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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

DIY Pink Fortune Cookie Cupcake Toppers



Most years, Valentine's Day coincides with the Chinese New Year season. So, for a special treat that celebrates both holidays, top your cupcakes with these pink fortune cookies. If you've only had fortune cookies from restaurants, you'll know that they are usually rather dry and tasteless. These pink fortune cookies, which are surprisingly easy to make, taste way better. They look so festive and romantic sitting on top of a pink cupcake.

pink fortune cookie cupcake toppers

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Things You’ll Need

  • 3 egg whites, room temperature

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • Whisk

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • Pinch of salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • Red gel food coloring

  • Parchment paper

  • Silicone baking mat

  • Tablespoon scoop

  • Spatula

  • Mug or glass

  • Muffin tin

  • Red candy melts

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening (optional)

  • Pink, red and white sprinkles

  • Paper fortunes

  • Cupcakes

  • Frosting

ingredients and materials

Step 1: Mix the Batter

Whisk the egg whites with the sugar until well combined.

whisk egg whites

Melt the butter in a microwave at 20-second intervals. Whisk the butter with the egg whites and sugar.

whisk butter with egg whites

Add the flour, a pinch of salt, the vanilla and almond extracts and the water.

add more ingredients to the mixture

Whisk the batter until it has a smooth consistency.

whisk the batter

Step 2: Dye the Batter

To dye the batter pink, add a small drop of red gel food dye or icing color. A little goes a long way, so start with just that one little drop. You can always add more if the color is not deep enough for you.

dye the batter

Stir the batter until the batter has a consistent pink tone. Add a little more dye if necessary.

pink batter

Step 3: Prepare the Baking Sheet

On a piece of parchment paper, trace three circles of about 3 1/2 inches spaced evenly apart. I used the cap of a store-bought frosting container.

trace circles

Place the parchment paper with the circles underneath a silicone baking mat. The circles show through the mat and will help guide you as you spread the cookie batter. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

silicone mat

Step 4: Spread the Batter

Using a tablespoon, scoop up some of the cookie batter.

scoop the batter

Pour the batter into one of the circles on the baking mat. Some of the batter will remain stuck in the spoon, and that's OK because you'll only need about 2/3 tablespoon.

pour the batter batter in circle

Spread the batter with a spoon until it extends to the circumference of the circle.

spread the batter with a spoon

Don't worry if the batter is lumpy at this point. It will even out in the oven, and the cookie will be flat.

batter filling circle

Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. We are only baking three cookies at a time for a reason. Once they are out of the oven, you only have a limited amount of time to shape the circle into a fortune cookie before the cookie hardens.

three cookie circles

Step 5: Shape the Fortune Cookies

Once they're removed from the oven, allow the cookies to cool for 1 minute.

cool the cookies

Lift one edge of a cookie with a spatula and fold it over so the cookie looks like a taco shell.

spatula lifting cookie folded cookie

Position the center of the folded side of the cookie over the rim of a mug or glass. Fold down the corners to create the fortune cookie shape.

fold cookie over mug

Place the fortune cookie in a muffin tin so that it holds its shape as it cools.

fortune cookies in muffin tin

Step 6: Decorate the Fortune Cookies

The pink fortune cookies are perfectly fine as is, but let's decorate them to make them even more irresistible. Start by warming some red candy melts in the microwave at 40-second intervals until they are completely melted. Add a tablespoon of vegetable shortening as you melt the candy if the consistency is too thick. You want it to be able to coat a spoon.

red candy melts

Dip half the fortune cookie in the candy melts and place the cookie on a piece of parchment paper to catch the drippings.

dipped cookie

Apply some sprinkles to the melted candy side before it hardens.

sprinkles on cookie

Step 7: Create the Fortunes

Type some fortunes and print them on a piece of paper.

fortunes on paper

Cut the fortunes to size. I made them 2.2 inches long by 0.5 inches high.

cut fortunes

Slide the fortunes into the openings of the fortune cookies. I recommend inserting the fortunes at this point rather than when initially folding the cookie so they are not damaged when decorating with the candy melts.

insert the fortune

Step 8: Assemble the Cupcakes

Bake cupcakes of your choice. I decided to go all pink and selected strawberry cupcakes from a box mix.

pink cupcakes

Spread the frosting of your choice on the cupcakes. Again, I went all pink and used store-bought strawberry frosting. Although I used a piping tip and bag to create a rosette shape with the frosting, it's fine to just spread a flat layer with a spatula. Most of the frosting will be covered by the fortune cookie anyway.

frosted cupcakes

Apply more sprinkles to the frosting. You may wonder, "Sprinkles on the fortune cookie AND sprinkles on the frosting?" Absolutely!

sprinkles on cupcake

Finally, it's the moment we've all been waiting for. Place the fortune cookie on top of the cupcake. A new Valentine's cupcake champion has been crowned.

completed pink fortune cookie cupcake toppers

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