Homeschool Fun with the Sunbeam Fortune Cookie Maker
I think it's very important for any homeschool curriculum to include the art of home economics. It's one of the classes I loved so much during high school and although mine aren't in high school, I don't think it's ever too early to start teaching in the kitchen. Teaching to cook is not just about cooking but it also teaches one to read, follow instructions and math. It's an excellent way to get the unmotivated student motivated by having some fun. Luckily, I have Masterchef Junior that is further motivating my little ones as they see these amazing little dynamo's cooking better than most adults.
I've had this Sunbeam Fortune Cookie Maker for quite some time and this is the first time we actually used it. I lost the manual but luckily it was online and I watched this adorable little girl on YouTube demonstrate how she used it. I'm just amazed she didn't get burned as I know I had red finger tips after making them. It's easy to use and I searched online for fortunes to print off. The next time, I'll have the girls write their own for each other as I think that would be more fun. This time, I used motivational and faith based ones. There are two cookie makers with grips to help fold the cookies into the shape they need to be. Once I folded them over, I let the girls hold them as they cooled. I think today we'll try dipping some in chocolate for vareity.
Although they aren't the dark brown color that you are used to, they still tasted great. I did add 1/4 teaspoon of almond extract to ours mostly because I love the flavor of it. The recipe is really easy to follow and the girls just love cracking eggs.
2 egg whites
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In mixer bowl combine egg whites & vanilla - beat with paddle attachment until frothy.
Sift flour, sugar & salt in small bowl
Add to egg mixture & beat until it forms a thick batter
On a heavily greased cookie sheet - take a small amount of batter on a teaspoon & drizzle into a puddle. (I first started out with a Silpat - I found that the cookie sheet with heavy cooking spray worked much better)
Spread around until you have a thin circle approx 3 inches in diameter & uniform in thickness.
Only do 2-3 at a time as once you pull them out you will have to work quickly.
Bake 5 minutes or until edges are golden brown & center is still pale.
Remove & lift off first one with a thin offset spatula - flip upside down on a cutting board.
Quickly place your fortune paper in the center
Fold up the cookie in half- pinching together & hold with one hand.
With other hand press into the center to form the bend & pull ends down to form the cookie. This whole process of folding should take no more than 10 seconds before you move on to the next hot cookie waiting for you.
You can hang it over the edge of a glass until it's hardened or place in a muffin tin to help hold it's shape.