Nursing Cookies {EKG Cookie}

filed under: Cookies on May 12, 2010

Home of the Original “EKG” cookie!  

Heart shaped cookies with a piped EKG line!

Edited to Add: This post was originally written years ago… back in the day when I made decorated sugar cookies for clients!

When Elena and I talked about making cookies for her cousins graduation, I gotta tell ya, I was stumped.

Tina just graduated from nursing school, and I had NO IDEA what kind of cookies to make for a graduate.

A cap? (boring) A diploma? (weird shaped cookie) A band aid? (gross! although…maybe) So anyway, I went for basics.

Clean, white, sterile basics.

Nursing School Cookies from

Are you overwhelmed by my creativity?

Yeah. I was pretty under-whelmed too. I had to do something to those plain white letters…

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Ha! I figured if the band aid was small it wouldn’t seem so gross. 😉


The smallest syringe EVER.

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The essential nursing stethoscope.

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Get it? Heart cookie… squiggly line thingy that represents heart beat? (An EKG (or EKC as some say))

Did you know you would be learning important technical medical jargon on my baking blog today that would make you smarter and less socially awkward?

You’re welcome.

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Even some good ole red crosses.

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And then, because I can never leave well enough alone, I made this.

Has anyone out there ever gone through nursing school or know someone who has? Is this giant obnoxious ‘nursing school survival list’ cookie even funny?

I admit it, I have no idea. But if it’s not, please don’t tell me.

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Congratulations Tina! Can’t wait to see how many wonderful ways you will make the world a better place!

Heart shaped cookies with a piped EKG line!

The cookie above (and in the video) was piped with whipped vanilla buttercream. I used a #3 tip with red buttercream to pipe the line.

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  • susan says:

    I’m such a nerd – or maybe such a mom. I don’t know which. Maybe both??? Ha ha ha. But when I saw the title of this on my blog reader, I totally was thinking, “Umm… Please don’t let this be a bunch of bras and booby cookies!” Like I said, I’m a nerd.
    These are adorable!
    Hugs, Susan

  • Alicia says:

    You never cease to amaze me…really!!!!!!!
    Can you ship goodies to California????? Seriously! What are your rates???

  • Hilary says:

    I survived Nursing School 7 years ago 🙂 LOVE the cookies. The heart cookie is too cute and the survival list made me laugh. Great job, as always.

  • bp says:

    I wouldn’t want to even eat them if they were mine!!
    I like the heart one, cute idea.

  • Alyce says:

    been a nurse for 30 years…I work with infection control nurses, and they would love your rule #1. I think the idea is delightful and you are a gem!!

  • Pamcakes says:

    Love them!!! Tomorrow is my last day of culinary school 🙂

  • Barbara says:

    Oh my. Here you go again! This is gorgeous! I bet she was thrilled and you are so darn clever. I love your little nursing decorations on the cookies. I am continually charmed when I visit you.

  • Lorie says:

    Now why didn’t you post these a couple of years ago when my sister in law graduated from nursing school! They are so cute!!

  • flamingcat says:

    Well, these are amazing, as per usual! So cute! I’ve been unable to log on from my computer due to a move for some time now, so I just went back through the posts I missed and so many pretty ideas! I especially LOVE the cookie jar idea, I wish I’d seen it before mothers’ day! Although I ended up making her cupcakes using Pioneer Woman’s chocolate sheet cake recipe and a weird icing recipe that uses flour – and although they turned out messy as hell she loved em and squealed over em, so I count that as a success! I do wish badly I had your talented hands, though!

  • grace says:

    underwhelmed? no. try wonderfully impressed, as usual. my favorite is the heartbeat line on the heart-shaped cookie. good stuff. 🙂

  • Mandi says:

    Ok, as a nurse – I. Love. These. Seriously LOVE. Love love love.

  • tricia williams says:

    survival list is fantastic! … in nursing school presently. Found you on lj. enjoying your site!

  • Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction says:

    Love these! The heart with the little EKG on it is absolutely adorable!

  • Shawnte says:

    I love those cookies! I am sitting just a couple of hours before my very first nursing class begins! I am taking this post as a sign that I will myself will survive the next 3.5 years! Congratulations Tina!!

  • Sue says:

    Love the teeny tiny stethescope, and the Survival list is priceless! I’m sure Tina was tickled to receive such original cookies, Amanda!

  • Faith says:

    Love the idea and as always, you seem to have perfect timing. My husband is going back to school to be a nurse, and today was his first day. Now I have the perfect treat to make for him after his 1st day~ Thanks.

  • Charlotte says:

    Hello from Christchurch New Zealand! I’m a student nurse and will be graduating the end of this year and these cookies look fantastic. Can’t wait to graduate and make my tutors and fellow students some PQRST wave (squiggly line) heart cookies. Always love reading your posts Amanda 🙂

  • Danna says:

    My nephew is graduating from medical school in May and entering his residency to become a pediatric cardiac surgeon. These are perfect!

    • Amanda says:

      Yay!! And congrats to your nephew, that is just wonderful!

  • Janet says:

    Awesome. ❤️❤️❤️

  • Gail says:

    How large is your Survival School cookie? Thinking of trying to make this for my niece.

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      It was big!

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