Learn how to make fortune cookies in just a few steps with this easy fortune cookie recipe! Not only are they are tasty and fun to make, the personalized fortunes inside are a perfect end to any dinner or party.

The fortune cookies you can get at restaurants may have words of wisdom or love life advice, but we personally love funny fortunes. If you love a good fortune-telling game, try making these paper fortune tellers, or make this version that gets kids to do a few chores.
fortune cookie on white background

Fortune Cookie Sayings

Before starting the cookies, you’ll need to prepare slips of paper with fortune cookie messages. You can write fortunes, words of wisdom, jokes, or anything else you like! Here are a few ideas for classic fortune cookie quotes:

  • Don’t worry about money. The best things in life are free.
  • A thrilling time is in your immediate future.
  • If you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.
  • Avoid taking unnecessary gambles.
  • Don’t pursue happiness – create it.
  • Do or do not. There is no try.
  • Courage is not the absence of fear; it is the conquest of it.
  • Be on the alert to recognize your prime at whatever time of your life it may be.
  • A friend asks only for your time, not your money.
  • All things are difficult before they are easy.
  • Patience is your alley at the moment. Don’t worry!
  • The real kindness comes from within you.
  • A chance meeting opens new doors to success and friendship.
If you’re looking to save some time, just click the download link below to get a pre-formatted PDF version of these quotes, and print them on your printer.

Download and print —> Fortune Cookie Fortunes

How to make fortune cookies

A fortune cookie is a sweet, crisp cookie which contains a piece of paper with a fortune. Typically they are made with melted butter. However, these are butter free – our great recipe has sugar, flour, almond extract, egg white and vanilla extract. To make them, just mix up the batter in a medium bowl using the recipe below.
It is really as simple as whipping the egg whites, then adding in the other ingredients to make a thin batter. After you get your batter ready, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. You might want to read through the next steps before you start, because fortune cookies bake quickly and you’ll need to move fast to get them into the correct shape before they cool!
Next, using a Silpat baking mat (affiliate), parchment paper or greased baking sheet, place 1 tablespoon of batter on your pan. I’ve tried different techniques, and I liked the Silpat mat the best. While I didn’t have a problem removing them from my un-greased pan, they were hard to keep in a circle. Since the moisture content in the batter is high, it does make the parchment paper wrinkle slightly, but it still worked.

tablespoon pouring batter on silpat

After you’ve spooned a tablespoon of your batter onto the pan, you’ll spread it out. Working from the center in a circular motion, spread the batter into a thin, 5-inch circle.
spreading batter into a circle

Start with two cookies. Once you’re comfortable with the process, more can be baked at one time. Because of the size of the cookie, I was only able to ever bake two at a time per pan. But this worked out well as a process: I used two pans and staggered the baking time, so I had time to form the cookies until I’d used up all the remaining batter – you’ll get into the rhythm of making each batch!
two circles of batter on pan

Bake until edges are lightly golden brown. Mine baked for 6 minutes. Start watching closely at 4 minutes. Every oven bakes differently, and sugary batter will crisp quickly, so be sure to pay attention.

How to Fold a Fortune Cookietwo baked fortune cookies before forming

Now, working quickly, remove the cookie from your pan with a very thin spatula.
spatula removing fortune cookie from silpat

Next, flip the cookie over and place the fortune on top of the cookie.
flat fortune cookie with fortune on top before folding

Working quickly, bring the sides up and pinch together. I recommend wearing thin cotton gloves to handle the hot cookies so you don’t get burned.
folded fortune cookie

Next, quickly bend cookie over the edge of a cup. The whole process of forming the cookie should take about 10 seconds. You must move fast because once the cookie cools it will not be flexible.

TIP: Once formed place cookies in a muffin tin to help them keep their fortune cookie shape while cooling.

folding fortune cookie on side of cup

If you like, these homemade fortune cookies can be placed in cute Chinese take-out containers for a fun gift!
red and printed Chinese take out boxes

How easy was that!?!

DIY fortune cookies on a plate

Fortune Cookie Recipe

Print this handy recipe card for reference and let me know if you make them!

fortune cookie on white background
5 from 7 votes

Fortune Cookie Recipe

Easy recipe to make homemade fortune cookies


  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup flour sifted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract


Set oven to 400F degrees.

  • 1) Place egg whites in a bowl and beat with electric mixer on medium speed until very frothy, almost soft peaks.
  • 2) Add sifted flour,
  • 3) Add sugar, almond, and vanilla then mix.
  • 4) Stir in 2 tablespoons of water to thin batter.
  • 5) Using a Silpat baking mat, parchment paper or un-greased baking pan place 1 tablespoon of batter on the pan. (I liked the Silpat mat the best.  I did not have a problem removing them from my un-greased pan. When I greased the pan the batter did not stay in a circle. Since the moisture content in the batter is high, it does make the parchment paper wrinkle slightly but it still worked.)


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Makes about 12 fortune cookies


Calories: 55kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 13mg | Sugar: 8g | Iron: 0.2mg
Servings: 12
Author: Cindy Hopper
The cookies are VERY hot. It is easy to burn fingers on the cookies as they are being formed. Try wearing thin gloves to protect your fingers.

Fortune Cookie Facts

  • There are 107 calories in a fortune cookie you get at a restaurant, these homemade ones only have 55.
  • 3 billion fortune cookies are made each year.
  • Are fortune cookies Japanese or Chinese? Neither! Fortune cookies are an American invention – although the history of the fortune cookie is truly an international story.
  • Before the 20th century, all fortune cookies were made by hand, until a California inventor created a cookie-making machine.

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