Valentines Day Gifts For Him: DIY Personalized Fortune Cookies

Over in Pennsylvania, Carolyn's been giving her husband the same Valentine's gift for years, to rave reviews. She bakes and writes personalized fortune cookies for her beloved, a gift that nourishes belly and heart. "He loves the cookies," says Carolyn, "and is always suprised at the messages I come up with."

Carolyn's recipe is simple, and made with pantry staples, so it's also super cost- effective. Here's how to make them:

2 large egg whites
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
8 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons granulated sugar
3 teaspoons water

1) Write fortunes on pieces of paper that are 3.5 inches long and 0.5 inches wide. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Grease two 9 X 13-inch baking sheets.
2) In a medium bowl, lightly beat the egg white, vanilla extract, almond extract and vegetable oil until frothy but not stiff.
3) Sift the flour, cornstarch, salt and sugar into a separate bowl. Stir the water into the flour mixture.
4) Add the flour into the egg white mixture and stir until you have a smooth batter. The batter should not be runny.
5) Place level tablespoons of batter onto the cookie sheet, spacing them at least three inches apart. Gently tilt the baking sheet back-and-forth and side-to-side so that each tablespoon of batter forms into a circle 4-inches in diameter.
6) Bake until outer half-inch of each cookie turns golden brown and they are easy to remove from the baking sheet with a spatula (14-15 minutes).
7) Working quickly, remove the cookie with the spatula and flip it over in your hand. Place a fortune in the middle of a cookie. To form the fortune cookie shape, fold the cookie in half, then gently pull the edges downward over the rim of a glass. Place the finished cookie in the cup of a muffin tin so that it keeps its shape.

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