Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Ever since I began writing about food, I’ve had some strange sleeping habits. I have a tough time sleeping anyways but if I wake in the middle of the night, I start thinking…and thinking…and thinking. My mind is awash with ideas for blog posts or recipe creations, and I get so excited about what I’m creating in my head that I have a heck of a time going back to sleep. I go directly to my computer when I wake up, and begin typing up my middle-of-the-night creations. Sometimes they’re brilliant, unique ideas, sometimes they’re really quite wacky, and sometimes they’ve already been done. A couple of nights ago I was thinking about Pumpkin Snickerdoodles. I googled them as soon as I got up and found that one of my Twitter friends had already made them. I printed her recipe and adapted it slightly to make my own Pumpkin Snickerdoodles.

They’re a typical snickerdoodle recipe (with added pumpkin puree)- rolled in sugar and spices and all, but they were missing one ingredient that Snickerdoodles typically have: cream of tartar. I didn’t add it to the recipe because I wanted the pumpkin to be the star flavor, but I’ll add it when I make these again. I love the flavor it imparts to snickerdoodles.
The first tray of cookies I baked did not flatten out in the oven. They kind of stayed in little round cakey balls (still good, just not the shape I was looking for). So with the next tray, I crushed the balls with the bottom of a sugar-coated glass before baking and all was better.
The cookies spread out and turned out perfect.
From the outside, you really can’t really tell that these are a pumpkin cookie at all. They look like regular snickerdoodles. But break them open, and you can see the golden pumpkin inside.
They turned out to be a slightly soft, cakey sort of cookie with a crunchy spicy-sugar coated exterior. The pumpkin flavor is pretty mild but you can tell its there. Dip these in milk and you’ve got a good breakfast… errrr dessert!

This recipe can be found here:  Pumpkin Snickerdoodles Recipe

If you’re a snickerdoodle fanatic like me, you might also like:
Classic Snickerdoodles
Maple Snickerdoodles
Snickerdoodle Ice Cream
Snickerdoodle Bundt Cake

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62 Responses to “Pumpkin Snickerdoodles”

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    nina — November 9, 2009 @ 3:28 AM

    I am late with my baking for the holidays, but in a way I am glad, because now I can change one of my other recipes for this one!!!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — November 9, 2009 @ 3:47 AM

    This looks incredible!! :)

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    VeggieGirl — November 9, 2009 @ 4:01 AM

    That happens to me when I try to sleep too, haha ;)

    Love the classic cookies!

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    Donalyn — November 9, 2009 @ 4:36 AM

    Aren’t they the most seductive things? I really didn’t expect to like them as well as I did. And, I have to confess that mine had no cream of tartar because I had run out. Neccesity being the mother of invention and all that :) Thanks for the links and so glad you liked them!

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    Susan — November 9, 2009 @ 5:06 AM

    What a fantastic idea. This I going on my to-do list immediately.

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    Katie — November 9, 2009 @ 6:18 AM

    Wow what a great idea. Love the colour. They sound delicious

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    Tracy — November 9, 2009 @ 6:27 AM

    Ooh, these are going on my list of things to make. They look gorgeous!

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    alice — November 9, 2009 @ 6:39 AM

    What an awesome idea!

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    M — November 9, 2009 @ 6:45 AM

    UUUMMM!!!! Those look delicious. Adding to my cookie list.

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    two coast table — November 9, 2009 @ 6:51 AM

    This sound and look delicious and I am obsessed with pumpkin flavored anything. I will have to try these soon!

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    Meghan — November 9, 2009 @ 7:58 AM

    These look beautiful! It’s a great idea to add pumpkin to a Snickerdoodle! I too come up with recipes in my sleep – it’s pretty funny :)

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    Sara — November 9, 2009 @ 9:19 AM

    LOVE it! I’m printing the recipe out right now and making them tonight. They look SO great.

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    moowiesqrd — November 9, 2009 @ 11:07 AM

    YUM! I love snickerdoodles and it’s cookie season right now. I’ll definitely give that recipe a try and your classic snickerdoodle recipe, too.

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    Sue — November 9, 2009 @ 11:13 AM

    The best of both worlds…pumpkin and snickerdoodles collide! YUM!

