There’s something about October that makes me want to bake. I’m not quite sure if it’s the need to come up with new, fresh content for Blogtober or all of the Bake Off I’ve been watching but, the drive is there.
Yesterday we spent the day at a pumpkin patch – and I came away positively inspired. I recently discovered that the ‘Pumpkin Spice’ mix that I so adore rarely has any pumpkin in it whatsoever – and is actually just a blend of spices. I wanted to try this spice mix out to see if I could make the flavour I love so much. Putting two and two together I decided to bake some pumpkin spice biscuits! Here’s the recipe…
First and foremost I must preface this post with a warning. I am not a baker! I wish I was the kind of woman who could rustle up buttery shortbread biscuits and Star Baker-worthy cakes but, well, I’m not! Despite my natural creativity and competence in cooking, I’ve just never been all that great with the sweet side of things. That said these biscuits were something I thought up myself using a basic pumpkin spice mix recipe combined with an easy biscuit recipe. And actually, they tasted pretty good!
So here’s what you’ll need…
Pumpkin Spice mix
Please be warned this mix makes more than you’ll need for this batch of biscuits. Please feel free to keep the remaining mix aside for a future bake (or a coffee!)
- 3 tablespoons of ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons of ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons of nutmeg
- 1.5 teaspoons of ground allspice
- 1.5 teaspoons of ground cloves
Mix together well and put aside for later.
- 100g butter
- 50g caster sugar
- few drops of vanilla extract
- 175g plain flour
Optional Finishing touches
- Icing to create the face
- Orange food colouring for that trademark pumpkin look
- pre-heat the oven to 150 degrees.
- Mix the butter and sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy
- Add in the vanilla
- Add in the flour and pumpkin spice mix (use one heaped teaspoon of the pumpkin spice mix.) Mix well
- Finally add in the food colouring
- Shape your biscuits!
- Bake for 25 minutes (this leaves them a little gooey. For a harder biscuit bake for longer)
- Leave to cool. Once cool add the pumpkin faces with your icing
And there you have it! Very simple to bake and they taste great too. These would also make a fun treat for Halloween parties or just to nibble on with your PSL.
Have you been baking this Autumn? Please feel free to link your posts below!