Cookie Cart Bakery heading to St. Paul's East Side

Kids, cookies, who can resist? L to R: Darius, Saadiya, Raven

Kids, cookies, who can resist? L to R: Darius, Saadiya, Raven

The cute kiddos of Cookie Cart and the adults who guide them have gotten the memo. The East Side is the hot new place to be, and they're adding a second bakery for doing what they do — empowering urban youth via cookie power. 

The original Cookie Cart has graced north Minneapolis' West Broadway for decades, a bright oasis on a city corridor that's often plagued with blight. The mission, started by Sister Jean Thuerauf, who had begun baking cookies with neighborhood teens and helping them with their homework in her north Minneapolis kitchen, is simple yet powerful. Gift kids with responsibility, a work ethic, and job readiness skills, and hey, teach them how to bake a mean chocolate chipper, and they've got a better chance at going far in life. 

The new bakery is planned for the St. Paul's own fast growing corridor, Payne Avenue, at 946 Payne in a family market that will undergo renovation. 

The Cookie Cart organization has some pretty major accomplishments under its apron strings, too: Union Depot’s annual Holiday Bake Sale, the recent Little Free Library launch, they're a vendor at the new TargetExpress store that opened this month in Highland Park, and on August 7 they'll appear at the St. Paul Saints game. 

But St. Paulites will have to wait a while for this sweet endeavor. The bakery isn't planned to open until 2017.

In the meantime, support the Minneapolis Cookie Cart by ordering cookies (available in a baker's dozen different flavors) here. 

Or, if you wish to support the organization in an even bigger way, attend their Sunday, October 25 fundraising dinner at Eurest Café in the Thrivent Financial Building at 625 Fourth Ave. S., Minneapolis. 

Several local chefs, with the assistance of the Cookie Cart kids, will create a five-course dinner with wine pairing and live auction. Chef presence will be from Libertine, Wise Acre, and Pig Ate My Pizza among others.  $125 per person or $1,000 for a table of 10. Purchase tickets here.