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A Taste of Diversity: Dell’s Culinary Cookbook Featuring Elizabeth Galvin

Elizabeth G. | Director, Employer Brand | Connecticut, US

Originally Published: December 1st, 2023


Hi! I’m Elizabeth Galvin, the Director of Employer Brand Marketing. When my team had this idea of a virtual culinary cookbook to celebrate our team members diversity through the common language of food at Dell, I knew I wanted to participate, and I knew exactly what recipe I wanted to choose.  

Christmas time has always been a magical time of year to me - the joy of the season, the celebration with friends and a time to come together as a family. I have so many memories of Christmas as a child that bring a smile to my face. Part of the reason I love this time of year are the many memories with my Nana.

The Story Behind the Dish 

I’ve always loved to bake as did my Nana, Janette. Many of my childhood Christmas memories are of her arriving for Christmas with a beautiful Christmas dress for me and her boxes of cookies. She would have made six different kinds and dozens of each. I have many of her recipes and love to continue the tradition. Last year, I texted my mom and brother a list of four different kinds of cookies and asked, “Which ones would you like this year?” and they replied, “All of them!”  

One of the things she taught me was that mixing by hand was better. She’d spend hours standing in the kitchen not using a beater. I love my Kitchen Aid, especially when cooking with my daughters, but these specific cookies, I do by hand and my arm hurts every year. She had the strongest arms of anyone I know.  

Here’s one of her recipes, and my all-time favorite Christmas cookie.

Nana’s Thumb Print Cookies


  • 4oz cream cheese
  • 2/3 C butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ C sugar
  • 3 C flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Raspberry jam (seedless)
  • Green sugar sprinkles


1. Mix softened cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Sift dry ingredients together and add to mixture. Blend well. (my nana would tell you by hand with a wooden spoon, I’m going to tell you the same, but add your elbow will hurt!)

2. Chill at least 1 hour.

3. Pre-heat oven to 375

4. When chilled shape into 1inch balls. Press down centers with thumbs or end of wooden soon to make round dip in center.

5. Put green sprinkles on paper plate. Gently push cookie into green sprinkles face down to create green ring. Place cookie on baking sheet.

6. Bake for 8-10 minutes. If the middle is still too high press middle down with a spoon halfway through baking.

7. Cool and fill with jam before serving.  *Tip take jam and mix in a small bowl so that it’s smoother before putting in cookies.

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