Mardi Gras king cake fortune cookies

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One of the traditional components of Mardi Gras is catching plastic toys, trinkets, and beads that are thrown from floats. Screams of "THROW ME SOMETHING MISTER!" can be heard, which, besides being kind of sexist (people of all genders ride on floats, y'all), is a pretty effective way of getting beads and other crap you don't actually need. One thing you hardly see being thrown out at Mardi Gras, though, is a fortune cookie. You may ask, why would fortune cookies be thrown out on Mardi Gras? Well, Mardi Gras is about good fun and good fortune and I'll be damned if y'all don't agree that receiving a fun, potentially vulgar (definitely vulgar) fortune cookie on Mardi Gras wouldn't be exciting. These cookies also gave me an excuse to express my kind of out-there sense of humor without (well, hopefully without) offending people.

So, I present to you, Mardi Gras Misfortune Cookies, a recipe based on Molly Yeh's Christmas Fortune Cookies. These cookies have a classic king cake cinnamon flavor, and a not-so-traditional message.

What:
FORTUNE COOKIES
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour*
  • 1/2 t kosher salt
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 1/4 t almond extract

ACCOMPANIMENTS
  • 12 strips of paper with fortunes
  • Purple, green, and gold sanding sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/8 cup buttermilk
  • Cellophane for wrapping
  • String or ribbon for tying
*Molly recommends subbing almond flour for all purpose flour to make these gluten-free. You may need to bake these for a couple extra minutes.

How:
  1. Preheat oven 375*
  2. Whisk together dry ingredients
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg whites, vanilla, and almond extract
  4. Sift in dry ingredients and whisk until smooth
  5. On a cookie sheet lined with greased parchment paper, pour three circles of batter about 2-3" wide and paper thin (don't do more than three at a time as it won't allow you time to form the cookies before they harden)
  6. Bake for 5-7 minutes until the edges are brown
  7. Remove from oven and place the fortune inside of them and bend the cookies in half, pressing them down slightly at the seams
  8. Bend over the lid of a mug (with the seam of the folded cookie facing upward) to form a crescent shape
  9. Place in a muffin tin to hold shape while it dries
  10. Repeat process with remaining batter
  11. Once all cookies are cooled, whisk together powdered sugar and buttermilk and spread over cookies
  12. Sprinkle purple, green, and gold sugar on top of them and let dry for at least an hour
  13. Wrap in cellophane and tie with ribbon or string to make individual throws
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