10.26.11 Kiss Me Tate's: Gluten-Free Giveaway

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photos by gluttonforlife
If any cookie can be said to have a cult, it would be Tate's. G was an early convert, after discovering them during his summers in the Hamptons. The original Tate's Bake Shop opened its celadon-green doors more than 20 years ago in Southampton. Founder Kathleen King eventually capitulated to the near-hysterical demand for her insanely crisp and addictive chocolate chip cookies (and other divine baked goods), and they can now be found at select, discriminating retail venues, as well as the brand's online store. Through a coincidence that I prefer to think of as destiny, I wound up practicing yoga with someone who works with Tate's and, learning of G's love of the cookies and sad intolerance of gluten, he very generously sent us a large box of their gluten-free products! Frankly, we did not have high hopes. Gluten-free versions of things so very rarely live up to the originals. But these? Just as good. No less than a miracle.
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tate's cookies make an even more irresistible s'more
So when Tate's approached me about doing a giveaway of their gluten-free products, I did not hesitate. Yes, it meant they sent me another free box to enjoy. But I would not be writing about them, much less excited about getting some free samples to you, if they failed in any way to meet my—admittedly high—standards. All of their baked goods are made with simple, fresh, whole ingredients: chocolate, butter, flour, eggs. Their signature thin chocolate chip cookies are made with rice flour but are just as crisp and rich as the original ones. They use almond flour, Belgian chocolate and pure butter in their gluten-free brownies, which are as dense and decadent as the best flourless chocolate cake.
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2 tate's around a marshmallow = heaven
In addition to regular and gluten-free chocolate chip cookies and brownies, Tate's makes an award-winning whole wheat chocolate chip cookie; white chocolate macadamia nut and oatmeal raisin cookies; blondies; crumb cake; raspberry squares; pecan and chocolate chip pies; sour cream coffee cake; and granola. As you can surmise, Tate's is about classic homespun desserts made with fresh ingredients and a very sunny attitude.
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the gluten-free brownie in all its glory
These brownies are unbelievably fudgy and rich, and I'm really glad I read the package and discovered that one of these babies equals four servings. That's more than enough, though. If you ate a whole one you would definitely feel entirely too indulgent.
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suggested serving size
Cut into quarters, that's really more like it. With a few fresh raspberries, or a dollop of lemon curd, these would make quite an elegant dessert.
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gilding the lily?
Or you could go whole hog and serve them with whipped cream and a drizzle of coconut caramel.
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packaged (baked) goods
It's my great pleasure to be offering the first Glutton for Life Giveaway: Tate’s Bake Shop’s Gluten-Free Basket, including three eight-ounce bags of gluten-free chocolate chip cookies and three individually wrapped gluten-free brownies.
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winging its way to you
To qualify for this giveaway, simply leave a comment below by noon on Monday, October 31st, saying that you'd like to be a contender (apologies to my international readers, but this is open to US residents only). I'll make a random selection and announce the result the following day (November 1st), and Tate's will ship a basket directly to the lucky winner. You can increase your chances of winning in two ways: sign up to follow Tate's on Twitter, and "like" them on Facebook. (While you're at it, maybe you can "like" gluttonforlife as well.) By the way, in the same way that gluten-free does not mean flavor-free, it also does not mean calorie-free or carb-free. The good news is that both the cookies and the brownies freeze incredibly well, so you can make them last a good long time. (Maybe even until Thanksgiving?!)


great to know my favorite cookies are favorites with you two! I have mentally marked all the places that sell Tate's and scold the ones that don't. love that my favorite cookie is friends with my favorite food blog! xoxox
Ann Enkoji on October 26, 2011 at 7:40 am —
Consider yourself on the list, Ann! Have you tried the gluten-free ones?
laura on October 26, 2011 at 7:56 am —
One bite of a Tate Chocolate chip cookie and I was hooked. Would love to be a "contender" for this giveaway. Your blog is wonderful. It's also addictive!
Barb Cabot on October 26, 2011 at 8:16 am —
Thanks, Barb! And best of luck...
laura on October 26, 2011 at 8:32 am —
Okay, I have to be on the list for these! YUMMMMMMMM!
Heidi on October 26, 2011 at 9:29 am —
I would love to try these, especially the gluten-free. Anyone who gets gluten-free down right is a star. Tate's must be thrilled with your beautiful entry today - the marshmallow/cookie photo is making me feel deprived!
