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About us

Our Story

One of my most treasured memories as a little girl growing up in Minneapolis was baking with my mom. My mom, Barb, is the original Thumb-maker. I used to watch her roll this cookie dough into perfect little circles and finish each one with her perfect thumbprint – and I wanted to do it just like her. At first, I wasn’t so good. But I kept practicing.

As I got older, I realized that these little cookies we had come to call Thumbs around the house were so much more than addicting, delicious treats made for holidays, occasions and often upon special request. My mom baked Thumbs as a way to share her love with her family, friends and community. They were her signature cookie for neighborhood occasions. Just like my grand-mothers and great-grand-mothers shared their baking and cooking with the ones they loved- this became my mom’s "thumbprint" on our long line of family tradition passed on through food.

After watching Barb time and again, I finally mastered making Thumbs, and decided it was time to share our love and family history with all of you. In honor of the talented, caring and inspirational ladies who have made me who I am today – and with Barb’s thumbprint of approval - we hope you'll also enjoy Thumbs!

Robyn started Thumbs Cookies in Brooklyn, New York in 2012. She moved the company back to Minnesota in 2014 and currently bakes thumbs at Seward Makes (2211 E. Franklin Ave, Mpls).

The Team

Robyn Frank (Founder/Owner)

Robyn started Thumbs Cookies out of her Brooklyn apartment in 2012. The cookies were inspired by her Mom Barb's signature Cinnamon Thumbs that Robyn remembered her mom making for neighborhood and family events. Robyn moved the company back to Minneapolis in 2014 and has been slowing growing the company since that time. She already completed her dream of getting a Thumb Bug and is currently working on completing her COOKIE MOBILE. She has many other visions for Thumbs as well. Just wait and see.

Onalee Greenwaldt (Head Baker)

 Onalee started with Thumbs Cookies during our busy holiday season and now we can't live without her!  She recently took over the role of Head Baker in 2018 and we could not be more excited to have her amazing positive attitude in the busy kitchen.  She is a powerhouse of a baker, able to whip Kranky into shape, and bake thousands of cookies at a time. We are very lucky to have her and her keen baking touch on The Thumbs Team!

Dena Raiche (Kitchen Manager)

Dena thought she would just be popping in to help with some temporary holiday work at Thumbs, but that temporary stint turned into something more regular. Now she handles most of our kitchen, keeping running smoothly so the cookies make it to you perfect every time. She helps spread the Thumbs Cookies love from our doorstep to yours! We are lucky to have her as part of The Thumbs Team too!


Yes. This is indeed a machine but we believe she is so much more. KRANKY is able to take 20lbs of dough and make into to tiny little dough circles that eventually become Thumbs. KRANKY indicates her function and her unpredictable mood!


The official COOKIE MOBILE and spreader of joy!