Christmas Vacation is my all-time favorite Christmas movie. To me, it’s not Christmas without hearing cousin Eddie say “Merry Christmas! Sh***er’s full!” or watching Aunt Bethany bring the beloved (meow mix) jello mold. I remember watching it as a child, pretty much missing half of the comedy and dirty jokes (since they went over my head), and just enjoying the funny family bloopers. However, it makes me laugh that my mom let me watch that movie every year as a child, especially since she thought Ren & Stimpy was “trash TV’. (love you, Mom) Ren & Stimpy has nothing on Christmas Vacation, “trash TV” wise.
A few weeks ago, one of my friends brought up the idea of a cookie swap. This would be the first one I’ve attended, so I was super stoked about this! I thought about how fun it would be to make these cookies with Christmas movie quotes inside. I decided to feature “Christmas Vacation” and “Elf” quotes. Elf has quickly become a recent favorite of mine, and really, how could it not? It’s such a cute Christmas movie AND Will Ferrell is in it!
These cookies put the average fortune cookie to shame. They have a fabulous vanilla flavor, and heck, homemade is always better, right? While this recipe can be tedious, since you can only make 3-4 at a time, the results are so worth it. I had fun putting these little quotes in the cookies, and watching my friends see which quotes they got.
- 1 egg white
- 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 pinch salt
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- Food coloring, optional
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place parchment paper or a silicone mat on a cookie sheet. Write or type fortunes on strips of paper about 4 inches long and 1/2 inch wide.
- Mix the egg white and vanilla until the mixture is foamy. In another bowl, sift the flour, salt and sugar. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and mix until well incorporated. Add food coloring if you’d like and mix until well blended.
- Doing this in batches of 3-4 cookies, place 1 teaspoon of batter for each cookie on the baking sheet, at least 4 inches apart. Using a spoon, spread the batter in a circle, about 3 inches in diameter, making sure the batter is as even as possible (to avoid thin spots).
- Bake the cookies for 5 minutes or until cookie has turned a golden brown color around the edge of the cookie. If you want, you can use 2 cookie sheets and prepare the other sheet with cookies while the other one is baking.
- Once the cookies are done baking, remove the sheet from the oven and working quickly, flip the cookie with a spatula (it might take a bit of work to get the spatula under these cookies). Then, quickly put the fortune on the middle of the cookie and fold the cookie in half. Pull the pointed edges together and place in the cups of a muffin tin for them to hold their shape as they cool. Once they have cooled, enjoy!