Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles taste just like fall! The soft, slightly chewy texture is mouthwatering.

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

I really hope you’re not already sick of pumpkin. We’ve still got a few weeks of pumpkin to go. I’ve got at least two more pumpkin recipes to post that I know about. Autumn pumpkins are one of those things that make me glad our planet has seasons. Spring strawberries, summer watermelon, winter citrus. It makes me glad that we don’t live on Venus where there are virtually no shifts in climate throughout the year (not to mention all that carbon dioxide). Not only are the changes of season great for food, but they also bring about gorgeous, refreshing changes of scenery. We’re lucky to live on Earth.

Recipe Rundown

Taste: These cookies taste just like fall. Yum.
Texture: Soft, slightly chewy, with a crispness at the edges from the sugar coating.
Ease: Pretty straightforward, you do need to chill the dough and roll it in sugar. Nothing difficult.
Appearance: Like snickerdoodles but with a hint of warm color from the pumpkin. I love that you can see the flecks of ground cinnamon.
Pros: The perfect cookie for autumn. Smells sublime. Plus they come together in no time at all.
Cons: None.
Would I make this again? Probably next season, I’ve got too many pumpkin recipes to try now.


Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Yield: 3-4 dozen

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


For the cookies:

  • 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the coating:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • dash allspice


In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugars on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Blend in the pumpkin puree. Beat in the egg and vanilla until incorporated. With the mixer on low speed add in the flour mixture until just incorporated. Cover and chill the dough in the fridge for at least 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper. Combine all the ingredients for the coating in a small bowl. Scoop the dough (about 2 1/2 tablespoons) and roll into a ball. Coat the dough in the sugar-spice mixture and place on prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough, spacing 2-3 inches apart. With the bottom of a measuring cup or a glass, flatten the dough balls slightly.

Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until just set and completely baked through. Let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

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9 Responses to “Pumpkin Snickerdoodles”

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    Danielle — October 21, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    I've seen this recipe 3 times now and my mouth waters every time! Since I can't get these cookies out of my mind, I'm just going to have to break down and make them. Yum!!

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    Kiri W. — October 21, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Wow, this looks wonderful! I have some pumpkin to use up and might just try this :) Thanks!

  3. #
    Michelle — October 21, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Yum, they look so good!

  4. #
    Deb — October 21, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    My daughter adores Snickerdoodles! Capturing the flavor of autumn inside and outside the cookie is so satisfying and comforting in such a delightful dessert.

  5. #
    Tessa — October 22, 2011 at 5:45 am

    Laughed at your comment… “too many recipes to try now.” There are so many pumpkin recipes in the fall, but these look REALLY good. Adding these to my list :)

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    Tracey — October 22, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    I just made these the other day too! Yours look fantastic :) I slightly underbaked mine by accident, but they were still tasty.

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    Elizabeth S. — October 23, 2011 at 6:56 am

    I'm in love with your blog! Just boiled a pumpkin and trying to decide which recipe to try. I can't get all the ingredients here in Russia, but it looks like most of your recipes include pretty natural ingredients!

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    Chloe — December 17, 2011 at 3:35 am

    Baked these already and they were delicious! They were a really big hit with friends and family. I'm curious though, can you refrigerate the dough for later? I'm making the batter tonight but would like to save the baking for Sunday…

    • handleheat replied: — December 17th, 2011 @ 3:57 am

      That should be fine! Just make sure it's covered.

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