Family Focus: Local baker launches line of cookie dough after cookies go viral

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — She’s called the “Cookieprenuer.”

Memphis native Megan Mottley has a special talent when it comes to baking.

“Baking for me is very therapeutic,” Mottley said. “At the end of the process knowing that I will be able to put a smile on somebody’s face.”

Three years ago, the single mother was determined to send her daughter on a mission trip to Japan.

After selling her made-from-scratch cookies as a fundraiser, she was able to surpass her daughter’s goal.

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“In less than eight weeks we raised over $5,000 when we only had two months to raise $3,500,” Mottley explained.

Mottley’s cookies went viral on Facebook and social media.

After a few successful fundraisers, her company Goodness Gracious Cookies was born.

She sells more than 25 different flavors and has delivered cookies all over Memphis and the Mid-South.

“So, I recently launched the frozen cookie dough where they can purchase that from the Curb Market at Crosstown Concourse and Philip Ashley Chocolates,” Mottley explained.

Mottley spends 20-plus hours a week in the kitchen with anywhere from five to 10 orders a day.

“Ultimately, I would love to continue baking,” she said. “I would love to have a food truck, so I can move around.”

Mottley’s cookies are available for others to use for fundraising to support global mission and local causes.

She is currently helping to fundraise a mission trip to Kenya and Belize.

To view the company's website, click here.