Flourless Chocolate Cake + Tate’s Bake Shop Giveaway!


Cake, Chocolate, Desserts, Gluten-Free / Friday, November 19th, 2010

Sweet mercy.

I knew that Tate’s Bake Shop had a reputation for being the best bakery in The Hamptons, and I’d read that their chocolate chip cookies were life-altering, so when they asked if I’d like to check out a copy of the “Tate’s Bake Shop Cookbook,” I didn’t dilly-dally.

The book was not what I expected.

Instead of excessive food porn and recipes filled with mail-order ingredients, you get page after page of beautifully simple, well-tested recipes. This isn’t one of those books you buy and realize they held back their best stuff. Their famous chocolate chip cookie recipe is in here. So is the one for their award-winning sour cream coffee cake. Plus, you’ll find recipes for cinnamon swirl bread, apricot ginger scones, apple cranberry crisp, chocolate peanut butter pie, pear crisp, lemon cream cheese tart …

Yeah, I’ve got a lot of Post-Its sticking out of this one.

I decided to start with the Flourless Chocolate Cake, because the recipe looked too easy. You just combine the ingredients in a food processor, pour them into a springform pan, and bake.

What?!?

When my cake came out of the oven, it was puffy along the outer rim and barely set inside, just like Kathleen King’s recipe said it would be. It looked so wrong. I thought, That ugly thing is never going to set up.

Oh, yes, it did. And I’ve never been more glad to be wrong in my life.

The cake’s outer rim crisps, like the edge of a pan of brownies, and the soft center sinks to create a well that’s perfect for holding whipped cream and fresh raspberries. Or Cool Whip and cherry pie filling, because everyone’s busy, and I’m not judging you.

Really, this cake is like a crustless fudge pie – unbelievably smooth and intensely chocolatey – but it isn’t as rich or cloying. And it slices like a dream.

Like I said, sweet mercy.

So, let’s celebrate that it’s Friday with a massive Tate’s Bake Shop Giveaway!

The Prize:

One lucky winner will receive a copy of Kathleen King’s “Tate’s Bake Shop Cookbook” AND one Everything Tate’s Tower (retail value $115), which includes:

•A sinfully rich pecan pie

•Assorted cookies (their famous chocolate chip, white chocolate chip macadamia nut, and oatmeal raisin)

•Their best-selling sour cream coffee cake

•Assorted tea loaves (buttery pound cake and dense chocolate)

•Assorted bars (two raspberry bars, two fudge brownies, and two blondies)

To Enter:

Just finish the following sentence in the Comments section –

If I win, the first thing I’m going to do is …

Are you going to find a quiet place to be alone with that pecan pie? Invite some friends over? Hide your stash? Or, are you going to ask for your Everything Tate’s Tower to be shipped to your mama or a close friend?

Spill!

Oh, and here are the rules:

1. Enter the contest once here in the Comments section. To double your chances, become a fan of Tate’s Bake Shop on Facebook.

2. The prizes must be shipped to a physical street address, not a P.O. box.

3. Enter by 11:59 p.m. CST on Monday, Nov. 22. The winner will be announced and glorified on Nov. 23.

4. The winner will be chosen randomly using Random.org.

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Reprinted with permission from Kathleen King’s “Tate’s Bake Shop Cookbook”

Makes one 9-inch cake

  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate*
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder*
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup salted butter, softened*
  • 6 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • Garnishes: whipped cream and fresh raspberries
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan with pan spray and a waxed paper circle.
  2. Using a food processor, process the chocolate, sugar and espresso powder until it’s finely ground.
  3. With the motor still running, add the boiling water and mix until the chocolate is melted. Add the butter, and process until it’s incorporated into the mixture. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  4. Add the eggs and vanilla. Process until smooth. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan.
  5. Bake the cake for 40 minutes. The cake will be puffy, and the center will be barely set.
  6. Loosen the sides, cool the cake, and refrigerate it for a minimum of 3 hours. The cake will sink in the middle, but that makes a great well to hold all the whipped cream!

