Haiku Fortune Cookies

(cookie recipe adapted from Susan Branch's scrumptious cookbook Vineyard Seasons. I love all of Susan Branch's books...check them out!)

3 egg whites
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup cake flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Type 24 haiku onto thin strips of paper. You can use the haiku from the books suggested below, or write your own haiku: three lines long, with the first line 5 syllables, the second line 7 syllables, and the third line 5 again. Put the haiku aside until later.

Preheat oven to 350º. Put all ingredients (except for the paper) in a food processor and blend for fifteen seconds. Cover cookie sheets with parchment paper and then grease the parchment. Drop by measured tablespoon on the greased, papered cookie sheet; don't do more than a half-dozen cookies at a time (I know that's a pain, but you'll just have to give them to someone very special). Bake 10 minutes. Immediately remove with spatula. The rough side should be on the inside of the cookie. Put a fortune in the middle of the cookie and fold it in half quick-quick, bringing the corners up. Once you've done this with all the batter, put all the finished cookies back on a parchment-covered cookie sheet and bake until toasty brown, about a half hour. Serve with Earl Grey in a pretty pot and you've got yourself some poet-tea.

I think the idea of fortune cookies is so exciting, but relative to other cookies I could kill myself making, they can taste so boring. They also don't have enough calories, in my opinion, for a self-respecting cookie. This can be fixed. I like to microwave white chocolate with a little butter and mix until smooth, then I dip the end of the finished fortune cookie in the chocolate, and then dip it again in a bowl full of sprinkles. Cool on wax paper.

Sprinkles help every situation.

Great Haiku Poetry Books to Share with Children:

Cricket Never Does : A Collection of Haiku and Tanka by Myra Cohn Livingston
In A Spring Garden edited by Richard Lewis, illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats
Stone Bench in an Empty Park edited by Paul B. Janeczko, illustrated by Henri Silberman
Grass Sandals : The Travels of Basho by Dawnine Spivak
Cool Melons-Turn to Frogs! : The Life and Poems of Issa by Matthew Gollub
Don't Tell the Scarecrow by Four Winds Press
A Pocketful of Poems by Nikki Grimes, ilustrated by Javaka Steptoe
Red Dragonfly on My Shoulder, translated by Sylvia Cassedy and Kunihiro Suetake

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