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Local Family Finds ‘Sweet Success’

Aug 12, 2019 05:10PM ● By Deborah Goodman

A few years ago, Emily Burraston of Spanish Fork made decorated sugar cookies for a baby shower. That was the catalyst for a chain of events that eventually led to The Cookie Crave, a specialty cookie shop on Main Street in Spanish Fork, which she and her husband, Ryan, own and operate.

Those baby shower cookies, precisely detailed and artistic, were a huge hit,and one of the attendees asked her to make cookies for another event. That’s when Em’s Cookies was born.

Many call these intricately decorated sugar cookies works of art. The care and artistry that is used to create each one are jaw-dropping. Now they are booked out a month or more in advance, and Emily spends her time caring for their four children and filling cookie orders.

When Em’s Cookies became so big it was no longer feasible to bake the sugar cookies and run the business in their home; they found a space in which to house their bakery on Main Street in Spanish Fork. They decided that while they were at it, they’d expand their business, converting it into a storefront for the cookies and sell to walk-in and delivery customers.

Within the first couple of months, things took off so rapidly that it became clear Ryan would need to quit his job as a machinist for an oil and gas company. Emily taught him how to bake, and he’s been doing it ever since. “I’m grateful that Emily’s talent has given me the opportunity to bake cookies all day long.”

Cookie Crave isn’t your standard, cookie chain franchise. The atmosphere at Cookie Crave is clean, laidback, and comfortable—with board and card games to play.

“We wanted this to be a destination place for Spanish Fork residents,” Ryan says. “There aren’t enough places in the area where people can hang out, and we wanted to provide that for them.”

Having been in business for a little over a year, Cookie Crave now has around ten employees.  

Their milk chocolate chip cookie is their highest selling product, closely followed by salted caramel.

The weekly lineup of cookies is posted on their Instagram (@thecookie.crave and Facebook (@The Cookie Crave) pages. They feature the same five favorites every day—milk chocolate chip, salted caramel, lime white chip, semisweet chocolate chip, and snickerdoodle—plus three or four special flavors each day (traditional and keto).

Making a niche for itself with its enormously popular keto cookies, Cookie Crave now bakes and sells them fresh every day. With fifteen, rotating keto flavors such as double chocolate, citrus bliss, butter pecan, and almond joy, those following a keto lifestyle won’t feel deprived.

Other growing markets are gluten free and vegan cookies, and the schedule for when they are available can be found on Cookie Crave’s Facebook page. The more interest they see in gluten free and vegan, the more often they can make them available.

Ryan and Emily Burraston have lived in Spanish Fork their whole lives and are honored to have found a way to continue to serve this area.

Recently named Spanish Fork’s “Business of the Month,” Cookie Crave is open from 11 A.M. to 10 P.M. Monday through Saturday. (Goodman is a Serve Daily contributor.)