Chinese New Year is a celebration of all things colourful, festive and spiritual, with 2018 marking the year of the Dog in accordance with the Chinese Zodiac. Why not join in this fabulous celebration by baking your very own personalised Chinese fortune cookies to share with those you love! What better way to begin the Chinese New Year than by wishing good fortune to all.
CHINESE FORTUNE COOKIES
60g unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar
2 eggwhites, at room temperature
1/3 cup (50g) plain flour
45 messages on 1 x 5.5cm pieces of paper
Step 1: Preheat oven to 180°C. Place butter and sugar in a bowl. Using a wooden spoon, combine well. Add eggwhites, 1 at a time, stirring until smooth. Stir in flour and a pinch of salt until smooth.
Step 2: Using an 8cm pastry cutter as a guide, trace 4 circles, 4cm apart, on to a sheet of baking paper. Flip paper over and place on a greased oven tray. Using a metric measuring spoon, spoon a slightly rounded teaspoons of mixture on to each circle. Use the back of a spoon to spread batter to fill circles.
Step 3: Bake for 6-7 minutes or until cookies begin to brown around edges. Working quickly, slide a spatula under each cookie to loosen, then place a message on top of each. Fold hot biscuits in half to enclose, pressing edges together, then bend in half the other way, over the edge of a glass, to create crescent shapes. Hold for a few seconds. Place on a wire rack to cool.
Step 4: Repeat with remaining batter. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.