Wednesday, April 21, 2010


I'm fascinated by entrepreneurs; their focus, determination and ability turn their passion into a career is inspiring. Kathleen King is an entrepreneur who is passionate about cookies.  Chocolate chip cookies to be exact; crispy, paper-thin, buttery all natural cookies that she has lovingly perfected along with a host of other delectable baked goods and turned that passion into a wildly successful business called Tates.

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Born and raised in Southampton on North Sea Farms, Kathleen began to bake and sell her cookies at eleven to earn some spending money. By the time she reached high school, she was baking 12 hours a day trying to keep up with the local demand for her cookies.  Her baking paid for a college education  and by the tender age of twenty, King has opened her first shop in Southampton.

Her cookies can be shipped to your door or you can try your hands at baking a batch.  Her cookbook Tate's Bake Shop Cookbook (St. Martin Press) is filled with yummy recipes like ginger heart cookies, mocha pecan muffins and of course, her famous chocolate chip cookie recipe.

Did I mention how absolutely addictive these cookies are? You won't be able to stop at just one, but they are so worth it.  If you prefer a less crisp cookie, bake your cookies for 8-9 minutes instead of 12 minutes.

YIELD: About 40 cookies
  • 2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) lightly salted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350ΒΊ.
Whisk the flour, soda and salt together in a bowl. In another large bowl, mix the butter with a wooden spoon to lighten it a bit and then mix in the sugars. Add the water, vanilla and eggs to the butter mixture. Stir in the flour mixture until just combined and then fold in the chocolate chips. Using two soup spoons, drop the cookies 2" apart onto two nonstick or greased cookie sheets. Bake for 12 minutes, rotating the sheets after four minutes. Remove the cookies to a wire rack to cool, and repeat the process with the rest of the batter.


suburban prep said...

She was on with Ina Garten (The Barefoot Contessa)a few times recently the cookies made looked delicious.

Anonymous said...

Yum... Tate's is a Southampton landmark, A bit of Southampton trivia, Tates took over a bakery called Crutchfied's, my grandmother said she had a bag of hot doughnuts ready when my dad would get off the train on Friday afternoons in the Summer.Life in SH was never going to be the same when Crutchfield was gone. As a child, she was wrong, it was better. I remember Tate's as Kathleen's Bake shop. Today my own toddlers are comforted by the sweet aroma coming from that beautiful shop. A bag of crisp chocolate chips makes the traffic back to Manhattan bearable. Don't forget the fantastic berry pies!! Thanks for posting, I didn't know about the book!!

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

Our local market has them, and we get them often. I'm not a big fan of crisp cookies, but these get me every time! I have the cookbook too. Great share... hopefully someone who hasn't had them will find a new favorite.

red ticking said...

I CANNOT BELIEVE YOU GOT THE RECIPE!!!! i never knew they had a cookbook...

they are my favorite cookies... ever.

i carried them in my store for awhile but people didnt get the price point... i would pay $20 for a bag of these beauties... i esp love the butterscotch...but choc chip with nuts soooooooo tasty.


Hampton said...

the butterscotch are my favorite too--the are so addictive. Kathleen put out two cookbooks--the first has her classic recipes and the second fancier desserts. They are both worth a visit!

Jane Schott said...

OMG the butterscotch! Sit on the front patio and eat them all day!

viagra online said...

I'm a fan of cookies and will always be in an unstoppable seek of new recipes, so I'd like to know much is for that book? I'm also a cooking books collector!