Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles

Pumpkin spice snickerdoodle
Samantha Merritt
  • 70 mins
  • Prep: 60 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 16 cookies (16 servings)
Ratings (4)

Fall is finally here! There's a chill in the air, the leaves are finally beginning to change colors, and Fall flavors reign supreme. If you haven't broken out the pumpkin in your kitchen yet, now is the time, and the best place to start is with these easy pumpkin snickerdoodles.

Flavored with real pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice, this is a cozy twist on a classic snickerdoodle. It has the classic crackle-topped cinnamon and sugar surface that gives way to a soft, melt in your mouth interior, and it is a must-bake this season.

This recipe uses canned pumpkin, but just make sure not to confuse it with pumpkin pie filling, which is usually sold right beside the pumpkin puree. Pumpkin pie filling tends to have lots of add-ins that you don't need, nor want, for this recipe. So, just make sure when you are picking up your pumpkin puree that the label reads "100% pure pumpkin" and get ready to enjoy at your next Fall celebration!

What You'll Need

  • For Dough:
  • 1 stick unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup sugar (white)
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar (tightly packed)
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree (should be 100% pumpkin, NOT "pumpkin pie filling")
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • For Rolling:
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon

How to Make It

  1. Using an electric mixer, or stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream together butter, sugar, and brown sugar until well-combined.
  2. Add pumpkin puree, stir until combined.
  3. Add egg yolk and vanilla extract and stir together.
  4. In a separate, medium-sized bowl, whisk together all purpose flour, pumpkin spice, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt until well-combined.
  5. Gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients with mixer on low speed until ingredients are well-combined. Be sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl with a spatula so that all ingredients are well incorporated.
  1. Cover cookie dough with clear wrap and place in refrigerator to chill for 45 minutes.
  2. One dough is nearly finished chilling, preheat oven to 375F and prepare a cookie sheet by lining with parchment paper.
  3. Prepare your cinnamon sugar mixture by whisking together 1/4 cup sugar and 2 tsp ground cinnamon in a small bowl.
  4. Remove dough from refrigerator and create 16 (1 1/2 Tbsp-sized) balls. Roll through cinnamon sugar and transfer to prepared cookie sheet, spacing at least 2" apart.
  5. Bake cookies in a 375F oven for 10-12 minutes. Keep your remaining dough refrigerated while cookies are baking and do not place cookie dough on a hot baking sheet.
  6. Allow baked cookies to cool completely on cookie sheet before enjoying.