I got a notification that a high school friend Gym tagged me in a post on Facebook. It was a post about my Gym’s sister Audrey who had started her own cookie company, The Tipsy Cookie, and he suggested she send me some to share my thoughts with my readers. I will admit, this is always a hard for me. I like to stay true to my audience when sharing what I think of something that has been sent to me, especially when it’s a friend. Thinking that Gym has followed Trippin’ with Tara close enough to know that to ask me, it had to be worth checking out. So I reached out to Audrey and she sent me a sample pack. Holy Mother of Cookies! These things are no joke. As you will read in my chat with Audrey, she’s passionate, she’s excited, and she’s definitely on to something.
Check out the 4 different cookies I had the chance to try….sigh! My favorite? The Royal Carmel Apple for sure! Delicious!
The Tipsy Cookie
The Tipsy Cookie was started in 2015; you mentioned that it happened comically in error. Tell me that story.
One day, while randomly baking chocolate chip cookies, I stepped away from the kitchen to watch something on TV. When I came back, not paying attention, I picked up a miniature bottle of Jack Daniel’s, thinking it was the bottle of vanilla, and poured it into the mix! At that point it was too late, as there was no way to remove the alcohol. So instead of discarding the entire batch, I baked it. They turned out to be the best chocolate chip cookies ever! From there, I dibbled and dabbled with the recipe, adding other flavors that would complement the cookie. I’m glad I made that error!
Sharing the love of baking with your grandmothers, do they have a favorite Tipsy Cookie?
I could only imagine what their favorite Tipsy Cookie would be! If my grandmother Josephine was alive, she’d probably enjoy the Royal Caramel Apple. She always made an apple pound cake that was so delicious. This cookie reminds me of that. My grandmother Louise, in her younger years, would probably be a fan of the Jamaican Me Raisin. If she were to try it at her age now (age 96), I’m sure she would make the most interesting face once she tasted the alcohol!
So The Tipsy Cookie all started with The Drunken Chocolate Chip Cookie after shipping a box to the west coast for a dessert contest, and I needed to hear this story!
Frequently, at my full time job, we do fun events such as a baking contests. Many people were aware of my love for baking, but my counterparts in Las Vegas had not experienced my desserts! The vice president of the company I work with traveled to Orlando for an office visit and had heard about my sweets. I told her I would bring in cookies for her. She LOVED them and wanted me to send some to my Vegas counterparts for the dessert contest.
The next day my vice president messaged me letting me know that all of the judges weren’t able to taste my dessert because people who got them first, went back and grabbed more after tasting it! We had a good laugh about it. She even mentioned that as the judging was going on, someone stood up and said “whomever made this Drunken Chocolate Chip Cookie…it is the best ever!” Now when we are in meetings, it’s requested for me to bring cookies, when and if, I travel to the West coast.
Always wanting to be different, I began to experiment with different flavors, soon realizing how different ingredients would bring out stronger flavors and sweet after taste.
I often watch Food Network’s Chopped and I would see how creative the chefs would be. I started thinking, “how can I apply that same creativity to The Tipsy Cookie?” I started to think about what types of fruits went well with caramels and chocolates. I would then scope out the shelves at different stores. I fell in love with the flavor combinations that I had created, especially the Royal Caramel Apple. It literally tasted as though I had taken a bite out of an apple that was dipped in caramel, followed by a small shot of Crown Royal Apple. Then it became a daily question of “what goes with this?” Now it’s like a game to me-a combination game. I don’t think I’ve lost yet, because I love all of the cookie combinations so far!
What flavors do you like to play with? What have you found when using alcohol when baking?
I love to play around with rum, brandy, whiskey, and bourbon. When you add these flavors to my recipes, it makes the cookie incredibly moist, yet it doesn’t lose the chewy texture that people love. When baking with alcohol, most of the alcohol bakes out of the product. But you will definitely have the flavor!
What is next for The Tipsy Cookie?
What’s next for The Tipsy Cookie is to build our customer base, promote our brand, and make people happy! With The Tipsy Cookie, we’re dreaming big, but starting small! We’re still getting all of our ducks in a row, which is very exciting!
How can people find you?
We are located in Orlando, Florida and we can be found at the local Farmer’s Markets. We can also be found online at thetipsycookie.com and on Instagram , Facebook and Twitter. We will also be at the Celebration Farmer’s Market, February 7th from 9AM-3PM.
Don’t live in Orlando? No worries, all of The Tipsy Cookies can be shipped anywhere in the US.
I loved my sampler pack so much that I asked Audrey if she would be so kind in offering a special Valentine’s Day giveaway that I could offer to my readers. She graciously agreed, so here you go!
*I was sent a sample pack of The Tipsy Cookies to share my thoughts with my readers. I loved them so much I asked if Audrey would be willing to do a giveaway. All opinions are my own.
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