Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Proverb Cookies

Yesterday, Natalie over at Mouse Grows Mouse Learns posted about making fortune cookies, with her daughter, for the Chinese New Year. That reminded me of an idea the girls brought home from their aunt, for putting Bible verses into "fortune", or in this case - Proverb cookies.

The book of Proverbs is full of sage advice, dispensed out in bite sized couplets, perfect for wrapping up into cookies. The girls had a good time this morning, sorting through the book, picking and choosing their favorites.


After they had half a dozen proverbs printed out on strips of paper, we went to work mixing up the cookie dough, following the same "easy" recipe from Allrecipes.com, that Natalie had managed with success.




It didn't work as well for us.


Personally, I blame the Easter Egg Chicken eggs, we picked up from some of our homesteading friends. They come in beautiful shades of pink and green, but are very tiny. We might have needed to add an extra egg white to the recipe to compensate for the size.


Then again, it might have been user error. We had equally poor success with a second, oil based recipe from MomsWhoThink, which is even prefaced with the assurance:

A good fortune cookie recipe is as hard to come by as a good fortune in your cookie! This is the best one yet.


The greasy, sugar cookie like dough made for tasty cookies, but no matter how hot out of the oven they were, we couldn't manage to fold them around our slips of paper, without breaking them into pieces.


It wasn't a bad dough for wrapping, before baking, around chocolate chips, though.




As for the Proverb cookies...


...I found a terrific crochet pattern...


...and had a batch made up in no time. Bringing to mind another bite of Biblical advice:

Ecclesiastes 6:11 Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let not your hands be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.

Or, in other (Proverb cookie sized) words...


...always have a backup plan!


It's great to be a homeschooler.

Linked with Bible Alive! Tuesday at The Fantastic Five.

8 comments:

Leah C said...

Oh so cute! I admire your determination.:-)

Allison said...

I love this!

Debbie said...

I love the idea of this, but I myself have never tried homemade fortune or proverb cookies. Sure love your crocheted ones!

Raising a Happy Child said...

I love this on so many levels. As I said, I didn't find the recipe easy to handle at all, but tempted to try the recipe that doesn't call for butter. I am sure the girls had fun tasting different versions though and then enjoying the long-lasting crocheted cookie.

Phyllis said...

Like I told Natatlie, I remember making fortune cookies when I was younger (pre-kid days) and I remember them being hard to make. I used the recipe in Joy of Cooking and they had to be folded very quickly or they hardened before they took shape. I decided that they were not worth the trouble then. I made some out of felt a few years ago, but they are stilled packed so I couldn't use them this year...perhaps next year. I LOVE your crocheted ones, however!!

Ticia said...

I love the crocheted ones, it's so cute.

I'm halfway through my first crocheted scarf........

Christy said...

I bought fortune cookies at Target! I don't think I'll be attempting them myself! I love the crocheted version!

Wonder Mom said...

Oh yes, the crocheted version is MUCH better- and definitely lower in calories... ;0)