*Gluten-Free Tip: Make sure your chocolate, instant espresso powder and butter are all labeled gluten-free.

338 thoughts on “Flourless Chocolate Cake + Tate’s Bake Shop Giveaway!

    1. So, you get an extra chance to win if you just become a tate's facebook fan? I'll save some for me and wrap some individually when i invite people over to help decorate my tree.

  1. If I win the first thing I'm going to do is call all of my friends and BRAG about what I won on from my favorite food blog!!!

  2. I would hide the cookies and invite my friends over for pie. I'm all for sharing . . . but hey, I'm selfish, too.

    Awesome giveaway!

  3. If I win, the first thing I'm going to do is call my foodie friend and see when she can come over. Then, I'll start looking over the cookbook for projects to make as gifts.

  4. If I win, the first thing I’m going to do is …Feel complete and total guilt that I have all these goodies that my poor son with nut allergies cannot eat, and then I'm going to scarf it down while drooling over my new cookbook!

  5. I would give this to my parents immediately!! My dad has the biggest sweet tooth in the world, and is probably the reason I bake! Flourless chocolate cakes are tricky!! Just like you said the edges look done and the center is like pudding. I always try to bake it more, I guess I'll give it time to set up next time!! Thanks!

  6. If I win, the first thing I am going to do is……..make Ina Garten's Mocha Chocolate Icebox Cake, which calls for Tate's chocolate chip cookies!!!! I love that cake and it's really good with other cookies, but I've always wanted to try it with the cookies that Ina recommends!

  7. If I win the first thing I will do is split the wealth. Cookies for my sister, pie for the inlaws. Coffee cake for the grandparents, and bars for mom, dad and birth mom.

    PS I became a facebook fan.

  8. …turn off my phone, cut a thick slice of the chocolate tea loaf, and curl up with my copy of "Ripostes." (Ok, actually, it'll probably Audre Lorde I curl up with, but I wanted to keep with the theme of the blog.)

  9. If I win, the first thing I'm going to do is…jump up and down, squeeling excitedly! :-) Then I'll probably tackle the fudge brownie while reading the cookbook.

  10. is this a serious question??? i'm going to EAT!! ;P but for the sake of my holiday hips getting any bigger, I'd maybe throw a little christmas party and have this out to nibble on incessantly. :)

  11. I'd probably eat about half of it, fight the urge to eat the rest and if I'm feeling nice MAYBE give a bite or two to my friends. Maybe.

  12. If I win, the first thing I’m going to do is… divide the stash – some of it is going to go home to my mom, and the rest will delight the stomachs of me and my friends. I shall give none to the roommates. Or, well, maybe one roommate. But the others don't deserve this goodness. They won't appreciate it as much.

    I know. I'm horrible.

  13. Have a dessert party for all the ladies in my building. If I'm gonna be fat, so are they! We are a bunch of old retired ladies and we have a lot of fun sharing.

  14. Oh, this looks fabulous! Just in time for a holiday get together. If I win, I am sharing for sure! Taking that pie to a family dinner and some of these will make great holiday gifts, too. And the cookies will be perfect for school lunches.

  15. If I win, the first thing I'm going to do is: bust out the KitchenAid stand mixer I got for graduation, because hot diggity!

  16. If I win, I'm going to call my brother's family over for dinner – he can bring the pizza, I'll provide the dessert!

  17. If I win I will probably surround myself with everything from the Tate's Tower and snack on it while I am reading the Bake Shop cookbook!

  18. The first thing I'd do is.. invite over the neighbors and while I wait for them to arrive, begin post-it-ing the book with the recipes I want to try!

  19. Eat a cookie!
    Then I'll be rational and save it for the holidays with my family. But definitely eat a cookie first!

