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Eat’n Park Creates Smiley Cookie Inspired by Pirates Pitcher Paul Skenes

Eat’n Park Creates Smiley Cookie Inspired by Pirates Pitcher Paul Skenes

Paul Skenes’ fever continues to rise – and this week’s scorching heat has nothing to do with it.

Eat’n Park announced “Bucco Stache Smileys” on Friday – a Smiley cookie with a black mustache inspired by the Pirates’ rookie pitcher’s facial hair on yellow icing.

Skenes is 4-0 this season and has struck out 53 batters. The 6-foot-6-1/2, 260-pound right-hander was selected by the Pirates with the first overall pick in the 2023 MLB Draft. The Pirates host the Tampa Bay Rays this weekend at PNC Park on Pittsburgh’s North Shore with games at 6:40 p.m. Friday, 4:05 p.m. Saturday and 1:35 p.m. Sunday.

The sweet treat is not available in restaurants. It is only available online at SmileyCookie.com.

The price for a dozen individually wrapped cookies is $21.99.

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Christopher Horner | TribLive

Pirates pitcher Paul Skenes delivers in the second inning against the Cubs on May 11 at PNC Park.

“Frankly, we’ve just been caught up in the excitement that Paul Skenes brought to Pittsburgh and we want to celebrate with cookies commemorating his iconic look…and ours!” said Kayla Frattini, director of brand marketing at SmileyCookie.com, which ships nationwide.

Eat’n Park celebrates its 75th anniversary this year and Smiley Cookies has been a staple in its restaurants since 1986. SmileyCookie.com was established in 2006.

More than 6.4 million Smiley Cookies are made each year.

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a TribLive reporter covering the area’s diverse culinary scene and unique homes. She writes articles about interesting people. Award-winning journalist Edward R. Murrow began his career as a sports reporter. She has been with the Trib for 26 years and is the author of “A Daughter’s Promise.” She can be contacted at [email protected].