Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tate's Bake Shop Cookbook and Cookie Giveaway, and Tate's Cappuccino Shortbread




Guess what I have for you today??  A giveaway that includes not only delicious cookies to feed you for a day, but a great cookbook that you can use to bake your own cookies all year!  

The kind folks over at Tate's Bake Shop in the Hamptons, NY contacted me and asked if I would like to try out their cookies and receive a copy of their Bake Shop Cookbook plus a copy of the cookbook and a cookie gift pack for one of my lucky readers.  Of course I was interested!  I had heard of Tate's in passing, but never had the pleasure to try out their famous cookies.  Tate's Bake Shop features cakes, pies, crumbles, and of course their famous chocolate chip cookies, all of which are baked from the best natural ingredients.  Their baked goods have received numerous accolades such as Best Hamptons Bakery in 2010, and have been featured in major national publications 



In a 50-brand taste test, Tate's chocolate chip cookie was voted #1! 

From chocolate chip, to oatmeal raisin and white chocolate macadamia nut, all Tate's cookies are the thin-and-crispy variety.  If you have ever made Thomas Keller's chocolate chip cookies, they remind me of those, although Tate's recipe seems more simple and easy.  I would be remiss if I didn't fess up and tell you that I usually prefer a thick-and-chewy chocolate chip cookie (much like the Jacques Torres recipe) but Tate's cookies still proved irresistible for me.  



Kathleen King, the founder of Tate's and the author of Tate's Bake Shop Cookbook, has loved cookies ever since she sold them at her family's farm as a child.  As an adult, she brings that same love to all the cookies sold her shop as well as the heartwarming recipes in her cookbook.  I really enjoyed reading all her recipes, and I especially appreciated the headnotes where Kathleen recounted how she had gotten certain recipes from a beloved neighbor, or a co-worker, or a special friend.  


The cookbook starts out with a foreword by Ina Garten (and we all know how much I adore her!) followed by a 'basics' section, where Kathleen tells readers that "All the recipes in this book should take less time to make than it would to go to the store and buy a commercially prepared baked good."  This sounds like good news to me, and is the first sign that this cookbook contains the kind of quick, fail-proof recipes that homecooks love.  

The book is divided into chapters including muffins and scones; pound cakes and breads; cookies and bars; pies, crips and cobblers; cakes; and a final chapter with healthy alternatives (Kathleen really enjoys outdoor activities and hiking, so she includes recipes for energy bars, granola, etc).  Most of the recipes don't have a photo included, but there is a beautiful full-color spread in the center of the book featuring the most popular recipes.       


So, would you like to win this book and some of Tate's fabulous cookies??!  I bet you would, so here's how to enter:

-Leave a comment here telling me what cookie recipes are your favorite to bake for the holidays (or anytime of the year!).

-Visit Tate's Bake Shop on Facebook, and 'like' their page.  (Be sure to come back here and leave a comment to get your entry.)

-Follow me on Twitter, AND tweet the following: Enter to win a Tate’s Bake Shop cookbook and cookie gift pack from @TheCilantropist! http://bit.ly/fa4XtX #cookie #giveaway

-Be a NEW subscriber to my blog, using the links on the side of the page!

That means you can have a total of 4 entries!!!  Giveaway ends Sunday, Dec 26th at midnight PST (while I am soaring over the Atlantic towards Norway), and I will choose a winner using random.org on Monday Dec 27th.  Giveaway is open to US residents only.  And guess what?!  Even if you don't win, Tate's is offering a 15% discount, good until Dec. 31st, on all their products on their website!  Just use the discount code "cookie" to get your 15% off.
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I obviously decided that I needed to test out one of the recipes from Tate's Bake Shop Cookbook, and as I was paging through I settled on Cappuccino Shortbread.  The shortbread is quick and easy to make, and like Kathleen says, "You probably have all the ingredients you need to make this in your pantry."  Plus, I like to eat anything where I can get a little jolt of caffeine.     


The dough for this shortbread was a really beautiful caramel color, studded with dark flecks of instant coffee (I didn't have espresso powder so I subbed coffee).  Combined with the chocolate, the smell was pleasant even before I started baking them.  


For the recipe, Kathleen called for a 9-inch square baking dish, and I only had an 8-inch pan.  I decided to go with it, thinking it would make little to no difference in the final product.  (Plus, it was sort of test: I think half of us cooks have 8-inch pans and the other half have 9-inch pans.  I wanted to see if the recipe would work for everyone.)