  20. While my very first thought would be "IT IS MINE –HANDS OFF!!!" if I won, I would probably end up sharing. All it would take would be ONE item, shared in the teacher's lounge, to make me queen of the school! :-)

  21. My Tate's stuff just came in the mail this morning to review and reading YOUR review has gotten me super excited! So many great recipes to make and parse through,

  22. If I win, the first thing I’m going to do is …read through the cookbook with a glass of milk and one of those cookies!

  23. If I win, the first thing I'm going to do is a "happy dance". Then, I'm going to wonder which of the goodies I'm going to hide away for myself, and which I'd be willing to share. I know already that the chocolate fudge brownies won't be shared. Those are all mine.

  24. …find favorites of my family and close friends and give them yummy Christmas gifts. I'll scour the cookbook for new recipes and have a holiday "tea and sweets" party at my house. I've always believed that an experience is better than a gift – what better to do for my pals than have a laugh filled sweet party? After all, I'm currently on a baking spree.

  25. The first thing I'm going to do is share the yumminess with my hubby and then bring the remnants into my office to share with my department.

  26. i'm going to make plans for 3 "ha i'm a winner with sweets enough to share" parties to split the goodies btwn.
    1) the knitting group at work
    2) the sweet tooth analysts at work
    3) friends/family to try out a recipe from the book together.
    Thanks for sharing the flourless experience. It makes me believe that when reading "easy" and straightforward is not a patronizing description.

  27. If I win, the first think I'm going to do is plan a movie marathon party with several friends, so we can watch movies and eat all day! Oh, that sounds that a delicious reprieve from the frantic holiday season…

  28. … sit on the couch with a can of Diet Dr. Pepper and peruse the cookbook, with the intention of deciding what to make first, lol!

    Posting from Canada, not sure if international entries are allowed, but my fingers are crossed, and my diet is ready for a SMACKDOWN :D

    Sandra :)

  29. The majority of the goodies will be wrapped up and distributed as early Christmas gifts to friends and family.

  30. I wouldn't even have to hide the pecan pie.. I'm the only one that likes it. :) The rest I'm sure the kids wouldn't mind helping with. We'd need to taste everything to see what would make good Christmas presents for teachers. :P

  31. . . . consume the cookies on all on my own while flipping through the cookbook and bookmarking the first things I want to try.

    Is this open to Canadians?

  32. If I win, the first thing I’m going to do is invent my own superhappy dance in anticipation of a fancy tea party with all those goodies!!!

  33. I would sit and gaze at my plunder. Then, sit in a corner and read the cookbook while munching on one of the chocolate chip cookies. Yum!

  34. If I win, the first thing I’m going to do is… call all of my friends and tell them about it! And when I know the drooling just can't be quenched over the phone, I'm going to have them come over to share it with me!! :-) Then we may order some more stuff and have a party!! LOL

  35. If I win, the first thing I’m going to do is …call up my family and friend and have them over for a Tate Bake Shop Party!

  36. If I win, the first thing I'm going to do is eat that pie. Like probably without a fork. It'll probably look like a bad cartoon where the chubby lady eats a pie with her face. Just being honest. ;)

  37. I would first shout with glee!! Then, open the chocolate chip cookies right away and share with my family. Post my winnings on Facebook and have friends come over for a Festival of Treats! Yum!!

  38. I'm going to have it sent to me and dole out the sweets as bribes when people do what tell them. Sort of like a Queen bestowing gifts to her peasants for worshiping her!

  39. If I win, the first thing I'm going to do is TEAR into the package, surrounding myself with all of these delicious looking treats…take a moment to breathe it all in…(perhaps snap a picture or two for Facebook)…then PIG OUT!!

  40. I would sample everything in the tower to figure out what recipes I should make first. I might share a thing or two, but only to save myself from having to buy new pants.

  41. If I win, the first thing I am going to do is…make that BIG decision .. what do I eat first (probably the cookies) and am I going to share (do I have to?)

