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Daring Bakers January Challenge – Fortune Cookies (Tuiles)

Posted on: January 28, 2009

This months challenge is brought to us by Karen of Bake My Day and Zorra of 1x umruehren bitte aka Kochtopf. They have choosen Tuiles from The Chocolate Book by Angelique Schmeink and Nougatine and Chocolate Tuiles from Michel Roux.

Having had such a hectic December, i missed out on the December challenge which was a French Yule Log. I must admit, the initial shock of an 18 page recipe didn’t help but i really was far too busy to complete it. Now that the silly season is over, i am finally finding some time for baking again and just in time to complete January’s challenge.

After such a heavy challenge in December (not that i would know seeing as i didn’t complete it) the lovely people at Daring Bakers decided to go for something light which was totally fine by me. I welcome anything that tastes good but doesn’t make you feel fat and bloated!

Before this challenge, i had never heard of Tuiles before. In case you’re wondering, Tuiles are thin, crisp almond cookies that are gently molded over a rolling pin or arched while they are still warm. Once set, their shape resembles the curved French roofing tiles for which they are named. 

I was going to make cones for my challenge and fill it with ice-cream (perfect for the 40 degree weather we’ve been having lately) but i decided to make fortune cookies instead in honour of Chinese New Year.

Before making them i thought they would be tricky but they were really so easy and tasted pretty much like the ones you would buy – honest!


Fortune Cookies

Fortune Cookies

Fortune Cookies


  • 1/4 cup of softened butter (not melted)
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • a dash of vanilla extract
  • 2 large egg whites (slightly whisked with a fork)
  • 1/4 cup plain flour



Pre-heat oven to 180c

Using a hand whisk or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle, cream the butter, sugar and vanilla extract on low speed to a paste. Keep stirring while adding the egg whites. Continue to add the flour in small batches and stir to achieve a homogeneous and smooth batter/paste (be careful not to overmix).

Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap and refridgerate for 30 minutes

Line a tray with baking paper and using a 7cm round cookie cutter, place some batter to form a round, even circle. Make sure you allow enough space between each cookie


Bake the cookies until the edges are golden (about 10-12 minutes) keeping a close eye on them. Once edges have browned, remove the cookies from the oven and flip with a spatula


Place a fortune in the middle of the cookie and fold the cookie in half (be careful as they are hot! you kinda need to work fast and it would really help if you had abestos hands like me 😛 )


Using a muffin tin, bend the cookie in half in the middle and keep the cookie in the tin to keep its shape


Allow the cookies to cool before storing in an airtight container.


Fortune Cookies

Fortune Cookies

This months challenge is brought to us by Karen of Bake My Day and Zorra of 1x umruehren bitte aka Kochtopf. They have choosen Tuiles from The Chocolate Book by Angelique Schmeink and Nougatine and Chocolate Tuiles from Michel Roux.


24 Responses to "Daring Bakers January Challenge – Fortune Cookies (Tuiles)"

A great idea! These Fortune Cookies look very pretty!



I really like your idea of making them fortune cookies! You could do all sorts of cool messages inside too-bravo!

Bravo !!! 🙂

Love this idea! Thanks for the tutorial in pics, going to try!

Your photo at the DB kitchen caught my eye as your fortune cookies rflawless. Fantastic job!

Thanks Rosa, Lorraine, Nawal and Lisa Michele! 🙂

And big thanks Baking Soda, good luck although i’m sure you’ll have no problems with it! 🙂

Thanks for the tutorial!
i must try to make some tommorow!

nice blog by the way 🙂

Great job and love the fortune cookie concept. Beautiful.

How fun! Your fortune cookies look awesome. These would be perfect for Valentines day treats.

You did such a great job!
I like how you used a muffin tin to help to shape the cookies.
If you are ever in San Francisco, make sure to visit the Fortune Cookie Factory in ChinaTown: the smell is amazing!

How sweet! Your fortune cookies look great!

I’m so glad you gave a tutorial on how to make the fortune cookies. They are so great.

Beautiful job on the fortune cookies! My tuiles seemed to harden so fast I can’t imagine being able to work quick enough to properly shape them.

Thanks Humpty Dumpty! I think your blog is fantastic, i especially love the legs out of the Marc Jacobs pic 😀

Thanks for stopping by Jo, B36 Kitchen, Lisa and Amber! I’m hoping i’ll have time to make some more for Valentines day 🙂

Olga i’m actually going to be visiting San Francisco in July!! I’m very excited it will be my first time i’ll. I’ll be sure to check out the fortune cookie factory!

Kimberly i made my quite thick i think that’s the trick as they don’t harden so fast 🙂

What an awesome idea! And the shaping instructions are just fantastic!

Thanks Angela! 🙂

Yours looks delicious, and I’m excited to try them as fortune cookies.

Beautiful photography!

Wow, you make it look easy, and this batter would taste great as a fortune cookie. Nice choice!

dainty and pretty!! I think I’m going to try making those fortune cookies tonight

You did a wonderful job on your tuiles. I love the fortune cookie idea!

Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

Thanks Trish! I must say it’s more my camera than my photography skills! 😉

Thanks Jenny and Natalie 😀 And goodluck chef_d! hope you’ll post em up when you’re done 🙂

Your fortune cookies looks better than the real chinese fortune cookies.Congratulations in this challenge.

Wow thanks Cirri, that’s a huge compliment! 😀

OMG! what an amazing idea.. I bet they tasted sooo much better than what you get from the chinese restaurant. Well done!

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