Have you ever had one of those days when all you really want is a big, warm, homemade cookie? Maybe you're having a tough day at work, maybe you have a big project that you've been working hard on, maybe you're just in a grouchy mood.
In any case, wouldn't gourmet cookie favors be the perfect cure? Cookie grams, like a singing telegram or candy gram, are designed to put a smile on the recipient's face. You can't help but feel a little better when a delicious cookie shows up on your doorstep!
If you want to send a cookie gram, you have two basic options. One is to have one sent via a professional cookie gift delivery service and ordering them online from their website.
The other is to make your own. Making your own is an excellent idea, not only because it is much less expensive, but because it is much more personal. Here are some tips for making a delicious cookie gram for someone special in your life.
First, think about the recipient. Usually, candy grams and other "grams" incorporate cheesy, fun messages: if you were giving someone mint cookies, for instance, you may say, "I mint to tell you how much I love you."
Be prepared to be a little corny - after all, it is a cookie gram. It's meant to be fun!
Try other cheesy sayings like:
You will also want to think about the type of cookies that your recipient likes. If you have no idea (if the cookie gram is for a teacher, coworker, or associate you don't know as well, for instance), a giant chocolate chip cookie is an ever-popular choice, as are regular sugar cookies. If the recipient has Diabetes or Celiac Disease, be sure to search for sugar-free or gluten-free ingredients.
Making a cookie gram is about more than simply baking the cookie, wrapping it, and giving it to the recipient. It does involve a certain level of display or presentation.
For example, you could make a cookie bouquet and have it delivered (even if you are the delivery person). To make a cookie bouquet, get a mug or plant pot that you think the recipient would like and reuse. You will also need:
Sugar cookies work very well for this project. Use your favorite recipe and roll out the dough so it is about ¼ to ½ inch thick. Insert the skewers or chopsticks gently but far enough that they will stay in place.
It works best if you keep the sticks closer to the baking sheet instead of in the middle of the cookie. Just lay the stick flat and you will be good! This is why you'll want your dough on the thicker side. Bake the cookies with their "stems," keeping an eye on them so they do not burn or cook unevenly.
When they are done, remove them with a spatula - not by the sticks!
When the cookies have cooled completely, decorate with icing, colored sugars, and sprinkles. You can use edible markers to write silly messages on the cookie flowers. Let the cookies dry overnight, and then wrap them with plastic wrap or individual cellophane bags. Use ribbon to tie them. Now arrange your cookie flowers in their pot, pushing the cookie sticks gently into the Styrofoam or florists' foam. Cover the foam with raffia or crumpled tissue paper to hide it.
You can use any type of container, like a cookie tin or a basket, and any type of cookie you like. Browse through images online (simply search for cookie gram) for inspiration, and then let your inner baker and delivery person out to play.