  42. Cry. I am going to cry. I'll save a few bars and whatnot for my fella who I am currently too poor to bake for/make fat. I'd like to say I'd pace myself but I don't know that I would.

  43. If I win, the first thing I’m going to do is … wolf down those blondies…I am a SUCKER for a good blondie! :)

  44. if I win, I think I'll sit with everything around me and go into sweet heaven. My hubby is a chocoholic and I'll have to tempt him with everything.

  45. If I win, the first thing I'm going to do is find out what sour cream coffee cake tastes like! I've never heard of it before and it sounds wonderful!

  46. I'd make some coffee, grab those fudge bars and crack open the cookbook! The rest I would share with my coworkers.

  47. If I win, the first thing I’m going to do is – eat the cookies. Then give some tea cakes to my mom and mother-in-law, the pecan pie to my grandma or aunt and have a little party with the rest.

  48. I would do a little happy dance if I won because I never win anything. I'd most likely bring all the goodies into my office – no better yet, I'd send them to a friend who is battling leukemia right now. And then I'd start baking from the book!

  49. If I win, I want to share the joy with my loved ones by either bake a few yummy goodies from the cook books or share the delicious already made goodies. either way, I am sure my boyfriend and his family would appreciate it very much!

  50. …. gobble up that delicious looking pecan pie! Oh… and then leaf through the cookbook to decide on a few more delicious things to make myself :)

  51. …invite everyone who has been so kind and gracious to my husband and I during our move over to enjoy in our (not quite finished) new home!

  52. I think I'd pass it off to my boyfriend's parents – they're impossible to buy for, but food is always welcome. :)

  53. If I win, the first thing I'm going to do is jump up and down with joyful glee! Then, I would think about if I really wanted to share because I wouldn't want to miss out on tasting anything!

  54. If I win the wonderful Tates tower, I will call my nephew who is in college here in NYC and have him and his friends over for a TATES party. They all love TATES chocolate chip cookies. They are the "care package" of choice for this nephew, his sister and his cousin!

  55. If I win, the first thing I'm going to do is rip open the box and try some cookies as I browse through the cookbook, then I'll sample the coffee cake, the tea loaves, brownies and make my way to the pie!!

  56. The first thing I would do is lay out all the goodies so that I could see them really well, and read the cookbook from cover to cover while the smells of all the goodies fill the air!

  57. I'll dig into the pound cake immediately, and then probably invite a half dozen friends over for coffee and desserts.

  58. If I win , the first thing I am going to do is sit down with a cup of coffee and a stack of post it notes and go through the cookbook! Sounds wonderful

  59. If I win, the first thing I’m going to do is dig into that pecan pie… and then I will invite people over to share all of the goodies with me, they look delicious!

  60. what a great excuse to have an impromptu party – all i will have to supply are the drinks! I cant possibly eat it all myself (probably not, but who knows?). i will set aside my favorites to savor in privacy – white chocolate macadamis nut cookies. or maybe i'll find a new favorite…I love everything tate's!!!

  61. If I win, the first thing I'm going to do take a bite out of everything possible, and then make my husband try everything only to hear him say, "Too sweet. Nope, too sweet," and then get annoyed that I married someone who does enjoy sweets as much as I do, but then be thankful that I have a husband who loves me, and then remember that him not eating the sweets means there's more for me, and then take another bite out of everything!

  62. If I win, the first thing I’m going to do is …
    tell my friends to come over dressed up as Pokemon for a POKEMON TEA PARTY with all the goodies! Yes, I have my Jigglypuff hat waiting and ready for action!! ^_^

  63. If I win I'm going to have a Tate's Bake now and Ache later party with only friends I know who never make disparaging remarks about weight and calories

  64. ….invite over my dearest west coast friends to delight in treats from my favorite back-home bakery. I grew up eating Tates Chocolate Chip cookies in Southampton. I now live in Portland, Oregon and relish on the care packages that my dad sends me filled with Tates treats.

