Pumpkin Spice Biscotti

These Pumpkin Spice Biscotti are a great Fall treat…and they’re perfect alongside a Pumpkin Spice Latte!

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These Pumpkin Spice Biscotti are a great Fall treat...and they're perfect alongside a Pumpkin Spice Latte!Now that October is here, it’s officially Pumpkin Spice Latte season.  #PSL for short.  I know, I know.  Some coffee chains have gotten a bit ahead of themselves and started with the PSLs in September.  But September is apple season here in New York.  I love me some PSLs, but don’t go infringing on my apple season!

You just need to wait your turn, Mr. Pumpkin Spice Latte.  That’s like Christmas trying to show up in July.  Silly talk, I say.

These Pumpkin Spice Biscotti are a great Fall treat...and they're perfect alongside a Pumpkin Spice Latte!The internet is already awash with PSL this and PSL that.  From coffees to desserts to pastas and even beers, pumpkin spice is the king of October.  And rightfully so.  I mean few things can beat the warming spices in pumpkin spice.  Cinnamon +nutmeg + allspice + cloves = perfection.

And here’s the thing about a good Pumpkin Spice Latte…it needs to come with a tasty snack.  This could be a mid-morning, “Hey, I’m out of bed and getting stuff done” kinda snack.  Or it could be a mid-afternoon, “Oh crap, I gotta pick up Robbie at daycare in an hour and I still have a zillion things to do” kinda snack.

These Pumpkin Spice Biscotti are a great Fall treat...and they're perfect alongside a Pumpkin Spice Latte!Biscotti are the perfect snack alongside a cup of coffee, right?  So when having a PSL, it only makes sense to have a Pumpkin Spice Biscotti.  (Can we start a #PSB trend?  Or perhaps a #PSLPSB trend?)

I was chatting with my neighbor the other day about making biscotti.  She loves to bake, but she had never tried her hand at biscotti.  I gave her my base recipe and told her to have fun playing around with different versions of it.  She made a chocolate chip version that was pretty darn awesome!  Be her own admission, she would have baked it a little longer so the biscotti were a bit crispier.  But her chocolate chip biscotti were still quite tasty!

These Pumpkin Spice Biscotti are a great Fall treat...and they're perfect alongside a Pumpkin Spice Latte!That conversation made me realize that I hadn’t made biscotti in a while.  And since October is here, I figured Pumpkin Spice Biscotti would be a fun treat to serve up alongside those Pumpkin Spice Lattes that magically appear everywhere this time of the year.  I added a generous amount of pumpkin spice to these biscotti, but I also took it a step further.  I added some canned pumpkin in here, too.  Talk about delicious!  These Pumpkin Spice Biscotti are perfect for the season.  Crunchy, full of warming spices and topped with a nice layer of sparkling sugar.  Sweet!

These Pumpkin Spice Biscotti are a great Fall treat...and they're perfect alongside a Pumpkin Spice Latte!Oh, and since I used to be a Latin teacher and I also like trivia…did you know that biscotti comes from the Latin words meaning ‘twice-baked’?  Fun facts to know and share, my friends!  Now go grab a #PSLPSB and enjoy the season!

These Pumpkin Spice Biscotti are a great Fall treat...and they're perfect alongside a Pumpkin Spice Latte!

Pumpkin Spice Biscotti

These Pumpkin Spice Biscotti are a great Fall treat…and they’re perfect alongside a Pumpkin Spice Latte!
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 189kcal



  • In the bowl of a countertop mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter, sugar, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, salt, vanilla, and baking powder. Mix on medium-low speed until mixture is fully combined and smooth.
  • Add the egg, egg yolk and pumpkin puree; mix on low speed until fully absorbed.
  • Add the flour and mix on low speed until fully combined.
  • Transfer dough to a lined baking sheet and shape into a 5"x10" log. (Note: The dough will be very sticky due to the pumpkin. Just wet your hands slightly to keep the dough from sticking to your hands at this stage.)
  • Sprinkle a generous amount of turbinado or sanding sugar across the top of the log. (optional)
  • Bake at 350°F for 28 minutes.
  • Remove pan from oven and allow it to cool for 10 minutes. Transfer biscotti to a cutting board and use a sharp knife to slice the log crosswise into ¾" slices. Place each biscotti cut-side down on a lined-baking sheet.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 325°F and continue baking for another 38-40 minutes, or until the biscotti turn light golden brown. (Tip: Press the center of the biscotti slightly with your finger. If they still feel soft, then continue baking them until they turn slightly crispy.)


If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice in the pantry, just use the combination of 1 tsp cinnamon, ½ tsp ground ginger, ¼ tsp ground nutmeg and ¼ tsp allspice.

