Christmas is tomorrow and what better way is there to countdown to the big event than to feature a cookie recipe each day? Think of it as a cookie recipe advent calendar. And to fill that advent calendar I’m featuring twenty five of my favorite holiday cookie recipes that are sure to fill your holidays with cheer. Bake them to fill your cookie trays, bring them to a cookie swap or eat them yourself; they are guaranteed to bring about holiday joy. And if you love baking as much as I do, making them is a fun filled gift unto itself. Enjoy!
What is fast to bake and delicious to eat? Biscotti. I love all kinds of biscotti but this pumpkin version from King Arthur Flour has fast become one of my favorite holiday treats. (OK, I seem to love all holiday treats but this one is right up there on the top of my list). Try them for yourself and I’m sure you’ll agree.
1 1/4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1/2 cup pumpkin purée
2 cups all purpose flour
Colored sugar for sprinkling (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a medium-sized bowl, beat the softened butter, sugar, spices, baking powder, and salt until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
- Beat in the egg and pumpkin purée.
- At low speed of your mixer, add the flour, stirring until smooth; the dough will be sticky.
- Scoop the dough onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Divide it in half, and shape it into two 10″ x 2 1/2″ logs. Pat the logs into long rectangles, and smooth their tops and sides.
- Sprinkle with the decorative sugar if desired, pressing it in gently.
- Bake the dough for 25 minutes. Remove it from the oven.
- Reduce the oven temperature to 325°F.
- Wait 5 minutes, then use a sharp chef’s knife or serrated knife to cut the log crosswise into 1/2″ to 3/4″ slices. Or cut the biscotti on the diagonal, for fewer, longer biscotti.
- Set the biscotti on edge on the prepared baking sheet. Return the biscotti to the oven, and bake them for 40 to 45 minutes, until they’re starting to turn golden brown around the edges. Turn off the oven, crack the door open a couple of inches, and let the biscotti cool right in the oven.
- Remove the biscotti from the oven when they’re completely cool. Store airtight at room temperature for several days.
Yield: 30 to 40 biscotti