Monday, October 3, 2011

Happy National Cookie Month: Tate's Bake Shop Giveaway and My Homemade Nice Biscuits

There are some changes going on here at Eat Drink Wash Up and unfortunately it is causing some problems with this giveaway.  Since it is more than difficult right now for new followers to sign up I am suspending this stipulation for this contest.  Please feel free to sign up if you would like and you are able, but if not you are still eligible to win this giveaway by just leaving me a comment.  I am so sorry for this inconvenience.  Remember you can earn extra entries by liking Tate’s Bake Shop on Facebook or following them on Twitter (please see links in post).  Thanks again for stopping by.
I was happy to be contacted by Tate’s Bake Shop the other day about partnering with them on another giveaway for their cookies. Some of you may remember back in December that Tate’s furnished me with an assortment of their signature thin and crispy cookies and a copy of Tate’s Bake Shop Cookbook to give to one of my followers. I fell in love with their cookies and have really enjoyed the recipes that I have made from the cookbook.

This time they are introducing their Whole Wheat Dark Chocolate chip cookies which won gold at the Fancy Food Show in Washington, DC, so when they offered to send me a complimentary box of cookies to review, I quickly took them up on it.

I happened to be gone the day the cookies arrived and fortunately there were no identifying symbols on the outside so my two guys must have thought it was a box of bras or something and stayed away from it. Imagine their delight when I got home and opened the box and it was full of Tate’s new cookies.

Even though he had stuffed himself during an afternoon long cashew bender, Mr. H loved these new cookies so much he managed to down several and give them an official thumbs up before retiring to the sofa with a bit of a stomach ache. Never fear, the next morning he was back to his old self and ready to take his revenge on a couple dozen more. He’s hooked.

My son and I were bit harder to win over. We are both milk and semi-sweet chocolate lovers so we still prefer those, but don’t get me wrong these are delicious. I would have to say that if you like dark chocolate and a little less sweetness, you owe it to yourself to give these cookies a try.

Whether you are a dark chocolate, semi-sweet, milk or white chocolate lover, Tate’s has a cookie you’ll love on their website. Since it is National Cookie Month, they are celebrating by giving you a 15% discount on your purchase at tatesbakeshop.com if you enter the discount code COOKIE at checkout.

If you’d like to be entered for the giveaway which contains three packages of Tate’s Whole Wheat Dark Chocolate cookies and a signed copy of Kathleen King’s Tate’s Bake Shop Cookbook, you must be a public follower of my blog and leave a comment saying you'd like to be entered.  If you’d like to sweeten your chances of winning, you can earn extra entries by liking Tate’s on Facebook or following them on Twitter. If you do so, please state this in a separate comment to increase your chances. Random.org will choose my winner around noon Mountain Time on Monday, October 10th. So sorry, but this offer is good for my U.S. readers only.


Tate's Bake Shop Giveaway (Package includes 3 packages of Dark Chocolate Cookies and a signed cookbook, but sadly does not include my sweet little toast rack)


Since this is National Cookie Month, I thought I'd share a recipe for one of my favorite cookies with you.  Whenever I make a trip to the UK I usually come back with a suitcase full of biscuits, crisps and chocolates that we really miss.  Always at the top of my list are some little cookies called Nice Biscuits.  These crispy little cookies are perfectly sweet with a subtle coconut flavor and they are just thing when you are in the mood for a light bite of something sweet. 
 
Since I can't wait until my next trip to England to satisfy my craving for these biscuits I decided to make my own.  I found the base for this recipe over at The Green Jackfruit but still had to Americanize it a bit to make it easier to bake.  These cookies should be very light in appearance but still be baked long enough to be crispy.  They are the perfect accompaniment for tea or coffee.




Nice Biscuits

1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut

6 tablespoons butter, softened to room temperature

Pinch of salt

4 – 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon coconut extract

4 tablespoons cold water


Place coconut in the bowl of a blender or mini food processor. Process until the coconut is the consistency of very coarse cornmeal; set aside.

Cream butter, salt and 3 – ½ tablespoons of the sugar in a medium size bowl with an electric mixer.

Sift together the flour and baking powder. Stir in the coconut. Add 1/3 of it at a time to the butter and sugar at a time, mixing very well after each addition.

