Sunday, December 6, 2009

Brunch and Cookies (shortbread with cranberries and pumpkin seeds)

We have a lot of wonderful food bloggers here in Utah. I have connected with a fantastic group and had the opportunity to dine with some of them yesterday. Holly (PheMomenon) arranged a holiday cookie swap and had an idea to make it a brunch date at The Wild Grape Bistro, which Maria (TwoPeasandPod) arranged. What a treat! I got to meet 3 new friends; Kalyn (Kalynskitchen), Dara (CookinCanuck) and Chris (Melecotte) as well as catch up with my dear friends Cristie (TheTableRunner), her sweet daughter Candace (ALittleblog), Barbara (BarbaraBakes) and Becky (VintageMixer). You can not go wrong with a group like this. We all cook, we all know how to eat and we all brought cookies! Let's not leave out fun conversation either. I have to hand it to The Wild Grape Bistro as well. They had us all set up at a nice table, had a very capable server handle our group, served us delicious food, treated us to a treat and allowed us to climb and crawl all over the restaurant to take photos of the cookies and food! This is the second time our group has met there and we are all very impressed. Let's get on with it, shall we? The food:
Drooling yet? From the top: "The Grape" Salad, Fruit and Yogurt Plate, Brioche French Toast, Blue Corn Waffle, The Grape's "Benedict". All gorgeous and all delicious! Onto the cookies:

Once more, from the top (I linked to each blogger above so I will just mention names now... be sure to check out these amazing blogs!) I want to allow them to post their own versions of our day so in order of cookie appearance: Dara, Cristie, Candace, Maria, Becky, Chris, Barbara and Holly. Kalyn opted to not bring cookies as she is on a restricted diet and mine are to follow...

Shortbread with cranberries and pumpkin seeds

2 1/3C flour

1/2t salt
1C unsalted butter (room temp)
2/3C sugar

1t vanilla
3/4C dried cranberries

3/4C pumpkin seeds

Cream butter until very smooth (2 minutes), add sugar and beat until very creamy, then add vanilla. In a separate bowl combine flour and salt. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and combine well. Add cranberries and pumpkin seeds and combine. Halve the dough and form 2 logs (on sheets of plastic wrap). I like to make mine square but have made round as well as rectangle logs before. Wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours. Preheat oven to 325 and unwrap one log at a time. Slice each log into medium thin slices and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes and cool on a wire rack.

These cookies are festive with the red and green colors as well as being crisp and buttery... just as shortbread should be!

Yesterday was a great afternoon with talented and interesting foodie friends. Check out The Hive for a complete rundown soon! Happy Holidays!


  1. I loved your cookies! They were the most Christmas-y of the group!

  2. It as lovely meeting you! Hopefully, our paths will cross again. ;) Let your friends in Atlanta know I am coming back and I will be happy to meet up with them. Happy Holidays!

  3. What a spread! Wish I'd been there it looks really fun. x

  4. Sat. was so fun! Great post! I love all of the photos you got! And your cookies are amazing! We need to get together soon!

  5. You took some great photos of the food and cookies! Your cookies were so pretty with the red and green colors. Perfect for Christmas! It was such a fun afternoon!

  6. Gorgeous cookies, and what a great group! I'm jealous! ;-)

  7. What a great time that would be. You know I'm jealous of your brunch date. I bet it was fabulous. I know those cookies look fabulous! I'm bookmarking!

  8. these are so festive and i love cranberries and pumpkin seeds! at first i thought they were pistachio. what a fun gathering!

  9. Tiffany, it was so fun to meet and chat with you! Your cookies were so pretty and delicious! My husband, kids, and I split them into pieces and gobbled them up in 10 seconds flat.

  10. Great photos of all the treats! It was fun to to meet some new Utah bloggers, we must do this more often!

  11. Love your cookies. They were delicious and beautiful. You are so creative to put them together! Miss being with you.

  12. How lovely & what fun! I love the treats you enjoyed with such great company! WOW!!