The 16th Annual Academy Awards Cookie Collection

By Richard Horgan Comment

SpotlightElenisCookieIt’s that time of year… When New York bakery Eleni’s rolls out its annual Academy Awards Cookie Collection.

In case you’re not familiar with the story of Eleni’s “baker-in-chief” Eleni Gianopulos, it’s a good one, flavored with a couple of top-shelf media company ingredients:

She began her career in the media world working at the venerable Time Inc., eventually moving into the editorial division of Life magazine. Through a twist of fate, Eleni, who had a passion for baking, began a small catering business in her apartment. What began as a side business featuring Eleni’s mother’s famous oatmeal-raisin cookies quickly outgrew her home and evolved into a full-fledged cookie empire.

The 2016 Oscar cookies are available at Eleni’s Chelsea Market flagship and by special order via telephone or online. Prices range from $49.95 for the Best Actor and Best Actress sets to $74.95 for the batch celebrating this year’s Best Picture nominees.

Naturally, the Spotlight sugar cookie (pictured) caught our eye. It’s a version of the Boston Globe front page with no byline and article text that is 100 percent gibberish. But we’ll still take it.

Per our headline, Eleni’s has been cooking up this clever seasonal trick since 2000.

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