Kindness Cookie Challenge

Kindness cookie is a green heart shaped cookie made at one’s home with the intention of giving it away for free. The green heart represents kindness and openness, food represents nourishment, and sweetness represents love.

I am starting the kindness cookie challenge because I want to add kindness to this world, where many people are suffering from conflict, isolation, anxiety, and mistrust.  Fighting and ridiculing will never get us out of this mess, but I believe kindness will. Regardless of which side you are on, if your wish for the future is peace and happiness, please consider taking this challenge to create and spread kindness. It may be a small thing to do, but it is a step towards the right direction.

There are two aspects to the challenge:

  • The Making

You can make and give away as many kindness cookies or as few as you can afford. You can make them big or small, perfectly shaped with a cookie cutter or organically shaped by hand. They can be omnivore or vegan, depending on the maker’s choice of ingredients and the receivers' preference.  

Make time for the task of making kindness cookies. It cannot be rushed. Breathe deeply while you make them. There are many delicious cookie recipes, whichever one you end up choosing is fine (Two recipes are included at the end in case you don’t have one). Your cookies may have slight imperfections just like mine. Don’t dread, appreciate each one's uniqueness instead.

  • The Giving

You can give kindness cookies to your family and friends to express your love and gratitude, your neighbours and coworkers to build goodwill.  I challenge you to widen your reach by giving them to strangers in need of kindness, such as bus drivers, homeless people, seniors, and those facing bullying and discrimination.  I further challenge you to give them away to people you do not like.  By doing so, you are sending a powerful message: “I may not agree with you, but we are in this together. So let’s work things out.”

There is no expiry date to this challenge.  For as long as there is need for kindness in the world, you can take it upon yourself to make and give away kindness cookies.  May kindness prevail.

Bei Linda Tang

Owner & Creative Director

Dream Designs

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Kindness Cookie IMakes about 35 cookies

Cream 1 cup of softened butter with 1/2 cup of white sugar till fluffy, add 1½ teaspoons of matcha, and 2 cups of all-purpose flour, mix well. Hand shape or use a cookie cutter to form hearts. Bake at 330 degrees F for 10 minutes.

Kindness Cookie II (Vegan) Makes about 35 cookies

Cream 1 cup of softened coconut oil with 1/2 cup of maple syrup till fluffy, add 1½ teaspoons of matcha, and 2 1/3 cups of unbleached flour, mix well. Hand shape or use a cookie cutter to form hearts. Bake at 300 degrees F for 10 minutes.

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