Coconut Ginger Trail Mix

Coconut Ginger Trail Mix Via Leslie ReeseI”m a huge fan of trail mix. I guess it’s the combination of flavors and textures along with the never ending variety of ingredients that keeps me interested. It’s an easy grab and go snack and when life gets busy, easy is good. I recently found this recipe over at Tasting Table. I love the idea of blending toasted nuts with coconut and ginger and when you toss it with agave nectar and egg whites you’ve got a really tasty and nutritionally balanced snack. If you’re not a fan of curry, which is also tossed in, you can experiment with your favorite spices. That’s the fun thing about trail mix, anything goes! Happy Friday!

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Coconut Ginger Trail Mix
 
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Ingredients
  • ¾ cup raw pistachios
  • ¼ cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut
  • ¼ cup large-flake unsweetened coconut
  • ¾ cup raw pecan halves
  • ¾ cup macadamia nuts
  • ¼ teaspoon curry powder
  • ¾ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1½ tablespoons agave nectar
  • 1 large egg white
  • Pinch of sea salt
Method
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Place nuts on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake until lightly toasted, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add coconut and bake until lightly toasted, about 2 minutes.
  4. Transfer nuts and coconut to a heat safe bowl and using rubber spatula stir in spices, agave nectar and egg white.
  5. Return mixture to baking sheet and bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes.
  6. Set baking sheet on a wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled, sprinkle mixture with sea salt.
  7. Serve at room temperature.
  8. Store in an airtight container.

baresnacksIf you love the taste of coconut try adding some Coconut Chips from BARE SNACKS. Bare products are all natural, gluten free and non GMO project verified. Just toss your favorite flavor into the baked trail mix to take your snack to a tastier level! BARE SNACKS are also great right out of the bag for a quick and easy snack!

I’ve got a hiking trip coming up and even though it’s just a day trip I will most likely be tucking some trail mix into my bag that day. So whether you’re going on a hike, sitting at the kids soccer games, or just have a busy work schedule, trail mix is always a good idea!

Have a fantastic weekend,

Leslie xo

Rustic Chic Baby Shower

Elizabeths Baby Shower (3)This past weekend our family celebrated something wonderful {well, we’ve actually been celebrating for months but on Sunday we went all out}! My daughter Elizabeth and her husband Jon are expecting their first baby in January. Her sisters and I couldn’t wait to plan the shower. In fact, the minute we found out they were expecting we were on it. It’s who we are. Planning parties is my favorite thing to do and my daughters are right there with me. It was a beautiful shower and a fabulous day so we wanted to share it with you.

Elizabeths Baby Shower (13)We chose a unique location at Historic Acres of Hershey. The venue was once a working farmland and is home to an Antique Mall that has been in existence for over 20 years. The Coop was the perfect setting for our Rustic Chic themed baby shower.

Elizabeths Baby Shower (4)The bright yellow doors were a wonderful welcome into this adorable building. The antique wood floors, exposed wood beams and scattered chandeliers had me at hello.

Elizabeths Baby Shower (6)Elizabeth and Jon live in Alaska (I know, let’s not go there) so we wanted to keep the theme clean, fresh and earthy to mirror the life they are living. The gender of the baby had not been revealed so we decided to keep the decor all white with touches of green. The tables were covered with Staccato linens  and topped with beautiful fresh flower arrangements that included succulents, a personal favorite.

Elizabeths Baby Shower (7)We added a non-traditional touch by placing gilded woodland animals (reminiscent of Alaska) around the tables along with potted succulent favors for the guests.

Elizabeths Baby Shower (10)A sweets table was a must and all white was the theme here as well. Pretty little paper bags were placed on the table so guests could take home their treats.

Elizabeths Baby Shower (9)This simple white cake was the highlight of the dessert table. I think we all fell in love with the adorable handmade bear topper that Kyrsten of Kyrsten’s Sweet Designs created especially for Elizabeth.

Elizabeths Baby Shower (5)A clothesline full of onesies added the baby element to the shower and was the focal point over the buffet.

Elizabeths Baby Shower (11)In order to stick with a simple, clean look we opted for neutral colored baby clothes and added handmade fabric tassels to the onesie garland. I’m in love with this look!

Elizabeths Baby Shower (12)Pink or blue drink stirrers were a fun way for guests to share their opinion on whether the baby was a boy or girl…. most people chose blue!

