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Let’s take a break from talking about college stuff to talk about cookies. If you read my blog post about Hosting the Perfect Kentucky Derby Party, you already know I love Tate’s Bake Shop Chocolate Chip Cookies. I eat them, I serve them to guests, and I love them. And as if life couldn’t get any better, now Tate’s Cookies have gone tiny!
I first learned about these wonderful chocolate chip cookies from everyone’s favorite Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten. Tate’s Bake Shop is located in The Hamptons where Ina lives, so of course, she gave us a tour on one of her cooking shows.
I love Ina. Have you ever noticed how she never pays for anything on any of her shopping trips? She’s all, “Thanks for the twelve dozen orange tulips, Javier.” And then she just walks out of the flower shop.
“Thanks for the artisanal cheese, Gail. It will be perfect for my dinner party.” No money ever changes hands. 🙂
Also, no one can throw food shade like Ina. I have always thought that in her mind, she whispers “peasant” under her breath at the end of every sentence. She tells us to always use the GOOD olive oil. The GOOD vanilla. And that if we don’t have yogurt crafted by virgins from the milk of Himalayan goats tended by Adonis Sherpas, well, then, store-bought is fine. (*Peasant.) Ouch. But I digress.
Cookies. After I learned about Tate’s Bake Shop cookies I was on a mission to find them. They are thin and crispy and sweet and taste wonderful with milk. When I bake chocolate chip cookies, I like them chubby and chewy.
For some reason, I like store-bought cookies to be crispy, and these definitely are. After initially finding them at Whole Foods, I was thrilled when our local grocery store finally started carrying them a couple of years ago. I hoard them and anyone attempting to take them from me might not fare so well. 🙂
My daughter went to the beach a few weeks ago with some friends and they stopped at Buc-ees, which is the best truck stop in the world. If you’ve never been to one, you really do need to find a way to get to one. They are huge, they have everything from food to cookbooks to Yeti coolers to clothes, and they have the cleanest restrooms on the planet. So anyway, that afternoon I got a text from her:
What? Tate’s had gone tiny?! New mission for me. If Buc-ees had them, I wanted to find them closer to home. I looked everywhere for them. You can always find things online, but I needed to find a local source. Then last week my daughter and I were walking into the grocery store. She stopped mid-conversation and darted toward a green and white display.
I’m pretty sure there was some kind of light shining down from on high, and there might have even been music coming from somewhere. It was a display of Tiny Tate’s Bite Size Chocolate Chip Cookies ! We started filling our cart with the little bags like those shelf-clearing women on extreme couponing shows. The grocer walked up and looked at us and said, “Maybe you just need a case?” Uh, yes, please. Best $12 I ever spent. I don’t even remember what else we bought on that shopping trip, or how we even got home. I had my Tiny Tate’s. 🙂
A Case of Tiny Tate’s!
Just to give you an idea of how Tiny Tate’s compare to the original, I took a side-by-side picture:
Our snack the evening we scored the case of Tiny Tate’s:
As of yet, I haven’t seen the tiny version of any of the other flavors Tate’s offers. But when you’re talking about cookies do any other flavors besides chocolate chip even matter? 🙂
I should also mention that Tate’s offers gluten-free and whole wheat options of some of their products. If you enjoy crispy chocolate chip cookies and brownies, I think you’ll be happy with everything from Tate’s. If you can’t find them at your local store, just use any of the links in this post to order them online. I’d love to hear what you think of them. Leave me a comment and share your thoughts!
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