Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Monday, October 7, 2013

All Things Pumpkin

It's October
It's Pumpkin Month
And during October we embrace
"All Things Pumpkin"

We make pumpkin bread
Pumpkin cranberry coffeecake
Pumpkin cookies

And one of our favorites

Which are perfect when a friend stops by for tea

Shortbread cookies, cut with the pumpkin cutter
And sprinkled with orange sugar

I love the shadows of an Autumn afternoon
in the breakfast room.


3/4 pound butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 t. vanilla
3 1/2 c. flour
1/4 salt

Preheat oven to 350

In the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and 1 cup of sugar until they are just combined.   Add the vanilla.   In a medium bowl, sift together the flour and salt, then add them to the butter and sugar mixture.   Mix on low speed until the dough starts to come together.    Dump onto a surface dusted with flour and roll shape into a flat disk.    Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes.

Roll the dough 1/2 inch thick and cut with your favorite cookie cutter.   Place the cookies on an ungreased sheet pan and sprinkle with sugar (I prefer colored sugar)    Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the edges begin to brown.    Allow to cool to room temperature.

It's Tuesday and I'm sharing my All Things Pumpkin with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday.    And Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday.


Clara said...

A pretty post with the pumpkin cookies and your beautiful blue transferware pitcher.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

This is a scrumptious post, Martha. The pumpkin cookies look wonderful with your lovely blue china! What a pretty table setting for this time of year. Thanks so much for coming to tea and enjoy your week.


Madonna/aka/Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon said...

Seriously cute cookies.


Such a warm post, as all the ones you make. I love to come and see your lovely settings with the gorgeous blue and white dishes and always something yummy I like. Have a happy week.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

So pretty!!

Beeutiful by Design said...

The cookies look yummy!

Bernideen said...

These are darling! I think you have a great month planned!!!

Rosemary and Thyme said...

I love this post. So delicate and beautiful. The blue ad white china is lovely.

Have a great week. I hope you can stop by for a visit.


Beth said...

The orange looks great, colorwise, along with your blue and white. Your cookies look great. I enjoy all sorts of pumpkin this time of year too. My grandson's favorite dessert is Pumpkin torte - and he even wrote a little song about it!

Sarah said...

Love the orange with the blue and white transfer ware. This is a perfect autumn statement!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I've been baking a lot of treats with pumpkin too and shortbread cookies aren't just for Christmas. Your pumpkin cutouts would be lovely with a cup of tea.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Love your pumpkin cookies. Such a lovely tea setting. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

Pondside said...

So pretty! Tea time is always so special at Linderhof.