Elizabeths Baby Shower (1)Shower games seem silly at times but offering them as an option creates an element of fun and sparks conversation. This game gave the guests a chance to guess how big Elizabeth’s baby bump was. It was a huge hit!

Elizabeths Baby Shower (2)The Price is Right guessing game was a hit as well, mostly with moms who know all too well what it costs to shop for a baby!

Elizabeths Baby Shower (14)The absolute most favorite moment and highlight of the day was when Elizabeth surprised her guests as she opened a huge package (supposedly from Jon) that released pink helium balloons revealing that their little bundle was indeed a girl. Words just cannot express the joy that filled that room. It was truly one of the most exciting things I have ever witnessed. I had the privilege of helping with the surprise so to have the opportunity to sit back and watch the reaction was awesome!

Elizabeths Baby Shower (16)Elizabeth loves s’mores so we decided to set up a s’more bar for the guests outside on the patio.

Elizabeths Baby Shower (15)We got the men in the family involved and asked Elizabeth’s dad and brother Michael to create a table top version of a fire pit to keep things simple. It was a huge hit with no mess and easy clean up!

Elizabeths Baby Shower (8)It was a fabulous day and these girls made it happen. I am truly blessed to not only have 3 amazing daughters (and a very talented son) but to have the most wonderful family and friends to share these special moments. Life is so much better when you are giving so find what makes you happy and share it with someone.

Celebrate the little things and find the joy in everything. It’s what makes life so worthwhile!

Enjoy the day,

Leslie xo

 Photo Credit- Doug Reese, Leslie Reese

*A special thanks to Doug Reese Photo for the use of his photos.

Favorite Things

Emerson Turns ONE!Emerson's First Birthday Party (9)Hello! Yes, it’s me! I’m actually posting something! And yes, it’s been months…too many months but hey, better late than never right? I figured it doesn’t need to be all or nothing and as inconsistent as it is, I refuse to give up the blog! So, if I have something to share and if I can find the time, you will see a post! Look at it as a little surprise in your day!

So while we’re on the subject of surprises and celebrations, I thought I would share a very special first birthday party with you. My sweet little granddaughter Emerson turned one in May and her very creative mommy planned a party to remember! You know I absolutely love parties and this one was as cute as they get!  It was a celebration fit for a little princess with pretty flowers, pink and gold accents, girly party food and a chandelier….because every birthday girl needs her own chandelier! I’m sharing some of my favorite photos from the day. Happy Friday!

First Birthday Party via lesliereese.com Pretty tables topped with Gold Chevron, a sprinkle of Metallic Confetti  and Pink Peonies.

Emerson's First Birthday Party (1)Satin Ribbon in shades of Pink and Gold Glitter tied loosely around Emerson’s birthday chair.

Emerson's First Birthday PartyWooden letters O N E and a petite chandelier to decorate the birthday table.

Emerson's First Birthday Party (11)Pink Lemonade and Strawberry flavored water station.

Emerson's First Birthday Party (15)Gold Stripe and Pink Polka Dot straws.

Emerson's First Birthday Party (5)The food was designed around small bites. The Yogurt Bar was my personal favorite.

Emerson's First Birthday Party (4)Mini Smoothie Shots topped with Raspberries.

Emerson's First Birthday Party (3)Heart shaped Peanut Butter & Jelly/Marshmallow Sandwiches ~ A birthday girl favorite.

Emerson's First Birthday Party (10)A Pink and Gold Birthday Cake by Kyrsten’s Sweet Designs ~ Perfection!

Emerson's First Birthday Party (7)Of course Emerson had her very own cake!

Emerson's First Birthday Party (8)This very serious Birthday Girl was rather cautious with her cake. If you could only see her view! There was quite a crowd watching her (should have captured that pic!).

Emerson's First Birthday Party (6)Pink Chevron and Gold Goody Bags ~ Filled with candy of course.

Emerson's First Birthday Party (13)A truly special day for a happy little birthday girl!

What a wonderful time we all had! It was so much fun to watch the wonder in Emerson’s eyes as we ooohhhed and ahhhhed over her first birthday celebration. This is a great life and I’m happy to be living it!  And I am especially grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of these fun times! I hope you are all having a beautiful summer and enjoying the special times that are happening now with your family and friends! Have a wonderful weekend!