In my 8-inch pan, I actually had to take it out of the oven after about 27 minutes (the recipe called for 30 minutes in a 9-inch pan) and everything looked perfect and golden brown.  The shortbread was a little thicker than I would have normally preferred, more like the thickness of a bar cookie, but I think that was solely due to the pan size.  Regardless of thickness, the cookie was not over-baked, and had a nice crumbly texture.  I was hoping for a more pronounced coffee flavor, so next time I think I will add in an additional tsp or so of instant coffee.  Either way, since these were so quick and easy, I will definitely be giving these a try again with a few adjustments.  Some other recipes that I am looking forward to making from Tate's Bake Shop Cookbook include the Sour Cherry Pie, Zvi's Cinnamon Bread, and the Persimmon Cookies.      




Tate's Cappucino Shortbread
Reprinted with permission from Tate's Bake Shop Cookbook


Tate's Bake Shop Cookbook: The Best Recipes from Southampton's Favorite Bakery for Homestyle Cookies, Cakes, Pies, Muffins, and Breads


1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp salted butter, softened
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp instant espresso powder or instant coffee
2 tbsp firmly packed brown sugar
1 tsp cornstarch
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped semi-sweet chocolate (I used chocolate chips, some whole, some roughly chopped)


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.  In a medium bowl, or bowl of stand mixer, mix all the ingredients together except the chocolate.  (I creamed butter first, then added all the dry ingredients to incorporate). Mix in the chocolate, then transfer the dough to an ungreased 9-inch square baking dish.* Pat down the mixture evenly. 


Bake for about 27-30 minutes, or until they are brown on the edges.  Remove from the oven and let cool before cutting the shortbread into squares or triangles. 


*If you want your shortbread to be thin, definitely use a 9-inch dish.  You can see in the photo above, that using an 8-inch dish makes cookies that are more the thickness of a bar cookie.  No difference in taste, but just appearance/texture/number of cookies you get. 

64 comments:

  1. you had me at cappuccino...no wait you had me at shortbread...no wait it was the cookies or was it the packaging??? deliciousness :)

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  2. I usually make Mexican wedding cookies. It is my mother's recipe and my friends love these.

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  3. I just discovered Jacques Torres' chocolate chip cookie recipe last week and it is my new go-to holiday cookie. So darn good!

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  4. I make a eggnog cookie that has raisins in it YUM.
    msgb245 at gmail dot com

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  5. I am a new follower of your blog.
    msgb245 at gmail dot com

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  6. Amazing! Love the recipe, and love the giveaway idea too (with an intro by Ina Garten, I'm already sold on the book).

    My favorite cookie to make this time of year is probably molasses cookies--I just love them at Christmas. And although this doesn't technically count as a cookie, I also love making Oreo Truffles during the holidays :)

    Merry Christmas!

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  7. Kathleen was on Barefoot Contessa w. Ina Garten recently. They made her chocolate cookies. She had a few interesting tips that she shared. Man, they are really on marketing mode these days. Your shortbread bars look fantastic. Shortbread and Florentines are my favorite cookies.

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  8. Snickerdoodles are always a perfect dessert for anytime!

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  9. My favourite Christmas cookies are Danish Kringla...but I`d take a tray of your Espresso Shortbread anytime...Merry, Merry! Theresa

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  10. What a fun giveaway! I LOVE Dulce de Leche Thumbprints the best! They just happen to be on my blog right now. ;)

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  11. My fav holiday cookie is apricot Slovak cookies passed down to me by my mom, mjjaegly@yahoo.com

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  12. I already am a twitter follower, marilynjaegly, tweet:http://twitter.com/#!/marilynjaegly/status/17948886555435008 mjjaegly@yahoo.com

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  13. delicious cookies and giveaways
    happy holidays

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  14. Peppermint bark is fun to make and soooo easy!

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  15. I "liked" Tate's on FB

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  16. I love baking chocolate peppermint bark cookies. Made them last weekend!

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  17. Looks fab. My favorite cookie to bake...you know...there is one my neighbor bakes with roasted pecans and a caramel glaze...I want to bake it but need her recipe

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  18. I love to make gingerbread with royal icing! :)

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  19. I like Tate's Bake Shop on Facebook :)

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  20. Following you on Twitter & Tweeted it! @goofyfrito

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  21. Oh wow - I love everything about this post! It's been a while since I heard of Tate's Bake Shop, but lately I've been seeing them all over. Definitely want to get my hands on that book.

