Five years ago, Father’s Day was a life-changing day for Nicole Pomije. The Mound local planned to bake chocolate chip cookies but resorted to a mini muffin tin when she realized she didn’t have the right baking sheet. Little did she know, it was the start of The Cookie Cups brand.
Pomije started bringing the sweet cups to family gatherings and work events, and everyone loved them. “They sort of became my staple,” she says. “Everyone knew they were coming and were excited.”
Since the cups fared so well, Pomije started selling them at a farmers market booth, and, later that summer, at the Uptown Art Fair and the Renaissance Festival to grow her customer base. It wasn’t until nearly a year and a half later that she opened her first brick-and-mortar store in Wayzata, and now she’s recently opened her second spot in Chanhassen.
The Cookie Cups offers both sweet and savory cups with a wide variety of flavors. What are the customers’ favorites? “For the sweet flavors, our banana chocolate chunk is really popular and fudge brownie,” Pomije says. “For savory, Asian chicken taco cups are really popular and breakfast frittata cups.”
Pomije’s favorite time for baking rolls around with the holidays when she brings out her unique holiday recipes. November marks the month of savory flavors—with loaded mashed potato, cranberry crisp and green bean casserole cups dominating the menu. But she’s also sure to add in delightful fall flavors, as well, including a pumpkin cheesecake cup, and, her personal favorite, the apple cranberry cup. “[For the apple-cranberry], I use a wonton wrapper and paint it with butter, then sprinkle it with cinnamon sugar. I also use fresh cranberries and locally-sourced apples,” Pomije says. “They’re festive, red and perfect for the holidays.”
Pomije says the café switches gears right after Thanksgiving, launching its menu into a special holiday vibe. This year’s theme is Cookie Cups in Paris, and each gift box will offer six special Parisian-inspired flavors, including strawberry rose, sweet tangerine, lemon drop, vanilla bean, cappuccino and chocolate. Other holiday flavors include sweet gingerbread and savory butternut squash cups.
But The Cookie Cups also offers much more than just delicious muffin-shaped items. The café specializes in catering and even offers a tasting room at the Chanhassen location. “People can have private tastings for events, such as weddings,” Pomije says. “It’s more of an upscale experience and more elevated.”
Pomije also specializes in cooking and baking classes at the café, and yes—the classes go beyond cup-shaped food. There’s an array of classes during the holidays that are geared toward desserts and appetizers, with Pomije’s goal to simplify cooking for a holiday party. Additions include a Friendsgiving class, which highlights ways to make the perfect appetizers; a baking with pumpkin session; and a DIY Secret Santa class, where attendees bake Secret Santa gifts.
Pomije recognizes that The Cookie Cups brand is ever-growing—and she’s excited for what’s to come. “It’s so surreal that I started baking in my home kitchen, and now we’re running a growing brand,” Pomije says.
The Cookie Cups provides the perfect contribution to a cookie exchange or delicious appetizers to serve at home or bring to a holiday event. Boxes of the cups can be ordered for pickup fresh on the day of the event or preordered to be kept frozen and warmed later. (This is perfect for last-minute guests.)
The Cookie Cups
600 Market St., #105, Chanhassen and
3412 Shoreline Drive, Wayzata