New Year Fortune Cookies

Happy impending New Year, friends!

Thanks to everyone for the shared sugar highs, cookie orders, food styling words of wisdom, and everything else that 2017 swept along with it!  I hope that my sometimes timely blog posts inspired you to get down and BAKE.  Whether you were a fan of Westworld and made some edible fan art, some DIY Pocky cookies that looked like sakura branches, or caramel apples fit for an evil queen, I hope that you created something that made you smile.

I’ve been hashing out some new goals for this year.  Here are some sweet and silly fortunes that I made for my gang.  Actually, they’re more like directives… because we all need a little boost to dye our hair millennial pink!  The almond tuile cookies are thin, chewy perfection, and a little bit of matcha chocolate goes a long way to add some sophisticated flavor.

I styled the cookies to look like the sails on festive little boats.  What fortunes would you write?

Living another year with fibromyalgia, I never know if I’ll have much energy on a given day or not.  While it’s a bummer, it’s helped me to not take any day for granted, and squeeze out as much productivity as possible when I can.

I was listening to a podcast interview of Terry Crews recently, and he shares his mindset of being optimistic about life’s seemingly impossible challenges instead of opting out.  The interview really uplifted me and was the perfect momentum to carry this pastry slingin’ and food stylin’ gal into the new year!

I hope that you’re motivated to make some silly fortunes for a kickass 2018!  Scroll down for the recipe.

Matcha Chocolate Fortune Cookies

Makes about 15 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 5 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 egg whites
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 3/4 cups superfine sugar (castor sugar)
  • 1 tbsp matcha powder
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • ziplock bag

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Whisk sugar and egg whites together until just combined.
  3. Add melted butter, vanilla, water, and heavy cream and whisk.
  4. Add pinch of salt and slowly incorporate the flour.
  5. Add batter to a greased baking sheet in one tablespoon increments.  Use the back of a spoon to spread batter into a circle shape.  Allow space between each cookie; they will spread a lot!
  6. Bake for 6 minutes.
  7. Shape the cookies into a fortune cookie shape by folding in half once, and then in half again.  The batter becomes inflexible quickly, so you will have to work fast.  I baked about 5 cookies at a time.
  8. After shaping cookies, let them rest in a small cup so that they hold their shape.  Allow to dry.
  9. In a small sauce pan, melt the white chocolate chips over medium heat.  Add matcha powder.
  10. Mix well, and then transfer the matcha chocolate to a ziplock bag.  Cut a small hole in one corner of the bag’s bottom.
  11. Drizzle matcha chocolate over the dried fortune cookies.

Enjoy!  Tag your Hadley Go Lucky-inspired creations on Instagram with @hadleygolucky for the chance to be featured!

 

Annaprashan Cookies

I made these special cookies for an order that celebrates Annaprashan, a ceremony when a baby eats rice for the first time.  I’m thinking that the baby may be eating cookies for the first time as well!

One of my favorite aspects of baking and food styling is the power to personalize events that will become some of the most dog-eared memories.  The ability to do this is priceless to me.  Even when my life gets busy in other directions, I like to still make time for cookie orders such as this one.

It’s been a busy six day week working on shoots for a makeup brand and an upcoming pickle cookbook.  I probably went to the Union Square Greenmarket at least six times!  Assisting on each shoot floods me with creative ideas for my own projects.  Stay tuned for some portfolio shoot photos coming soon!  In the meantime, please enjoy this collection of spoons and dishes…