Pumpkin Biscuits with Pecans

Pumpkin Biscuits with Pecans

Crispy on the outside, soft, fluffy and moist in the middle, these Pumpkin Biscuits with Pecans will make your house smell good when they bake.

I’m always quick to tell people that I’m not a great baker. I don’t really try to do complicated doughs or loaves, but biscuits are solidly in my wheelhouse and they should be in yours! Even if you’ve never made a dough before, these Pumpkin Biscuits are a thing you can make.

Because are a nice starter baking project because they don’t have yeast, don’t involve complicated layering or rolling, and are flexible enough that even if you kind of mess up biscuits, they will probably still be delicious!

While I’ve made many kinds of biscuits over the years, in the fall there is something about these pumpkin biscuits, folded with pecans and seasoned with maple syrup, that just hits the spot. 

So, try them out, even if you’ve never tried biscuits before!

Previous Pumpkin Biscuit Attempts

So I got the idea for this recipe from a sweet potato biscuit recipe in Bon Appetit. That recipe also sounds good but the pumpkin idea is even easier because you can just use the canned pumpkin puree. The original recipe called for cornmeal, which I used the first time but didn’t like. So I took it out and replaced it with flour for my final version.

The original recipe also calls for pecans, which for some unknown reason, I just completely left out of one version I tried for these biscuits. 

It seemed like too much work. The pecans are not optional. The chopped pecans make the biscuits kind of hold together. I left them out the first time and my dough was really soggy and not the right consistency.

I also made some small adjustments to the recipe for a higher altitude version including:

– Reducing the baking powder by 1/8 Tablespoon
– Adding an extra 2 Tablespoons of all-purpose flour
– Baking them hotter for a shorter amount of time

I didn’t do that the first time around and the biscuits ended up a bit flat.

Note that the recipe, as written, will work for any altitude. If you are baking at a high altitude, you might try the above changes.

Making the Pumpkin Biscuit Dough

This is a really quick dough to pull together if you have a food processor. If you don’t, then you can still make it but expect a few extra minutes of prep time.

Start by combining your pumpkin puree, buttermilk, and maple syrup in a bowl. You want to have this stuff ready because after you add it to the dry stuff you want to waste no time getting the biscuits rolled out and in the oven.

Wet ingredients - Pumpkin Biscuits

In a food processor or large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, chopped pecans, and butter.

Pulse this a few times to cut the chilled butter into the flour if you are using a food processor. If you don’t have a food processor, this is the step that’ll take a few extra minutes because you’ll need to cut the butter into the flour using your fingers.

Dry ingredients

Once you get the butter cut into the flour it should be in coarse crumbs, add the wet ingredients and pulse a few times or just stir it together with a spoon until the dough comes together.

Mixing the Dough - Pumpkin Biscuits with Pecans

After some quick stirring, this was my finished dough. It is a really soft dough and you’ll have to have a floured surface as you roll it out.

ANYWAY, assuming your dough is the right consistency (soft, but not sticky), turn it out onto a floured surface and quickly roll it out to a medium rectangle. The dough should be about 1/2 inch thick.

Remember, the key to good biscuits is to work quickly because time works against you once you add the liquids in with the dried stuff.

Drop Biscuits vs. Shaped

If you don’t want to bother cutting your biscuits, these biscuits would work really well as drop biscuits. Just drop big spoonfuls of the dough onto a greased baking sheet! They will have a more rustic feel to them, obviously, but will be very delicious and easier than rolling and cutting!

If you want to roll them out, Use a cutter to cut out biscuits to your size, or you can just slice them up and make square biscuits.

Cut Biscuits

Set the biscuits on a baking sheet (I recommend lining it with parchment paper). Then bake them in a 425˚F oven for about 18 minutes.

Before baking these, I brushed them with some extra buttermilk and sprinkled them with coarse sugar. This just adds a nice crust to the biscuits.

Sugar on Top

These finished Pumpkin Biscuits have a nice crust on them but also have really flakey layers and are super soft and fluffy on the inside. The pumpkin flavor is subtle, but definitely a change from traditional buttermilk biscuits.

This was one of the first baking attempts I ever made at high altitude, many years ago, and I’ve tweaked the recipe a bit for these since then. As far as biscuits go, these Pumpkin Biscuits with Pecans will always be on my list. Quick to stir together and very unique!

Substitutions and Ideas

Biscuits are always a flexible baking project in my mind. Here are a few substitution ideas!

