Heartograms

September 9, 2013

Do you remember the telegram?  Prior to our present day means of *instant communication* telegrams were the way to transmit personal messages in a hurry.   Today with the internet, email, cell phones and text messages, the telegram is now part of a bygone era but I need to digress here just a little.

I remember when Ella started Junior Kindergarten.  Her Mom would spend a good bit of time cutting and crafting together the sweetest note cards with special hand-written messages for Ella to find in her lunch box every day.  With little sister Sophie officially starting Junior Kindergarten next week, you can bet  little treasured notes will be tucked in her lunch too.  It is a great way to *connect* in the middle of your child’s school day and a tangible bit of love from home seems to make the school day just a little bit shorter.

Whether you are school-aged or counting yourself among the old-aged, we all need words of praise, encouragement and positive re-enforcement.  So often we can be stung by a criticism and the memory of those harsh words seem to stay with us much longer than any compliment that ever graced our ears.  My Mom often said *You’ll catch more flies with honey than you will with vinegar.*  So true.   A kind word, thought or deed is attractive and like a smile, should be contagious!

So…while the telegram is rarely used as a means to connect, my Heartogram cookies are the latest way to send a sweet personal message to people you care about.  It’s not always about the speed of transmission but rather the message itself.  Whether it be words of encouragement, praise or just acknowledging something special about someone you know, these little messages from the heart will be taken to the heart.

Heartograms with Message of Encouragement and Love

If you have noticed that these were made using edible icing images don’t fret if you don’t have an edible printer.  Later in the post I show you how to make these without using edible images.

Heart Shaped Cookies with Message of Encouragement and Praise

Who wouldn’t have a smile cross their face when upon opening their lunch box or briefcase and finding a few of these waiting for them?  Keep a few handy while you’re out and about too.  The dry cleaner who takes great care with your favourite outfits and cleans them perfectly?  The server at your favourite restaurant who remembers your *must-have* dish?  The hairdresser that you trust to cut and colour your hair just right?  Send a Heartogram their way and let them know how much you appreciate their service.

Heartogram Cookies with Edible Messages of Love and Encouragement

Never let a day go by without complimenting, praising or encouraging someone.  Be it family, friend or stranger.

Heartogram Cookies with Edible Words of Encouragement, Praise and Love

To make these edible messages from the heart I downloaded a Telegram font from fontzone.net and then created my messages in a word document.  Once done, an edible image icing sheet was used to print out the document.  Using an edible marker and a small heart shaped cutter, I traced around the wording and then cut out each one.

You’ll need heart-shaped cookies of course.

Heartograms Uniced

Using a small amount of clear corn syrup, brush the back of your edible image hearts and apply to the center of your cookies.

Heartograms Applied

Next step is to pipe a border of your choice around your Heartogram message and once done, pipe around the outside edge of your cookie.

Heartogram Piped

When your piping icing is dry, you can then flood your cookies and apply any design you choose to the flood icing. You’ll notice in the pictures that I also added sanding sugar to a few of the cookies.  This is done when your flood icing is dry and applying by brushing with clear corn syrup before shaking the sanding sugar over the cookies.

Completed Heartogram

That’s it.  It is easy to make Heartograms!  Now, if you don’t have an edible printer here’s what to do.  With a small heart cutter and an edible marker, place the cutter in the center of your cookie and trace around the heart cutter.

Heartogram Outline w out Edible Image

Now, pipe around the center heart and then around the cookie, using any piping and flood colours you like.

Heartogram Piped w out Edible Image

Next, flood the outside area of your cookie, add your design (wet-on-wet technique) then let dry completely.

Heartogram without Edible Image Flooded

Second last step, when your border has fully dried.  Flood the center of the cookie with white flood icing.  Let this dry completely (overnight!)  Sorry, no picture but you understand…

Final step is to add your message with a black edible marker and your Heartogram is complete.  All you have to do is to see that it gets delivered.

Heartogram Cookies with Positive Edible Message

Oh, before you go…I have a Heartogram for you!

Heartogram Cookie Cookies with Edible Messages of Praise Encouragement and Love

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{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

The Partiologist September 9, 2013 at 9:21 am

I have always wanted a edible printer machine and if I had one, I could make these – they are sooooo cute! Love the perfection of the text you can achieve by using the printer! (My hand writing is awful!)

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Paula September 12, 2013 at 12:13 am

You would do amazing things with an edible printer but then again, you already do amazing things without one! I’ve seen your blog!! ;)

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hani/haniela's September 9, 2013 at 9:22 am

Paula, I love this idea of using edible sheets directly on the cookie. These cookies are so pretty and so happy.
I haven’t really experienced telegram myself that much STOP but I’ve heard so much about it STOP ;-)
Have a great day.

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Paula September 12, 2013 at 12:14 am

Loved your comment Hani! Hope you are have a great week.

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The Bearfoot Baker September 9, 2013 at 9:31 am

Heartogram cookies are brilliant!! I think everyone in the world should get one everyday!! Love this message, these cookies, and your sweet kind heart!!

HUGS!!!

