******THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED*******
Have I got a surprise for all of my lovely readers!!!! I have been so psyched to post this giveaway, that I'm literally bursting at the seams right now as I am typing this!
A few weeks ago, a representative from Kathleen King's Tate's Bake Shop asked if I would be interested in sampling some of their scrumptious goodies and reviewing their cookbook. Never being able to turn down some free treats, I agreed to try them and have absolutely no regrets about doing so.
Kathleen King is a woman after my own heart. She grew up on a farm and knew the importance of hard work, independence, and common sense. When she was eleven, she started baking cookies in order to to purchase her own school clothes. By the age of 20, she had started her own bakery business and by the age of twenty-three, she was able to move into her very own personalized building where Tate's Bake Shop presently resides. She has received numerous successful write ups in such popular publications as the New York Times, The Boston Globe, and Everyday with Rachael Ray.
When the package of goodies arrived at my door, I felt like a kid in a candy store...so giddy and excited to try everything inside. These cookies are not your normal, thick, cake like ones. They were thin around the edges with a little puffiness in the middle. The perfect gourmet cookie and compliment to any cup of coffee or tea. It is said that her chocolate chip cookies are her best sellers, but based on my taste buds and experience, I highly enjoyed the white chocolate macadamia cookies ;)
And as if the excitement of sampling the cookies wasn't enough, I was in complete nirvana as I thoroughly read her cookbook. Everyone knows that I <3 cookbooks, and this one was no exception. I loved how Kathleen made it a point to include specific memories and notes at the beginning of each recipe. I also enjoyed reading the forward by the ever so popular Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten. She includes beautiful pictures of some of the recipes in the middle of the book, such as in the picture below.....
Based on everything I had sampled and read, I thought it wasn't fair that Tate's Bake Shop was located way up North...in Southampton, NY...far, far, far away from where I live down South. I figured picking a recipe to make from the cookbook would cure that feeling, and it did just that!
I set my sites on her Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies and went to town baking them....the results were wonderful.........
Who knew that a cookie that does not contain flour (or butter) would end up so delicate and scrumptious? They came out a little on the dry side at first and we all had to drink a cold glass of milk along with them. But by the next day, they were FABULOUS to eat! Husband Man, the kids, and I have literally devoured them all. Currently leaving only 4 left out of 20 :(
Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies
(adapted from Tate's Bake Shop Cookbook)
1 and 1/4 cups peanut butter, smooth or chunky
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet mini-chocolate chips or 1 bittersweet bar finely chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two cookie sheets or line them with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, mix the peanut butter, sugar, egg, baking soda, and vanilla extract until it is smooth and creamy. Stir in the chocolate.
To form each cookie, use a small ice cream scoop. Place the dough on two ungreased cookies sheets, as they don't spread alot.
Bake the cookies at 12 to 15 minutes, depending on the size you made, or until they are puffed and gold on the bottom. They will still be soft in the center. Cool them on the cookie sheets for a few minutes and then transfer them to a rack until they are completely cooled. Serve with a nice, tall glass of milk ;)
Now for the giveaway, with all this being said, Tate's Bake Shop will be giving away a package of their yummy goodies and cookbook to one very lucky reader of this blog.....
If you win, you will receive a package of their signature chocolate chip cookies, white macadamia nut cookies, and oatmeal raisin cookies....just like in the picture below.....
And you will also receive the wonderful cookbook by Kathleen King..........
Contest Rules Are As Follows:
~Leave a comment telling us which flavor of cookie would be your most favorite to eat and enjoy, should you win ;) For my Facebook fans, unfortunately Facebook has altered how their policies on how contests and giveaways are being conducted. If you are interested in entering this giveaway, you will have to sign up or into blogger and leave a comment on this post to qualify.
~Post this giveaway on your blog (if you have one) and link it up to this post and you will be entered twice for the contest ;)
~Become a fan of Tate's Bake Shop on Facebook and you will receive extra giveaways from this awesome bakery ;) If you do, please leave a comment here telling us that you joined their Fan page :)
Winners will be chosen by Random.org the morning of December 13th, so this gives you one whole week to enter.
But wait! It doesn't stop there! Tate's is feeling super generous this Christmas Season and is offering a 15% discount to anyone who is interested in purchasing their items from their online store :) Just go to www.tatesbakeshop.com and enter the promotional code "cookie" to get your discount upon checking out. This discount is valid until December 31st.
Good luck everyone!!
For more information on this lovely bakery, go to Tate's Website.
Click here to become a Fan of Tate's Bake Shop on Facebook.