Pumpkin Oatmeal and Raisin Biscotti

How could I let this pumpkin season go by without filling my cookie jar with pumpkin biscotti!!  These are so full of fall flavors that my kitchen immediately filled with the warm aroma of pumpkin and spice.  Oatmeal and spices makes these more rustic in appearance; the texture is crisp and the flavor screams fall.  I’ve gotten into the habit now of using a mix of dried currants, golden, dark and cranberry or cherry. I like how the different colors look like the changing colors of fall leaves.

If you’re not into raisins, as I’ve just learned from Katherine about Greg at Rufus’ Guide to Food and Spirits, you can swap the raisins for walnuts or check out my last year’s pumpkin biscotti recipe.

On another note, how can I delay any further acknowledging the thoughtfulness of John from the Bartolini Kitchens, Ambrosiana from Tales of Ambrosia and Stefanie at A Dash of Sugar and Spice who nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award!   Please check out their blogs; from Chicago to California to Rome, fabulous recipes, heart warming family memories, travel and all things nice!

As I had received this award awhile ago I was surprised and flattered to see my blog recognized again.   As part of the process for receiving the award, I had listed out 7 things about myself.  My daughter thought I could have come up with better things to say about myself, so with this second recognition, I kindly asked her to make a list of what she thought we the 7 things others should know about me,  And in her words, the following…..

  1. You made sure to the color of your dogs’ fur was the same as your hair color, just so everything matched perfectly
  2. It’s extremely hard for you to accept help from others, especially in the kitchen
  3. You always put others before yourself
  4. Growing up your children never had a real Christmas tree because you’re allergic
  5. You get excited over the littlest of things
  6. You would rather wear your white fox fur coat from years ago during winter than buy another

Pumpkin Oatmeal and Raisin Biscotti

2 cups white whole wheat flour

¾ cup oatmeal, not instant

½ cup turbinado sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground ginger

½ teaspoon ground cloves

½ teaspoon ground allspice

½ cup raisins, I used a mix of dark, golden and cranberry

½ cup pumpkin puree

3 eggs

1 tablespoon walnut oil

1 tablespoon pumpkin spice liquor or pure vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Place parchment paper or a Slipat on a baking sheet.  Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl and stir well.  In a separate bowl, combine the pumpkin, eggs, oil and liquor and beat well with a wire whisk.  Slowly add the wet to the dry ingredients stirring until mixture is moistened and well blended.  Divide dough in half and form two equal logs about 12 inches in length directly on the baking sheet, placing them about 3 inches apart.  The dough will be sticky, therefore slightly wet hands will help to form the dough.  Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown.  Remove from oven and reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees.

Allow the biscotti to cool for 10 minutes then slice diagonally into ½ inch slices.  Return the slices to the baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes until crisp.  Remove and allow to cool on baking sheet.  Makes about 36 biscotti and can be stored covered for a few weeks.

42 thoughts on “Pumpkin Oatmeal and Raisin Biscotti

  1. That is so cool, your daughter is great especially about the dog and you hair colour. And here is a pumpkin recipe that i really WILL make, i look at other recipes and think .. hmm I would LIKE to make that, but this one a) I love biscotti, b) I love raisins and c) i love pumpkin so I WILL make this, now let me go back and check out this recipe properly,

    1. I do have this thing about hair color, yep, its true!! My pups and I coordinate very well when out walking! As for the biscotti, the dough will be soft and sticky, so please hang in there and form it on the baking sheet with slightly wet hands… it will come out fine!!

  2. ok…so my wife Liz was looking over my shoulder when I pulled up your post and this is what she said…”oh my God that sounds delicious!!!!” It hurt my ear. Guess you know what we’re making. 🙂

  3. Cute post, nice that you had your daughter come up with the list. I like no. 1, it’s so true, especially if taking pics with your dog! I love, love, love pumpkin and definitely want to try this recipe, I bet dried cranberries would work too! I bake pumpkin cranberry pumpkin seed cookies and this recipe reminds me of them. Hope your ankle is feeling better! I’ve been out of the loop the past month, trying to catch up!

    1. Thanks Lisa, I’d love to try your pumpkin cranberry cookies!! I’ll have to check your blog to see if its listed. Dried cranberries would work too as I do have some in the mix of dried raisins!

  4. Well, number 7 made me all emotional… how cool!

    and I am very fond of oatmeal, so this post has a ton of great stuff in it….

    congrats on the double award!

  5. Walnut oil. Yum. I have never put pumpkin puree in biscotti, but I have a kambocha squash roasting in the oven for soup as I write — maybe I’ll steal a half cup of the flesh and make your biscotti tomorrow — without raisins.

  6. Yay! I knew you would make pumpkin biscotti!!!! Doing a happy dance… 🙂 Okay, not really, but mentally I am. Congrats on the awards Linda – well deserved. And I love the 7 things from your daughters perspective. 🙂

    1. The “perfection” part of the coat is that it keeps me warm! I’m an extreme freeze baby and need, unfortunately, all that animal fur to keep me warm, nothing else will do and wearing a parka (sp?) is not my thing!

  7. These look so fantastic! It would be so nice to make a big batch and distribute them to my friends. I just may move up their imaginary ladder. I guess you and I are on the same pumpkin frame of mind Linda. Your hair color matches your dog’s hair? How cute…I totally get that. Very sweet post. 🙂

  8. Haha, I love your daughter’s list! And that you match your dog. Makes me think of the original 101 Dalmations movie. Anywhoo, your food looks good as always! Pumpkin biscotti just sounds downright classy. And like a great pairing for hot cider.

  9. whoa, you’re awesome Linda – Now I have another reason to move to Florida!! (you can vacate a space beside your office, right? 🙂 Love the pumpkin and ginger in these… delightful!

  10. Biscotti Regina!!!! This recipe is incredible! We are so not worthy. Congrats on your much deserved awards and, with the exception of one other Mom, your daughter nailed the list. 😉

    1. So, this is random, but I was at Home Goods this weekend (obsessed with the store), and swear I saw that exact pumpkin jar there, ha! Is that where you got it?

      1. I share your obsession with Home Goods! And most likely I did purchase it there! But it had to be a few years ago. I could spend hours looking up and down each aisle!

  11. Love your daughter’s list! That’s very unfortunate about the Christmas trees… one of the best things about Christmas, I think! And these are great looking biscotti! Congrats and thanks for the acknowledgment! Sorry to have done a repeat of the award, but obviously you deserve it!

  12. Oh pass me the whole plate please. The idea of pumpkin and oatmeal together in the shape of a decadent bar of biscotti gets my creative juices flowing. i love this idea and i am not one to add raisins to alot of my baking but for this it looks like a must. I bet they are wonderful in it. Great recipe as always!

    1. Turbinado is raw sugar – you may see it called that instead of turbinado. It’s brown in color and coarse. You can certainly use white granulated sugar. Just note that the dough is sticky, the logs are not rolled into shape but form with your hands, slightly wet your hands helps! I hope try them and enjoy!!

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