I’ve had these fortune cookie hamantaschen in mind for years and years, and I’m so pleased I finally found time to work out how to make them!
You see, I had a knitting pattern for knitted hamantaschen (yes really!) which was based on a pattern for knitted fortune cookies – which made me realised that both hamantaschen and fortune cookies start out as circles, which are folded around a filling.
These fortune cookie-taschen were way easier than I’d thought, and are also FAR yummier than any store-bought mass produced fortune cookie I’ve ever eaten. They are crisp, sweet and deliciously vanilla-y. I’m sure you could experiment with other flavourings too – I might use lemon or orange essence in my next batch and see how that turns out.
They are a bit time consuming as you can only do a few at a time, and you do have to be quick with the folding, but if the worst happens and your cookies start to harden before they’re shaped, you can always pop them back into the oven for a minute to soften up and then have another go. They’re really very forgiving.
I made Purim themed fortunes – some that said “Happy Purim” or “Chag Purim Sameach” and some with jokes and one-liners on them. You can download the fortunes to cut out here if you don’t want to write your own. I think these fortune cookie hamantaschen are really fun and Kipper agreed! I might enlist her to write some more fortunes…
I liked my fortune cookie hamantaschen simple and unadorned, but you could pop a few jelly beans or similar sized sweets inside, for an extra little treat. Or drizzle the outside with chocolate and decorate with sprinkles. Be adventurous!
Makes 18 fortune cookie hamantaschen.
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Fortune Cookie Hamantaschen
Crisp, sweet delicious hamantaschen cookies containing Purim-themed fortunes!
- 60 g plain flour (1/2 cup)
- 4 tsp potato flour (potato starch)
- 110 g sugar (1/2 cup)
- 1 egg whites
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
- 3 tsp cold water
- 1/4-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Line a baking sheet with a non-stick silicone liner. Print out or write your fortunes and cut them into strips.
Mix together the flour, potato flour, sugar and salt.
With a balloon whisk, vigorously beat the egg whites for about a minute until foamy. Beat in the oil, water and vanilla extract.
Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and whisk well to combine into a smooth batter
Scoop up about 1 tbsp of the batter and pour onto the lined baking sheet. Spread out to a circle approximately 8-9 cm (3-3.5 inches) across. Repeat 2-3 more times to prepare 3-4 cookies on the baking sheet.
Bake at 180C/350F for 6-8 minutes until just browning at the edges.
Remove the cookies from the oven and WORKING QUICKLY, loosen each one from the silicone liner by running a palette knife around the edge and sliding it underneath the cookie. Flip the cookies over.
Place a paper fortune in the centre of a cookie. Fold up the edges to form a triangular hamantaschen shape, then turn folded side down and place on a wire rack to cool.
Repeat with the remaining cookies. If they begin to harden, return to the oven for 30-60 seconds to soften them, then continue.
Continue making cookies in this way until all the batter is used up.