Add the vanilla and coconut extracts and the water 1 tablespoon at a time until it makes a stiff dough. Remove from the bowl and form into a log about 3” in diameter; wrap in plastic wrap. Flatten the log on four sides to make a square (although no matter how hard I tried once baked they turned out oval). Place in the refrigerator and chill for approximately 4 hours or until it is very firm and chilled through.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Remove dough from the refrigerator. Unwrap and slice with a very sharp or serrated knife in 1/8” slices. Place on a non-stick cookie sheet and sprinkle the top of the cookies with ½ of the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar. Place into the preheated oven and bake for approximately 15 minutes or until the cookies are light brown around the edges.

Remove from the oven, transfer to a cooling rack and sprinkle with the remaining sugar; let cool completely before serving.

Makes approximately 2 dozen cookies



43 comments:

coliebear said...

GFC Follower (coliebear) and I would love to be entered.
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Boulder Locavore said...

Lovely Karen! What a sweet giveaway (no pun). Not entering myself due to the gluten aspect but great to know it's Cookie Month. Love your recipe. Made me think of my favorite 'cookie' from the UK; digestive biscuts (pre no gluten). Medicinal name but loved them. Before you could buy everything anywhere friends would ship them. So wonderful.

DaniD said...

OH YES! Please enter me :) as I recall I tried to win last December's giveaway!!! But I think with my love of dark chocolate, I might win this one ;) hehe.

DaniD said...

I "like" Tate's on Facebook!

Lea Ann said...

I would love to win this. Never tasted these cookies. Also, I love that china.

sue14625 said...

follow via GFC-sue14625
i would love to be entered ty
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Cranberry Morning said...

Beautiful header, by the way! :-)

Carole said...

I love cookies--- any kind of cookies

Carole said...

I love cookies--- any kind of cookies

Amy said...

Yes, please enter me! My husband would totally stay away from these because I'm the dark chocolate lover in the house. ALL MINE!!

Amy @ A Little Nosh

mark said...

I just love those Tate's cookies.

Karen Harris said...

No Mr. H, immediate family is not eligible to win the contest. Good try though!

julis55 said...

I follow via GFC

Anonymous said...

I love TATE'S cookies! We sell them where I work and they are popular!

Anonymous said...

and I already follow Tate's on Facebook

Donna-Marie said...

Lovely photo and giveaway. Thanks.
dmr301

Donna-Marie said...

I like Tate's on fb! dmr301

jennem said...

These sound great! Public Google Friends follower as jennem.
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jennem said...

Facebook follower as Jennifer Schmidt
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jennem said...

Twitter follower as jennem1.
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Barbara | Creative Culinary said...

These look like very 'nice' biscuits. :)

Love your new banner too...just beautiful.

My current favorite is Biscoff. Have you had them. I wish I had never tried them; somehow they disappeared. Not sure where. Or maybe not sure I want to admit!

I've not had Tate's but would love to try them; they look yummy!

Jenn S. said...

The kids and I have been baking away! These cookies sound really great - going to have to try them soon.
jas8929(at)gmail(dot)com

Diane52 said...

I follow via google and my favorite is Biscoff.
Diane Baum
esldiane@gmail.com

eclairre said...

I'd love to win. E-mail is in my public profile and I follow.

EmmaPeel said...

These look swell and would like to share them with my dear family, thank you!
emmaspeel(at)gmail.com

EmmaPeel said...

I Like Tate’s Bake Shop on facebook as emm enger
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sweetsue said...

I follow you on GFC and would like to be entered please.
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bbrittbrat1398 said...

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Michelle Hagewood said...

Follow on GFC under Just Married Mom of 3. Thanks for the chance to try something new!

boylaneely at hotmail dot com

Michelle Hagewood said...

Like Tate's Bake Shop on FB

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Michelle Hagewood said...

Follow Tate's Bake Shop on Twitter under JustMarriedMom3

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kakihara said...

following via gfc
yes please--I love that it's cookie month!!! How do I not know this!
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kakihara said...

following via gfc
yes please--I love that it's cookie month!!! How do I not know this!
kakihararocks@gmail.com

brianpiero said...

Thanks for the giveaway...GFC Follower: Brian E.

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brianpiero said...

...like Tate’s on Facebook: bryan eason

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susansmoaks said...

i am a follower on gfc susansmoaks and i would love to be entered to win!
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LuckyTJG said...

GFC follower (LuckyTJG)
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LuckyTJG said...

I said I was a GFC follower on a former post but forgot to say I want to be entered. I do want to be entered.
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LuckyTJG said...

I "Like" Tate's on FB. (Tammy Greer)
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LuckyTJG said...

I follow Tate's on Twitter @LuckyTJG
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Anonymous said...

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