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Tate’s Baking for Friends Review +Cookie and Bar Tower Giveaway


I absolutely adore Tate’s Bake Shop. Have I ever been? No, It’s not close enough for me to just hop on over. This may be a good thing, however, since their stuff is fabulous--I’d be there every single day! The cookies, the brownies, the bars…and that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

Giveaway is CLOSED. The random winner is #43, Jamie. Congrats, Jamie! And thank you to everyone that entered. 

I can personally vouch for the thin, ultra crisp cookies. They’ll make you swoon. And want more. The butter and brown sugar really shine in these, as do the soft chocolate chips. The brownies? They’re the epitome of melt in  your mouth, fudgy, chocolatey goodness. They’re what other brownies can only dream about being like. You want to swoon? Get your hands on some of Tate’s brownies--trust me on this!

Kathleen King, the baking genius behind Tate’s Bake Shop, has written her second Tate’s cookbook, Tate's Bake Shop: Baking For Friends. Just like her first, Tate's Bake Shop Cookbook: The Best Recipes from Southampton's Favorite Bakery for Homestyle Cookies, Cakes, Pies, Muffins, and Breads, this one is packed full of recipes you’ll actually make. You don’t need exotic ingredients or 12 pans and 50 hands. These aren’t recipes you’ll dream of making one day because they’re so complicated--you can make these now. They’re the ones you’ll reach for again and again, and make for your family and friends.

That’s not to say that they won’t impress, because these recipes certainly will! Here are just a few of them as I flip through the book: Three Berry Crumb Pie, Cinnamon Swirl Scones, Ginger Plum Muffins, Pfeffernusse (my mom loved these for the holidays!), Chubby Tate’s (the thick, soft and chewy cousin of Tate’s signature ultra crispy chocolate chip cookies), Vanilla Bean Chiffon Cake, Blackout Cupcakes, and so many more.

So far, from this book, I’ve made:

  1. The Milk Chocolate Cake, which is bordering on brownies and is not nearly as sweet as you’d think, but delectable.
  2. The Raspberry Chocolate Scones, which are as far as you can get from dry scones, and have a nice touch of orange zest.
  3. The Hurricane Irene Cookies, which are chock full of good cookie things--oats, chocolate chips, coconut, pecans and toffee bits, and like the cake I mentioned above, not as sweet as you’d think, but a fabulous chewy cookie with lots of great texture.

I have many more recipes bookmarked to try, as well. The Breakfast Cookies are definitely being made in the next week or so. Cookies for breakfast? I’m in!


The folks at Tate’s have generously offered to give a Cookie and Bar Tower to one of you lucky readers, and trust me when I say it, you want this. Your taste buds want this. Heck, I want this, ha! I’ll put my order in for one soon so I can splurge and share it for the holidays, but one of you can have this now!

It includes three 7-oz boxes of cookies, one each of chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin and white chocolate chip macadamia nut. Two rich, buttery raspberry bars, two chocolate chip and walnut loaded blondies, and two rich, dense and fudgy plain brownies round out this crowd pleaser. Each 7-oz box contains approximately 12 cookies, and bars measure 4" x 2.75"

US shipping only.

To enter:

1. Leave a comment on this post and let me know what you’re most looking forward to trying--the cookies, the raspberry bars, blondies or brownies, and be sure to use a valid email address!

Optional for additional entries:

2. Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment here letting me know that you did. You can do this once a day.

3. Share this post on Facebook and again, leave a comment here telling me that you shared it. You can also do this up to once per day, if you like.

That’s it--easy! I’ll choose a comment (using the random number generator) next Monday, December 10th and announce the winner on Tuesday. The winner will have 48 hours to get back to me or I’ll choose another name. Good luck!


Disclaimer: I received a copy of Tate’s Bake Shop: Baking for Friends at no charge. My opinion is my own and not influenced in any way.

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Reader Comments (65)

I would make the Raspberry Bars

December 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarole R

I'm most looking forward to trying those brownies...chocolate overload! :)

December 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersara

All of them? :) Raspberry bars particularly.

December 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSKM

Oohhhhh, I'll tear right into the chocolate chip cookies!

December 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterApril was in CT now CA

I posted about the give away on FB!

December 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterApril was in CT now CA

Raspberry bars or blondies, definitely! And sharing the chocolate goodies with my brothers, the chocolate fiends. :)

December 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKG

Tweeted about it.

December 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKG

Posted about it on FB! I can practically taste those raspberry bars. Hint hint!

December 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKG

I would love to try the blondies! After hosting this giveaway myself I've been wanting them.

December 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErin @ The Spiffy Cookie

I tweeted about the giveaway

December 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErin @ The Spiffy Cookie

The blondies sound amazing!
I would love to try those!
My mouth is watering!

December 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJillian

All bar cookies have a special place in my heart, so those are the ones that I'd love to try.

December 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

The brownies are sounding really good right now.

December 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

The white chocolate macadamia nut cookies!! YUM!

December 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

The raspberry bar sounds really good. Can't wait to try it.

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December 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteramy tong

sign me up for the raspberry bars!

December 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBecca

Brownies! The more chocolate the better for me.
Thanks Elle!

December 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaren@Mignardise

I would say the raspberry bars for sure!

December 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

another vote for raspberry bars!!!! brownies would be a close second!

December 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJen B.

ohhh, raspberry bars!

December 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkat

I shared this on Facebook.

December 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkat

Oh my goodness. Love Tate's cookies - would love to try the brownies!!!

December 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDana

It's a toss up between the cookies and the raspberry bars!

December 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulia C

I would like to try the brownies, as I have a dynamite recipe and would love to compare, however, I have always wanted to make a rasberry bar and never have. I think it would look nice on a plate of Christmas cookies.

December 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarol B

Cookies are my favorite.

December 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

I would like to try the chocolate chip and walnut loaded blondies.

December 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTerri

I would like to try the walnut loaded blondies first

December 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlibby

I'd love to try the Raspberry Bars.

December 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa A.

The raspberry bars yum! Thanks Elle!

December 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

Oh, I want this. I do!

I would probably zero in on the cookies first, although I can't imagine the "whatever is closest" approach would be a bad thing either!

December 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenni

I shared on facebook, ma'am:)

December 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenni

Um....all of them!!! Ha! Okay, the brownies then the blondies!

December 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGraziela

I'm all about cookies Elle. Looks great!

December 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Sholin

Raspberry bars all the way. Raspberry is my weakness!!

December 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPattie

I would love to have the blondies :)

December 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermark brown

I tweeted

December 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGraziela

I also shared on facebook, thanks!

December 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGraziela

OMG thin and crispy cookies would be my pic. Only problem is they are probably so crisp that I would be heard hiding in the closet eating them... sigh.

December 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

I adore brownies.... Would love to sample these!!!

December 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDebi Tyer

Most definitely the raspberry bars. I am a raspberry fanatic.

December 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTonia

I shared on Facebook.

December 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

If I have to choose only 1, it's the brownies.

I would actually love to win this for my mom - have it sent to her in Florida. She has such a sweet tooth that i'm sure she would love it all, maybe the chocolate brownies the most. She's missing a visit from me this year and maybe it would soothe her sadness a bit :-) sweet tooth that she is. Oh and it is almost her 85th birthday! Keeping fingers crossed!

December 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

wow, can I choose them all? LOL. maybe the raspberry bars if I need to choose just one.

December 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Raspberry bars!!!

December 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBridget

I tweeted

December 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBridget

Blondies! Yum!

December 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn

This brunette is looking forward to trying the Blondies! YUM!

December 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDenise V

The brownies for sure!

December 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermrsshukra

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