  65. the first thing i will do is hop on a plane to nashville, my tate's tower by my side, come directly to your house and share it all with you (and your hubby, and the henrys).

  66. I would call my sister and have her come over and eat until our hearts content. She is my pilates instructor though, so she will make me work out extra later. I would love their cookbook and I would find a quiet place to read that all by myself.

  67. If I win, the irst thing I'm going to do is break up all the cookies because everyone knows that broken cookies have no Calories.

  68. Share everything with my wonderful co-workers, with fresh-brewed Drew's Brews, on our afternoon break. I can't think of anything better.

  69. If I win, the first thing I’m going to do is … sample some of EVERYTHING! Then have a baked good sampling party. :)

  70. The first thing I'd to if I won would be to scream in delight and then have a very generous slice of that pecan pie!

  71. OH MY WORD!!! Seriously, this has to be the best give away EVAR. Ok, after I stopped hyperventilating from the sheer joy of seeing all those goodies arrive at my doorstep I'd sample each of the cookies first. Then I'd try to decide what we'd cut into first for dessert after dinner!

  72. The first thing would be to try everything!! Then share with my girlfriends. Then use whatever might be left to bribe my hubby!!

  73. I would call my husband and tell him it looks like my luck has finally changed. Then I would share some with my new neighbors.

  74. … throw a party and spread the word. I discovered Tate's cookies about four years ago, and have been a fan ever since. They're deliscious!!

  75. If I win, the first thing I’m going to do is …

    Quickly do as many jumping jacks as possible and try to get to the gym. Because God knows that I will be eating every delicious thing I can bake from Tate's Bake Shop. And by "get to the gym" I mean TRY to get to the gym, but will probably just go run and buy more parchment paper for all of the treats.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  76. If I win, the first thing I'm going to do is invite friends over for an oh-so-many-snacks and episodes of America's Next Top Model party.

  77. …jump up and down, maybe let out a whoop, put on some comfy clothes (with elastic waistband) and settle in with a tall glass of cold milk and the first chocolaty thing I can find in those boxes!

  78. If I win, the first thing I’m going to do is hide everything from my husband so I might actually have a chance to try some of the things myself. My little hummingbird LOVES sugar. :)

  79. If I won…the first thing I'd do would be eat some chocolate chip cookies and a big glass of milk. :) I became a fan on facebook also.

  80. If I win, the first thing I’m going to do is open up the tower and take some of what I like first and then let everyone else have at it.

  81. If I win, the first thing I’m going to do is … have some of the chocolate chip cookies for myself and spend the next week or so making myself, my family, friends, and my co-workers very happy with all the deliciousness! The book, then, will be the gift that keeps on giving. :-)

  82. ….jump down, turn around and a pile up all kinds of Tate's treats to share with everyone that comes through our happy home!

  83. iF i WON, i WOULD PROBABLY FAINT FROM SHOCK THAT A RANDOM GENERATOR ACTUALLY CHOSE ME! THEN I WOULD READ THE COOKBOOK LIKE IT'S A NOVEL!

  84. If I win, I'm making myself a cup of tea, slicing a piece of that pound cake, and settling into the recliner with the cookbook for a nice little read.

  85. I'll admit it: while I love feeding people, I'm also pretty greedy. BEFORE sharing these treats with my family I would probably sample a sliver of each and every one of those desserts. At least I'd be willing to share the rest, right?

  86. Yummy cake recipe!! If I win, the first thing I'm going to do is jump (yes jump) for joy! Then I'm going to bake something from the cookbook immediately and eat it. Woot!

  87. If I win, the first thing that I'm doing to do is invite friends over for a dessert party. Then I will start baking recipes from the book to give goodies away as gifts. Thanks for the chance to win this awesome giveaway!

