We recently spent a month undergoing a kitchen renovation. We ordered in a lot of Chinese food and ended up with a lot of uneaten fortune cookies.
It’s a problem bigger than us: Over the past month, 8,100 people searched Google for “what to do with fortune cookies.”
Rather than toss them out, we were inspired by this photo of peanut butter-stuffed fortune cookies from the Nutropolitan Museum Of Art, an art gallery of uber-creative ways to use peanut butter. It’s the concept of Lee Zalben, owner of Peanut Butter & Co., a New York City peanut butter restaurant.
It’s not easy to pry fortune cookies apart, but you can take them apart in pieces, remove the paper fortune, and still have enough of a cavity to stuff as a snack. In addition to peanut butter or PB&J, consider:
Break fortune cookies in half, remove fortune, fill and eat. Photo by Andrea Hernandez | Peanut Butter & Co.
Flavored peanut butter, from chocolate to cinnamon raisin to spicy (check out the flavors at Peanut Butter & Co.).
Sweetened ricotta and mini chocolate chips—a Chinese cannoli
Sweetened sour cream
DIP INTO CHOCOLATE
Then there are chocolate-dipped fortune cookies. A coating of chocolate transforms a ho-hum fortune cookie into a real treat. You can turn dipping and decorating into an hour of entertainment for adults or kids.
Get out the fondue pot and melt the chocolate—chocolate chips are easy, but we prefer gourmet chocolate bars. Provide dishes of sprinkles, mini chocolate chips and M&Ms and other garnishes (we cut up candied orange peel—the result was heavenly).
And don’t forget waxed paper and food storage bags, so guests can take home what they make.