The Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwich That Helped Me Start My First Business!

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It all started in 7th grade. I decided to make my own candy with a mixture of Halloween chocolate that I couldn’t eat (bc I’m a supertaster and chocolate tastes sooo bitter to me!). When I took this candy to school, I was just trying to repurpose the candy. But… my friends actually LIKED it!

So I made more and started selling it – 3 balls for 25 cents.

I didn’t even know WHAT a business was when I made my first sale. I just knew it was fun.

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Here I am mixing Halloween chocolate together to make my own candy! Eventually, I decided to turn this little project into an official business and…

Cooplex Cookies & Candies was born!

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By the time I got into high school, my menu had expanded to include cookies and my best-seller, The Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwich.

People went CRAZY over theses – they were really addicting! Kinda makes sense that people called them Cassey’s Crack Cookies…and the way money and cookies used to exchange between classes makes this name feel even more appropriate.

The demand was so high that my mom even helped me make cookies every night between homework, tennis practice, and other activities. Looking back, it really bonded us together! She was a cake decorator so that’s where my baking and artistic skills come from ❤️

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Here is Jackelyn posing with me in a backyard photoshoot so the school yearbook could do a story on Cooplex! My mom was the photographer of course!

But eventually, the school shut my business down.

I was called into the office, got in trouble, and had to stop selling my cookies and candies. Cooplex’s time came to an end. I was so bummed, but what I didn’t realize at the time were how many valuable lessons I had learned!

Of course I couldn’t share this story with you without recreating the Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwich!


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The Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwich

The cookie that helped my first business thrive!

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwich

Buttercream layered between two chewy chocolate chip cookies. This was my #1 selling product in my very first business venture!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Cooling and Assembly1 hour
Total Time1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dessert, chocolate, cookies, cookie sandwich, chocolate chip cookies, sweet
Servings: 8 Cookie Sandwiches

*This recipe may contain affiliate links to products we use and love.


Cookie Ingredients

  • 1 cup salted butter melted
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips

Buttercream Ingredients

  • 2 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp milk


For the Cookies:

  • Put everything except chips in a mixer and mix for 1-2 min of until dough has evenly formed. Then mix chips in for 20-30 sec until evenly distributed.
  • Make into little balls. Place balls on baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat.
  • Bake at 375°F for 10-12 min. Please check around 8-10 min as my oven is weaker so yours may finish sooner!
  • Once done let cool.

For the Buttercream Filling:

  • Mix powdered sugar and butter with hand mixer or whip vigorously with spoon until fluffy. Then add vanilla extract and milk until consistency you want!

Assembling the Cookie Sandwich:

  • Take one cookie (please make sure it’s cool), lay upside down, add buttercream frosting inside to your heart’s desire, then close with another cookie.
  • Enjoy!


*I lost my original recipe (sad!) but adapted this one from JoyFoodSunshine with tweaks to recreate the Cooplex recipe!
If you're skipping the filling, this recipe makes 16 cookies! 
You can also make these with M&Ms instead of chocolate chips. 

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Is there such a thing as an “entrepreneurial gene”?

As I was filming the video to retell my story, I realized something – My business ideas have always come from solving a problem. Back in the day it was because I had too much chocolate and didn’t know what to do with it. These days, it’s because I hate cameltoe and I wanted a pair of leggings that could get rid of it (and much much more).

There were some interesting businesses in between Cooplex and POPFLEX (wait just realized I really like “lex’s” -weird!) and each one helped me solve an issue I had at the time. I guess my businesses are like expressions of my life chapters.

WAIT. It’s like when T-Swift writes a song to emote her feelings, except…I start businesses. OMG. So many realizations happening!

I feel so lucky that I get to marry my passion with my career – I simply could not imagine my life any other way!

Do you wanna hear about my other random businesses one of these days?!

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  1. charlie says:

    what an amazing blog

  2. Gemma says:

    5 stars
    so yummy! 🥰😋🍪

    1. Suislusia says:

      lolbeans Right!!

      1. gemma says:

        SUISLUSIA what do you mean by lolbeans 🙂

  3. Nobita says:

    5 stars
    I tried the recipe!! My husband approved it! I will try to make it sugar free next time I bake it 🙂

  4. Cassie, I had a business in Elementary school that got shut down too! I had lots of cool hotel body wash and shampoo bottles because my mom traveled for work, and so I re mixed them myself – I added flower petals from the garden too sometimes. I’m still entrepreneurial and I see the roots going deep from way back then too; especially from the magazine I created in 3rd grade. So fun’

  5. Jo says:

    Looks awesome! Can you make a version that Incorporates your protein and collagen powders please? Thank you!

  6. Itzel says:

    Definitely I’m gonna try them! But, how can Ibstore them? I live in a beach place, so it’s too hot. Should I keep them in they fridge?

  7. Aemy says:

    Yes! Tell us more about your entrepreneurial adventures! 💕💕 Also those cookies lool AMAZING!!

  8. Chaj03 says:

    5 stars
    Nice story! Can’t wait to try this. I’m a self confessed cookie monster. Not all cookies satisfy me but this one looks good 😊

  9. Maria K. says:

    Thank you for sharing the recipe!! 🙏😊 I was SO curious after I’d first learned about Cooplex on IG, and I’m so excited to try making these for my family! Buttercream was a great idea, sounds absolutely delish! Quick question though; when I roll my cookie balls and place them on my baking tray, do I pat/press them flat like I typically do with my cookies, or do I leave them as little balls and just let the oven do the rest? I didn’t even know that was an option tbh 😅🤣 I thought we HAD to smoosh them flat, so if I don’t, that’s certainly a nice change! 🤩

    I’d love to hear more about your entrepreneurial adventures! Especially when you were in college and it was hard to operate on a tight budget. Your hard work is extremely inspiring and impressive! My husband and I opened up our music studio/rehearsal rental space 3 years ago, and while we’re stoked to have somehow survived our 1st year of operations AND THE 2 yrs of pandemic pandemonium, I know that’s sooo much left to learn!!! I’m always up for tips and tricks and learning from other business owners’ experiences!

    1. Nobita says:

      I just baked these cookies; I just leave them as balls. I weigh them to make a total of 16 cookies, it’s around 92-93 grams per cookie.