Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Tate's Bake Shop Signature Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

 

In my last post, I shared that I received a copy of Kathleen King's cookbook "Tate's Bake Shop" and an assortment of their cookies-- and I promised I'd have a giveaway.  Three weeks ago, I received a package of their signature Chocolate Chip Cookies, Oatmeal Raisin and White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies. 

My boys were more than happy to eat the majority of the cookies, since I'm trying to cut back on my dessert and sugar consumption.  However, I did eat one of each cookie. After all, I had a duty to try this cookie which has received quite a few awards.   First, let me talk about the chocolate chip cookies-- they are thin and crisp, buttery and, oh, so delicious!  They could become very addictive, and I can see why Tate's Bake Shop calls their chocolate chip cookies their "signature cookie".  I ate one two and had to fight the urge to eat the entire pack of 12 cookies.  The oatmeal raisin cookies--  I regret to say that they aren't my favorite.  I can't pinpoint what it was, but they have an unidentifiable background flavor that felt as though it was missing the "Wow Factor".  However, the White Chocolate Macadamia cookies were outstanding.

As for the cookbook--  I read all 150 pages of the recipes.  The categories include Muffins & Scones, Pound Cakes & Breads,  and Cookies & Bars.  There are Pies, Crisps and Cobblers recipes, Cakes and even a Healthy Category.  As you can see, I bookmarked several recipes that caught my fancy.  There aren't photographs for every recipe, but the photographs in the center of the book are visually tempting and well done.  I posted the recipe for the Double Berry Crunch Muffins, that were moist and really good.  So, I pondered what to make next.  My son was lamenting that the chocolate chip cookies were gone (which he ate most of, anyway).  That's when I decided to follow Ina Garten's introduction to the cookbook that says "start with the chocolate chip cookies".  So, that's what I did...

The ingredients are similar to the  traditional Toll House Cookie recipe... except that less flour is used, and water is added to the batter.  Okay, maybe that's what makes the batter thin enough to spread and create Tate's Bake Shop thin and crispy cookies?

I figured that since Tate's Bake Shop is in the Hamptoms, and because Ina Garten always says to use "good" ingredients, that's what I did.  I've been enjoying a year's worth of Eggland's Best eggs for several months (I won them with this recipe).  Singing Dog Vanilla is a product that I really like (giveaway coming up after the holidays). 

Cream the butter and sugars...

 Add the vanilla and water until just combined. Add the eggs and mix lightly...

Stir in the flour mixture-- TIP:  I actually caught Kathleen King on an episode of The Barefoot Contessa. She showed Ina how pulsing the stand mixer is an easy way to add flour, without overworking the dough.  (Overworked dough = gluten = tough cookies).

 DOUGH REVIEW: I belong to the "I love to eat cookie dough" club.  OMG... this is the kind of dough you want to hide in a closet and eat in giant spoonful sizes.  I didn't, but let's say that I licked the beater clean.  The oven is preheated to 350F...

Fold in the chocolate chips and scoop onto a baking sheet using either parchment paper or a Silpat mat.  Bake for 12 minutes (mine took 15)...

...turning halfway through the baking so they bake evenly...


These do resemble the authentic Tate's Bake Shop Cookies, don't you think?
 After cooling them on a wire rack, I took a bite.

VERDICT:  The flavor is spot on good!  Are these the same as the cookies that Tate's Bake Shop sent me? Unfortunately, NO.  They just aren't that crispy thin cookie that I found surprisingly delicious (I'm a chewy kinda girl...or so I thought).   I had read this in some of the reviews about this cookbook that reviewers suspected that Kathleen King deliberately left something out of the recipe she shares.  I don't think that's the case-- I think it has to do with the commercial ovens she uses to product the thousands of cookies she ships all over the country each week!  I don't have a convection oven, but I know someone who does-- I'm going to ask her if we can experiment and see.   BOTTOM LINE:  Still, this is an excellent chocolate chip cookie. My son liked the Tate's Bake Shop crunchiness the best. My husband, on the other hand, loved my home baked version the best.  As for me... I'm so proud of my will power in that I ate only one cookies (and 1/2 the next day). Here's the printable recipe card:




Tate's Bake Shop has offered to let me choose one person to receive the same three-cookie assortment that was sent to me....


Plus, your own copy of the Tate's Bake Shop Cookbook. 
**THE GIVEAWAY ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED**All you need to do is leave a comment and tell me what your favorite cookie is.  For an extra entry, please "LIKE" Tate's Bake Shop on Facebook.  You can also order any of these cookies online-- and trust me, I will be doing the same.  These would make a great last minute gift for someone special, and the prices are not outrageous, considering how good the cookies are. Just use coupon code "cookie" online at their website, and you'll receive a 15% discount (good through December 31st).   I will randomly choose the lucky winner on Thursday, December 23rd at 7pm.  I will post the winner either that evening or on the morning of December 24th. 

Good Luck!

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44 comments:

Krystle C. said...

I'd say my favorite cookie is a soft peanut butter cookie. My husbands on the other hand is white chocolate macadamia nut, which is one I have yet to find a recipe I really like.

The Wandering Spoon said...

Cookies are my weakness. Eat 'em, if ya got 'em I always say!

Bonnie said...

I alread Like Tate's on Facebook.

April Hall said...

I just tried the coconut rolled cookies with a thumbprint of jam, ala Ina Garten. I had some sour cherry jam that I put in yesterday's batch. Yum!

