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Elderly Care Recipes: Fun Homemade Fortune Cookies

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Making your own versions of your favorite takeout food at home is a fantastic way to enjoy the flavors of food you love while saving money and ensuring that you are only using ingredients that you choose, eliminating the mystery of the takeout restaurant and controlling the nutrition of each dish. If you are trying your hand at making some Chinese food for a special elderly care evening with your aging parents, make sure you complete the experience with homemade fortune cookies.

Fortune cookies are an American tradition that many people look forward to at the end of their meal. These crispy, almond-flavored cookies feature a small slip of paper with a fortune inside, which often works to start conversations and extend the enjoyment of the meal. Whether you always eat the cookie before reading the fortune or read the fortune and then eat the cookie, these little treats are a fun way to end a meal on a sweet note without indulging in a heavy or overwhelming dessert.

Make these cookies as a fun activity with your elderly loved ones, and be sure to save a few for their elderly health care services provider to enjoy with homemade takeout leftovers the next day. If you are planning a special event or party, adding personalized messages to the inside and dipping the ends in chocolate creates a unique and special favor or treat.

What You’ll Need

  • 3 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Parchment paper
  • Cookie sheets
  • Small slips of paper
  • Pen
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Spoon
  • Electric mixer

What to Do

  • Spend some time writing messages on the small slips of paper. This is a great opportunity to get conversations rolling, so have each person write a few of the fortunes. That will make it more of a surprise when you open them later
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  • Line the cookie sheets with parchment paper
  • Whip the egg whites and sugar in the mixing bowl with the electric mixer on high speed until they are frothy, approximately 2 minutes
  • Reduce the speed to low and stir in the melted butter, almond extract, pure vanilla extract, water, and flour, one at a time, making sure that the batter is thoroughly combined after each addition
  • The consistency of the batter should be smooth and thin similar to pancake batter
  • Spoon the batter into 3-inch circles onto the parchment paper
  • Leave enough room between the circles to allow for spreading during baking
  • Bake the cookies for 5 to 7 minutes, watching carefully
  • As soon as the edges begin to brown slightly, turn off the heat
  • Remove the cookies one at a time and, moving quickly, place one of the slips of paper in the center, fold the cookie in half, and then fold the ends together to create the half-moon shape
  • If the cookies do not stay curved, place them inside the cups of a cupcake pan until they are cool and hard