  88. Email my brother in law, who is a pecan pie aficionado, and let him know I'll be bringing it over :) I'd have the whole shebang shipped to my sister and brother in law's house, but they're moving and don't want anything extra taking up space!

  89. …the very, very first thing I will do is say thank you, Rebecca of Ezra Pound Cake, thank you, Tate's, and thank you, thank you, stretchy pants.

  90. The first thing I am going to do if I win is invite a few friends over for a baking day to try oiut some new recipes and some treats! :)

  91. If I win, the first thing I am going to do is scream with enjoyment because i've never won anything in my life, and this would be a wonderful thing to win !!

  92. If I win, the first thing I am going to do is plan to have friends and family over for a dessert party and share the sweets!!

  93. WHEN i win (power of positive thinking????), I'll eat a bunch of it while browsing the cookbook. I might even share some with my family!

  94. If I win, the first thing I'm going to do is … devour these desserts while deciding which ones I should make from their cookbook :)

  95. I'd throw a housewarming party since I just moved, and I'd feature the Tate's Bake Shop Tower. I agree with the comment about having a glass of milk and a cookie… those are all mine!

  96. If I win, the first thing I am going to do is shout with joy, then decide which of my friends to invite over for the best dessert party. Of course, I will keep the coffee cake and the cookies for myself because they are my favs. Then I will have a great time having a bakeathon, trying out all the yummy recipes in the book for the holidays.

  97. The first thing I'd do is some sampling! I'd call the family and have them sample, too. Then I'd save a lot of it til Christmas company is here! Thanks for the chance to win.

  98. If I win, the first thing I’m going to do is invite over all my friends for a dessert party so I don't scarf down all these sweets myself!

  99. Flourless Chocolate Cake is one of my favorite desserts, so I absolutely cannot wait to make this!

    If I win….I'll invite over all my friends for a dessert party!!

  100. …keep the cookbook for myself and then deliver all of the lovely baked goods to the volunteers at our Maple Alley Inn. These dedicated women work hard every week to put hot meals on the table for those in need of a helping hand – they would enjoy sitting down with a cup of tea and these fabulous looking treats from Tates! I'll use the cookbook to do my own baking!

  101. Holy cow that sounds fabulous! I am the family cook and baker if I won I would put on an elastic waistband and enjoy something super yummy that I didn't have to make and then clean up after. I would also most likely consume it all while watching really trashy TV.

  102. I would grab a macademian cookie and look at the recipe, then call my girlfriends for a Christmas tag making party so that I could share all those delicious cakes, cookies and pies – except for the macademia nut – that's all mine!!!

  103. Take the cookies and hide in the bathtub with the shower curtain pulled. Not sharing the cookies. Then I will go online to Weight Watchers and record that I just ate an apple. A really small apple. With a glass of water.

  104. If I win, the first thing I’m going to do is … share that sour cream coffee cake over a cup of coffee with my mom!

  105. If I win, the first thing I'm going to do is put on a pair of elastic-waist sweatpants, pour a glass of milk, and dive in!

  106. The first thing I would do would be run around the house yelling, "I won!' :) Then when I received it, my whole family would help me demolish everything in a short amount of time.

  107. …upon opening the box and unpacking everything I would call my daughters to come over, make a pot of coffee and start sampling. I would set aside the coffee cake and the pie for when my husband gets back from Saudia Arabia in a few weeks!

  108. Share and bake!!! That is share the bounty with family and spend the rest of time baking everything in the book!!!!!

  109. If I win, I'll try not to be selfish and eat everything but who am I kidding, it all looks amazing (oh and I'll try to be a nice wife and save something for my husband to try too) and then break open my new cook book and start getting baking (only so I can devour some more wonderfulness-I promise I don't have an issue with food!!)

  110. I am going to host a dessert party! It might be tempting, but it would not be wise to try and go at it all myself. :-)

  111. First I'd have to convince myself that I really did win! Then I'd call some friends, put on a pot of coffee and sit down to pour over the cookbook while I waited on them to show up!

