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Pumpkin, Brown Sugar, and Cashew Biscotti

YIELD: Makes about 3 dozen


  • 1 cup light brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin purée

  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour

  • 1 cup raw cashews, roughly chopped

  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, whisk together brown sugar, pumpkin, vanilla and eggs until well combined.

  2. In a second bowl, whisk together flour, cashews, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and salt.

  3. Add pumpkin mixture to flour mixture and stir until just combined.

  4. Using slightly damp hands, shape dough into 3 (6x2 1/2-inch) logs and arrange on a large, parchment-paper-lined baking sheet, spacing them a few inches apart. (This will result in medium-size biscotti. For smaller cookies, shape into 8x2-inch logs.)

  5. Bake until just firm and golden brown, about 25 minutes. Set aside to let cool for 10 minutes; reduce oven temperature to 300°F.

  6. Using a serrated knife, cut each log crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices.

  7. Arrange on 2 large, parchment-paper-lined baking sheets and bake, rotating the baking sheets and flipping biscotti every 10 minutes or so, until dried out and just crisp, 30 to 35 minutes.

  8. Let cool completely, and then serve. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

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