Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles

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
batter

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.

spices

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

INGREDIENTS:

  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 stick butter at room temperature
  • 1 extra large egg
  • 1 ⅓ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • teaspoon kosher salt

For Pumpkin Spice Blend

  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • rounded ¼ teaspoon ginger ground
  • rounded ¼ teaspoon nutmeg ground
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice ground
  • teaspoon cloves ground

DIRECTIONS:

  • 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 2 1/2″. Place one cookie sheet on the top 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.

NUTRITION:

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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26 Comments

  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! πŸ˜€

    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 πŸ™‚

    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 πŸ™‚

  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 πŸ™‚ These look so good! And yes, crunchy + chewy is the way to go. I love the spices you used on here!