Fans show their love of The Cookie Counter’s vegan treats

Fundraiser after fundraiser, people have shown their support of The Cookie Counter, which started as a food truck selling animal-product-free ice cream sandwiches.

Three times over, Seattle customers proved how much they wanted The Cookie Counter, a vegan dessert business featuring unusual ice cream flavors, nostalgic treats, fancy sundaes and pastries. First, fans supported a Kickstarter for owners Chelsea Keene and Chris Olson to operate a food truck selling their animal-product-free ice cream sandwiches. Then they cheered on a second fundraiser to open a dessert shop in the heart of Greenwood this past summer. When the shop shut down in the fall (blamed on contractor problems that led to construction delays, followed by a car crash), fans didn’t want to let the business go. They rallied, raising money to get the shop’s doors open again in May, bringing it up to a total of more than $70,000 raised to support The Cookie Counter over the years. Now, it’s become an inviting gathering spot that brightens up the block.

The setting: Simple and sweet, from the teal accents to the shelves of board games to the decorative crocheted hearts.

The menu: Ice cream sandwiches, cones, elaborate sundaes with names like “Call The Dentist,” pretty ice cream soda floats, soft-serve, milkshakes, and a pastry case filled with both glutenized and gluten-free pastries, including brownies and cookies and “popster” Pop-Tart replicas. (Add a scoop of ice cream to any bakery item for an extra $3.)

The Cookie Counter

Dessert

7415 Greenwood Ave., Seattle; open noon-9 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays (note: Between June 21 and mid-September they’ll close at 10 p.m. instead); seattlecookiecounter.com

What to try: For my family, the answer is Fluffernutter ice cream. After all the times my kids have turned down marshmallow treats because of the animal products used in…

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