Leslie xo

Simple Macrame Bracelet DIY

Woven Beaded Bracelet DIY (10)For many of us, it would be very easy to complain about this long, cold winter that seems to be never ending. But, if you try to find the good, you might say one of the advantages to being stuck inside is having the opportunity to work on projects. Of course we have choices… organizing random things and cleaning out closets or dabbling in a little DIY. This week I chose DIY.

The other day I was in the mood to play around with some of my jewelry supplies. I wanted to do something simple that didn’t take a lot of time so I decided to whip up a few bracelets, macrame style. And when I say, whip up, I mean it. Macrame is a simple project that anyone can do, including kids! Perfect for a rainy, or in my case, snowy day!

Woven Beaded Bracelet DIY (9)I love unique jewelry, especially bracelets that can be stacked together. This project is a very inexpensive way to add to your arm party! I don’t really have a specific method for this because I just sat down and started playing but I’ll give you a very simple overview of what I did.

Woven Beaded Bracelet DIYI started with just a few supplies: skinny waxed cotton cord, small crystal beads and some crystal buttons for the toggle clasp.

Woven Beaded Bracelet DIY (1)I threaded 4 very long strands of cord (more than double the length of the actual bracelet I was making) through the back of the button. The type of button I chose had a wire loop on the back which made threading easy. Standard buttons won’t work.

Woven Beaded Bracelet DIY (2)I wanted to use small beads that could not be strung onto this cord so I added a piece of jewelry wire to the button. To keep it simple use beads that are large enough to thread onto the cord.

Woven Beaded Bracelet DIY (3)

I tied a knot at the end of the cord right under the button. Instead of cutting the excess cord, I taped it to a work surface to make knotting and beading easier.

Woven Beaded Bracelet DIY (4)I began to tie square macrame knots alternately with the outside strands of cord. The middle strands stay stationary through the entire process.

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Woven Beaded Bracelet DIY (6)After several knots were tied I added a bead. I tied the next knot right around the bead. If you are not using jewelry wire you will thread your beads onto the middle strands of cord.

Woven Beaded Bracelet DIY (7)I didn’t count knots or beads so there is no rhyme or reason to these particular bracelets. You can always make patterns and count knots if you prefer a more uniform look. I was going for a less structured piece.

Woven Beaded Bracelet DIY (8)Once the bracelet was the length I wanted, I created a loop at the end of the cord that would fit over the button to close the bracelet.

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That’s it! It really is easy but if you find these steps hard to follow and you need more help, you can find plenty of tutorials on Macrame on Pinterest or the internet! Try your own technique to make a more personalized piece. You really can’t go wrong!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Leslie xo

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine's DayToday is Valentine’s Day and it’s a special day for so many reasons. Sure it’s about flowers, candy and cards and we all look forward to sharing those things with the people we love but it’s also a day to feel grateful and pay it forward. Do something you might not usually do. There are so many things to be happy about and so many little ways to show people you care.  Whether it’s your family, a friend or even better,  a stranger you’ve never met. Take the time to do something special. Put a smile on someone’s face. Do someone a favor. It will make the day that much better! My little Valentine to you is a simple recipe for sugar cookies that I have actually shared before. It’s not just a recipe, it’s a tradition. I have been making these cookies for special holidays since my kids were tiny. My mother made them for me and my sisters. It’s the tradition that’s special, not the recipe (although it’s a really good one!). Happy Friday! Happy Valentine’s Day! Have a fabulous weekend!

Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookie Recipe

Leslie xo

Homemade Vanilla Coffee Syrup

Homemade Vanilla Coffee Syrup via Leslie ReeseIf you have been following me here for a while (or on social media) you’ve probably noticed a couple of things about me. First of all, I am a coffee lover (addict), and second, I have one heck of a sweet tooth. I make no apologies for either one. I believe in that whole “everything in moderation” thing. It’s what keeps me from getting out of control. So as much as I occasionally indulge in the things I love, I do what I can to balance it all and make better choices whenever possible. One of the changes I recently made was to my morning coffee routine. I love a good  latte in the morning and a flavored one is even better. I decided that using an artificial sweetener in my cup every morning might not be a good thing so I created my own vanilla flavored coffee syrup. It still has sugar in it but it’s a healthier version which is definitely a better option. It’s a simple 3 ingredient recipe that can be used in many different ways. I’m keeping mine by the coffee!