    My favorite Christmas cookie to make? Snickerdoodles!! :o)

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  22. My family loves Snickerdoodles--not Christmas without them. But we make many different kinds. Give most away to family and friends. I am blessed to have children (young adults now) who love to be in the kitchen baking and cooking! I am sure we would love to have your book !!

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  23. Honestly, I like baking chocolate chip cookies the best because they're my husband's fave and I know he really enjoys them!

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  24. Cappucino and shortbread all rolled together - now that is a winning combination. Hope you survived all of the heavy rains. Happy Holidays!!

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  25. I always bake chocolate chip cookies during the holidays. This year I've discovered two new favorite cookies though: Baklava thumbprint cookies and hazelnut espresso cookies!! Have a happy holiday season.

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  26. I love making chocolate chip cookies.

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  27. I love baking rugelach this time of year!

    karenreichmann@hotmail.com

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  28. I am a fan of Tate's on Facebook.

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  29. I love Tate's Cookies! I like both a chewy Jacques Torres style Chocolate chip cookie as well as a thin and crispy Tate's style chocolate chip cookie. I guess it depends on what mood I'm in. Chocolate chip cookies are by far my favorite cookies to make no matter what style they are.

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  30. I just re-tweeted about the contest and subscribed to your site as well. Thanks for hosting the giveaway. Happy Holidays!

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  31. I like making Jam Thumbprints.

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  32. Snickerdoodles are my favorites to bake. :)

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  33. Christmas Tree almond spritz cookies are my favorite to bake during the holidays. So many memories are packed into my 1950's copper cookie press!

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  34. I love making Coconut Macaroons, immersed in bittersweet chocolate! Also, Chocolate Espresso Chews, Oatmeal Cookies with coconut and dried cranberries, Orange Biscotti, Chocolate Biscotti, Cinnamon Cookies, Mocha Truffle Cookies...

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  35. I'm a fan of Tate's on Facebook!

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  36. I'm a new follower of The Cilantropist.

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  37. I followed and tweeted on Twitter. @fullcircleadv

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  38. Well, I've already won a giveaway with this prize, so don't count my comment...i don't want to steal this precious prize to others....but I just wanted to say how amazing the cookies I got are! And it's funny you make the cappuccino shortbread 'cause (as shortbread lover) it's the first recipe of the book I meant to try :)
    Happy Holidays Amanda!

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  39. I love chocolate chip anytime of year.
    joosbornenc at yahoo dot com

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  40. I like Tate's bake shop on facebook

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  41. Nothing says "the holidays" like peanut butter thumbprint cookies (my grandma's tradition)!

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  42. Daily tweet:http://twitter.com/#!/marilynjaegly/status/18306471666126848 mjjaegly@yahoo.com

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  43. Hi Amanda
    what a great giveaway, and your cappuccino shortbread sounds delicious! I had never heard of Tate's before seeing them all over our community with their wonderful cookies! My favorite cookie changes depending upon who is feeding me....lol, I love them all!
    I hope you have been able to enjoy this wonderful holiday season!
    Buon Natale!
    Dennis

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  44. I like butter cookies at Christmas.

    emilynwins[at]gmail dot com

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  45. I like Tate's on facebook.

    emilynwins[at]gmail dot com

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  46. I love the blend of spices in a Classic Oatmeal Cookie.

    melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

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  47. I'm a RSS subscriber on Google Reader.

    melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

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  48. Mmmm love Tate's Cookies. So glad I found your blog!

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  49. My favorite cookies... anything with oatmeal in it!

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  50. I liked Tate's Cookies on facebook!

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  51. Ooh, that looks so lovely! Sadly I can't participate in this give-away - I was going to do a give-away for Tate's of my own, but location negates this (again). When will companies start shipping worldwide, I moan loudly, fists in the air! ;)

    Happy Christmas, lovely, hope you're having a lovely time!

    Jax x

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  52. I love them all.

    Just stopping by to wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year and to thank you personally for all you visits and comments.

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  53. I loved these cookies!! Thank you!!

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  54. I LOVE Tate's Bake Shop and they send their treats everywhere. Have you had their pie? Holy amazing-ness!

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