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Homemade Fortune Cookies: Recipes, Paper Patterns, Fabric Tutorials, and More

Rose is a full-time freelance writer who frequently writes about education, special education, DIY projects, food, Milwaukee, and more.


This is another one of those article ideas that I got from Pinterest. After stumbling across a handful of interesting non-food fortune cookie projects, I was intrigued and started looking around a little more. In addition to a variety of recipes for regular and giant fortune cookies, I found tutorials for fortune cookies made out of paper, cotton fabric, felt, and soap. There are a lot of fun possibilities here for Valentine's Day, parties, little gifts for any occasion, and weddings. Whether you are creating in the kitchen or in your crafting area, have fun!

Homemade Cookies to Eat

Generally fortune cookies are very inexpensive. Honestly I'm not sure that you save a lot of money by making your own, but it's a fun way to personalize a gift. People will be wowed that you went to the effort of making them. Most recipes are pretty simple and involve easy to find ingredients. The trick is getting the timing down to make well shaped cookies.


How to Write Your Own Fortunes for Pre-Made Cookies

Kate came up with a creative method for softening pre-made cookies so that you can insert your own fortune before they harden again. I haven't tried this myself, so I can't vouch for whether or not the cookies taste as good after they re-harden, but it's worth a try. If you like the idea of writing your own fortunes without making cookies of any type (food or crafty) from scratch, give this a shot.

Giant Fortune Cookies to Eat

"Giant fortune cookies" was one of the popular search results for fortune cookie searches, so I looked into it. Honestly I had no idea that giant fortune cookies existed until now. I found both recipes and pre-made cookies to purchase. Some people choose to have a giant fortune cookie instead of a wedding cake that they can crack open together. If you're considering fortune cookie wedding favors, this may be a fun way to tie the theme together.

Paper Cookies

Paper fortune cookies are a great way to use up small bits of scrapbook paper left over from other projects. If you have recycled paper on hand, such as magazines or junk mail, those are other great options. Additionally, I found a tutorial for cupcake wrapper fortune cookies. Many of these tutorials are very similar, but I've included a handful of options to provide inspiration for different types of paper and different patterns and colors.

Cotton Fabric Cookies

I've included a couple different options for creating fabric fortune cookies. One tutorial does involve a small amount of sewing. Both tutorials include methods for creating a structured inside, such as a felt layer. While paper cookies are really fun and easy, fabric fortune cookies are much more likely to last longer. If you are interested in creating a lasting gift, such as a Christmas ornament, as as opposed to a less permanent item such as party table décor, consider a fabric option.

Felt Cookies

I often turn to felt for fabric projects because it doesn't frey and because it's easy to create with it without sewing. Sticking true to this, many of these felt cookie projects simply require gluing and no sewing. Felt is a stiff enough medium to hold its shape without any fabric stiffening treatment.

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How to Make Lilly Bean Felt Fortune Cookies


Soap Fortune Cookies

Leaving the title as "soap cookies" felt wrong, so I had to add the fortune in there. This was not something that I went looking for specifically during my research, but I just happened to stumble across it while looking for something else. If you're new to soap making but want to give this a try, this web site has lots of great homemade soap resources.

Porcelain fortune cookies

I couldn't find a tutorial for this, but you can purchase porcelain fortune cookies.

I couldn't find a tutorial for this, but you can purchase porcelain fortune cookies.


Resources and Ideas for Packaging Fortune Cookies

Not surprisingly, one of the most prevalent methods for packaging fortune cookies is Chinese takeout boxes. Many craft stores carry them. You can also find places to purchase them online in bulk. Clear treat bags are another very inexpensive option and are also available in craft stores and online. I've included a tutorial here for decorating takeout boxes for a fortune cookie teacher gift. You can customize this concept for any occasion.


Fortune Sayings

Fortune cookie sayings is another very popular fortune cookie search so I decided to include some resources for it. Of course part of the fun of making your own fortune cookies is writing the fortunes! I've linked to general sources here. From there, you can search for more specific sayings, such as romantic, funny, etc. There are also a number of sites out there centered around specific sub-topics. If you can't find what you're looking for on a larger site, it's worth searching for a smaller one.