Homemade Vanilla Coffee Syrup RecipeThe first thing I did was trade regular processed sugar for Zulka Morena Pure Cane Sugar. Zulka is a NON-GMO product. It’s never refined and has a great flavor.

Homemade Vanilla Coffee Syrup Recipe (2)I used equal parts  Zulka and water to make a simple syrup (this batch was 3 cups of each). I cooked it over medium/high heat for about 10-15 minutes until it was well blended and a little syrupy.

Homemade Vanilla Coffee Syrup Recipe (1)While the syrup was heating I sliced 2 vanilla beans lengthwise and scraped out the inside.

Homemade Vanilla Coffee Syrup Recipe (3)I removed the syrup from the heat and added the scraped vanilla bean and pods. I stirred it well and let it cool.

Homemade Vanilla Coffee Syrup Recipe 2Once the syrup was cool I poured the entire contents, beans included, into a bottle.

Homemade Vanilla Coffee Syrup Recipe (6)I added a pump that I bought in a kitchen store.

Homemade Vanilla Coffee Syrup Recipe (7)The flavor is so rich you really don’t need much to make a great latte!

Homemade Vanilla Coffee Syrup Recipe (8)Heaven!

Some days I really think I would really benefit from a complete sugar detox (who knows, you may read about that soon!) but for now I am all about making small changes while still enjoying some of the little things that make me happy. And vanilla lattes make me happy! What are some of the “little things” that make you happy?

Have a wonderful weekend!

Leslie xo

Read More about Zulka Morena Sugar

Find my Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies and other great recipes on Zulka.com

Homemade Boursin Cheese Recipe

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Last summer I became a huge fan of Boursin cheese. My rock star cousin (who is the appetizer queen) made a delicious spread for one of our Happy Hour parties at the beach and I’ve been hooked ever since. I’m not sure I really even knew what Boursin was. I never paid attention, but when it was drizzled with balsamic glaze and scooped up with pretzel chips, it was heaven. My new favorite appetizer! One problem, Boursin is not the cheapest cheese in the case (say that three times!). I was buying it in miniature blocks at the grocery store until I found it at Costco but it was still expensive. Then one day my girlfriend, rather nonchalantly while I was preparing the store bought version, said “You know you can make your own Boursin don’t you? It’s less expensive too”. That was news to me! Where had I been? I have been making my own ever since! Here’s how  I do it…

Homemade Boursin CheeseBoursin is basically a mixture of butter, cream cheese and herbs. It’s creamy, spreadable, and highly addictive (trust me). You can make it any flavor by using your favorite herbs. This recipe has quite a variety in it but you can keep it as simple as garlic and basil if you prefer.

Homemade Boursin Cheese (1)Toss all ingredients into a food processor, give it a quick spin and it’s done! Ridiculously easy to make!

Homemade Boursin Cheese (2)The texture of the finished Boursin will be soft. Just place it into a bowl or container, cover and refrigerate until firm.

Boursin Cheese with Balsamic GlazeMy favorite way to serve Boursin Cheese is with a drizzle of Balsamic Glaze and Pretzel Chips (Thanks Rita!). It tastes like something that took a lot of effort but it’s probably the easiest appetizer you’ll ever make! Perfect for Super Bowl Sunday!

Enjoy!

Leslie xo

Homemade Boursin Cheese Recipe
 
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Serves: makes 3 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 8 ounces butter, room temperature
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed, crumbled
  • ½ teaspoon dried marjoram
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried chives
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme, crumbled
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
Method
  1. Add cheeses and butter to food processor or mixing bowl.
  2. Add garlic and spices.
  3. Process or mix all ingredients until well blended.
  4. Place cheese in container, cover and store in refrigerator.
Notes
Serving Suggestion : Scoop Boursin into a serving dish and drizzle with balsamic glaze.Serve with pretzel chips.

*I used dry herbs because I had them all on hand. If you prefer fresh herbs feel free to use them!

