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Today I wanted to bake up a quick snack for the kids. Last week I was thumbing through a new cookbook I received in the mail. I came across this recipe for Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins. My little guy is a chocoholic as well as a muffin man so I knew this recipe would be perfect.

Not to mention I had a couple bananas in my fruit bowl just calling my name. I had everything I needed in the pantry so it worked out perfectly. Look how high and yummy these muffins baked up.  I literally had this recipe thrown together and in the oven in about 10 minutes. Don’t you just love those kinds of recipes.
12 001 I mentioned above that I received a new cookbook in the mail. Well besides the cookbook. I also received COOKIES!!!! A couple weeks back a representative from Tate’s Bake Shop asked me if I would be interested in sampling some of their yummy cookies. 

 Included with the cookies was a review copy of  Tate’s New Bake Shop Cookbook. I said yes of course because who can turn down a good sampling of cookies. I had heard that the Tate’s Bake Shop in South Hampton had some awesome goodies so I couldn’t wait.

I was so excited the day my packaged arrived. I ripped open the box like a kid in a candy store. Pulling the boxes out as I read each cookie flavor I was in heaven. Oatmeal Raisin, White Chocolate Macadamia Nut and Chocolate Chip. One of my favorite cookies is white chocolate chip with macadamia nuts. 
I was so bad I didn’t even wait until the kids got home to share the cookies. Instead I just helped myself to a big glass of milk and few cookies. All of the cookies were crispy on the outside and buttery good on the inside.  My favorite cookie by far was the oatmeal raisin they were crispy yet chewy all at the same time.
Picnik2BcollageAnd the cookbook well it’s is simply wonderful. All of the recipes are home style cookies, pies, cobblers, cakes and muffins. There’s even a healthy alternative chapter consisting of recipe like, Energy Bars, Whole Wheat Quick Bread, Sports Bars and Multi grain Muffins.

Be on the look in the next couple weeks because I will be making Tate’s Cinnamon Swirl Bread pictured above. And since I am coo coo for coconut I plan on making Tate’s Coconut Birthday Cake for my upcoming March birthday. The Coconut Cake has both buttermilk and cream of coconut, so I know it will be fabulous.


This Giveaway is CLOSED & A Winner has been Chosen

Would you like to have some of Tate’s Bake Shop Cookies? Well, I have a treat for you! One lucky Mommy’s Kitchen reader is going to win an assortment of Tate’s Bake Shop Cookies as well as a copy of their wonderful cookbook.

You will receive the following cookie flavors. Oatmeal Raisin, White Chocolate Macadamia Nut and Chocolate Chip Cookies.

How To Enter The Giveaway: 
Just leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite cookie is? Mine is Oatmeal Scotchies by far. (mandatory entry)

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Before I go if you can’t wait to try Tate’s Bake Shop cookies you don’t have to. Tate’s is offering all Mommy’s Kitchen readers a 15% discount on any purchase from now through December 31st.

Just go to Tate’s Bake Shop and enter the promotional code “cookie” to get your discount upon check out. This discount is valid until December 31st.

This giveaway will end at midnight (cst) on Saturday, January 1st 2011. At that time, a winner will be chosen at random using random.org and notified. Winner will have 48 hours to reply or a new winner will be chosen. If you do not have a blog please leave your email address in your comment in case you are the winner. Contest open to US Residents only due to shipping charges.

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As for these muffins they turned out really good. They even got my little muffin mans approval.

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

2 – cups all purpose flour
2 – teaspoons baking powder
1/2 – teaspoon baking soda
1/2 – teaspoon salt
1/2 – cup salted butter or coconut oil
1/2 – cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 – cup sugar
1 – teaspoon vanilla extract
2 – large eggs
1 1/2 – cups mashed bananas
1/2 – cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
1 – cup chocolate chips
2 – tablespoons raw sugar for topping, optional

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 12 cup muffin pan. Mix the flour, baking powder, soda and salt. Set aside.

Cream the butter and the sugars until they are lights and fluffy.

Add the vanilla and eggs and mix everything well. Mix in the bananas and sour cream. Fold in the flour mixture. Fold in the chocolate chips.

Spoon the mixture into prepared muffin cups to about 3/4 full. The cups will be very full, but don’t worry they wont spread over.

Sprinkle them with sugar or more chocolate chips. Bake them for 20 minutes or until a cake tester or toothpick inserted comes out of the center of one muffin clean.

Cook’s Note: I wanted to note that I have had great results using one cup whole wheat flour + one cup all purpose flour, coconut oil and greek yogurt in this recipe. 
Disclosure: Tate’s Bake Shop provided me with an assortment of cookies as well as a copy of Kathleen’s, Tate Bake Shop Cookbook for the purpose of this review. Tate’s is also offering one of my readers with a Tate’s Bake Shop Prize Pack. I would like to thank Tate’s Bake Shop for sponsoring this giveaway.

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