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New Yawk Baking Co.

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Christopher and Stephanie DeMarko are partners in the

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Stephanie DeMark has the heart of an artisanal baker and the mind of a businesswoman. Yes, her 2-year-old New Yawk Baking Co. sells homey, small-batch cookies charmingly packaged with the company's wiseguy moniker. But each bag includes nutritional information and a bar code, her website is a model of efficiency, and every week she adds more retail clients to her roster.

Before she became a fledgling cookie magnate, DeMark did marketing for the Riese Organization, which operates dozens of fast-food restaurants in New York City. "But I always wanted my own company," she said. "And I always wanted to bake."

She found a perfect partner in her husband, baker Christopher DeMark, who owned Christopher's Pastries in Garden City Park before founding Dessert Solutions, a wholesale bakery, in 2006. It's in Dessert Solutions' spacious Westbury commercial kitchen that New Yawk Baking Co. cookies are made.

DeMark's goal was not only to create delicious cookies, but unusual ones as well. Her signature item is the Dulce de Leche cookie, whose caramel cream is spread between two tender spice-scented shortbreads. In the Peanut Butta n' Jelly, grape jelly fills the little crater of a cookie enriched with peanut butter, peanut butter chips and peanut pieces. The Big Apple cookie is studded with dried apples and butterscotch chips; the Mishmosh goes completely overboard with potato chips, pretzels, chocolate chunks, peanut butter chips, hazelnuts and marshmallows.

The cookies, six for about $6, are available at specialty stores such as Grace's in Greenvale, Christina's Epicure in East Norwich, Southdown Marketplace in Huntington and on online at newyawkbakingco.com.

Photo: Christopher and Stephanie DeMarko are partners in the Westbury-based New Yawk Baking Co. (July 12, 2013)

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