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  1. David, YESSSS I am down with making #PSB a trend – or better yet #PSLPSB – because a pumpkin spice latte is better with a decadent treat like these Pumpkin Spice Biscotti to accompany it! Loving the pumpkin puree and spices in these! And, till I read your post, I did not know that biscotti=twice baked! Btw, I need to bribe your neighbour to switch places with me, then I can sample all your baked treats!
    I seem to have gotten my months mixed up – I did all things pumpkin in September – and with Lil Shashi and my annual mom-daughter apple picking date coming up this weekend, am just now veering into apple season GAH #foodbloggerseasonfails! Happy Wednesday!

    1. Yes! We’re gonna change the world with out #PSLPSB trend, Shashi! Ok, maybe change the world is a bit extreme. But still…every Fall day requires a Pumpkin Spice Latte with a Pumpkin Spice Biscotti! 🙂 Nah…you didn’t mix it up at all! Our apples just arrive sooner up here since it’s cooler? I don’t think anyone will think twice about apples and pumpkins in Sept and Oct! Cheers!

  2. A Latin teacher?! I am very impressed! I had 4 years of Latin in high school- more than 40 yrs.ago when it was a prerequisite for nursing school. Pumpkin is my favorite addition to anything anytime. I am not much of a baker since I have a daughter that is a pastry chef. I am giving her your recipe and she will indulge me as she loves pumpkin too! Thank-you, I am new to your blog and am loving it.

    1. I did indeed teach Latin, Ellen! In fact, I taught it at 2 different schools…once to 3rd-12th graders and then again to 9th-12th graders. I loved it! Unfortunately, Latin got phased out in favor of Chinese at my last school…and that’s what led me to start writing a food blog instead. Go figure, right? I do miss teaching Latin, but it’s not exactly a high demand subject. (It should be though!)

      Wow…your daughter is a pastry chef? That is awesome!! I’ve taken a few pastry/baking classes at our local culinary school, but that was just on the side for fun. Thank you SO much for stopping by and commenting. I really appreciate it! And don’t be a stranger. 🙂

  3. Hi David! I’ve only made biscotti a few times and I never seen pumpkin biscotti. I’m a big fan of pumpkin, however I DO NOT pumpkin spiced beer!
    PS Getting good responses regarding holidays!

    1. Oh, you should totally make some biscotti again, Dorothy! I’m always amazed at how easy they are to make. This pumpkin version turned out quite well. And I am 100% with you…I don’t like when my beer tastes like pumpkin pie either! 🙂

  4. And here we go – David has jumped into pumpkin recipes. That’s unfair because while I was suffering all by myself with those figs, someone was enjoying apples and now pumpkins:) I guess when I’m ready to post some pumpkin things, you will start your Christmas season haha. The only one thing that makes me feel better is that subtle hope you weren’t just baking these delicious and amazingly looking biscotti – indeed, you were preparing sweet Christmas gifts (Because biscotti make the perfect Christmas gifts), right?

    1. Oh don’t even start, Ben! I’m not going to feel sorry for you after all those fig recipes! You know, biscotti do indeed make great Christmas gifts. But I’m not sure how many people will want pumpkin spice biscotti in December. By then, it’s all about chocolate and peppermint, my friend! 🙂 Don’t worry…I put some of these in the mail to you when I made them. Did you get them?

  5. Pumpkin is everywhere and these PSB are perfecto! That last photo is sa-weet Dave. The crisper the better for me, I like the snap to them and a little dunk in a tasty hot beverage would hit the spot now.

    1. I totally agree, Kevin! I like my biscotti to be crisp, too…perfect for dunking. But I’m really a big fan of the American style biscotti since those are crisp enough to dunk, but also not so hard that they’ll break your teeth if you eat them straight up. I go to the dentist twice a year…I don’t need my biscotti sending me there any more! Haha!

  6. #PSL is in full effect here in the Bay Area, and I’m jumping on the pumpkin train. I’m a huge fan of Biscotti; I used to make Almond Biscotti send and them to my parents and my ex-boyfriend’s parents every Valentine’s day. I’ve never had Chocolate Chip Biscotti, those sound tasty. I did not know biscotti means twice baked, but it makes a lot of sense.

    1. Heck yeah! Bring on the #PSL train…woooo…woooo! <--that's a train whistle, by the way. Biscotti are totally fun to make, and it's a really easy recipe to adapt, too. I had a play with this one a bit since the pumpkin added moisture, but in general just sub out the flavors or add chocolate chips...and you've got a whole new biscotti flavor ready to roll! (P.S. If you miss sending out that Almond Biscotti to your ex-boyfriend's family, then I'll happily stand in this year come Valentine's Day. You know...take one for the team and all!)