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© 2012 Rose Clearfield


Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 30, 2012:

Thanks Mary! My advice for using resources from Pinterest is to click through the links and provide the original sources (blog posts, etc.) in your article. Don't just link to a pin. Does that make sense? I use Pinterest resources all the time in articles, but I always link to the original source.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on May 30, 2012:

Lots of good creative ideas here. I'm just wondering, though. I see a lot of good stuff on Pinterest and would like to write Hubs about them, but I'm afraid I'll get in trouble for "copying". I could spend all day on that site. Have a great day!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 20, 2012:

Thanks Om! Have fun with your fortune cookies.

Om Paramapoonya on May 20, 2012:

So cute! I had never thought about making my own fortune cookies before, but now I think I might do it sometime. Rated up and awesome!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 15, 2012:

Thanks coffeegginmyrice! I know what you mean about Pinterest. I've taken on a number of projects that I found through the site that I never would have attempted otherwise.

Marites Mabugat-Simbajon from Toronto, Ontario on May 15, 2012:

I love everything esp. the coin purse! Pinterest has really lots of great stuff that's giving me sleepless nights thinking when I could try to do them (I know, I'm exaggerating.) My teen daughter would for sure enjoy this. Pinning back and bookmarking! Thanks randomcreative for putting them together!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 15, 2012:

Thanks Bobbi! I'm so glad that you enjoyed this. It's here if you're ever interested in the future. :)

Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on May 15, 2012:

This hub is one of the best creative hubs and I enjoyed reading it---although I am not making them--I do not have time at the moment. But I know where to find the hub when I am ready to bake.

Thanks your Hub Friend,


Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 15, 2012:

Thanks Denise! That's an awesome story. I'm sure that other readers will enjoy that, too.

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on May 14, 2012:

OMG-what a fun hub! I love the great photos and the fortune cookie exhibit is a crack up!

This reminds me of a story about me. My first job away from home was on Mackinac Island. I worked with a bunch of 'wild and crazy' kind of kids my age. One day I got the bright idea to 'share' a box of fortune cookies. Very seriously I distributed the cookies to all of my co-workers and watched their expression as they read specific information about themselves. I had removed the fortunes from the box and typed up messages on slivers of paper that matched the size of the fortune and slipped it back into the cookie. I really had them going for awhile!

Great hub-voted up and across.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 14, 2012:

Thanks Jamie! Have fun with it!

Dianna, yes, for sure. Sounds good with the paper fortune cookies. Thanks!

Linda, I can take or leave the real ones, too, but the crafty ones are so cute.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on May 14, 2012:

Well isn't this a neat idea!!! I don't like the real fortune cookies, but I sure like this idea as party favors!! Thanks for this hub!!:)

Dianna Mendez on May 14, 2012:

The red sculpture is such a dramtic statement in red. I am going to try the paper and cloth fortune cookies at my next dinner party as favors. Great hub topic and so interesting.

Jamie Brock from Texas on May 14, 2012:

Great hub, Rose! I ? fortune cookies....I may even try to make some.. your hub has inspired me :)

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 14, 2012:

Thanks! I'm glad that you enjoyed this.

KDuBarry03 on May 14, 2012:

This sounds like a really fun projects! Thank you for sharing! :)

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 14, 2012:

Thanks theclevercat! Have fun with this!

Rachel Vega from Massachusetts on May 14, 2012:

Totally fun! My favorite are the paper ones. Voted useful... and you can bet I'll be doing this project! Thanks!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 14, 2012:

Thanks so much Stephanie! They are a lot of fun. If it weren't for Pinterest, I never would have found non-cookie fortune cookies.

Stephanie Henkel from USA on May 14, 2012:

Oh, my gosh, these look like so much fun! I never thought about making fortune cookies from anything but real cookie dough, but love your ideas of making paper and fabric cookies! Love the photos and all the different ideas you've presented! Voted up and pinned!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 14, 2012:

Thanks Tammy! Those naughty fortune cookies sound hilarious. They would be perfect for bachelorette parties and that type of thing. You're right that those kind of fortunes are some of the best to make, too.

Thank you Tina! That means a lot to me.

Christina Lornemark from Sweden on May 14, 2012:

So many lovely fortune cookies! Here is something for everyone and you covered the subject well. I really like the way you design your hubs and this is fantastic!


Tammy from North Carolina on May 14, 2012:

That is one of the neatest ideas I have seen in a long time. These are awesome. A few years ago I got some of those naughty fortune cookies from Spencers. They were BAD and made people blush, but they were hilarious. A person can have some great fun making these. Voting up and sharing. Awesome!!!!

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