Mimi’s Cookie Bar Interview and Cookie Butter Cupcake

During my first year of snowboarding in Big Bear, I kept hearing about Mimi’s Cookie Bar. I finally went online to see what it was all about. Mimi’s Cookie Bar is an organic bakery. At the time, she was only running an online bakery, but I thought it was so cool that you could design your own cookie flavors. In September of 2011, Mimi opened the first retail location in Mammoth Lakes, CA. We are huge fans of her cookies and try to stop by whenever we are in town.

Since opening her bakery, Mimi has expanded her product offering to include: “French Macaroons, Cupcakes, Cakes, Pies, Frozen Yogurt, Vegan Ice Cream, Brownies, Fudge, Nut Butters, Biscotti, Truffles, Cheesecake, French Baguettes, Breads, Bagels.” Best of all, Mimi only advertises on her Facebook page, and most of her customers are via word of mouth; it’s that good! Mimi also distributes to several wholesale outlets including restaurants and stores in town.

Chocolate Caramel French Macaroons. Photo courtesy of Mimi’s Cookie Bar

Mimi has a background in the action sports industry, and has several signature cookies for her sponsored riders. I also came to find out that she went to school in Southern Vermont, which is where I am from!

Last time I visited, I asked Mimi if I could interview her for my blog, and to my delight, she agreed! I purchased one of her newer products, the organic Cookie Butter, and made a frosting recipe with it as well. Scroll down after the interview for the recipe.

Cookie Butter Frosting by Beyond Frosting- Recipe below

Now that we are a little familiar with Mimi, how did Mimi’s idea for Mimi’s Cookie Bar transpire?

It kinda started as a pipe dream to be honest, I have always loved stopping into any little bakery I found and baking anything. I always brought what is now the Dad’s Coconut Chocolate Chip cookies to dinner parties, work, etc. And while working for Roxy in Huntington Beach, we started to have some layoffs, after the first large round we knew another one was coming since they announced it (kinda). So on that Friday no one was working and everyone was sitting around waiting to get laid off or not.  I had made cookies to lighten the mood. Everyone was asking each other what they would do if they got laid off, and I had no idea what I would do so I kinda just said I’d open a bakery. Some of my friends said I should do it anyways, so I began to think about it the next few weeks (since I didn’t get laid off), and Mimi’s Cookie Bar started. It started online only at first because I was still working full time at Roxy.

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Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Okay folks, this really is easier than you think! You don’t need super fancy equipment, just a double boiler, melting pot or a good old fashioned microwave, some quality chocolate and fresh strawberries. Here is a quick step by step tutorial for homemade chocolate dipped strawberries!

Fresh and clean

If you invest in quality chocolate, you will be very pleased with the result. The easiest chocolate for you to get your hands on is probably Wilton candy melts. I find that when melted, the candy melts are still fairly thick and require a lot of crisco to be mixed in so that the chocolate is runny and smooth. I am absolutely in love with this chocolate bar I got, and it 2.5 lbs, so I will be able to use it for awhile!

Here is your step by step guide:

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Ghirardelli Chocolate and Strawberries Cupcakes

I told you yesterday about my random visit to the Ghirardelli outlet store. While we were there, my boyfriend spotted the Ghirardelli Chocolate Cookbook and bought it for me for Valentines day. I know, I know, it’s early for gift giving, but neither one of us are very good at waiting to give gifts to the other. Well I am (editor’s note: she isn’t.), but he isn’t and that just works for me, because I simply can’t stand waiting for them either.

I had to make the chocolate cupcakes immediately. I really appreciate a good vanilla cupcake, but man, I love chocolate. Today I am pulling out all the stops. This chocolate cupcake is topped with TWO frostings: Ghirardelli Chocolate ganache and Strawberry Swiss meringue buttercream. Add a chocolate covered strawberry and call it a day. I think this is by far my favorite chocolate cupcake recipe I have tried (from scratch). It has a very cake like texture, it’s very moist and has a very rich chocolate taste.  Continue reading

Foodie Finds- Ghirardelli Outlet!

Sometimes road trips are insanely long but prove to be exciting and fun when you stumble upon unknown gems in the middle of nowhere. Last weekend, I drove to Lake Tahoe for a snowboard trip; it was at least 10 hours each way. Randomly, while driving home on Interstate 5, my boyfriend suddenly spotted a Ghirardelli outlet and Ice Cream Shop. It went a little something like this:

“Hey look at that!”

“Can we stop?” I shrieked. As if he was going to say no. I mean, are you not going to get a brownie ice cream sundae? Come on! He’s the best.

We pulled quick u-turn and 2 minutes later I was aw-struck by the tantalizing smell of chocolate as we walked through the front door.

“OH MY GOD!” I exclaimed as my boyfriend laughed.

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Poppable Cake Batter Bites

Prepare for cake batter bliss

Good things come in small packages. Mini cupcakes are no exception. I think there is a guilt-less factor in eating mini cupcakes; at least until you get to the 4th or 5th one.

I have seen tons of businesses built around mini cupcakes, which are usually so gorgeous. I LOVE mini cupcakes, but they have their challenges. They are easy to over bake and limit your decorating options, plus I think they take a little bit more work because there are more of them.

I wanted to try something different with these minis. First, I baked them without a liner, then I dipped them in white chocolate, rolled them in sprinkles and topped them off with cake batter frosting. My friends inhaled them by the handfuls.

Adorable little things aren’t they?

You can do this with any flavor of cupcake and colored sprinkles, but I chose pink, red and white since Valentines Day is coming up! First things first, bake yourself some mini cupcakes (without the liners) and be sure to grease your pan. You can check my previous post for tips on cupcake baking.

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