One of the greatest gifts we can give our children are words of encouragement to strengthen their inner being.  Words have power to lift someone up and bring them down.  Kids understand this principle very well.

My kids love hearing or reading words of encouragement from me.  They can never get enough and I can tell how much it builds them up.  Sometimes I like to write little notes to my daughters and hide them in their lunch bags.  My oldest daughter (Abbi) loves receiving these notes and often tells me when she gets home from school how nice it was to read it.

A fun and creative way to brighten up someone’s day is to give them a homemade fortune cookie with an encouraging message inside.  The message itself can be anything you want it to be such as humorous, motivational, or character qualities you admire.

Here’s a simple recipe for homemade fortune cookies the whole family can make together.

Loosen cookies with an offset spatula quickly, place a note inside the cookie and fold half the cookie onto itself.

Using the lip of a mug, fold the cookie straight down the middle with the seam side of the cookie pointing up. Allow them to cool before removing and serving.

Recipe: Fortune Cookie Recipe

  • Servings: 6
  • Try your luck with these homemade fortune cookies.


    • 1 egg white
    • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1 tablespoon of water
    • 6 Encouragement strips 4″ x 1/2″


    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and coat a cookie sheet with non stick spray.
    2. In a small bowl mix the egg white and vanilla until foamy but not stiff.
    3. Add flour, salt, sugar, and water to the bowl and mix until completely incorporated.
    4. Drop one tablespoon of batter unto cookie sheet. Using the back of a spoon, make circular motions on top of the batter until you get a 3.5″ circle. Make sure batter is as even as possible.
    5. Bake cookies for 7 minutes until edges turn golden brown.

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    16 Responses to “Fortune Cookies”

    1. Nicole

      I had no idea that fortune cookies were so easy to make. And these look much better than the ones we get from restaurants. 🙂

    2. Andrea

      I just found my Valentine’s Day gift for my wonderful Hubby! I LOVE THIS!!! Thank you…

    3. Aviva Goldfarb Aviva Goldfarb

      We had so much fun making these today–great family project for all ages. Ours didn’t look quite as beautiful as yours but they were adorable and taste great.

    4. danielle

      These were great and super easy to make, I am going to try them with almond extract next.

    5. danielle

      These were great and super easy to make, I’m going to try almond extract next.

    6. Brook - Learn to Preserve

      What an adorable blog post. Love the idea. Photos are wonderful too!
      I am one of those people that not only eats every last crumb of my fortune cookie, but who ends up eating the broken bits left by other people at my table. (I can’t believe some people only break them open for the fortune and leave the rest on the plate!)
      These look delicious.
      I think I am going to make these tomorrow 🙂

    7. Traci

      Can someone please explain this part of the directions? “Using the lip of a mug, fold the cookie straight down the middle with the seam side of the cookie pointing up.” The recipe sounds great but I’m confused as to what I’m supposed to do here. Thanks for your help!

      • Alice Currah Alice Currah

        Hi Traci,
        I added an additional picture to help visualize the folding of the fortune cookie using the lip of a mug. Let me know if you have any more questions.


    8. Traci

      Alice, thank you so very much! I appreciate your help and additional picture. Thank you also for the recipe, of course 🙂

    9. Tina

      Thanks for posting this wonderful recipe! I am so excited to try making them now!I am making them for both my husband and son!

    10. luz arteaga

      Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful recipe,my kids will love them and they will think that I am so smart!

    11. Brienne

      I used this wonderful recipe to make my kids little Valentine’s Day gifts. I put things I Iove about each of them on the strips. Thanks for the great recipe!