Favorite Things

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This winter has been brutal in my neck of the woods! And as much as I love all four of the wonderful seasons we get to experience in Central PA, I am ready to kiss this one goodbye! The cold temps are wreaking havoc on my skin and when you add that to the fact that I’m not getting any younger, the need for a good skin care routine is a must. Don’t get me wrong, I am completely willing to accept the aging process and plan to do so gracefully but hey girls, why not preserve what we’ve got? I think it’s important to be proactive and using products that work helps! I thought I would share some of my latest skin care favorites with you today. Happy Friday!

Mia_White_Front_1000x1000Clarisonic Mia ~ Morning  and/or Night

This little gem paired with your favorite cleanser is a great way to start and end your day. It does a great job at gently but thoroughly cleaning your skin. I’ve had mine for about a year and I love it!

SCS031_lSkinCeuticals Phloretin CF Gel ~ Morning

Recommended by my Dermatologist, this power packed Vitamin C Gel delivers a healthy dose of antioxidants that do a nice job of repairing and protecting my skin. LOVE it!

Kiehls EyeKiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado ~ Morning & Night

This awesome eye cream was in the Swag Bags at the Nordstrom Beauty Trend Show last April and I have been using mine ever since. It’s lightweight but does a great job of hydrating. I’m hooked!

Kiehls FaceKiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream ~ Morning & Night

Another Swag Bag treat that just might be my favorite right now. While I usually prefer a lighter moisturizer, this intense cream is perfect for keeping skin hydrated in these bitter cold temps. It’s like a huge drink of water for your face!

z0ao0ran_201305152236088183 Replenix Retinol Smoothing Serum 10x ~ Night

The older I get the more I appreciate the word Retinol! You know the whole fine line thing… (nothing fine about lines on your face!) And although I am not a fan of most Retinol products because they can irritate my skin, I do love this one! A little goes a long way when I add it to my moisturizer making it last twice as long. Bonus!

Agave Nectar

Farmhouse Fresh ~ Agave Nectar Body Oil

Taking care of your skin doesn’t stop with your face. I decided to try a sample of this body oil last fall when I was wearing a cocktail dress and heels. I used it on my legs and I LOVED it! It wasn’t greasy and sticky like some oils can be. It absorbed really well and gave my skin a nice subtle glow (a perfect fix for that winter white look). I’ve been loving it ever since!

Take control this winter and make your skin a priority! Do at least one little thing for yourself each day and notice the difference it makes! You’re worth it! Have a wonderful weekend!

Leslie xo

Life is Good

Elizabeth's Wedding  copy (640x424)I know, your jaw is on the floor and you’re wondering what is going on! A blog post? Really? Yes, really! What has it been? Three, almost four months? I feel like I’ve been on another planet and I’ve missed you! And I’ve missed my blog like crazy! I wanted to hug it when I signed on to write this post (not kidding)! The good news is I have been busy doing something I really love! Here’s the story…

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Last year I decided to start listening to my inner self and I began to follow my true passions in life.  Since then, things haven’t been the same. Along with some other amazing changes, I started working full time at Cork Factory Hotel in Lancaster, PA as a Wedding Sales Consultant. (You may remember my daughter Elizabeth’s wedding was there.) The place, the people and the job are all awesome and I love it! If you ask me how I got there, I will tell you it was fate. It’s been an amazing few months and a perfect fit! The bad news is, my new schedule has not given me time to blog the way I used to. And those of you who work full time know days off are precious. The race to tackle the to-do list begins the minute you leave the office. So obviously the blog went to the bottom of the priority list.

Well last week, for some reason, I decided to bump the blog up a notch on the list and get back to it. Call it perfect timing, prioritizing, whatever it was, I decided to sit down and write. I’m looking forward to blogging again whenever I can, about whatever I’m in the mood to share. No schedule, no plan (if you know me, that’s not easy!)

So to give you an idea of what I’ve been up to, I decided to share a few of my favorite photos that I’ve captured at Cork Factory Hotel. I think you’ll see why I love it there!

Cork Factory Favorite ShotsThis is a wedding cake in progress behind the scenes at The Baker’s Table, our on-site bakery. It’s fun to see all of the beautifully decorated cakes that come out of this bakery. The talent is extraordinary.

Cork Factory Favorite Shots (1)Another day, another gorgeous wedding cake from The Baker’s Table.

Cork Factory Favorite Shots (2)Each event is so very different and it’s fun to see how people celebrate special occasions. This is a simple candlelight wedding ceremony in one of the newest event spaces at Urban Place, The Warehouse.

