Ah, biscotti… how I love you. I usually make biscotti cookies for gift giving, because if someone was going to give me a gift of baked goodies, I would want biscotti cookies. They are perfect to wrap up in a festive bag, tie up with some yarn or twine, and they look great. I think people assume that making biscotti is difficult or labor intensive. Well, I’d like to keep that mystery going, but I have to be honest… they’re so easy to make! For me, it’s one of the best and greatest recipes to make when you’re the mama of a little one. Much like yeasted bread, you can start the biscotti, walk away and come back to it when you have the time. Let’s face it, I have to do this a lot with my cooking and baking because I have a (almost) one year old who is basically attached to my hip (and I wouldn’t have it any other way).
For these cookies, I premixed the dry ingredients and the wet the night before (which is a great tip if you’re looking to save time on baking day). The next morning while Baby Hawk was napping, I pulled out the wet mixture from the fridge, and let it come to room temperature while I preheated the oven to 350 degrees Farenheit and lined my baking pan with parchment paper. I gave the wet mixture a quick stir before very gently folding in the dry ingredients and then the chocolate chips. Then, I formed the dough into a long rectangle and patted it down very lightly with clean, damp hands. Pop it in the oven and bake it for 30 minutes. The dough should be slightly puffed up, with a few little cracks in it. Turn off the oven, remove from oven and let cool for about one hour. When you come back, preheat the oven to 300 degrees Farenheit. Carefully slice into long slices about 1/2 inch to an inch thick, and turn the biscotti’s on their sides. Bake for another 20-25 minutes until crisp but not too browned. Allow the biscotti to cool before eating for best flavor and crunch. I love to eat these cookies with strong [decaf] espresso.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Biscotti
makes about 16 biscotti cookies
1/3 c. + 2 Tbsp. pumpkin puree
1/2 c. organic, non-gmo canola oil
2/3 c. natural sugar
2 Tbsp. molasses
2 Tbsp. flaxseed meal
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 c. unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 c. whole wheat flour
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. powdered lemon peel (or fresh lemon zest)
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (Ghirardelli semi-sweet mini-chips are vegan!)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Farenheit and line a large baking pan with parchment paper. In a large bowl, use a wire whisk to beat together the pumpkin, oil, molasses, sugar, flaxseed meal, and vanilla. In a separate bowl, sift together all the dry ingredients: flour, whole wheat flour, cinnamon, lemon peel, baking powder, and salt. Very gently fold in the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture. When the dough just starts to come together, add the chocolate chips. Form the dough into a long rectangle and pat it down very lightly with clean, damp hands. Bake it for 30 minutes. The dough should be slightly puffed up, with a few little cracks in it. Turn off the oven, remove from oven and let cool for about one hour. Then, preheat the oven again to 300 degrees Farenheit. Carefully slice the baked dough into long slices about 1/2 inch to an inch thick, and turn the biscotti’s on their sides. Bake for another 20-25 minutes until crisp. Allow the biscotti to cool at least 10 minutes.
I have to give props to my biscotti-making teachers, Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero, from their cookbook Veganomicon. They made biscotti making easy, fun and a tradition of mine for the last 5 years at least. Definitely buy their cookbooks! And, if you’re thinking, “How many pumpkin recipes can this blog handle?” The answer is, a lot. Obviously. It’s no secret that I love pumpkin, and especially pumpkin desserts. This is yet another gem to add to the pumpkin recipe archive of mine. I’m quite proud of these! They really are the perfect biscotti, and extremely delicious. Make them as a festive fall treat; package two or three in a bag and deliver them with a hot latte to brighten someone’s day. I know I’d love that!
I’d also like to thank my little Baby Hawk for napping for most of this blog post! We’re practicing and preparing for our first ever time participating in VeganMoFo next month. I’m excited, I have a whole list of new and great recipes to share!