Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Fortune Cookie Recipe

Fortune Cookies

1/2 cup sugar

2 egg whites, unbeaten

Pinch of sald

1/4 cup butter or margarine melted

1/4 cup flour

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Prepare 15 fortunes on 2 1/2 by 1/2-inch slips of paper.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, stir the sugar into the egg whites. Add a pinch of salt. When the sugar is fully dissolved, add the butter, flour, and vanilla and beat with a mixer until smooth. Grease a cookie sheet. Drop the batter, one teaspoon at a time, 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet. Bake for 5 minutes, or until the edges are brown.

Remove the cookies from the oven and put them on a wooden cutting board. Put a fortune across the center of each circle of cookies and fold over to a semicircle. Lay the semicircle on the edge of a mixing bowl and bend it over the outside; hold it there for a few seconds until it holds shape. Keep working fast until all the cookies are made.

Easter Eggs

I found this idea in one of the Penny Whistle party books. It sounds like a fun science project.

Creating Natural Dyes

For Yellow: use saffron, daffodils, yellow onion skins, or crocuses.

For Green: use broccoli, spinach, moss, rhubarb, or grass.

For Blue: use blueberries.

For Brown: use coffee, tea, walnut shells, or plums.

For Red: use beets or red cabbage.

Wash and chop the raw materials chosen to produce one color and place in a nonreactive pot (stainless steel, heatproof glass, or enamel). Cover with water. Boil for at least 5 minutes or longer to produce darker colors. Strain through a colander lined with cheesecloth or a clean rag. Cool the dye, then gently dip your hard-boiled or blown-out eggs into the solution for a few minutes or until you've reached the desired color intensity.
How To Blow Out An Egg
Prick both ends with an egg pick or a heated pin or needle. Hold the egg over a bowl and blow from one end just as you would blow up a balloon until all the liquid is emptied.
Happy Easter!