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Fortune Cookies

1 egg white
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pinch salt
1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 cup white sugar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Write 12 fortunes on strips of paper about 4 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. Mix egg white and vanilla until foamy, but not stiff. Sift flour, salt, and sugar and then blend into egg white mixture. Place teaspoonfuls of batter at least 4 inches apart on greased cookie sheet. (Tip: Bake only a few cookies at a time because once baked, cookies must be shaped very quickly while still hot.) Tilt cookie sheet to move batter into round shapes about 3 inches in diameter. Bake 5 minutes, or until edges of cookies are a golden color. Remove from oven and immediately use spatula to move cookies onto wooden board, flipping upside down. Quickly place fortunes on the middle of cookies, and fold cookies in half. Place folded edge of each cookie across rim of measuring cup and pull pointed edges downward, one inside the cup and one outside. Place folded cookies into muffin tin or egg carton to help hold their shape until firm. Yields 1 dozen fortune cookies.

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