Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles

A stack of pumpkin spice snickerdoodles.

We’re not quite to the cookie-swap rush of Christmas yet, but I thought I’d get a jump start on it.  And since these little babies also have a whiff of pumpkin spice — they’re also appropriate for Thanksgiving.  Or Halloween. Or whenever you feel like having a cookie…  Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles — seriously, yum!

dry ingredients

These cookies are crispy on the outside with a little chew on the inside — just the way I like them… and if you’re a fan of regular cinnamon-y snickerdoodles, I think you’ll love the spice blend here.


I can’t take credit for the actual cookie recipe.  It’s from Duff Goldman and his cookbook Duff Bakes.  Why reinvent the wheel, right?  

But instead of just plain old cinnamon and sugar, I used a blend of spices that you’d normally find in a pumpkin pie — like cloves, nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon.  

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Of course — Scott is not a fan of pumpkin, but he doesn’t mind a lightly spiced cookie.  In fact — I think I nabbed five of these cookies before he ate the rest.

rolling cookies in spices
cookies on sheet pan

That tells you that —

1. They were really good or
2. I don’t keep enough sweets in the house.

and it’s not 2!

cookies on cooling rack

BTW – If you are doing a cookie swap — or looking to mail some contraband to a dorm-sequestered college student (ahem), I can guarantee that these will be a hit!

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Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles

This is a twist on Duff’s original Snickerdoodle – with the flavors of pumpkin pie.
Author: Lisa Lotts
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword christmas cookies, cookies, pumpkin spice
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 24


  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 stick butter at room temperature
  • 1 extra large egg
  • 1⅓ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • teaspoon kosher salt

For Pumpkin Spice Blend

  • ¼ cup sugar
  • teaspoons cinnamon
  • rounded ¼ teaspoon ginger ground
  • rounded ¼ teaspoon nutmeg ground
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice ground
  • teaspoon cloves ground


  • Position oven racks to upper and lower thirds of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350°. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Use a mixer to cream the sugar and butter together until fluffy. Add the egg and mix well.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour baking soda, cream of tartar and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and blend until a soft dough forms.

Make the pumpkin spice

  • In a small bowl combine the sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cloves and mix well to combine.
  • Scoop out dough a rounded teaspoon at a time and roll into 1″ balls. Dunk the cookie dough into the spice mix and coat completely.
  • Transfer the cookie to the baking sheet and lightly tamp down on the dough. Continue the process for the remaining cookies giving them a few inches of space between – as the cookies will spread to about 2½”.
  • Place one cookie sheet on the top rack and the other on the bottom. Bake for 8 minutes, then swap the cookie sheets so the bottom sheet moves to the top rack and vice versa.
  • Bake for an additional 8 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container.


Calories: 95kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 31mg | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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  1. CookingOnTheWeekends (@cookingweekends) says:

    It’s never to early to start holiday baking! These sounds so seasonally delicious! Love them.

  2. I love the way that you write your posts! And your pictures are very beautiful and yummy!!!

    1. If I told you, how I set this up, you’d laugh!

  3. I love snickerdoodles and even better for fall with the pumpkin spice! Pinning for later.

  4. hotpinkshrink says:

    Oh my gosh! You always make the best everything! I feel like I can already smell these! 😀

    1. Well vote for me on the South Florida Blogger Awards (Best Recipe Blogger)! These are dynamite!

  5. You know I’m such a huge fan of pumpkin spice and of snickerdoodles but I never thought to combine the two! These sounds delightful and I can’t wait to try!

  6. I’m a cookie addict and these looks absolutely delicious. Love the warm fall spices you used. Just perfect! Sharing! Have a lovely weekend Lisa 🙂

    1. You do the same, Natalie! Eat some cookies!

  7. These look great! What a smart idea to make these cookies more festive for the holidays!

    1. I’m glad you like them, Katrina – of course, I bow before the master…

  8. People don’t bring enough cookies to Thanksgiving dinner – it’s all about the pies! These cookies would be perfect and I bet the kids would love them, too. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  9. April J Harris (@apriljharris) says:

    5 stars
    I adore Snickerdoodles and I adore pumpkin spice – so this is a heavenly combination for me! Your cookies look very tempting. I don’t think they’d last long in our house either!

  10. Whenever I feel like having a cookie? So that would be everyday 🙂 These look so good! And yes, crunchy + chewy is the way to go. I love the spices you used on here!