The Husband Cooks Wednesdays

by Cate on September 29, 2005

He didn’t cook, but he did take care of ordering and picking up Chinese food, which is just as good as cooking to me. Of course, I had the kitchen itch and took a few minutes to bake up a new cookie recipe.

Nicholas and I made Chocolate Chip Cookies from Tate’s Bake Shop Cookbook. I got this cookbook the other day, and this is the first recipe from it. In case the name isn’t familiar to you, it’s full of recipes from a successful bakery in Southampton, New York. They’ve been in business for over 25 years and count the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Christie Brinkley and Barbara Walters among their cookie fans. Not a bad clientele to speak of! Opened in 1980, the owner, Kathleen King, named the shop after her father, Tate King. Although the shop is only 1000 square feet, it is bursting with pies, cookies, brownies and other sugary delights. They even do a booming online business on their website, Tate’s Bake Shop.

Now for the recipe review. Although a very good cookie, I take a few issues with it. The recipe says it yields 4-1/2 dozen cookies, and that’s also two-tablespoon helpings when dropping off the dough on the cookie sheet. So a) that’s a lot of cookies and b) that makes ’em pretty big. Well, I got about 3 dozen cookies, and that was only using 1 tablespoon droppings. Secondly, the picture that accompanied the recipe showed a completely brown cookie. Mine were the typical golden color of a chocolate chip cookie. Got me stumped. Anyways, they ARE still good, slightly crispy on the outside, softer on the inside and simple, simple to make. And lastly, and perhaps most importantly, you probably have all the ingredients on hand.

OK folks, all for tonight. Until tomorrow…

Chocolate Chip Cookies
from Tate’s Bake Shop
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup salted butter
3/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon water
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 large eggs
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Grease two cookie sheets (I needed 3). In large bowl, stir together flour, baking soda and salt. In another large bowl, cream the butter and sugars, then add the water and vanilla. Mix until just combined. Add eggs and mix them in lightly. Stir in the flour mixture. When flour is mixed in, fold in the chocolate chips. Drop two-tablespoon helpings of the cookie dough two inches apart onto the greased cookie sheets. Bake for 12 minutes or until the edges and centers of cookies are brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool on wire rack.

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amateur September 29, 2005 at 2:50 pm

I’m on a “find my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe” adventure. Do you recommend trying this one? There are so many out there!


tattum September 29, 2005 at 6:32 pm

the book you recomended looks really interesting, I’m going to buy it. here in spain it’s a little difficult to find chocolate cookies and pies recipes, and I love them! so I’m going to try them this weekend, and for the first time in my life I will make cookies!! how exciting!!


michelle September 29, 2005 at 10:52 pm

yummmm – chocolate chip cookies! i wanted to respond to yesterday’s post too – you’re the first person i’ve met in a supper club! my boyfriend and i have been in one for about the last year and I really like your wild card idea – i might bring that up this month! and that admits watching kitchen confidential (like myself, of course)! I’m also planning on joining your weekend dog blogging, so i’ll be back!


Paz September 29, 2005 at 11:10 pm

Baking cookies! How fun!


Anna September 30, 2005 at 1:11 am

Sounds like these aren’t worth trying. Sweetnicks, maybe you should try the ones over on Words to Eat By.

She claims they are the best homemade chocolate chip cookies in the world.


Cate September 30, 2005 at 1:34 am

amateur – I like them when they’re thinner and crispy, which these were. They were very good, and gone quickly at both offices that they went to, but I don’t think I’d qualify them as “the one.” No problem in making them again, just not a WOW, you know?

tattum – Thanks for visiting. Wow – first time making cookies ever? Hope you like ’em!

Michelle – Supper Club is fun, isn’t it? I really enjoy it a lot and look forward to it every month. Although I haven’t really started developing it yet, keep an eye on our new site > The Wild Card idea definitely comes in handy sometimes. Can’t wait to see your pup pics! Thanks for stopping by!

Paz – where ya been? I bake A LOT of cookies! :)

Anna – thanks for the tip, I’ll check them out. How was the trip?


Cath September 30, 2005 at 3:36 am

Hi — out of curiosity, does the Husband bake, too, or does he stick to his Wednesday night cooking? Enjoying your site! :-)


flowerdoo July 1, 2007 at 12:56 pm

I live in Southampton and hate paying $5.00 for these cookies, I’ll try the recipe and tell you if they are the real deal…


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