KIRKWOOD, Mo. — There's a cookie in St. Louis that might be just as iconic as gooey butter cake and toasted ravioli. We're talking about those smiley face cookies from McArthur's Bakery.
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You know the ones, with the green, red, blue and yellow icing with a big smile piped right on top. Now, you can pick them up on your next grocery trip. Schnucks will carry Smiley Face Cookie Company cookies in 77 stores. The grocer made the announcement Monday.
But the story gets sweeter. The cookie company is creating cookie decorating jobs for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They're working with Lafayette Industries' StepUp Program.
"Our StepUp team members decorate each oversized butter cookie with great care and truly love their jobs," said McArthur's Bakery owner Scott Rinaberger in a release. "We are happy to bring these special cookies and their job-training mission to a much bigger audience through Schnucks."
McArthur's Bakery first started working with the StepUp program at Pioneer Bakery in Kirkwood. The program helps individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities learn long-term social and job skills, helping them get and keep jobs.
"We are excited that Schnucks is able to help local companies like McArthur's bring their delicious products to our customers and thrilled to support their mission of helping adults with intellectual disabilities maximize their abilities," said Janell Schleeper, Schnucks Bakery Category Manager, in a release. "Each delicious cookie is individually decorated with a smile by a McArthur's employee, and it warms my heart to think about all the smiles that, together, we will bring to our customers."