Peggy E on October 26, 2011 at 9:29 am —
Love to see everyone coming out of the woodwork for these!! ;-)
laura on October 26, 2011 at 9:35 am —
Count me in--I love Tate's--and you!
Lisa on October 26, 2011 at 9:38 am —
laura on October 26, 2011 at 9:41 am —
These cookies look wonderful! Chocolate, marshmallow, caramel! All my favorite food groups!
Nancy Ball on October 26, 2011 at 10:03 am —
Uh oh, you've got me hooked and I've never even tried any yet. They look and sound too good to be true but I trust your taste test implicitly. Hope I get a sample.
Nancy on October 26, 2011 at 12:14 pm —
I'll throw your name in the hat, Nancy!
laura on October 26, 2011 at 12:23 pm —
I am so glad to hear the gluten-free version is good. I love these cookies, especially with some vanilla ice cream on the side.
caroline Packer on October 26, 2011 at 1:45 pm —
Free cookies and brownies!?! Always worth a try - count me in please!
Alyssa on October 26, 2011 at 1:49 pm —
GFL, you really have to meet up with Janet someday soon. This cookie description, particularly the drizzle of caramel brings me right up and salivating to thoughts of J's pumpkin bread pudding with warm caramel sauce. Not for the gluten free, but delicious. I am very interested in being a contender to try these delectable sounding cookies. I just would love to have a trial run with them in your good company. Who else thinks of making a cookie into a s'more? Looking forward to more about Tate's and GFL. xoxoox S
Suzi Banks Baum on October 26, 2011 at 4:31 pm —
Thanks, Suzi! Inshallah....xo
laura on October 27, 2011 at 3:40 am —
much excitement on my end with this post--finally receiving your emails again at work (not sure how/why--they just started showing up again!) and yes, would love to be a contender! xxoo
nikki on October 27, 2011 at 5:00 am —
Good news, Nikki!
laura on October 27, 2011 at 5:42 am —
Please sign me up! I am in love with Tate's cookies. Ever since my friend from Long Island told me about these Freshman year in college, I've been a fan! Whenever I see them at a store I HAVE to buy a bag. It's the only cookie I can buy that tastes like home :) Thank you for TATES! <3
Stefanie on October 27, 2011 at 6:52 am —
Who doesn't love free GF treats?! Especially Tate's! Please count me in!
Danielle on October 27, 2011 at 7:17 am —
Cookies! Me want cookies! Haven't had the good fortune to try any of Tate's goodies yet, but would love to.
Janine L. on October 27, 2011 at 7:21 am —
I must say I am a chocolate chip cookie officianado and being gluten free I have had the opportunity to try many different brands of cookies. Tates by far is the best cookie I have ever had. I would love to order a box every other week because that's how fast I go through a case..but I am a college student on a budget and don't get the oppurtunity to spare a lot of money from my budget that often. Please pick me to win the basket of baked goodies because I am tates biggest gluten free fan and because I am a poor college student. Thanks Sarah bird
Sarah bird on October 27, 2011 at 7:27 am —
My 11 year old son was diagnosed this summer and since going Gluten Free has been so much healthier! However, it does embarrass him to have to take a "special" lunch each day to school -- as you know, it is hard to make great tasting gluten free bread or cookies. He would LOVE to try these out!! Thank you for considering him!
Jeannie Hensel on October 27, 2011 at 7:27 am —
Wow these cookies are the BEST ever! My husband and I are addicted, can't wait to try the Brownies!!! Would love to have a basket delivered! PICK ME PICK ME!!!!!!!
Theresa Mott on October 27, 2011 at 7:29 am —
Please count me in, y'all !! :)
Cynthia Holland on October 27, 2011 at 7:30 am —
I'm in love with these cookies! Can't wait to taste the Gluten Free. Great post!!! hugs & kiss
Fabula on October 27, 2011 at 7:35 am —
Me me me!!! I found out I have celiac disease this spring, and my 8 year old son was diagnosed in August. We were on fire island on vacation, feeling deprived, when a friend brought us a package of the amazing gluten free cookies. They are really some of the best chocolate chip cookies of any description I've ever tried!! Can't easily get them in Cambridge MA where we live.
