As a kid living in the midwest, the closest I ever got to Eleni’s cookies was a Dean and Deluca catalog. Moving to New York allowed me to finally see the cookies IRL (sensory overload!):
Eleni’s has the most beautifully decorated sugar cookies and it makes me act like a fat kid in a candy store. The store is all white with countertops of packaged sugar cookies and Godiva chocolates. For Easter, they turned Christmas trees upside down, hung them from the ceiling, and placed egg-shaped sugar cookies all over the tree:
After a lazy Saturday afternoon strolling around Chelsea market, I walked into Eleni’s and found out that everything behind their counter was HALF OFF. Yes, you read that correctly – an hour before they close, all of the cookies, cupcakes, and other sweets are 50% off, forcing you to purchase twice as much. I bought a chocolate chip cookie, a penguin sugar cookie, and this pink cupcake with sprinkles:
Proudly displaying my purchase:
To tell you the truth, the cupcake wasn’t that great. The icing wasn’t sweet enough and tasted too buttery and thick. Also, the actual cupcake was a little stale (probably because it had been sitting outside the entire day). The cookies, on the other hand, were incredibly good and I licked the bag afterwards to make sure I got all of the crumbs. I kept the penguin cookie overnight for a Sunday morning treat and ate the penguin body part by body part giving myself a little party in my mouth. I’ll definitely be back for the cookies, but not the cupcakes – I’d rather go to Billy’s!