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.
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.
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.
Never let a day go by without complimenting, praising or encouraging someone. Be it family, friend or stranger.
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.
Using a small amount of clear corn syrup, brush the back of your edible image hearts and apply to the center of your cookies.
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.
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.
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.
Now, pipe around the center heart and then around the cookie, using any piping and flood colours you like.
Next, flood the outside area of your cookie, add your design (wet-on-wet technique) then let dry completely.
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.
Oh, before you go…I have a Heartogram for you!