  112. I would devide it up and share some goodies at Thanksgiving and save some for Christmas. Sounds like a wonderful cookbook. Make a great Christmas present too!

  113. If I win the first thing I'm going to do is squeal with delight and wait anxiously for the package to arrive in the mail then go over and share it with my food obsessed grandmother as soon as I can.

    That really is an amazing giveaway. Thank you so much for hosting it. I've never heard of these legendary cookies, but you have me interested now.

  114. I'll take it to school to share with my terrific coworkers. What I really want is the cookbook – can't wait to try the Flourless Chocolate Cake, but you had me at Lemon Cream Cheese Tart…

  115. Ask the gift tower be sent to my Mom ans sister! I will miss having that pecan pie all to myself, but I think they would enjoy it as much as I would. :)

  116. If I win, the first thing I'm going to do is plan a date night and find a babysitter!! Hubs and I would have an amazing Dinner O' Desserts….muahahaha

  117. the first thing I am going to do go out and buy a bigger size of pants, or just haul out all my sweat pants…it's going to be so worth it to devour all these yummy treats!

  118. if i win, the first thing i'll do is go to the store and buy more chocolate! Then i'll bake something extra delicious!

  119. The first thing I'm going to do is enjoy one of their famous chocolate chip cookies! Chocolate chip cookies are a total weakness of mine. Love them!!!

  120. I'm going to start reading the cookbook while sampling the baked good! probably start with the raspberry bars…because i'm a sucker for berries!

  121. My first move would probably be to scan the contents and decide which ones I'm willing to share. I'll then stash the treats I can't bare to part with and "graciously" offer the remaining ones to my co-workers.

  122. If I win the first thing I'll do is invite all the friends I want to impress over for brunch. All I have to do is make scrambled eggs and bacon and I'm all set with the Sour Cream Coffee Cake. The Pecan Pie? I'd put my jammies on and crawl into bed and start digging in while watching old movies on a cold December afternoon. (Have never done that before – but it sounds like fun). I do a Holiday Tea for my women friends – I'd serve them the cookies, tea breads and other delicious delectables at that event.

  123. If I win, I'd take off work and class on Wednesday and drive the eight hours back home to share it with my family/spend Thanksgiving with them. They don't want me to drive so far for just 4 days, but this would probably be a good enough excuse!! :D

  124. Woo hoo! I'm game. Trying for my chance at the cookbook, and I'll have to make that flourless chocolate cake regardless. Yum yum.

  125. If I win, the first thing I’m going to do is …
    Devour the two fudge brownies with a tall glass of milk! ~ That's right, I said two. *wink*

  126. I would share it with my neighbors at our "moving party". We have to leave this great neighborhood and I would want them to remember sweet things!

  127. I've been deathly sick for coming on a week from the stomach flu. All I want to do is eat. with people around. (since everyone has been avoiding my very plague -like symptoms.) So, that's what I will do. Eat like a king with my mom, sister and friends.

    and now I just want chocolate cake. sigh.

    oh, stomach pains.

  128. oops, in my excitement, I read past the "complete the phrase" line, LOL!

    So, if I win, the first thing I'll do is: decide which things to take into the office and which things to hoard. Then I think I'll lay in an extra-big supply of napkins to deal with all the mouth-watering goodness.

  129. If I win, the first thing I'm going to do is jump up and down in my kitchen while squealing, just like I did when I found out Sufjan Stevens was touring again after 5 years.

  130. …hide in my closet with those delicious-looking chocolate chip cookies. Don't judge, I live with 3 males who would scarf them down in no time! :)

  131. If I win, the first thing I'm going to do is get into my 'comfiest' sweatpants and invite 3 of my closest friends over to dive into the gift basket with me and finish off every mouth-watering morsel while we go through the new cookbook and pick out our favorite recipes to try!!