  • Add other spices to the ingredients like ground cinnamon, nutmeg, or allspice.
  • Switch out the maple syrup for honey or another sweetener.
  • Make these biscuits have a spicy kick with some chilis or chili powder. Pumpkin and chili go really well together.
  • Add some grated cheddar cheese to the dough for a cheesy biscuit
Pumpkin Biscuits with Pecans and Syrup

Instructions for reheating these pumpkin biscuits

These biscuits keep really well for a few days in the fridge. I wouldn’t reheat these in the microwave as they will get soggy. 

Instead, pop them in a toaster oven for a few minutes or in a 350˚F oven for a few minutes until warmed through.

My Pumpkin Biscuit Recipe

Pumpkin Biscuits with Pecans

Pumpkin Biscuits with Pecans

Crispy on the outside, soft, fluffy and moist in the middle, these Pumpkin Biscuits with Pecans will make your house smell good when they bake.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 16 biscuits



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ¾ teas salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter chilled and cubed
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup pecans chopped
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • Coarse sugar garnish


  • Preheat oven to 425˚F. Add flour, salt, baking powder, and pecans in a food processor and pulse a few times to get the pecans chopped.  If you don’t have a food processor, just chop the pecans finely and then stir everything together in a bowl.
  • Add cubed chilled butter to flour mixture and pulse a few times or cut butter into flour with fingers or a fork until there are pebble sized bits of butter throughout the flour.
  • Mix pumpkin, buttermilk, and syrup together in a seperate bowl.
    Add pumpkin mixture to flour and pulse a few times to combine or stir until dough comes together.  The dough should be really soft, but not sticky at all.
  • Working quickly, turn dough out onto floured surface and roll until it’s 1/2 inch thick.  Use cutters to cut out biscuits or slice dough to make square biscuits. You can also drop the biscuits onto a baking sheet directly.
  • Place biscuits on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Optionally, brush biscuits with buttermilk and sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake at 425 for 18-20 minutes.
  • Let cool briefly before serving.


Serving: 1biscuitCalories: 150kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 212mgPotassium: 72mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 2573IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 69mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Biscuit Recipes, Breakfast Breads, Pumpkin Recipes

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  1. Rick,
    I am going to try these as soon as my kitchen is put back together(a little updating is going on).
    I gave up baking from scratch, most of the time, since moving to western CO. I had several failures when I first moved here ;-( and I started using ready made mixes since they have stabilizers that make baking much easier at all altitudes.
    My neighbor who has lived here all her life told me to just add 1-2 Tbls of flour to most recipes and mixes for better results. My results have been mixed using this method so I really am looking forward to your "experiments"!
    I have enjoyed reading your blog and trying some of your other recipes in the past and look forward to your posts even more now that you have moved to my area. WELCOME!

  2. I've been planning to make some pumpkin cookies and some pumpkin bread (to finish off the can of pumpkin from the cookies), but haven't been motivated enough to do it. Now I'm going to have to see if I like the idea of doing pumpkin biscuits more…..

  3. The biscuits are gorgeous! I just about died when I moved from California to Utah's Salt Lake Valley because everything I baked was a mess. After several batches of cookies that ended up like frisbees I wondered if I'd left my baking mojo back in San Jose. It took me a while, but I finally figured out how to fix most recipes. Good job fixing your "orange rock fail biscuits"…lol… :)

  4. These were delicious, even on day 3! I actually got 13 out of the recipe using a 3 inch biscuit cutter. And I too had to add a bit more flour even here at sea level in brooklyn.
    By the way, love your blog — I came across it while looking for a recipe for corn chowder (it was quite tasty, by the way) and then saw the brown butter chocolate chip cookies — I knew I had found a great blog!

    1. These look delicious! We don’t get pumpkin all year round in the UK so we are making the most of being able to have it in Australia. Will need to try these out.

  5. My kids keep complaining that I put pumpkin in everything, but it actually never occurred to me to make pumpkin biscuits. Yours look great, but boo that you have to use nuts. I wonder if there’s anything else I could do to replace them? Big time nut allergies here.

    Although I live at sea level (and thought I was dying when I visited Salt Lake City for a week – gasp, gasp, where’s the oxygen?), I’m so fascinated with how cooking changes with altitude, and I’m very impressed with those of you who work so hard to learn how!

  6. I bought a can of pumpkin puree to make keto PSL once and have struggled to use up the rest! This recipe looks so delicious I think I’ll be trying that this weekend!

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