Artsy Cookies at Cookie Girl Bake Shop in New City

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If you think cookies can’t be delicious and beautiful, think again. Cookie Girl Bake Shop offers custom-made, hand-decorated cookies that are simply scrumptious and just gorgeous.

They can be used as party favors, centerpieces or specially packaged to celebrate special occasions. The buttery sugar cookies are made from scratch by owner Stacey Damesek, left, who is a former art teacher at Washington Irving Intermediate School in Tarrytown and PS 128 in Washington Heights.

She decorates with Royal Icing, which contains confectioner’s sugar, water and meringue powder, and hardens like a candy. Then she packages the cookies: on sticks, in various sized clay pots, made into bouquets, gift arrangements as well as platters. Going to a housewarming? Try cookies that are decorated like trees, welcome mats and mailboxes. Having a superhero-themed party? Get a bouquet that includes Spiderman, Superman and Batman. To welcome a baby, how about a pastel-color bouquet of baby carriages? Special wedding anniversaries can be celebrated with a bunch of heart-shaped cookies. The Cookie Girl also takes special orders for cupcakes. There’s also always a supply of classic homemade cookies available in chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, and triple chocolate macadamia.

Details: 191 South Main St., 845-708-5888.

— Story and photo by Sandra Levy

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