Samoa Cupcake Shooters

Samoa Cupcakes Shooters

Cupcakes never go to waste in my house, well as much as I can help it, but I can’t eat them all myself! Earlier this week, I made the Thin Mint Mini Cakes and I had leftover cake. So I made some Samoa Cupcake Shooters to continue on with Girl Scout Cookie week!

Now, when I was a Girl Scout, we called these Caramel Delights. No one here knows what I am talking about when I say Caramel Delights, so for this post, I am going with Samoas!

Samoa Cupcakes Shooters

These are pretty easy to make and they taste AH-mazing. Between the chocolate, caramel and coconut, your mouth will be watering for more. Here is what you need:

2-3 C Chocolate cake crumbs

6 Samoa cookies

1/2 C Chocolate ganache or melting chocolate

1/2 C Caramel sauce (I used Smuckers)

1/2 C Toasted Coconut

1 batch Coconut Swiss Meringue Buttercream

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Thin Mint Cookie Mini Cakes

Thin mint frosting

Calling all cookie lovers! When I was a little girl, I joined the Girl Scouts as a Brownie Scout and participated until I was in fifth grade. I always loved selling cookies, but in my town, we would sell door to door to our neighbors. It is quite the opposite in California, so I learned after my first year here that I had to find where the Girl Scouts would be selling cookies. I gotta have myself some Thin Mints!

I wanted to try something different with my Thin Mints this year, and since I am a major fan of frosting, I thought this would be a no brainer. I am absolutely in love with these, because the combination of the cake and the frosting reminds me of mint chip ice cream; which is my all time favorite ice cream.

Thin Mint frosting

 I used my go-to chocolate cake recipe from the Cake Mix Doctor and baked it in a 9×13” pan. You can plan this out ahead of time by deciding what size cakes you are going to make to see how many you will get out of your pan. My recipe makes 12 mini cakes.

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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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Happy Hour Cupcakes – Champagne Cupcakes with Champagne Glaze for Two

Well hello there! It’s been awhile! I wanted to drop in to say, I hope you have all enjoyed the holiday season as much as I have! I can’t believe today is New Year’s eve! Where did the year go? I am on vacation from work, and although my actual vacation ends on January 2nd (already dreading that!); Beyond Frosting will return on January 7th with a new Monday Foodie Finds. However, I couldn’t leave you hanging without a tasty treat for New Year’s eve!

I contemplated this dessert decision for quite some time. I finally decided to try something different and I hope that you will enjoy! I think I will be calling my mother first thing in the morning and tell her to make these immediately. She loves a good excuse to drink some wine, and for that, I love her. Today’s recipe is champagne cupcakes with a champagne glaze.

Champagne Cupcakes For Two

 

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Mint Chocolate Brownies

When I was only four years old, we relocated from Wisconsin to Vermont, where I grew up until after I graduated college.  Some of the kids I graduated high school with, I have known since pre-school. Several years after we moved to Vermont, a few mothers in my 2nd grade class got together to a organize a holiday cookie exchange. Twenty years later, it is still going on with most of the original moms and some new ones we have met along the way.

When I was little, I looked forward to the cookie exchange every Christmas. It meant a few things for me. I got to help my mom bake cookies and I had an excuse to see my friends on a school night. Plus I got to eat lots and lots of delicious homemade cookies. This year was the 20th anniversary of my Mom’s cookie exchange.

Chocolaty goodness

I thought it would be fun for my Mom and I to each make a recipe of her mother’s Mint Frosted Brownies on the weekend of the cookie exchange. Even though I am 3000 miles away, we constantly swap cooking advice, especially around this time of year. How do I make that again? These mint frosted brownies were one of my absolute favorite Christmas cookies that my grandmother used to make; I swear, this is how I became hooked on mint chocolate. Well Grandma’s recipe is true to it’s taste, the same way it was when I was a child.

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