Chris on October 27, 2011 at 7:36 am —
These look great. I think I need to go gluten free for one of my sons and husband. If they taste as good as they look it should be easy to do. :o)
April Kofler on October 27, 2011 at 7:39 am —
Love the chocolate chip cookies! Definitely count me in :)
Christina on October 27, 2011 at 7:49 am —
Gluten Free Tates! Can it get any better? Originally from Long Island i was sad to think I had to give up tates when I found out I couldn't have gluten six months ago! Sign me up to be in the running please!
Colleen Symansky on October 27, 2011 at 7:56 am —
I enjoy sending your great treats as gifts! How cool would it be to win something that I could eat!!!!! I promise to share too!!!!!
Kathy on October 27, 2011 at 7:57 am —
I'd love to be a contender and try your delicious cookies.
Sarah reyna on October 27, 2011 at 8:04 am —
I didn't know that Tate's did GF! I'm a celiac and usually just abstain from baked goods, but this is exciting news!!!
Donna DeValerio on October 27, 2011 at 8:50 am —
These cookies are the best of the best. Shared some with a friend with Celiac and he said he had to fight his wife over them. They taste good for everyone and so do the fudgie brownies.
Nancy on October 27, 2011 at 9:01 am —
I would like to be a contender. I already like them on Facebook. I love their cookies, and my sister loves their lemon pound cake.
Janine on October 27, 2011 at 9:06 am —
Yay, count me in! I love me some tates!!!
Jamie on October 27, 2011 at 9:46 am —
These look delicious...I would love to win!
Donna on October 27, 2011 at 9:50 am —
These gluten-free goodies must taste amazing! Count me in!
Adele on October 27, 2011 at 9:53 am —
Please add me to the contender list! I can't wait to tell our gluten intolerant friend, Meg about these!
Kathleen on October 27, 2011 at 11:22 am —
My niece just found out that she can have only gluten free products, and her birthday is the first of December and I would SO LOVE to be the lucky winner of this fabulous prize and they play it forward to her to help her cope with this new dietary restriction. Thanks for the chance!
Lillian Child on October 27, 2011 at 12:33 pm —
I am hooked on these cookies!! Found a few places in Chicago that sell them. Would like to find the gluten free here as well!! Just received my on line order and my daughter and I tore into them other daughter has ceilac disease and can't enjoy these with us. Please pick me.
Eileen on October 27, 2011 at 2:04 pm —
I haven't, but I'll be on the search for them now!
Ann Enkoji on October 27, 2011 at 2:12 pm —
Thanks for all the enthusiastic comments, everyone! Glad to know these treats are so eagerly anticipated.
laura on October 27, 2011 at 10:02 pm —
Sign me up!!! I have a number of gluten intolerant friends, and these would be perfect when they come to visit!!
The Wimpy Vegetarian on October 28, 2011 at 1:03 pm —
count me in... and loving your beautiful blog.
jen! on October 29, 2011 at 9:29 am —
You're in! Thanks, Jen.
laura on October 29, 2011 at 9:32 am —
A m e n. This morning I delightfully stumbled across Best Made Co. and found you. Wow. Not only am I exploring contexts of homesteading, but also those of primitive pre-processed lifestyles, and I want to go back to gluten free after two years of coming back to gluten. I love these companies and enthusiasts who make this feel possible. Thank you, and cheers to yum foods. Use it up, wear it out, make it do, do without. I love it. Thank you for sharing your words eh! Greetings from Minnesota---
Lucy A.K. on October 30, 2011 at 6:11 am —
Sounds like you are a kindred spirit, Lucy. Welcome!
laura on October 30, 2011 at 6:46 am —
I'd love to be a "contender". I just discovered your blog (great name! :), and this Giveaway looks great! I've never tried any Tate products, but I'd love to.
Jess on October 30, 2011 at 7:44 am —
Welcome, Jess! I'll definitely throw your name into the hat.
laura on October 30, 2011 at 7:59 am —
These look AMAZING. I'd love to win them. Count me as a contender! hugzeke@gmail.com
Catherine Agnes Roebuck on October 30, 2011 at 8:34 am —
You're in, Catherine!
laura on October 30, 2011 at 8:49 am —
Count me in! I'm always up for treats of all kinds.
Rob on October 31, 2011 at 4:52 am —