February 14, 2008

Giant Chocolate Fortune Cookies

7 tablespoons flour
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cocoa
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 1/2 teaspoons water
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 egg whites

for fortunes:
4 1x5 inch strips of paper
Write messages on paper. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 300. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or use a silpat lined tray. Whisk together sugar, flour, cocoa, salt, and cornstarch. Add the oil, water, egg whites and vanilla. Whisk until smooth. Drop a heaping 1/8 cup of batter on the baking sheet. Spread into a very thin 5 inch circle. Bake 12-14 minutes, then quickly, with a spatula in one hand and a oven mitt on the other, place a fortune in the middle of the cookie. Fold into a half moon then gently pull the ends together to form the shape. Hold the cookie shape for a few minutes until it cools and keeps the shape. You must do each cookie one individually, so repeat for remaining batter.

Yield: 4 giant cookies
My thoughts:
So, this is what my husband made me for Valentine's Day's dessert. He gave them to me a little early (he's making mu shu pork with homemade pancakes for dinner) so I could take a picture and share the recipe today. They are so good, much better than the commercially made ones, and not too difficult to make. A major advantage to making jumbo sized cookies is that they can be made individually in a shorter period of time than it would take to make dozens of tiny cookies. Besides, giant cookies are just more fun. Happy Valentine's Day!

As a side note, Matt finally tried out the silpat and perforated baking sheet I got from Demarle. It worked like a dream! The cookies came out wonderfully. If you want to order one, click here. One of my readers, Alice, is a Demarle representative (i.e. she does home sales) so if they ask you for a rep ID # you can use 5130 and order through her.