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    The Purple Foodie — November 9, 2009 @ 11:19 AM

    Lori I love the idea of using a glass jar COATED with sugar – just so smart! i’m going to remember this nifty little trick of yours.. thanks for sharing!

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    snooky doodle — November 9, 2009 @ 11:33 AM

    what an interesting cookies :) i d love to try these snickerdoodles with pumpkin :)

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    Maria — November 9, 2009 @ 12:03 PM

    I am a huge snickerdoodle fan. I will have to try this version.

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    HoneyB — November 9, 2009 @ 12:06 PM

    Nice, I will definitely try these!

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    Jamie — November 9, 2009 @ 12:32 PM

    Gorgeous! I need to make these!

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    Diane {createdbydian — November 9, 2009 @ 12:39 PM

    These look so yummy! I can’t wait to try them :)

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    foodlibrarian — November 9, 2009 @ 1:15 PM

    I’ve been waiting for this recipe since you started to tweet about it! Looks DELICIOUS!!! – mary

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    Michelle {Brown Eyed Baker} — November 9, 2009 @ 3:00 PM

    These sound fabulous!! They are going on my “must make immediately” list!

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    Carrie — November 9, 2009 @ 3:42 PM

    These look great! You said you would add cream of tartar the next time you make them. How much would you add to the recipe you posted?

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    Lynn — November 9, 2009 @ 5:14 PM

    What a wonderful idea to put pumpkin in a snickerdoodle! I’m on a pumpkin binge and these are definitely going on the to-make list.

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    ashley — November 9, 2009 @ 6:19 PM

    these sound great!! i think i’ll make them this weekend!!

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    karen — November 9, 2009 @ 6:27 PM

    What a great idea! Your night time thinking is paying off. Thanks for posting.

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    Barbara Bakes — November 9, 2009 @ 6:29 PM

    Looks like my kind of breakfast errr dessert! I love the sugar-coated glass to flatten cookies idea!

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    Leslie Green — November 9, 2009 @ 7:06 PM

    I try not to google my recipes I think of..becuase when I find out it has already been done..it just ticks me off! I like to think I am somewhat creative in the kitchen!
    Love your cookies!

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    Lori Lange — November 10, 2009 @ 5:38 AM

    Carrie- My classic Snickerdoodles recipe called for 2 tsp. I suppose if I were trying to add cream of tartar to this one for the first time, I’d add 1 teaspoon & see how it goes.

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    Sophie — November 10, 2009 @ 5:42 AM

    Hey Lori,

    Your cookies look excellent!! Must taste fab!!


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    bridget {bake at 350} — November 10, 2009 @ 6:05 AM

    Oh, I can almost taste them through the computer! They looks so yummy & cakey!

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    Marisa — November 10, 2009 @ 6:50 AM

    They look soooooooo munchable!

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    cookiepie — November 10, 2009 @ 7:25 AM

    Love love LOVE these!!! Bookmarking!

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    clumbsycookie — November 10, 2009 @ 8:17 AM

    It’s so much fun to think and create recipes! I love a good adaptation of a classic, specially if it’s seasonal!

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    Katrina — November 10, 2009 @ 8:29 AM

    Great idea, I actually had thought of this way in the back of my mind, after making banana snickerdoodles a couple months ago. You beat me and they look and sound great!

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    LoveFeast Table — November 10, 2009 @ 9:08 AM

    That will be a keeper! Love the extra tips, will definitely try!

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    Shelley — November 10, 2009 @ 9:53 AM

    Love your blog! I am a new follow on Google and Twitter!

    I’ve been starting to put up a few family recipes on my new blog :) Here’s one you may like :)


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    Wendy — November 10, 2009 @ 10:21 AM

    Your cookies sound delicious. I’m all over regular snickerdoodles and I love pumpkin.

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    Nick — November 10, 2009 @ 11:29 AM

    Those look fantastic but I want to eat the first batch, they look like sugary little munchkins!

