Chocolate Chip Cutie Cocktail with irish cream and creme de cacao - MDB Cocktails

MDB Cocktails: The Chocolate Chip Cutie

Chocolate Chip Cutie Cocktail with irish cream and creme de cacao - MDB Cocktails
Chocolate Chip Cutie Cocktail with irish cream and creme de cacao - MDB Cocktails

Vulnerability in Sharing:

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about the dichotomy between invincibility and vulnerability as a young adult. In that post I focused on my experiences while travelling, but vulnerability is an interesting concept that comes to fruition in many forms and various strengths as your life goes on. When travelling, the vulnerability that I felt related to my personal safety as a solo traveller. But there’s another kind of vulnerability we experience every day: vulnerability in sharing.

This is an emotion that we’ve all experienced in one way or another. Spilling your secrets, gifting something special to a friend, or inviting someone over to your home, all require some aspect of vulnerability. Any time you share a part of your life with another human being, you’re put in a position where you must decide how much of yourself you want to share. Every time I share baked goods with others I go through a mental exercise that consists of my wondering if this person is trustworthy enough that they won’t spit out the potentially gross cookie I made. The behaviour of others is unpredictable, and because of this fact, we take gambles every day.

Lately I’ve been thinking about the level of vulnerability I maintain on this website. Truth be told, I only have the smallest idea as to who is reading my writing (faithful commenters, thank you, thank you!!) Seeing as my writing is often an extension of my mind, it’s a scary thing to imagine that a person I don’t know in real life could conjure up an image that explains who I am purely from being a regular reader of my site. That’s both terrifying and exhilarating.

It’s terrifying in that when I’m writing, I wear an invisible blindfold to the extent at which these words will be sent out into the world. It’s kind of like being on stage, but wearing a mask. That’s what makes it so exhilarating. I can project an image of who I am, and change that image at my will. No one will ever know what is under the mask, unless I let them.

Sometimes, I lift the mask away and write highly personal posts where I have to convince myself to hit “publish”. I have an ongoing fear that everyone will hate my writing (I think every writer suffers from imposter syndrome), But I hit publish because I have an urge to connect, and sometimes, connecting behind the screen of the computer is easier and more meaningful. Strangely enough. The comments I’ve received from you after writing these personal pieces have helped bring me out of my internet shell, and have encouraged me to take risks with my writing.

Vulnerability can be a double-edged sword, but a sword isn’t always a bad thing. A sword is a powerful weapon, an age-old tool, and a symbol of strength. Vulnerability is worth the risk, most of the time.

Do you feel vulnerable when you share your writing or other aspects of yourself with others? Let me know in the comments 🙂
Chocolate Chip Cutie Cocktail with irish cream and creme de cacao - MDB Cocktails

Chocolate Chip Cutie Cocktail:

Do you like your cocktails to resemble milkshakes and classic cookie flavours? If your answer is “yes”, this chocolate chip cutie cocktail should become part of your regular repertoire. Slightly sweet and very smooth irish cream liqueur is swirled together with decadent creme de cacao, chocolate syrup, and chocolate chips in this dessert cocktail. Just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean you have to forgo fun, sweet cocktails! The mini chocolate chips tossed into the bottom of the glass melt slightly as you sip, and when scooped out with a spoon once you’re finished the drink, are a crunchy surprise.

MDB Cocktails: The Chocolate Chip Cutie
Author: My Dish is Bomb
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: serves 2
  • chocolate syrup (like nesquick)
  • 5 oz Irish Cream liqueur
  • 2 oz creme de cacao
  • 1 tsp mini chocolate chips
  1. Chill two lowball glasses (or martini glasses) in the freezer for at least 15 minutes. Alternatively, you can fill the glasses with ice water while making the drinks, then dump out the ice water right before pouring the drink.
  2. To prepare the glasses, drizzle the chocolate syrup around the inside of the glass and sprinkle a few chocolate chips in the bottom of each glass.
  3. In a cocktail shaker, add a handful of ice, the Bailey’s, and the creme de cacao. Shake well to combine and cool the liquor. Strain, dividing between the two glasses. Serve immediately.


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Katy MacKinnon

Katy MacKinnon is a food photographer and recipe developer, and Food Fight! co-host.

25 thoughts on “MDB Cocktails: The Chocolate Chip Cutie”

  1. First, YUM! This kind of reminds me of something I would get in downtown Santa Cruz when I was in college. I’m feeling all kinds of nostalgia. Second, I always love your writing and your willingness to share and be vulnerable is a huge part of that. It feels very refreshing to not only read about food. In blogging, some things I thought would be hard to share are easy, but I still find it difficult to share when I feel my most vulnerable (when I’m scared, depressed, in pain, and really sick). I tend to share only when I’m feeling positive, driven, or when the bad stuff has lifted. But that feels like a lie and misrepresentation to me so I have to sit down and write with purpose to “expose” myself. I usually end up feeling better afterwards.

    1. I’m super envious that you went to college in Santa Cruz! That sounds amazing. Thanks so much for your encouraging comment, Megan! I have had a hard time justifying writing about things other than food, but at the end of the day I want to share a variety of things in addition to food so I may as well just do it! It’s definitely easier to share when things are positive but yes those moments where you can sit down and write when things are going crazy sometimes produce the best writing!

