Pumpkin Biscotti with Almonds

Since I am not a coffee drinker or Italian, my previous notion of biscotti was simply something you could buy at Starbucks and I liked the ones covered in chocolate. That was until I went on vacation to Yosemite with my college roommate’s family who is part Italian. Both of her aunts brought “homemade” biscotti for us to enjoy in the morning and so we could compare to see who’s was better.   Homemade is in quotes up there because we were duped. One of the biscotti batches was from Costco! And it was the winner! Ha!

Anyway, it was from that trip that I learned about how biscotti were twice baked cookies and I actually began to appreciate their flavor, especially with some tea!

If you haven’t noticed yet, there is a lot of pumpkin in my house right now so I made some pumpkin biscotti and I think they could beat Costco any day.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup pumpkin pulp (leftover from my pumpkin juice) or 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped almonds
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice (3 tbsp if desired)
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 375°F and line a thick baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

Using a stand mixer with whisk attachment or handheld mixers, beat butter and sugar together. Add in vanilla extract, salt, spices, and pumpkin pulp. Next, add in eggs one at a time. In a separate bowl, mix together flour and baking powder.

Switch to hook attachment to combine wet and dry ingredients until dough is formed. Add in almonds and mix until well incorporated. Form a long loaf that is about 15-20 inches long and 3-5 inches on your baking sheet and bake for 45-50 minutes until light golden.

Remove loaf from oven and allow to cool for 40 minutes.

Cut the loaf into inch wide slices and place back on to the baking sheet cut sides down. Bake for another 15-20 minutes until centers are golden brown. Let cool.

Biscotti will be mostly dry and crispy, but if you leave it overnight in a cool dry place it will become even crisper. Enjoy with your coffee, tea, or even with desert!