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Paula September 12, 2013 at 12:09 am

HUGS right back atcha Lisa…with many thanks ;)

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Georgie September 9, 2013 at 10:19 am

Absolutley adorable! They’re perfect for anytime of the year and kind of event. I love them.

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Paula September 12, 2013 at 12:10 am

Thank you Georgie and you are right, you can use these for any event and at any time of the year.

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Loretta - Sweet Southern Cookies September 9, 2013 at 10:49 am

That’s the cutes thing ever! I’m wanting to get a printer but I’m not sure which one would be the best and where do you get the edible ink refills from? I would deep appreciate your help with this! Thanks ❤

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Loretta - Sweet Southern Cookies September 9, 2013 at 11:23 am

Thank you for all the information on all the things I would need for the printer and the print out sheet. And getting back to me so fast, you are wonderful lady! You have a wonderful week also

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Paula September 12, 2013 at 12:08 am

You’re welcome Loretta. Let me know if you decide to buy one :)

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Barbara | Creative Culinary September 9, 2013 at 12:38 pm

I want you to take one of those ‘You are so thoughtful’ cookies and give it to yourself. I’m serious because you are.

These are the best; something sweet in more ways then one!

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Joan - My Cookie Clinic September 9, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Paula, These are such a cute idea! They look like framed pictures. I love the unique designs framing the sweet sentiments. Looks like you dug up some old telegrams to enhance the photo…great!

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Paula September 12, 2013 at 12:07 am

Hi Joan ~ Thanks for visiting :) Regarding the telegrams, I actually just printed some images from Google :)

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Renee - Kudos Kitchen September 9, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Here’s one for you: You always have the best ideas!
You do Paula ;)

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Paula September 12, 2013 at 12:06 am

XO Renee :)

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CCU September 9, 2013 at 7:20 pm

Cutest way of sending messages ever my friend :D

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

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Paula September 12, 2013 at 12:05 am

Thank you and cheers to you as well :)

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Paula September 10, 2013 at 9:13 am

Paula,
Good habit to cultivate, just letting your friends and family know they are special and what they mean to you. I need to do it more often–with cookies or otherwise. But I’m pretty sure they would rather get one of these cookies then a note or just words.

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Paula September 11, 2013 at 11:54 pm

Hi Paula ~ Positive messages would be welcomed by everyone, embellished on a cookie, written on a note, or conveyed in person. I agree, it is a good habit to cultivate. Wouldn’t it be lovely if kindness just came second nature all the time for everyone?

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Gail September 10, 2013 at 9:38 am

Absolutely adorable, Paula!
LOVE THAT FONT!

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Paula September 11, 2013 at 11:44 pm

Thanks so much Gail. I love the font too. Very reminiscent of an earlier time isn’t it?

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bridget {bake at 350} September 10, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Paula….YOU have the sweetest heart!!! I can just picture you spreading joy all about town with your cookies. And I bet your granddaughters will love them in their lunchboxes!

So sweet!

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Paula September 11, 2013 at 11:36 pm

Thank you sweet Bridget. Unfortunately, due to a nut free school zone, this batch won’t be arriving in any classrooms (almond extract). The girls will be delivering some to their friends though :)

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Melissa {Simply Sweets by Honeybee} September 10, 2013 at 11:31 pm

With all the craziness going on in the world this is just the positivity that we need. The world needs heartograms. Great idea!

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Paula September 11, 2013 at 11:23 pm

They certainly wouldn’t do any harm would they? Thanks for visiting Melissa, always appreciate it.

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Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie September 11, 2013 at 8:53 am

I adore these so much!! You are just the sweetest, Paula :)

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Paula September 11, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Aww, thank you Jennifer. I’m happy you like them! Hope you and *the little one* are doing wonderfully :)

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Sue {munchkin munchies} September 12, 2013 at 2:04 am

Paula, Though I have never received a telegram, I do have a couple in my baby book:) My dad used to deliver Western Union telegrams on his bike in Los Angeles, when he was about 15.
Anyone would be thrilled to receive a cookie heartogram! I especially love the polka dots. Such a SWEET idea!

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melissa September 12, 2013 at 10:11 am

I love these…i always remember Heart grams in school. I wish I had received one in cookie form.

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warning sugary goodness September 12, 2013 at 11:46 am

Paula,
Great use of the edible sheets. I always struggle that. Wonderful :)

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Paula September 30, 2013 at 6:21 pm

I’m really enjoying using my edible icing sheets…they have come in extremely handy for some cookie design requests.

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Jaquee September 12, 2013 at 7:31 pm

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these cookies, Paula!!! Your granddaughters are a lucky pair. My guy sometimes puts little notes in with my snacks/lunch. Dude needs to step up his game now! Look what you’ve done… ;)
So I’m reading your cookies and I was like – what’s with all this ‘stopping’, just use a period, already!! LOL. That’s texting in the 1800s, huh! :)

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Lora September 13, 2013 at 9:57 pm

What a wonderful idea, not just for lunch boxes. Although I would have loved to open mine and find one of these. I would love to walk through life handing out these sweet, beautiful cookies.

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Paula September 30, 2013 at 5:55 pm

I agree Lora, certainly not just for lunch boxes and yes…wouldn’t it be fun if we could hand these out everyday!

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