When Kathy Paiva’s mom, Sylvia, passed down her family recipe for Congo Squares to her daughter years ago, this simple mixture of butter, brown sugar, eggs, flour, chocolate chips and nuts awakened something in Kathy’s spirit. While she had always been a foodie at heart, Kathy found that baking sweet treats really made her heart sing.
Baking cookies for those around her was a way for Kathy to package one of life’s greatest pleasures, a hug, into a few sweet bites. As her baking passion grew, Kathy’s kitchen filled with the delicious aromas of the new and unique flavor combinations that made her cookies special. While she enjoyed giving her homemade treats to those she loved, something bigger and bolder was still tugging at her heart. She wanted to find a way to spread cookies—and hugs—to those who really needed them.
With the encouragement of her cookie fans and friends, and the unconditional support of her husband, Mike, and other family members, Kathy, the Purveyor of Hugs and Cookies, took the plunge. On a sunny Florida day in June 2010, the dream of HeartSong Cookies LLC became a reality.
With its many decadent flavors, HeartSong Cookies offers something for everyone. Whether you’re a fruit and nut lover, prefer traditional chocolate chip or need vegan or gluten-free—there’s a cookie for you. And if you don’t find one that makes your heart sing, Kathy is happy to stir up one that does.
When you hold a HeartSong Cookie in your hand, you know it. Each cookie is loaded with quality ingredients—there’s no skimping on flavor or volume. And tucked inside each bite you’ll find a comforting hug.
“Cookies are a way to share a piece of my soul with others, have some creative fun, and put a smile on people’s faces.” Kathy says. “Who doesn’t love a cookie? And what’s better than a hug?”
Locally, HeartSong Cookies are available at a few Orlando-area retail shops and can be found at Winter Park Farmer’s Market on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Maitland Farmer’s Market on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Or place your order right here and your cookies will be delivered fresh, tasty and full of hugs.