Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Fortune Cookies! And Divinity. Remember that?

For teacher gifts this year, I dipped fortune cookies in chocolate. Made a ton, and really fun. I had  11 teacher gifts to make this year. Why, you ask? Because my Lady has a whole crew of wonderful people who support and teach her. And I wanted to thank them because they put a lot of effort into helping my Lady progress.

So, I bought a few bags of chocolate chips (only used 2), and one large bag of fortune cookies from a restaurant supply store. It made probably 100 cookies.

This is my double boiler. A pyrex on a pot. Medium low heat, 2 inches of water in the pot, make sure glass doesn't touch the water. Simmer. Chocolate melts as you stir it, and don't cook it too long, because chocolate will change it's consistency permanently if heated too long. We found that out the hard way.

Then we dipped them in candy sprinkles! Aren't they cute?

Put them in take-out boxes that I got from that same restaurant supply store.
Then tied these tags on that say: "We feel so FORTUNATE to know you! Thanks for all you do! All the Merriest!" Hope our Teachers like them.
And this is random, but I made divinity for a cookie party I went to last week. I hadn't seen divinity is probably 20 years. But I remember my mom making it in her big Bosch mixer (you know, the never-say-die mixers that can keep on trucking through an atomic bomb!). My Kitchenaid had to do for this one, but it was a rough task for my machine. (Wishing I had the Bosch right about now.) Seriously, the motor on my Kitchenaid was HOT from all the beating. Anyway, the divinity still turned out wonderful, in spite of a hot mixer and a cloudy, very cloudy, overcast, did-I-mention-foggy?, day. I'd forgotten how DIVINE this confection is. And I introduced a whole new generation to the treat of the gods. (My kids got to lick the bowl and beater. Happiness on a spoon!) Very sweet and heavenly. The treat truly lives up to it's name.
Here's the recipe:
Perfect Divinity:


Prep Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 35 mins

  1. 1Line 2 cookie sheets with wax paper, and butter the wax paper. Set aside. In a 2 quart saucepan combine sugar, corn syrup, water, and salt.
    2Cook, stirring, till sugar dissolves. Wash sides of 
    of pan with a brush dipped in water to remove any sugar crystals. Boil, without stirring, until mixture registers 260 degrees on candy thermometer. This makes the syrup.

  2. 3Meanwhile, as temperature of syrup reaches 260 degrees, beat egg whites on high speed till stiff peaks form, at least 5 minutes.
  3. 4When syrup reaches 260 degrees, very gradually add the syrup to egg whites, beating at high speed with electric mixer.
  4. 5Add vanilla and beat until candy holds its shape and begins to lose its gloss, about 4-5 minutes.
  5. 6Stir in the chopped nuts, if desired.
  6. 7Quickly (work very fast!) drop candy from a buttered teaspoon onto buttered waxed paper, swirling the top of each piece.
  7. 8Let cool. Yield about 1 1/2 lbs.


Washington Hills said...

Summer, WHY IN THE WORLD do you live so far away?!?!? LOVE this idea. I need to call you more and see if you rub off on me.

Molly said...

hey thanks for the divinity snowballs! :D

btw. not to rub it in, but I have lovely Bosch mixer! My hubby had gotten me a gorgeous red KitchenAid and it just seemed useless for everything I bake. LOL So we returned it and spent an arm and a leg more to get the Bosch. I think that was last Christmas or the year before. hah. My mom has had her Bosch for like 30yrs. The beaters finally broke last year. LOL I will agree, all a KitchenAid is good for is looking at. ;)

you still pulled it off though!