Fortune smiles on these cookies Prediction: You will soon crack open sweet treats at the end of a meal.

Recipe Finder

October 15, 1997|By Ellen Hawks | Ellen Hawks,SUN STAFF

Fortune comes in many forms, such as happiness, health, money, contentment, love, intelligence and much, much more.

Another fortune, like this one, comes in a cookie.

A recipe for a homemade fortune cookie was the request of Beth Hunter of Lutherville. She noted that she wanted one which included fortunes.

From Linda Johnson of Yankton, S.D., came detailed instructions for making fortune cookies with your own choice of fortunes to be enclosed.

Johnson's fortune cookies

Makes 12 cookies

1 egg

1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup all-purpose flour (not self-rising flour)

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 tablespoons water

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, optional

With a fork, beat egg in a bowl until foamy, and beat in sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in remaining ingredients, including cinnamon if desired, and mix until smooth.

Drop the batter by the tablespoonful onto a flat, greased, hot griddle. Using the back of a spoon, spread into circles about 3 1/2 inches across. The cookies must be very thin.

Cook for about 3 minutes or until light brown. Lift edge to check. Turn with a lightly oiled pancake turner and cook about 3 minutes on other side.

Lift cookies onto plate and place a paper fortune in center of each cookie. Fold cookie in half over fortune. Hold edges and bend cookie gently in half again and rest in muffin-pan cups, which will help hold the cookie's shape until it is cool.

If the cookies are too hot to handle, oven mitts may be used.

To make the fortune strips, cut paper into strips about 3 inches long and 1/2 inch wide.

Write a different fortune on each strip. For instance: "You will have a wonderful year" or "You will make a new friend" or "You will have a happy day."

If you feel the cookies need to be crisper, put in a 400-degree oven for 3 to 5 minutes.

Chef Kent Rigby noted that he did not add cinnamon; however 1/4 teaspoon of lemon or orange extract could also be used if desired, he said.

Recipe requests

* George M. Walter of Baltimore would like to have a recipe similar to that made by Herman's Bakery several years ago.

"It was a banana-pineapple cake that was a delicious, moist cake with no frosting and was baked in a tube pan," he said.

* Monica Raney of Baltimore would like to have a mayonnaise cake recipe.

She writes that she has lost many recipes that she loves and this was one of them.

* Claramarie Trombetta of Timonium writes that she would like a really good recipe for Key lime pie and that although she has many shelves of cookbooks, some as old as 30 years or so, she cannot find a recipe for Key lime pie.

* Marci K. Weiner of Baltimore writes that she has been "searching for a recipe like that used by the old Horn & Hardart for their baked beans and their cole slaw. Any help you could provide would be most appreciated."

Chefs Gilles Syglowski and Rigby, with the help of chefs and students at the Baltimore International College, tested these recipes.

If you are looking for a recipe or can answer a request for a long-gone recipe, maybe we can help. Write to Ellen Hawks, Recipe Finder, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278.

If you send in more than one recipe, put each on a separate sheet of paper with your name, address and phone number. Please note the number of servings each recipe makes.

We will test the first 12 recipes sent to us.

Pub Date: 10/15/97

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