Pumpkin Pie Biscuits
- 10-30 minutes to prepare
- 10-30 minutes to cook
- Makes approx. 30 biscuits or 15 'sandwiched' biscuits
- Can be frozen
- How to make
150ml pumpkin puree (from approx. 200g pumpkin or butternut squash)
150g creamed coconut (firm block) or cream cheese
2 tsp mixed spice
½ tsp baking powder
2 tsp mixed spice
200g buckwheat flour (or plain wheat flour if you prefer)
75g virgin coconut oil (or unsalted butter)
60ml maple syrup
Splash of water (if needed)
Optional - pumpkin seeds and raisins to decorate
How to make
Pumpkin filling / topping:
Start by making the biscuit filling. Peel and dice the pumpkin (or butternut squash) then steam (or boil if you prefer) until cooked. Blend to a smooth puree, or if you don't have a blender you can mash thoroughly then push through a sieve
Mix all filling ingredients together until completely smooth. For a smoother finish you can use a blender. You can add extra pumpkin or mixed spice to your desired taste
Place in a tub in the fridge for at least an hour – until it is firm enough to ‘spread’ on a biscuit. N.B. The warm pumpkin puree will help to soften the hard creamed coconut block for easier mixing. If you are using cream cheese, allow the puree to cool completely before mixing
Preheat your oven to 180°C / 160°C fan/ gas mark 5, and grease and line two baking trays.
Stir the baking powder and mixed spice into the flour, then rub the oil or butter and maple syrup into the flour with your finger tips. Alternatively you can use the pulse setting on a food processer to combine into a crumbly texture that will easily press together into a dough. Add a splash of water if needed to bring it together, but not too much
Flour a clean work surface and gently knead the dough, just to bring it together
Roll out to approx. 3mm in thickness and cut out pumpkin shapes using a cutter (or other Halloween shapes if you prefer - a round cutter will do if that's all you have)
Place shapes onto the baking trays and bake for about 10 - 15 minutes until golden
Carefully transfer cooked biscuits onto a wire cooling rack and allow to cool completely before decorating
You can leave the biscuits plain, or spread some of the filling on to a biscuit and sandwich together with a second biscuit. Or use the pumpkin cream as a topping and add pumpkin seeds and raisins for a Halloween face - whichever you prefer
Follow our suggestions or decorate these biscuits any way you choose. Children will love to get involved so why not let them get creative? The maple syrup can be replaced with apple juice if you prefer, but the biscuits won't be quite as sweet.
These biscuits are best eaten fresh, as the filling needs to be kept cool. You can store the plain biscuits in an air tight container for up to 3 days. Keep the filling in a tub in the fridge, then when your little ones want a spooky snack, simply spread a biscuit with some filling, they can even help make their own pumpkin pie biscuit sandwiches.
The biscuits can also be frozen without the filling (which can be frozen separately) and defrosted in less than an hour.