White Chocolate Cookie Butter Filled Cupcake

Cookie Butter Cupcakes

How is everyone feeling today? Maybe a little bit worked from the weekend? Well let’s take your mind off of all the beer and margaritas you consumed this weekend. Today we are talking cupcakes, sweet, sweet cupcakes. These white chocolate cupcakes have a hidden cookie dough center and are topped with a creamy cookie butter frosting that will leave you wanting more.

I love the white chocolate cupcake base, because it really compliments the sweetness of the frosting. Plus, you get the cookie dough center, which, let’s face it, egg-less cookie dough is probably the most addicting snack there is. I made a batch of these for a BBQ over the weekend and guests didn’t hesitate for seconds! The most fun part about it was watching one of the little girls lick the frosting off the cupcake like an ice cream cone, finishing it off with a fork and then sticking all four fingers in to get the last bite of frosting off the cupcake. That, my friend, is dedication.

Cookie Butter Cupcakes

There are a few steps involved in making these cupcakes, but the end results are totally worth it. Make sure to leave your butter on the counter for a while so it’s at room temperature. It makes creaming the butter so much easier!  I start by making the cookie dough centers. To complete this cupcake you will need TWO jars of cookie butter spread, as I use a double recipe of the frosting, please see below. Continue reading

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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