie is a lightweight biscuit folded so that it encloses a note with a fortune on it. The first cookies were folded by chopsticks and in 1964 Edward Louie invented a machine that was able to make the cookies itself.
Chocolat Fortune Cookie Recipe (Makes 50)
50 paper fortunes, cut up and ready to insert.
4 large egg whites
1 cup superfine sugar
¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3 tablespoons heavy cream
½ teaspoon pure almond extract
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Beat egg whites and sugar on medium speed until frothy, about 30 seconds. Beat in flour, cocoa, and salt. Beat in butter, cream, and extracts.
2. Space heaping teaspoonfuls of batter 5 inches apart on a Silpat baking mat in a rimmed baking sheet. Using back of spoon, spread into 4-inch circles. Bake until edges darken a bit, about 5 minutes; set pan on trivet.
3. Working quickly, slide offset spatula under a cookie, and flip it over. Top with fortune; roll into a loose tube. Press center of tube with one finger; pinch ends together with other hand. Store airtight up to 1 week. Recipe courtesy Martha Stewart.
You can decorate fortune cookies similar to how you would decorate other baked goods, with icing sugar, dark or white chocolate drizzle, then finish off with some nuts or sprinkles. There are many different ways to enjoy fortune cookies; for example, you can dip them in ice cream or hot chocolate.