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These fortune cookies have a fun little surprise in them! This recipe is a great way to celebrate a holiday or a special occasion. 

colored fortune cookies

Although fortune cookies are usually served at the end of a meal at a Chinese restaurant, they actually are not a traditional Chinese recipe. 

These sugary cookies are crispy on the outside and filled with a fun proverb or saying in the inside. They are the perfect vessel to share some joy or to give thanks.

I am going to give you some fun ideas on how you can make these homemade fortune cookies your own. And we may even be filling them with a little surprise too! 

Also these fortune cookies go perfectly for 10 Minute Easy Chicken Chow Mein or Air Fryer Egg Rolls. So make sure to check those recipe out too! 

homemade fortune cookies filled with sprinkles

Fortunes For Fortune Cookies:

This is my favorite part about making fortune cookies. You can totally customize what you want your fortunes to say. 

I love making these messages meaningful by sharing words of encouragement or offering an idea for service. 

However, you can change up the fortunes to whatever you would like to say.  

If you would like to use the ones I created, just print this printable sheet and use them for your fortunes. 

Fortunes For Fortune Cookies

fortune cookie printable

Fortune Cookies For Any Occasion:

If you are in need of some inspiration try out these fun ideas to change up this recipe and create a fortune cookie for any occasion. 

New Year’s Eve:

Customize Ideas: Fill with celebratory gold and silver sprinkles. 

Fortune Ides: 2021, Happy New Year, This is going to be a good year

Valentines Day:

Customize Ideas: Use red, pink or purple food coloring. Share what you love about the person in the fortunes. Dip the cookies in melted chocolate and top with sprinkles to make them extra special. 

Fortune Ideas: I love you, You’re Mine, Cutie, Sweetheart, You’re my everything

St. Partick’s Day:

Customize Ideas: Use green food coloring, fill with gold candy or sprinkles

Fortune Ideas: It’s your lucky day, You found the gold, You are a lucky one

St. Patricks Day Fortune Cookies with a sprinkle rainbow


Customize Ideas: Use bright or pastel food coloring. Leave the fortunes empty to create an empty tomb symbolizing the empty tomb of the Savior. 

Fortune Ideas: Happy Easter, He is risen, Our redeemer lives

Fourth Of July:

Customize Ideas: Use red or blue food coloring. Fill with fun red, white or blue sprinkles or pop rocks.

Fortune Ideas: American Made, Happy fourth, Let freedom ring


Customize Ideas: Use their favorite color, fill with multicolor sprinkles. Share what you love about the person.

Fortune Ideas: You have the best smile, We love you, You are kind, You are brave, You are strong, Happy Bithday!

Baby Announcements:

Customize Ideas: Make a big batch leave all but one empty inside. Have one of the fortune cookies announce the sex of the baby. 

Mother’s or Father’s Day:

Customize Ideas: Use their favorite color. Share notes of gratitude.

Fortune Ideas: You have always been there for me, I love you so much, You are my rock, Best Mom Ever!

Wedding Favors: 

Customize Ideas: Use your wedding colors. Share notes of gratitude.

Fortune Ideas: Thanks for coming!

Teachers Gift:

Customize Ideas: Use their favorite color. Share notes of gratitude.

Fortune Ideas: You have always been there for me, You are the best teacher EVER!, Thanks for being my favorite teacher

Thank You Gift:

Customize Ideas: Use their favorite color. Share notes of gratitude.

Fortune Ideas: You have always been there for me, I love you so much, You are my rock, Thanks a million

Ingredients In Fortune Cookies:

Chances are you probably have everything you need to make fortune cookies. Here is what you need. 

  • Egg Whites
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Unsalted Butter
  • Almond Emulsion
  • Water
  • Flour
  • Optional: Food Coloring, Sprinkles

How To Make Fortune Cookies:

colored fortune cookies
Yield: 24

Fortune Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes

Change up the color or the surprise in the middle. These fortune cookies can be for any occasion.


  • 3 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond emulsion
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon gel food coloring of choice
  • Sprinkles of choice


  1. Preheat the oven to 375. Cut the fortunes into strips.
  2. Add one stick of butter to a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 40 seconds to melt.
  3. Add egg whites to a mixing bowl.
  4. Add the sugar and beat with a hand mixer for 1 minute. The batter should be light and fluffy looking.
  5. Add the water, almond emulsion and melted butter.
  6. Mix to combine with the beaters.
  7. Add 1 cup flour and mix to combine.
  8. OPTION: add 1/8 teaspoon food coloring of choice.
  9. Using a tablespoon, scoop the batter on a parchment lined baking sheet. Spread to form a 3 inch circle. (Make sure to only do 2-4 at a time. You will have to work really quickly once they come out of the oven.)
  10. Bake for 6 minutes (just until browned slightly on the outside).
  11. Remove from the oven and immediately fold into a semicircle, leaving a 1/2 inch open on the end.
  12. Slip the fortune inside and press the bottom softly onto the edge of a cup, folding down the edges. Immediately place in a muffin pan to hold.
  13. OPTION: Seal 3/4 of the hot fortune cookies with a spatula by pressing the edges down slightly. Then fill with sprinkles instead of the fortune. Let cool completely and enjoy.
  14. Finish with the remaining batter.


Make sure you print and cut your fortunes ahead of time.

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