  132. If I win the first thing I'm going to do is get all caught up at work so I can get ready to call in sick the day after the gift basket arrives!

  133. If I win, the first thing I’m going to do is eat the white chocolate macadamia nut cookie. And pray the recipe is in the cookbook and convince my husband to bake more.

  134. First, I'd be shocked. I've only won one thing in my life, a child's book. After that I would have a hot cup of coffee with a nice slice of the Sour Cream Coffee Cake. Then I would share with family and friends. It would be nice to have a baked good I didn't bake! Even
    though I love to bake…. I'm sure you all understand.

  135. My first impulse was to say that the first thing I'd do would be to take a bit out of each item in the package. . . but that would be so wrong!

  136. ….figure out where I'm going to hid it all!! LOVE your blog, thanks for all of the hard work that goes into it.

  137. First thing, I'm going to curl up with the cookbook, and a selection of the yummy treats. And not come out until I've read it cover to cover. :D

  138. ….call my friends and plan a party to sample the goodies!! How fun is this!!!! Thank you so much for your contests and your wonderful fantastic recipes!!!

  139. If I win, the first thing I’m going to do is HIDE MY STASH! My boyfriend would devour this all if I didn't! Then I will secretly look through and give some away to friends and family.

  140. I'm going to have it shipped to my mom's house, so maybe she can save me a little of the coffee cake and she and my brothers and step dad can enjoy the rest of the load! I of course would take the cookbook though, sorry mom!

  141. If I win, the first thing I’m going to do is … dig into the pecan pie while bookmarking all the recipes I'll be making this holiday season. (Although I'm not above taking a tea loaf to work and pretending that I made it. :) )

  142. If I win, the first thing I am going to do is throw a party for all the people in my life that I forget to thank as often as they deserve! And boy are we going to have great refreshments. The second thing I am going to do is hole up with that cookbook and enjoy some reading.

  143. If I win I will definitely be sharing it all with my husband and family. Knowing me if I don’t share I would end up eating it all!

  144. If I win, the first thing I will do is the "happy little wiggle dance" in my chair…
    Then (after the initial exuberance diminishes slightly) I would go ahead and send invitations for a dessert party.

    Sounds like a great contest — good luck everyone!

  145. …….invite my besties and have an early Christmas. Then I'll hop on the treadmill to try to counteract all the damage I will have done! :)

  146. … do the happy dance, of course! then i'll dive into the goodies and personally taste-test each and every item — wait, wait… i'll need to put on my stretchy pants first… THEN i'll dive in…
    kristinmik at gmail dot com

  147. The first thing I am going to do is load the loot into the trunk of my car and drive to my mom's house. She has a serious sweet tooth and I would love to share these goodies with her.

  148. If we win, they first thing we'd do is have a very yummy little party with the family. Winning this would definitely call for a little celebration!

  149. The first thing I'm going to do is grab that box and run away to my Mom's. I just don't think my 3 and 7 year old would appreciate what they were eating! Let them hang out with Daddy while Mom and I share a moment with just her, me and the sugar. I'll be a Mom again in an hour or so. ;)

  150. Last Thursday I would have said that I would love to have this prize to enjoy at home with my family since our son, (my heart) got a surprise pass from the Army to come home for Thanksgiving and we are THRILLED. But since my dad, (my heart) went into the hospital on Friday and is now likely not going to be able to enjoy Thanksgiving at home with my mom, I would ask you to send it to them. This is one of those (many) times when being so far away from my parents really bites!

    Thanks for the give-away – the cookbook sounds terrific and if I don't win it I'll be buying it!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  151. …put on a pot of tea, browse through the tower for the appropriate treat, and retire to my recliner with a fresh packet of post-its and a pencil . . . . the holidays are a'comin' and I need treats for the folks at work!

  152. If I win, the first thing I’m going to do is … make this cake for my friend who has celiac! She will LOVE IT! AND I am going to get fat fat fat, too many good things! YUM!

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