You would love to ring in 2011 with your kiddos, but staying up past midnight just isn’t in the cards.
Celebrate instead by making New Year-themed fortune cookies together. The kid-friendly take on the classic comes courtesy of local foodie Rebecca Coleman. Her blog, Cooking with My Kid, documents the family kitchen hijinks (she’s got two wee ones), so you can expect the recipe to be as easy as three … two … one.
New Year’s Resolution Cookies
Makes two dozen
5 tbsp. unsalted butter
4 egg whites
1 c. superfine sugar
1 c. all-purpose flour, sifted
1 pinch salt
3 tbsp. heavy whipping cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Gel food coloring
1 tbsp. multicolored nonpareil sprinkles
1. Write resolutions on three-by-half-inch paper strips using food-safe ink.
2. Preheat oven to 400°.
3. Prep two baking sheets with Silpat or nonstick cooking spray.
4. Melt butter; set aside to cool. In an electric mixer, combine egg whites and sugar for one minute. Mix in flour and salt, beat. Mix in butter, heavy cream, and vanilla; beat until smooth.
5. Divide batter into two bowls. Mix multicolored nonpareil sprinkles into one batch. Add a drop of food coloring to the other.
6. Place teaspoon-size scoops of batter at least four inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Using the back of the spoon, smooth batter into even rounds about three inches in diameter.
7. Bake eight to ten minutes or until edges are golden brown. Remove from oven.
8. Working quickly, slide a spatula under one cookie, lift, and flip over onto a dishtowel. Place one resolution message in the center of the cookie. Fold cookie in half and pinch at the top to form a loose semicircle. Place the folded edge on the rim of a coffee mug and pull each point down, one to the inside of the mug and one to the outside.
9. Place folded cookies in a muffin tin to hold their shape until firm.
10. Crack one open, discuss, devour, repeat.
For more kid-tested recipes, go to cookingwithmykid.com.