Bonnie said...

My favorite cookies is a plain butter cookie. Pure and simple.

suburban prep said...

I like the toffee chocolate chip cookies.

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pensandswords said...

I *love* cookies... It's hard to find one I don't like, but snickerdoodles are my favorite.

Lizzy said...

My favorite is a cherry, chocolate chunk cookie with dried tart cherries, pecans, white and milk chocolate.

Anonymous said...

My favorite is chocolate chip cookies.

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Topher said...

My fav are snickerdoodles. Thanks.


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Cherloo said...

Sugar Cookies are my favorite... OMG

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Cherloo said...

Liked Tates Bakeshop on facebook
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Anonymous said...

No contest--Chocolate peanut butter! But I never saw a cookie I didn't like (unfortunately, weight-wise)

auntiej

Pope said...

My favorite cookie is a date bar. They remind me of spending time with my granny and I can somewhat feel ok about the healthiness of them. I have a great recipe but am always tickled to find them in a bakery or store (and try them of course!).

Patti said...

My favorite cookie is just plain old sugar cookies made from my Grandma's recipe. The recipe calls for lard and buttermilk...but they are oh so good!!
Kudos to you for only eating one (and a half the next day)of the cookies you made! I'd probably have to eat most the batch just to be sure I was judging the recipe right. LOL

(haha..my word verification is cakeyerg- cakey urge LOL, perfect!)

Meghan said...

PB, choc chip!

Danelle said...

My favorite cookie is good old chocolate chip. :)

From the Kitchen said...

Chocolate chip is my favorite but most others are close runners up! I just read your previous post and saw the Emerson Creek pottery. I was there in October (actually go every October on my visit home to Virginia) and purchased a dozen of this same baker for small gifts. I have been purchasing pieces since the early 1980s. Happy to see it on your post.

Merry Christmas and the very best for the new year.

Best,
Bonnie

Karin said...

I like sugar cookies.

stacief said...

Yummy! I love white chocolate chip cookies!

Healthy and Homemade said...

It's a toss up between chocolate chip and frosted sugar cookies!! I keep seeing the Tate's cookies everywhere but have yet to try them. Yum!

Amber said...

My favorite cookie is pumpkin chocolate chip! They are amazing!!!

Barefoot Belle said...

My favorite are Oatmeal toffee cookies. Love them!

Barefoot Belle said...

I'm a fan of Tate's on facebook.

Clementine said...

My favorite is chocolate chip cookies, Yum Yum!!

Patty said...

Love a chocolate chip cookie, fresh from the oven.

Renee said...

I don't think I'll need to buy any for a few weeks. I just finished baking lebkuchen, pfefferkuchen, nussplaetzchen, florentines, coconut macaroons, chocolate chip meringues, lemon-almond cookies, and cranberry-pistachio cookies. I distributed most to neighbors and family, but I do have a few dozen left!

Roxanne said...

My favorite cookie is probably a butterscotch oatmeal cookie.

Nan said...

The favorite cookie is a tough call. I never met a cookie I didn't like, unfortunately! That being said, I suppose my mother's rasin filled cookies are my absolute favorite. I've lost the recipe and it makes me sad :.(

Anonymous said...

I would have to say that my favorite cookie is a soft and chewy chocolate chip cookie with a cup of tea for dunking in and slerping on.

Have a Blessed Christmas everyone from your friends to the North.

Joanne said...

I already had a Tate's giveaway, so I don't want to enter but I want to say that the cookies look great! I'm a chewy more than a crispy thin girl anyway, so I'm sure I would love the homemade version!

Karen said...

Chocolate Chip Cookies :)

Karen said...

I liked Tate's on FB :)

Holly said...

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip!! Can't get enough of them :)

Dee in DE said...

I love chocolate chunk cookies. They are sooo delicious, and the extra bite of chocolate is just to die for everytime.

Dee in DE said...

I'm already a fan of Tate's!

Amanda Thompson said...

Cookies are my friends ~ I can't pick just one!

ARLENE said...

My favorite cookie is a ribbon cookie (the tri-colored cookie with chocolate frosting that every Italian bakery sells). I just saw that episode of Barefoot Contessa today.

Allie said...

I think it was perfect that you made a version of the cookie that they sent you! I cracked up at the thought of Kathleen King leaving out some ingredient! So funny :) I always feel like my oven messes up cookies and they are never the right texture. Yours sure looked spot on! I also give you credit for reading the whole book, but that is what we do, isn't it!?

My favorite cookie is chocolate with peanut butter chips, oh so good!

Carole said...

I saw Ina's show w/ Kathleen King. The difference in textures might have something to do w/ the difference in water.

I've been baking Slovakian favorites and I have to say that the apricot cookies are calling to me. Love them.

Carole said...

I already like Tate's Bake Shop on FB.

Thanks for the giveaway.

Monica H said...

I like that you made the chocolate chip cookies from her book so that someone who really likes them can make them at home.

I think you're right about the water making them crisper cookies.

My favorite cookie is Ina's chocolate white chocolate chip cookies. yum!

And if I don't get to hear from you before the weekend, I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.

Lots of love to you,
Monica

Mary said...

Good work on the will power... pass some over here ;)

Those cookies look amazing!!!

Mary
Delightful Bitefuls

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Chocolate chip cookies have got to be one of my favorites, but I'm still in search of the perfect recipe. It sounds like you are too.