"You will become infatuated with socioeconomics. This knowledge could come in handy someday." This was one of the custom fortunes that my daughter thought up for her White Day party fortune cookie favors. Or how about this one, "Like a German Shepherd, you are loyal. You will display this loyalty in the near future, but be warned; the road will be bumpy and ferocious." Fun, aren't they? The excuse for a party came in the form of White Day, which falls on March 14. On Valentine's Day (February 14), women in Japan give men chocolates and not only to men they are romantically involved with, but to men such as their bosses or co-workers. It has become such a social obligation that the chocolates given on Valentine's are often referred to as giri choco (obligatory chocolates). If all this seems unfair, wait, the women get their fair shake in the way of White Day the following month. This is the day that all men who have received chocolates on February 14, must return the favor on March 14 by giving those women candy, jewelry or white chocolate.
So in honor of White Day, my daughter and her friends threw themselves a white party, no giri choco necessary. Everything on the menu was white: white garlic pasta, white mushroom pizza, crudites with white yogurt dip, white Bride's cake, white sugar cookies, white Aquarius and Mitsuya Cider and Fortune Cookies with white fortunes.
Hope your White Day was filled with good fortune!
Adapted from a recipe from www.fancyfortunecookies.com
Makes about 15 cookies
3 tablespoons light brown sugar, lightly packed
1/4 cup white sugar
2 large egg whites
2 tablespoon canola oil
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
Vegetable oil or silicone baking mat
Pot and muffin baking tin for bending and cooling cookies
15 paper fortune strips (2 1/4 x 1/2 in) with fortunes handwritten or typed
In medium bowl, add brown sugar and mix with a whisk to break up any lumps. Add white sugar, egg whites, oil, vanilla and lemon extracts and whisk until blended. Stir in flour and whisk until smooth. Let stand for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Lightly coat a baking sheet with oil or line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat. Drop a tablespoon of batter onto the baking sheet and spread with the back of the spoon in a circular motion to about a 2-3 inch (5cm) circle. Repeat once more on the same baking sheet. It's better to bake 1 or 2 cookies at a time since you will have to fold the cookies when they come out of the oven and work quickly. Bake in the preheated oven for about 5 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
Have a pot and muffin tin ready on your work surface. As soon as the cookies have baked, remove one gently with a spatula and flip it over onto your hand (a cotton glove or oven mitt comes in handy), place a paper fortune strip on the half closest to you, fold the cookie in half over the paper strip and press the edges closed. Holding either end of the folded cookie with the edges up, push the center of the folded side over the lip of a pot to bend the cookie in the shape of a traditional fortune cookie. Place the bent cookie in a muffin tin to hold the shape while cooling. Repeat with the other cookie. If the cookie has cooled too much, place it back in the oven for a few minutes to warm up and become pliable.
Repeat with remaining batter.
Store cooled cookies in an airtight container for up to one week.
Makes about 15 cookies.