  7. This is such a beautiful fall treat! Pumpkin spiced biscotti and pumpkin spiced latte together – I am sure I can think of moments during my day when I need a few of those breaks 😉 Nice to have learned something new today – I had no idea that biscotti means ‘twice-baked’. Have a lovely weekend!

    1. Haha…yeah, I can think of a few moments throughout my day that need a pumpkin spice latte and a pumpkin spice biscotti. Like say now? And then again mid-morning? And as an after lunch snack, too? 🙂 Thanks so much, Miriam!

    1. Oh, you should totally make biscotti sometime, Dawn! They’re actually pretty easy to make, and they’re an easy recipe to adapt to new flavors. I almost drizzled white chocolate on top of these, but I decided to stick with the crunchy sugar instead. 🙂 Thanks!!

  8. Loves me some PSL! I’ve been onto that dang pumpkin train since the end of August. Just can’t get enough pumpkin! I haven’t made biscotti in SOOOOO long, but I do enjoy it. This recipe is reason enough to make it again. The geek in me knew that biscotti meant ‘twice baked’. I don’t know where that was hidden, but it was somewhere in the recesses of my brain, lol 😀 Pinning this one for when I get my bake on! Thanks David & have a fantastic weekend, my friend 🙂

    1. Yeah, tell me about it, Dawn! I think the pumpkin train (wooo wooooooo!) is like Christmas…it starts earlier and earlier every year. Pretty soon we’ll be drinking PSLs in March! 🙂 Definitely get your bake on soon and make a batch of biscotti! Thanks, Dawn!

    1. These biscotti are indeed yummy, Nicole! Heck, pumpkin spice anything is yummy! (Except for beer…I prefer to eat my pumpkin pie, not drink it. Haha!) You should totally make a batch for your Mom. Biscotti are super fun to make, too!

  9. I personally don’t think it is ever too early for pumpkin spice recipes. I never used to on board with the whole pumpkin thing, but this year I have gone all out – we even make our own syrup. I need to make some of these and sneak them in to Starbucks with me next time I go for a PSL 🙂

    1. I’m right there with ya, Dannii! I love me some pumpkin spice! And biscotti are super fun (and easy) to make, too. Perfect little treat alongside a nice warm mug of coffee! 🙂

  10. You really got me on PSL here, sadly…I’m not a fan of PSL. I know! Tried it once and I blamed my barista for adding too much spices to my PSL so it tasted blah. But I love seeing your version of PSL here and can’t wait to start baking. After all, it’s pumpkin season.

    1. Yeah, I am totally with ya on the PSL thing, Linda. Sometimes it’s just WAY too sweet for me. Same goes with pumpkin beers. I used to love when pumpkin spice beers came out in the Fall, but now I just don’t like them that much. I find them way too sweet! I prefer to eat my pumpkin pie, not drink it. 🙂 Thanks!!

    1. I totally agree, Ashley! Making biscotti is just one of those fun baking recipes…and it’s way easier than people think! Keep those PSLs rolling! 🙂

  11. How dare the PSL take apple season away from you…well, try to. I’m glad to see you stood your ground and knocked it out of the ballpark with this biscotti- NOTHING deserved to be dunked in coffee besides biscotti (or a tim tam slam….) and this a double whammy. Nailed it.

    1. Yeah, watch out PSL! If you encroach on my apple season, then I’m sending you home. Home to October and November…right where you belong! 🙂

  12. I’m totally guilty of the PSL, but I try not to get too carried away because 600 calories in my morning coffee is not the way I want to start the day! This biscotti looks like a way better option with something “skinny” from the mobile order from Starbucks! Yes. I’m that person. 🙂

    1. 600 calories to start the day? Wowzers. I didn’t realize they were that healthy for you! 😉 Forget the PSL then. Just get a regular coffee and dip one of these PSBs in it! Thanks, Rachelle…hope you have an awesome weekend!!

    1. Oh, you should totally make these biscotti, Megan! I love making biscotti…they’re similar to making cookies, but for some reason I just find them so much more fun to make! And more fun to eat! 🙂 Thanks!

    1. No way…no biscotti since last winter!?! We need to fix that problem ASAP, Allie! 🙂 And since it’s pumpkin spice season…I suggest a pumpkin spice biscotti! These were super tasty, and I enjoyed each and every one with a nice hot mug of coffee. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  13. David, those pumpkin spice lattes don’t just magically appear. The Great Pumpkin and his ghostly Halloween baristas spend all year in South Pole, roasting and infusing coffee beans.

    1. Wait, the Great Pumpkin lives in the South Pole? With ghostly baristas? Ok, that’s it. I know where I’m going this year! I’ll get Linus to show me the way to the Great Pumpkin! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Lydia! I wish I had one of these to dunk in my coffee right about now, too…but sadly I ate them all already. Time for another batch! See you in an hour for another cup of coffee and a #PSB? 🙂

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