New sweet shop offers variety of cookies, treats

By Louise R. SHAW FARMINGTON—There’s yet another reason to swing by Station Park when you’re in need of a sweet treat. One of the newest shops at the outdoor shopping and business mecca, Smart Cookie opened in December and offers hot chocolate on a cold day and its signature cookies topped with a rich cream cheese frosting or – even more tempting – cookies paired with ice cream as a sandwich. Just west of the show fountain, Smart Cookie is close by several eateries in the kiosk to make for a sweet end to a meal. Or for those out to enjoy the ambiance of the shopping center and playground or a movie, it can be a sweet way to top off an outing. Layton resident Rick Lincavage is co-owner of Smart Cookie, the third such shop now open in Utah. The others are in American Fork and Midvale. “This is a fantastic property,” he said of Station Park. “We think a lot of the decorations and style and Station Park takes immaculate care of the property and presents itself well. Our product matches the Station Park feel.” On a recent morning, Krysta Duran was serving up cookies in a variety of flavors. Cookies are baked fresh each morning and throughout the day according to demand. Duran had been a cake decorator, so she enjoys the chance to decorate cookies on a smaller scale. Cookies are baked in seasonal shapes, from snowflakes in January to heart-shaped designs in February. The recipes were developed by Christian McDaniel, who first opened a cookie shop in Provo after being inspired by an ice cream cookie he tasted more than 20 years earlier while in San Francisco. That taste “led him to create, test and perfect a handful of cookie recipes, that when combined with premium ice creams would surpass his childhood ideal dessert,” according to the company website, McDaniel told the Clipper that he always thought the ice cream cookie concept would do really well in Utah. It’s a taste treat he introduced in 2005 when he opened his first shop. Creating a cookie with the right mix of ingredients that would bend rather than crumble when molded with the ice cream took some time, but once he’d mastered the feat he opened his business. Ice creams used in the cookie sandwich are from local ice cream maker Leatherby’s Family Creamery, according to Lincavage. Sugar cookies are available in flavors including almond, red velvet, lemon drop and vanilla. Smart Cookie is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. It is located at 114 N. West Promontory in Station Park. McDaniel said word of mouth has been great for the Farmington shop. He hopes families using the playground nearby and people shopping or out for an evening at the center will be able to enjoy the seating area and the fireplace nearby or fountain outside, as they relax with a cookie.

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