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    Paula — November 10, 2009 @ 4:21 PM

    Oh wow!! snickerdoodles are my favorite cookies but I never thought to include pumpkin in them!! what a perfect combo!! Can’t wait to make these:)

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    Rachel — November 10, 2009 @ 4:54 PM

    I tried these, and they were not too great baked for the 12 minutes (became too dry), so I reduced them a minute at a time until they were baked to the soft way I like them, nice and more moist! 10 minutes worked perfect for me. :) These are delicious! They took a bit of getting used to, because of the different flavor than I am used to, but we loved them! :) I love the sugary mix with the ginger, yum! :D

    Thank you so much for sharing your recipe! :D

    ~Miss Rachel~

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    Lori Lange — November 10, 2009 @ 5:40 PM

    Rachel- thanks so much for letting me know. I changed the range to 10-14 minutes in the recipe. All ovens are different so unfortunately everyone gets a different result!

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    Jenna — November 10, 2009 @ 5:53 PM

    I saved this recipe to try them out this weekend. Thanks.

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    Susan @ SGCC — November 10, 2009 @ 6:53 PM

    What a great idea! Snickerdoodles are one of my favorite cookies. I’m definitely intrigued by the pumpkin.

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    Patricia Scarpin — November 11, 2009 @ 3:51 AM

    What an amazing idea – love snickerdoodles!

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    Barbara — November 11, 2009 @ 5:19 AM

    Yum! Pumpkin snickerdoodles! Super idea and I’m in a cookie mode right now.

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    Kerstin — November 11, 2009 @ 7:46 AM

    What a great idea, they sound so tasty and addicting!

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    Kristen — November 11, 2009 @ 5:18 PM

    Oh my goodness. My favorite cookie in sweet bliss with pumpkin? I’m so making these tomorrow. :)

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    Bridgett — November 11, 2009 @ 6:22 PM

    Oh yum! These would make a perfect snack to keep on hand in my house. So very addictive!

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    Sandie (Inn Cuisine) — November 11, 2009 @ 9:21 PM

    Dear heavens! Snickerdoodles are among my favorite types of cookie, and pumpkin in anything baked is fine by me… So perfect for the season!

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    KMS — November 11, 2009 @ 10:54 PM

    love your gorgeous blog! and these pumpkin snickerdoodles…wow wow wow!

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    Ashley — November 15, 2009 @ 11:07 AM

    I love snickerdoodles and pumpkin! Will have to try these. =)

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    Becky — November 16, 2009 @ 10:32 AM

    Beautiful photos and description. I will for sure be making these!

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    veronica — November 27, 2009 @ 7:35 PM

    These were gross. I was so excited when I saw them and had my hopes up. When I took them out of the oven and tried one, all I could taste was flour. There was even an odd taste lingering after eating it. The cookies turned out more like biscuits. I was so very disappointed because not only are snickerdoodles delicious, but so is pumpkin. I suppose I’ll just have to keep looking for a recipe.

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    Jessica Miller — February 19, 2010 @ 7:55 AM

    I agree with Veronica, when you bake them all you can taste is flour. I am not sure how to fix this but you may want to tweek it a little

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    Andrea — October 1, 2010 @ 12:20 AM

    I love snickerdoodles! I just perfected a gluten free recipe last Christmas, now I can’t wait to try these with pumpkin! Great recipe!
    The Brown Eyed Baker linked me here from her “Best Pumpkin Recipes” post!

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — October 1, 2010 @ 5:41 AM

    What a perfect spin on the already perfect snickerdoodle!!

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    Trisha Roth — September 15, 2011 @ 4:34 PM

    Not what I was hoping for…not very flavorful and is missing one key ingredient for a true snickerdoodle…cream of tartar! I didn’t realize this until after the fact though…won’t be making these again.

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    Lori Lange — September 16, 2011 @ 5:32 AM

    I hear ya on the cream of tartar. I can never understand it when I see classic snicker doodle recipes that do not have cream of tartar in them, but that flavor doesn’t quite work w/ the pumpkin in this recipe. Sorry you didn’t like them!

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    Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) — September 30, 2011 @ 8:51 AM

    I made these last year and loved them! I will definitely be making them again this fall season.

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    Karen C — November 3, 2011 @ 6:45 AM

    Love snickerdoodles. Not sure about these. Have mixed feelings. I tried an egg nog snickerdoodle two Christmasses ago and love it. Has the true snickerdoodle flavor w/ a bit of nutmeg but these. . . I’m not sure.

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    Lori Lange — November 3, 2011 @ 6:58 AM

    Have you tried these yet?