Chocolate Chip cookies bring me back to my childhood. My mother and I frequently baked, and there is nothing that I want more when I am having a crummy day (or a great day) then a fresh baked cookie. Sometimes I don’t have the time to bake, or all of the ingredients, but thankfully that doesn’t mean I cannot enjoy a fresh, homemade cookie … and I don’t even have to leave the house!
Tate’s Bake Shop is located in Southampton, New York and also offers an online shop – which means… Fresh, Homemade and Delicious goodies delivered right to your door!! YUM! I was lucky enough to be able to experience this delight first hand, and I have to tell you, Tate’s Bake Shop makes some seriously good cookies.
This past Monday came in with a bang – as it always does – busy and crazy, and leaving me in need of a good pick me up. Right after lunch I got just that. My doorbell rang, and by the time I got there the ringer was gone, but in their place was a big, brown box. I love getting mail (I know, I am still a little kid like that – I even like getting to open the bills) and was even more excited when I saw the return address on the package.
I opened the box and found the Assorted Cookies Gift Pack – filled with three boxes of cookies: Chocolate Chips, Oatmeal Raisin, and White Chocolate Macadamia Nut. V’s eyes bulged out of her head when she realized that cookies had just been delivered to her house, and being that we had just finished lunch there was no hesitation in digging into the boxes of cookies in front of us.
Only one word can describe these cookies: AMAZING!
The Chocolate Chips were easily my favorite – childhood memories came rushing back as I bit into these rich, crispy, chocolaty cookies. Add a big glass of ice cold milk…. the perfect desert!
After we ate enough cookies to make normal people sick, the kids went bouncy off the walls and right outside to play. I grabbed the cookbook that had also come in the package – Tate’s Bake Shop Cookbook – and settled down in a lawn chair to flip through as the kids worked off their new found energy. The recipes were mouthwatering to read, and the featured photos were more enticing still. I quickly made a shopping list – I am planning LOTS of baking this weekend!
One recipe that is at the top of my list is Chocolate Mint Brownies. With a description boasting that they taste like “homemade Andes Candies” I knew I would not be able to wait long to try them! Here is the recipe for you to try too!
Chocolate Mint Brownies
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/3 cup salted butter
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 3 tablespoons creme de menthe liqueur
- 1 1/2 cups bittersweet chocolate
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 9 X 13-inch pan.
TO MAKE THE BROWNIES: In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
In a large bowl, combine the chocolate chips and vanilla.
In a saucepan, combine the butter, sugar, and water. Bring this mixture to a boil. Pour the hot mixture over the chips and stir. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the flour mixture. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Spread the mixture evenly. The brownies will appear thin, but this is OK.
Bake the brownies for 15 minutes, or until they are slightly firm to the touch. A toothpick inserted should not be clean. It should still have a very moist cumb on it.
Cool the brownies before spreading the topping on them.
TO MAKE THE TOPPING: Mix the melted butter and confectioners’ sugar. Add the creme de menthe. Let it cool and then spread it over the brownies.
Melt the chocolate and remaining tablespoons of butter in a small saucepan or in a small bowl in the microwave, making sure you stir the mixture to prevent burning.
Pour the chocolate mixture over the mint topping and spread it evenly. Cool the brownies completely and cup into squares.
Doesn’t it sound so yummy?! This is my Saturday plan!
You can purchase all of the delicious baked goods from Tate’s Bake Shop in their Southampton bakery, or online. Tate’s Bake Shop has generously offered to give all MomVantage readers a 15% discount! Just enter code: cookies1 at checkout! (Discount code is good through April 30th, 2011)
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