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Tate’s Bake Shop Carrot Muffins and a cookie & cookbook giveaway

by Aggies Kitchen on December 13, 2010

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(this giveaway is now closed)

I’ve been seeing posts about Tate’s Bake Shop all over the web lately.  Lots of great baking going on out there!  Tate’s might be a new name to you, but they are not new by any means…they opened their doors in the Hamptons, NY in 1980 and sold some of their baked goods at Ina Garten’s own shop Barefoot Contessa. After I was recently contacted by them to try their cookies and check out their cookbook I quickly realized I was introduced to them a couple of years ago by my sister in law Jamie.  Jamie raved about this cookbook and has actually posted these yummy blueberry muffins and blueberry buckle from it too.

I absolutely loved their cookies…they are made just how I like them, crisp on the edges, slightly chewy in the middle.  And they are buttery…in a very good way. I was mailed a nice sample of their chocolate chip, macadamia nut and oatmeal raisin cookies.  I’m hoarding a package of the oatmeal raisin ones in the pantry…

You want to try some of these cookies? (I know you do…)

Tate’s Bake Shop is offering one of my readers this same cookie package along with their awesome cookbook.  Ina Garten actually wrote the foreward in the book, and I will assure you, you will find some wonderful recipes in there.  I have my eye on a few already, and have already baked these Carrot Muffins up twice this past weekend.

Giveaway: Tate’s Bake Shop Gift Pack and Tate’s Bake Shop Cookbook

Ends Thursday, midnight (EST)

To enter into the giveaway:

Leave a comment on this post telling me your most favorite kind of cookie.  Mine is definitely oatmeal raisin.

Sorry, giveaway open to US readers only.

Additional Entries can be earned by:

1.  Become a fan of Tate’s Bake Shop on Facebook.  “Like” them and then come back and leave a separate comment telling me you did so.

2. Become a fan of Aggie’s Kitchen on Facebook.  “Like” Aggie’s Kitchen then come back to this page and leave a separate comment telling me you did so.

3. Follow @AggiesKitchen on Twitter, then come back to this page and leave a separate comment telling me you did so.

4.  Share about giveaway and link back to this post on Facebook, Twitter or your own blog and leave a separate comment telling me you did so.

Bonus: Tate’s Bake Shop is offering a discount code “cookie” to Aggie’s Kitchen readers for 15% off on any tatesbakeshop.com purchase from now through December 31st.

Now as far as these muffins go…they were delicious.  If you are a carrot cake fan, then you will love these.  They were dense and full of goodness, I even added a little coconut to the second batch.  I bet these would actually make a great cupcake with some cream cheese frosting…um, yea….now we’re talking.

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Carrot Muffins

Recipe from Tate’s Bake Shop cookbook

2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup sugar
3 large eggs
2 cups carrots, grated
1/2 cup, pecans
1/2 cup raisins
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 apple, peeled and cored, chopped

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease muffin pan cups.

In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.

In a large bowl, combine the sugar, oil and eggs. Mix until they are well combined. Stir in the carrots, pecans, vanilla, and apple. Fold in the flour mixture.

Spoon the mixture evenly into the prepared muffin cups. The muffin cups should be filled to the top. Bake for 20 minutes or until cake tester or toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.

(Note: Original recipe says it makes 10 muffins, I was able to get 12 muffins in each batch)

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Clara December 15, 2010 at 2:15 am

Also a Aggie’s fan on FB

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Maria December 15, 2010 at 8:36 am

Love the muffins!

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rebecca December 15, 2010 at 9:25 am

great muffins

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Barbara Bakes December 15, 2010 at 1:05 pm

The muffins look scrumptious! So nice to have a veggie in a muffin so you can feel good about eating it.

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Crystal December 15, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Mmmm! My favorite cookie is definitely the no-bake, so yummy!

crystalgrant84(at)hotmail(dot)com

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Alison December 15, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Chocolate truffle cookies

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moonsword December 16, 2010 at 10:47 am

my favorite is brandied fig cookies

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Helene December 16, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Love this contest. My favorite cookie is white chocolate macadamia nut

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Wendy December 16, 2010 at 12:05 pm

LOVE all cookies – but this time of year – my Nana’s Rock Cookies – a Christmas tradition!

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Danielle S December 16, 2010 at 12:34 pm

I know it’s not original but mine is chocolate chip cookies without nuts. Yummy!

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Danielle S December 16, 2010 at 12:34 pm

I liked Tate’s! Everything looks amazing.

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Danielle S December 16, 2010 at 12:35 pm

I have always liked you Aggie on facebook!

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Danielle S December 16, 2010 at 12:37 pm

I follow on Twitter!

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Martina December 16, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Chocolate Chip all the way.

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eatingRD December 16, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Yum cookies!! Those look tasty :) That is a really hard question, but I love my grandma’s sugar cookies because she added almond extract. Brings back a lot of good memories staying up all hours decorating with her :)

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Martina December 16, 2010 at 12:59 pm

I’m already an Aggie’s Kitchen fan on facebook

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eatingRD December 16, 2010 at 1:00 pm

I also am following you and tweeted :) Forgot to mention that those carrot muffins look outstanding

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Martina December 16, 2010 at 1:02 pm

I am now a Tate’s fan on FB.

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Martina December 16, 2010 at 1:02 pm

I am now following Aggie’s Kitchen on twitter.

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Recipe Club December 16, 2010 at 1:08 pm

I love Tate’s cookies. My wife got them as a gift one year and they were incredible. I’m also following you on Twitter. Hope I win!

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Callie December 16, 2010 at 3:29 pm

I “like” you on Facebook, and I already “liked” Tate’s!

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Callie December 16, 2010 at 3:30 pm

I’m a dedicated Twitter follower! (callieliz)

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Callie December 16, 2010 at 3:31 pm

I notified my Twitter pals via retweet that it’s the last day to get in on the Aggie’s giveaway action!

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marcy December 16, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Chocolate chip cookies with all brown sugar! YUM

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marcy December 16, 2010 at 5:58 pm

I liked your fb page

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Amanda December 17, 2010 at 7:49 pm

I gave this book away too :) I actually first discovered this book a while ago at the library and blogged a couple of the recipes. So happy to have my own copy now! The muffins look wonderful!

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Kerstin December 19, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Sugar cookies with icing and sprinkles for me :)

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Sharron Clemons December 21, 2010 at 3:08 pm

Chocolate chip cookies with all brown sugar! YUM

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Sharron Clemons December 21, 2010 at 3:14 pm

I notified my Twitter pals via retweet that it’s the last day to get in on the Aggie’s giveaway action!

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h กากชา กำจัดหอยเชอรี่ ฆ่าหอย นกปากห่าง December 8, 2011 at 12:38 am

i never heard before, i love it

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Sunshine baker October 28, 2012 at 5:26 pm

These are really tastey. My toddler and husband agree as they both went back for seconds. They are moist and have a nice texture. I made two small changes. I used 1/2 cup oil and 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce. I also used only 1/4 cup white sugar and 1/2 cup dark brown sugar.

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Katherine March 29, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Double chocolate cookies!! Yum!!!

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