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Sparkling Fortune Cookies

For rave reviews this Valentine's Day, serve these adorable fortune cookies with squiggles and patterns of sparkling colored sugar. Besides making for a festive dessert, these cookies, gift-wrapped in a clear cellophane bag with a few loose fortunes of your own, are a great present for a friend.

What you'll need:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 to 3 drops red food coloring
  • 1 box (3 1/2 ounces) purchased fortune cookies
  • Small paintbrush
  • 1 tub (4 ounces) red sugar sprinkles, or your favorite color 

Yields: About 1 dozen cookies


patti From: Valentine Treats by Sarah Perry, photographs by Quentin Bacon, © 2001. Used with permission of Chronicle Books LLC, San Francisco,


In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water. Bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, stir in the food coloring and let cool. (By coloring the sugar syrup you'll be able to see where you've painted the designs.)

Pour 2 or 3 tablespoons of the colored sugar water into a small bowl or cup. Working with one fortune cookie at a time, dip the paintbrush into the syrup and paint patterns on the cookie's surface in sections. (Make sure to apply a medium coat.) After applying the syrup, hold the cookie over the tub and sprinkle the wet area with sugar. Lightly tap off any excess before moving to another section. To create a half sugar/half plain cookie, paint half and dip it into the tub.

After completing each cookie, place it on a wire rack to dry completely, up to 2 hours for patterned cookies, 4 to 5 hours for a solid coating. Store in an airtight container.

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