Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

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posted: 08/29/20

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These Pumpkin Snickerdoodles give you all the delicious taste of a snickerdoodle with perfect pumpkin flavor for fall.

stack of pumpkin snickerdoodle cookies with the top one missing a bite, two cinnamon sticks sitting next to it

I think if it was socially acceptable, I would give you pumpkin and apple recipes all year long. Pumpkin and pumpkin spice just make everything better. Including snickerdoodle cookies!

These cookies are crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. They have the perfect pumpkin spice flavor.

Bringing Pumpkin Flavor to Snickerdoodles

The key to this recipe is to keep that tang that cream of tartar brings to snickerdoodle while also bringing in that classic pumpkin spice flavor. We do this in two ways.

  1. We are adding the flavors of pumpkin spice to the sugar we roll the cookies in before baking.
  2. We are using actual pumpkin puree.

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Tips and Tricks

There are a few tips and tricks to making great cookies:

  • Make sure you are using baking soda and not baking powder. They are not the same thing.
  • Fully whisk the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. It all needs to be well distributed.
  • Make sure your butter is room temperature. You should be able to dent it easily with your finger without pushing your finger through.
  • Use 100% pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling.
pumpkin snickerdoodle sitting on a cooling rack

How to Measure Flour for Cookies

This tip deserves its own section. Measuring flour is easy, but it has to be done a certain way or the flour will pack, and you will end up with too much. Then your cookies won’t work.

  • Using a spoon, scoop the flour into a dry measuring cup. Then using the flat end of something like a spatula handle, level off the flour.

If you use the measuring cup to scoop the flour right from the bag you can end up with 25% more flour. That makes for some dry cookies.

Why Pumpkin Works in Cookies

Did you know that pumpkin puree can replace eggs? That is the reason it is so important to use pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling. You still need to use an egg yolk, but it’s a great way to incorporate pumpkin into cookies.

We do this with Pumpkin Sugar Cookies and Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies.

small stack of pumpkin snickerdoodle cookies

Freezing Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Dough

This cookie works to freeze as dough and then bake from frozen. To do this:

  1. Make the dough all the way through rolling the dough in sugar.
  2. Place the rolled cookie on a wax lined plate in the freezer for 20 minutes.
  3. Transfer the frozen dough balls to a zip locked bag.
  4. Store in the freezer for up to three months.
  5. When ready to bake, bake right from frozen at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.

Freezing Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

You can also store these in the freezer after baking and cooling completely.

  • Store in an airtight container.
  • Keep frozen for up to three months.

Other Great Pumpkin Desserts

If you can’t get enough great pumpkin recipes try some of these:

My Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cookies are the perfect combination. You will love them.

This Pumpkin Frosting is the absolute best. It is possible that it is my favorite frosting.

You will love this Pumpkin Pie Dip, and be in love with the pie crust dippers that go with it.

If you make any of these great pumpkin treats or my Pumpkin Snickerdoodles, leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

overhead of a plate of pumpkin snickerdoodles

Recommended Tools

Here are some great kitchen tools to make sure this recipe turns out perfect.

  • Hand Mixer: If you love to make cookies but a stand mixer isn’t in. your budget, then I recommend this hand mixer. It never fails.
  • Measuring Spoons: These are my favorite measuring spoons! I love that they are double sided.
  • Cookie Scoop: Using a cookie scoop means that your cookies are all uniform in size, which means they cook evenly.
  • Rimmed Baking Sheets: These baking sheets are the best. They bake cookies so evenly.
pumpkin snickerdoodle sitting on a cooling rack
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Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Serves: 30 cookies
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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 1 hour
These Pumpkin Snickerdoodles give you all the delicious taste of a snickerdoodle with perfect pumpkin flavor for fall.

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup 100% pumpkin puree

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a small bowl whisk together 1/4 cup sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the all purpose flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter, shortening, and 1 1/2 cups sugar together until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 3 to 6 minutes.
  • With the mixer on low, add in the egg yolk, and then once combined, add in the pumpkin puree.
  • Add the flour mixture all at once. Set the mixer to very low and beat until it is just well enough combined that it won't fly everywhere. Turn up the mixer to high and beat until just combined, about 15 seconds. Give the batter a final stir with a spatula to make sure it is combined.
  • Using a 1 1/2 tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop the cookies, roll them into balls and then roll them in the sugar and spice mixture. Place on a parchment lined cookie tray and bake (one tray at a time in the middle rack of the oven) 2 1/2 inches apart. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes rotating the tray half way through. Remove the cookies when the edges just begin to turn golden brown.
  • Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before transfering to a wire rack.
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
pumpkin snickerdoodle sitting on a cooling rack

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  1. Dolores Rodnick says

    This only calls for 1/2 cup of purée. Even is you made more, what do you do with the leftover purée. I have only seen the large cans in my area.

    • Nana says

      If you have a dog, they love it and it’s good for them. Wonder if you could freeze it? Freeze in half cup batches if you like recipe

    • MA Douglas says

      For extra pumpkin left after making cookies, make a pumpkin roll or a pumpkin loaf. That should be plenty for either.

    • Bonnie says

      Freeze it for next time works great

  2. Nettie Nook says

    I’d love to try these as I have a friend who loves pumpkin but what is pumpkin puree and where can one purchase it? Thank you.

    • Lisa Longley says

      In the US you can find it in the baking aisle of the grocery store.

  3. Barbara says

    I would think that if you had a sweet potato or part of a butternut squash you could puree it and use it instead of pumpkin.

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