First of all, to my Chinese friends, is a hard cookie really the best dessert you could come up with? I love Chinese food, but anytime I go to a Chinese buffet they only have weird desserts like cookies, pudding, pear slices, or jello. Come on! You guys invented paper, printing, the compass, gun powder, etc. I know you can do better than a dessert that makes you feel like you are eating a dog biscuit.
One the positive side, fortune cookies do have more mystique and mystery surrounding them than most other desserts. I'm sure no one takes time to reflect and contemplates future life choices when they eat a donut and I doubt eating an ice cream cone makes one ponder your destiny either.
By the time I finish eating delicious Chinese cuisine, I am loaded up on sodium and MSG and I could use some good old fashioned sugar to balance out my diet. Isn't that what yin and the yang is all about? So couldn't you offer some better dessert or at least put some frosting on the fortune cookie? Now that I think about it, I wouldn't have any problem pulling soggy fortune papers out of banana cream pie if you put that on the menu.