  2. This cocktail sounds so good! Like dessert and a drink all in one! I like that!!

    I know what you mean – I get that feeling even before doing something just different than normal with my writing (even when I know that it’s good or right or will help people or positive or whatever you want to call it!!). haha But I agree – it usually is worth the risk in the end!!

    1. It’s scary to stray from a theme or an image that you’ve crafted and try something different but you’re right it’s often worth the risk! Thanks Ashley!

  3. I feel the same way about writing. I feel like I am putting a little part of myself out into the world, and I have no idea if anyone will read it, and if they do read it, if they will like it. There is a part of all of us I think that worries about if people will like us and accept us, and so putting ourselves out there is so scary. It is something I have to work on all the time, and wiriting my blog has really helpped push my past my comfort zones.
    On to this cocktail – now this is a sweet little drink! I would love to sip on this for a dessert like treat!

    1. I’m reading what you write!! 🙂 Totally know how you feel. It’s so exciting and scary to push past comfort zones!

  4. I love this cutie pie of a cocktail! You sure know how to make a delicious drink, my friend! It’s so interesting how courage and vulnerability go hand in hand. If we’re doing each right, they come as a package deal. It took me a long time to learn that. You are way ahead of me, sweets! xoxo

  5. This cocktail looks amazeballs! I am a sucker for chocolate and your recipe looks delicious!-
    I know what you mean, I feel the same way. Putting myself out there can feel scary, but exciting at the same time. I actually try not to think about it to much, because it is WAY past my comfort zone.

  6. Katy! These look amazing! Your photos are stunning, too. Well done! If you’re ever in the mood for doing a guest post, Killing Thyme could sure use a cocktail. (Or five. Wait. We were talking about the blog, not the person behind it… whoops.)

    It’s weird–as a mostly introverted person, I’d expect myself to feel more vulnerable when opening up about things in my posts (or the Internet in general), but I don’t. Though, in person? Different story. I have a harder time articulating my thoughts and feelings in person. I think this is where I’m most comfortable. I feel safe when writing. I don’t even know if that makes sense. Eh!

    I really enjoyed this post though, and it reminded me that I really need to come by your blog more often! It’s always a treat. I mean, in a sea of bloggers, it’s hard to give extra attention to particular ones because you enjoy them. I’ve been trying to do that more–building relationships with bloggers is so important. I think with posts like this, you make it easy.

    1. Dana, thank you so much for such a sweet comment! I’m in the same boat and generally find it easier to write out my thoughts than to vocalize them, though the two do intersect every once in a while 🙂 I know what you mean about trying to maintain relationships will all the bloggers you love, it’s definitely tricky time-wise but I think the best blogger relationships are the ones that understand it’s okay to let a couple weeks go by…that’s just life! 🙂

  7. Wow, this cocktail looks fantastic and sounds equally good! Your pictures are fantastic. I love that you included one of an empty cocktail glass too!! Good thing it is Friday because I think that I may have to try this one tonight. Thanks so much for sharing.

  8. First of all, this cocktail looks sooo yummy!
    I’m usually a very introverted person, but as far as writing goes, it mostly depends on what I’m writing. If I’m voicing a strong opinion about something, I tend to get a little nervous before hitting the publish button. If I’m just blogging a recipe and talking about what led me to it, I’m pretty comfortable with it. I think for me, it’s experienced based. The more I write, the more comfortable I become.

    1. Totally. I’m a very opinionated introverted person so I know what you mean about getting nervous…I’ve had posts that have had way too many edits to count! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  9. Katy – I can totally relate! I have to admit, when I moved to a different city recently I went through quite a bit of anxiety about whether or not to reveal the location change, considering my blog’s very Toronto-like name. However, I received quite a bit of support which made me realize that it feels good to get the truth off your chest and reveal those personal things about yourself that make you feel scared. It’s so weird but being part of an online community can help us feel less alone in a world where career opportunities are more uncertain than ever, and blogs serve as a creative yet professional outlet.

    1. I think in this blogging community, the truth will almost always be supported by fellow bloggers, which is so amazing! Unless you go from a vegan blog to the opposite…some people get angry (I speak from experience) 😉 Thanks so much for the comment Taylor!

  10. I’m with you, I’m always unsure how much I should share in a blog post but then I love how supportive the blogging community is:) This cocktail looks and sounds amazing! The perfect way to kick off the weekend 🙂

  11. Weird you are writing about the vulnerability of having a site, because I just talked about how I received a very unkind email from a reader. (#SameWavelength) It is true, blogging leaves you very vulnerable, and there are SO many haters out there. Every time I go to hit publish on a post I get anxiety. Maybe I should try having a few of these Chocolate Chip Cutie Cocktails prior. 😉 These look fabulous, dear! I love everything about these, including the name! Tres chic, dear! Cheers – I hope all is well with you!! <3

    1. Ugh, yes. “Don’t feed the trolls” is a personal mantra of mine…hope they don’t bother you anymore! Thanks Cheyanne! 🙂

  12. I think, after a few of these, I would write more vulnerable myself. I try my best, but it is hard because you don’t know who is reading your material. Sigh. This recipe looks amazing though and I can’t wait to share it in my round up this week! Looks amazing!

    1. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe, Jared! Yes, I struggle with the same thing, wondering who is reading my writing and feeling like I am writing into the abyss!

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