Combine the magic of fortunes with Westeros and what do you get? These Chocolate flavored Game of Thrones Fortune Cookies!
There is something so mystical about a fortune cookie – and the knowledge that they’re all mass produced in a factory does nothing to dampen the twinge of excitement and intrigue when you break open into one.
A little history…
There are several stories behind the invention of this largely American treat. One story is that a Chinese immigrant, David Jung took pity on the homeless people wandering outside his store in LA and crafted these cookies for them. He slipped a tiny piece of biblical verse in the folds to lift their spirits.
Another story goes that it was created by a Japanese immigrant and landscape designer, Makoto Hagiwara who designed the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco. After being fired by an anti-Japanese mayor, he was later re-instated by the next elected mayor. To thank everyone who supported him during the brief crisis, he created these cookies with a thank-you note inside and handed it to everyone who visited the tea garden. He claims that he created the cookies based on Tsujiura Senbei – a confection from Kyoto that dates back to the 19th century, possibly even earlier. The Tsujiura Senbei is flavored with sesame and miso, is a little darker than the fortune cookie we’re used to eating now, and the fortune is tucked between the folds, as opposed to hidden within.
Irrespective of its origins, we cannot deny that this mundane cookie is now an integral part of Asian take-out food in the US.
Most of the time, the fortune in store for you is vague and even nonsensical at times, but the theory of probability ensures that atleast once or twice, the fortune coincides with something in your life, at which point the cookie suddenly becomes a thing of magic!
I remember how excited I was to break open into my first fortune cookie. I still have the fortune saved up, and weirdly, it made sense to me back then. Now, not so much! But that’s the way it goes.
Game of Thrones Fortune Cookies
It’s almost a ritual now for me to re-watch the earlier seasons of Game of Thrones on HBO in preparation for the new season to come while eating some take-out stir-fry. As I broke into my fortune, I thought how incredibly amazing it would be if I could make them with Game of Thrones fortunes inside! Ironic, because the only kind of fortune on the show seems to be misfortune! But the show does have some epic dialogues that could translate into fortunes, should you learn look at them in the right light.
Besides, wouldn’t they be just about absolutely awesome at a GOT viewing party? I think so!
And that’s how I got started with making these Chocolate flavored Game of Thrones Fortune Cookies. And don’t you worry about the fortunes – I got you covered: here’s a FREE Printable!
If you’ve never made a fortune cookie before (why would you? No normal person would!) here are a few things you should know:
- You must work fast when shaping the cookie – it is soft and pliable when it comes out of the oven, but as it cools, it hardens to a crisp biscuit.
- Bake in small batches – 2 per batch is plenty.
- Ready two baking trays with the 3″ round template. When you take one tray out, put the other in immediately.
- While it’s still hot, flip over the baked cookie, place a fortune inside, fold in half.
- Then use a blunt-edged glass or bowl to fold the cookie again in half. Then place them in a muffin tin to cool, so it holds its bent shape.
- Let the baking tray cool a little, and spread two more rounds of batter for the next batch. Repeat till you run out of batter.
Don’t worry if all your cookies don’t look perfect – 1/3 of mine always turns out a little cracked or tragically shaped. And after cooling, if your cookies still seem soft, when the last batch is done and you’ve turned off the oven, put the soft cookies in the warm oven and they will crisp up as the oven cools. Store in an air-tight container for a week.
While we’re talking about viewing parties, here are a few more Game of Thrones inspired foods that will blow your mind!