A New Take on Celebrity Bakery's Thumbprint Cookies

For Mother's Day dessert this year, I decided to try something a little different and bake up a new rendition of my mom's favorite thumb print cookies from Celebrity Bakery. A quick search on Pinterest revealed dozens of different options for thumbprint cookies. I went for this simple, quick and easy thumbprint recipe (it also had the most pins). 

Thumb Print Cookies:

  • 3/4 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 3/4 cup flour

Preheat oven to 375 F

  • Cream butter, sugar and egg together
  • Gradually add flour to butter mixture
  • Pinch off enough dough to form 1 inch balls
  • Roll dough until balls are relatively smooth
  • Place balls about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet
  • Use indention in each ball with thumb or spoon
  • Bake for 8 minutes
  • Remove cookies from oven and place on cooling rack

Now for the icing... 

Over the holidays, I made a three layered carrot cake that had the most incredible cream cheese icing. Unfortunately (or fortunately) the recipe called for a lot more icing than was necessary for the cake. This left me with a huge bowl of leftover icing. To keep myself from eating the icing straight out of the bowl, I decided to use it on a fresh batch of sugar cookies and the result was incredible. I know that thumbprint cookies aren't traditionally made with cream cheese icing but I remembered how incredible those cream cheese frosted sugar cookies were and thought, why not do it again? I decided to use the same recipe but cut it in half and the results were just as good as I anticipated. The best part, my mom absolutely loved them!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, softened
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3 to 4 cups powdered sugar (depending on your desired consistency & sweetness of frosting)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Using an electric mixer, beat together the butter and the cream cheese. Slowly blend in the powdered sugar and vanilla, then beat until smooth and well-combined. 

Tip: The longer you whip this frosting, the lighter and fluffier it will become.

 

The Cookie Concierge: Eleni's New York

People who know me know that I love baking cookies. Dinner parties, birthday parties, weekend getaways - I usually bring my cookies along in some way, shape or form. Sometimes, I even have fantasies of moving to an exotic island where I live among the locals, lay out, and bake cookies for a living - sounds pretty perfect, right?

I thought this was just a sweet little fantasy, until I heard about Eleni. The woman who actually lives out the cookie and island parts of my day dream.

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Known for creating "playfully unique" cookies, Eleni spends her days baking-up cookies for the locals (think: Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel, Saks Fifth Avenue, Kate Spade) while enjoying life on an island called Manhattan. 

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Thankfully, Eleni is kind enough to ship her sweet (and pretty darn cute!) confections to those of us living on the mainland.

Place your own custom order here or stop by Eleni's New York next time you're at Chelsea Market.