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March 17, 2012

Eleni’s Easter Cookies

by Anne Paddock

Easter is just a few weeks away – Sunday, April 8th – so thoughts of jelly beans, malted eggs, and chocolate bunnies in a basket lined with green cellophane grass are on my mind.  Instead of limiting an Easter basket to candy and chocolate, consider adding a few beautifully decorated sugar cookies from Eleni’s this year.

Eleni’s New York is the brainchild of Eleni Gianopulos who opened in Manhattan’s Chelsea Market in 1997. The cookies were a raging success and within a few years, Eleni added an Upper East Side location on Madison Avenue along with a website that has a serious wow factor.  Eleni’s base confection is a sugar cookie that looks like a museum quality piece of art but tastes even better than it looks.  Each cookie is hand-made with all natural high-quality ingredients (flour, butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, meringue powder, and spices) and iced by hand.  For Easter, Eleni offers a wide variety of cookie collections destined to make your child’s Easter basket simply scrumptious.

532744_10150707692845782_1637344917_nMost kids love to decorate cookies and Eleni’s offers a “Color Your Own Easter Sunday” gift box that contains 20 iced sugar cookies in various shapes (bunny rabbits, eggs, and chicks) with a 5-pack of edible ink markers for $48.50 or “Color Your Own Eggs,” a gift box of 20 iced sugar cookies shaped like eggs with a 5-pack of edible ink markers for $42.50. Each sugar cookie is covered in white icing ready for decoration. For those that don’t want to decorate their own Easter cookies, Eleni’s offers nine gift boxes of cookies with names like “Sweet Hatchlings” or “Spring Flurry” which vary in quantity, shapes, and size:  11-20 cookies for $48-$72 plus shipping.

425235_10150641107890782_2000315599_nEleni’s also offers cookie gift collections for virtually every holiday (Passover, July 4th, Christmas, Halloween), special occasion (birthday, wedding, thank you, new baby, congratulations) and theme (love, sports, fashion, animals, flowers) including the 2012 Presidential Election, as pictured left and the Final Four.  Custom orders can be made by calling the “cookie concierge” (what a great title) at the number listed below.  In addition, Eleni’s makes cupcakes and offers a whole selection of other types of cookies in their “Crisp Collection” that includes Beyond Butterscotch, Chocolate Chip, Ginger Snappy, Pink Sugar, and Oatmeal Chocolate Chip. But, the ultimate cookie or cupcake gift may be the collection with an edible image of that special someone.

419313_10150632748285782_1007832194_nEleni’s New York:  Chelsea Market Store
75 9th Avenue
New York, New York 10011

Eleni’s New York
1266 Madison Avenue
New York, New York 10128

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