Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

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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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  • Karen C wrote:

    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.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Have you tried these yet?

  • Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) wrote:

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

  • Trisha Roth wrote:

    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.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      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!

  • shelly (cookies and cups) wrote:

    What a perfect spin on the already perfect snickerdoodle!!

  • Andrea wrote:

    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!

  • Jessica Miller wrote:

    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

  • veronica wrote:

    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.

  • Becky wrote:

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

  • Ashley wrote:

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

  • KMS wrote:

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

  • Sandie (Inn Cuisine) wrote:

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

  • Bridgett wrote:

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

  • Kristen wrote:

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

  • Kerstin wrote:

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

  • Barbara wrote:

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

  • Patricia Scarpin wrote:

    What an amazing idea – love snickerdoodles!

  • Susan @ SGCC wrote:

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

  • Jenna wrote:

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