Ring in the Chinese New Year With Fondant Fortune Cookies

fondant fortune cookie

Ring in the Chinese New Year with a little bit of (sugary) luck. This fondant topper is simple to sculpt and a festive detail for any celebration.

Good to Know: Though the fortune cookie is widely regarded as a Chinese dessert and served in Chinese restaurants, it’s actually not a product of China. The origin is rather uncertain, but it’s believed that Asian immigrants invented them in the U.S., after being inspired by a Japanese cracker.

Fondant Fortune Cookies

Level: Easy

What You Need

  • White fondant (buy it or make your own)
  • Ivory fondant
  • Ivory and brown gel paste
  • Circle cutters
  • Fondant rolling pin
  • ⅛” guide rings
  • Food-safe brush
  • Rolling pastry cutter
  • Knife tool
  • Edible marker
  • Powdered sugar
  • Instructions

    1. Cut the Fortune Cookie

    shaping fondant fortune cookie

    Lightly dust your work surface with powdered sugar and roll out the ivory fondant with your rolling pin and ⅛” guide rings. Punch out a circle with a round cutter (use any size you want).

    2. Fold and Press

    Fold the circle in half and line up the edges. Lightly press the edges of your semicircle together, but don’t flatten it entirely. The straight, bottom edge should maintain a hollow tunnel.

    3. Shape

    Hold the two points of the fondant semicircle with your fingers (one in each hand) with the straight edge at the bottom. Fold the points downward, fitting it over the edge of your circle cutter or your knife tool, shaping it into a fortune cookie.

    4. Write a Fortune

    shaping fondant fortune

    Roll the white fondant until it’s ⅛” thick. Use the rolling pastry cutter to trim long, rectangular shapes — you can leave them straight or make ’em curved. Stick them to the edge of your cookie and let the fondant dry, then write your message with an edible pen.

    Pro Tip: To display your fortune, you can either place it alongside the cookie or insert it inside, allowing a small strip to peek out.

    5. Make It Toasty

    finished fortune cookie cupcake

    Finish off your fortune cookie with a toasted edge. Mix a little brown gel color with water, then brush the mixture onto the fondant. Place the cookies on top of a cake or cupcake and serve.

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