Cork Factory Favorite Shots (3)Meeting so many wonderful people in the wedding and event industry is definitely one of my favorite things about this job. I had the opportunity to sit down with Janell Berte of Posh Bridal recently to interview her for a Cork Factory Hotel blog post. These wedding dresses are just a few of the many stunning designs in her upscale shop.

Cork Factory Favorite Shots (4)Another “perk” to the job is having so many amazing coffee shops and restaurants to visit while I’m in the area. I have a few favorites but one of the best cups of tea I have had was at a little place called Cafe Di Vetro. You know how I feel about detail and presentation and this was one of the best!

So there you have it! You are officially updated and I am happy you are here. I’ll look forward to staying in touch and keeping you posted! You can look forward to some more frequent posts and a possible new twist to the blog!

Have a wonderful week!

Leslie xo

Pumpkin Pie Biscotti

Pumpkin Pie Biscotti via Leslie ReeseWelcome to October! Didn’t I just say I couldn’t believe summer was over? Well now we’ve propelled into October, fall is in full swing and I’m wondering where September went! It’s all good though. I don’t know about you but I am ready for cooler weather, a change in wardrobe and even a change in the menu when it comes to cooking and baking. It’s time to bring out the flavors of fall. I have been in a baking mood lately and last week I spent a day in kitchen baking all kinds of fun things. One of my favorites was this Pumpkin Pie Biscotti that I found over on My Baking Addiction. From the pumpkin pie spice to the toasted nut’s, it’s got a wonderful blend of flavors that are perfect for fall. I love biscotti because it can be enjoyed any time of day with a cup of coffee or tea. So if you’re in the mood for some fall baking give this recipe a try, you’ll be glad you did!

Pumpkin Pie Biscotti (1) (640x426)You don’t have to use a stand alone mixer for this recipe but the dough is firm and I found it much easier to use my Kitchen Aid once I was mixing the wet and dry ingredients together. Just make sure you don’t over mix the dough if you use one.

Pumpkin Pie Biscotti (2) (640x426)When you add toasted nuts to the dough it takes the flavor to a whole new level. I love pecans but had a mixture of walnuts and pecans in my pantry so I used them both.

Pumpkin Pie Biscotti (3) (640x426)Once you knead the nuts into the dough you will form two separate logs that are flat on top, not rounded.

Pumpkin Pie Biscotti (4) (640x426)Biscotti means “twice baked” so after you bake the biscotti once, you will slice the logs into individual pieces and place them back in the oven for a second round of baking.

Pumpkin Pie Biscotti (5) (640x426)After a second round of baking the inside of the biscotti will be soft but the outside will be nice and crunchy. If you prefer a harder biscotti you can bake them a little longer.

Biscotti is one of my favorite cookies! If they are a favorite of yours you might want to try this recipe for Pine Nut-Orange Biscotti from an earlier post. They are delicious too!

Enjoy!

Leslie xo

Pumpkin Pie Biscotti
 
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Ingredients
  • 3½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cups firmly packed brown sugar (I used dark)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1¼ cup nuts, chopped nuts ( I used pecans and walnuts)
Method
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and pumpkin pie spice in a large mixing bowl, stir well. In another bowl combine pumpkin, eggs and vanilla stirring well with a wire whisk.
  3. Slowly add pumpkin mixture to dry ingredients, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened (mixture will be crumbly at first).
  4. Heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add nuts. Cook, stirring constantly until nuts are browned. Remove from heat and cool completely.
  5. Knead cooled nuts into dough. Place dough on lightly floured surface and divide into two equal portions.
  6. Lightly flour hands and shape each portion of dough into a 2" X 10" log. Place logs several inches apart on a baking sheet. Bake for 24 minutes. Cool logs 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees.
  7. After the logs are cooled, carefully move them to a cutting board and cut diagonally into ½" thick pieces using a serrated knife. The outside of the log will be hard but the inside will still be moist.
  8. Place the biscotti, cut side up, back on the baking sheet and bake for 8 more minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and flip the biscotti over. Bake another 7 minutes.
  9. Place biscotti on wire racks to cool keeping them separated as they cool so they don't stick together.
  10. *Optional step - dip into or drizzle with melted white chocolate
  11. Biscotti will keep in an airtight container for several weeks.