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    • tworedbowls says:

      December 16, 2013 at 9:37 am

      :):):) Thanks so much, Janine! Hope you’re having a good Monday. (You’re up early for Vancouver time, aren’t you??)

      • says:

        December 16, 2013 at 1:31 pm

        Haha thanks you too! Yes, up early for work (finally getting used to actually working full days!) How are you liking your job? Hope you get a break over the holidays!

        • tworedbowls says:

          December 17, 2013 at 7:05 pm

          I’m liking it just fine! :) I’m at a good, not crazy but steady kind of busy, which I hear is a very hard balance to strike so I’m savoring it while I can. Definitely not up as early as you though! Hope you’re liking yours and ditto on the holidays!

  1. says:

    December 16, 2013 at 10:36 am

    i was just about to ask where you got those adorable cookie boxes from, the packaging is so adorable.

    i once made orange rosemary shortbread cookies that, now that i like about it, were so good, i don’t think i shared them with anyone.

    • tworedbowls says:

      December 16, 2013 at 3:31 pm

      Thank you so much, Lan! I was pretty smitten with them myself! Her shop is lovely in general.

      Oh my gosh, orange rosemary sounds absolutely fantastic! I made almond rosemary a few months ago and that was also great — though my mom tried one, made a face, and said “It tastes like it should be meat…” Haha. I think the orange would have worked better!

    • tworedbowls says:

      December 16, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      Oh my gosh, those logs of dough — I was tempted to just take a bite out of one like it was a candy bar. As good as these cookies were, the dough was ten times better. And since they have no egg, there’s literally nothing stopping me from eating it! :x Haha, thank you for the lovely comment <3

  2. says:

    December 16, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Orange and cranberries are a favorite combination of mine. I was smitten with the title of the post and then I read your story….. A must make and I will find time!

    • tworedbowls says:

      December 16, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      Me too! Now I want to make everything with that combo — Call Me Cupcake just posted some delicious-looking cranberry orange scones! Thank you so much for your comment, Deb :)

  3. says:

    December 17, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Wow those look good. Also I can *completely* identify with struggling with your #s 1, 2, and 3…. I get kind of covetous (and count-y) whenever anything delicious is in limited supply and meant to be shared! Not that I like that about myself, but I guess I’m still willing to admit it.

    You’re right that the perfect solution is to make something yourself in large amounts—so large that they become just a little less tasty in their unlimitedness (like you said), but also so large that you’re even willing to give some away, so that YOU can become that goddess-baker-neighbor ideal to someone else! :)

    I really really want to try making these, but with fresh cranberries instead of dried… do you think that would work?

    • tworedbowls says:

      December 17, 2013 at 5:47 pm

      Hahaha covetous is the perfect word! I was trying to work that into my post but couldn’t figure out how to in the end… I’m glad I’m not the only one (though I agree that I don’t like it about myself either!).

      I honestly have no idea about using fresh cranberries. I saw someone comment on Hannah’s original recipe asking the same thing, and she responded that she didn’t think it would be sweet enough. Personally, I don’t mind when shortbread isn’t particularly sweet, so I think it would be fine — my only worry would be the extra juice from fresh cranberries. Maybe you could chop them fine and then pat the bits dry before adding it to the dough? Definitely update me if you try it!!

    • tworedbowls says:

      December 17, 2013 at 7:04 pm

      Mimi, thank you so much! That means a lot to me — I feel like my photography is something I’m always struggling to improve. And, if that question wasn’t rhetorical, I think what’s helped me most is studying the photography I really like (Pinterest boards are so key!) and figuring out what they did that I admire. Overhead shots are always good, and so are props!

  4. says:

    December 18, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    These sound amazing and your photos are stunning, as always. I love shortbread. Just got done making some chai-spiced shortbread cookies. I will have to try these our soon! Happy holidays!

    • tworedbowls says:

      December 19, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      Oh my gosh, chai-spiced shortbread sounds incredible. I’m sure those were delicious. I feel like for every shortbread flavor I bake, four more pop up that I want to try next. Thanks for the comment, Mandy :)

    • tworedbowls says:

      December 22, 2013 at 10:28 am

      Haha, I’m glad I’m not the only one who has those tendencies! ;) Something to put on the New Year’s resolution list. And thank you so much for your sweet words!

  5. says:

    December 24, 2013 at 5:53 am

    Just scrolling through your blog, wondering if it has been long enough since breakfast to eat some cake or something because your blog makes me SO HUNGRY, thinking about the cranberry and clementine shortbread I need to make today as a Christmas gift and I find this post!! What could be more perfect (other than the photographs of your cookies!)?! Can’t wait to get stuck in – these look and sound so scrummy!! THANK YOU! and Merry Christmas! x

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