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

62 Responses to “Pumpkin Snickerdoodles”

  1. postedNov 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!!!

  2. postedNov 9, 2009 3:47 AM

    This looks incredible!! 🙂

  3. postedNov 9, 2009 4:01 AM

    That happens to me when I try to sleep too, haha 😉

    Love the classic cookies!

  4. postedNov 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!

  5. postedNov 9, 2009 5:06 AM

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

  6. postedNov 9, 2009 6:18 AM

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

  7. postedNov 9, 2009 6:27 AM

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

  8. postedNov 9, 2009 6:39 AM

    What an awesome idea!

  9. postedNov 9, 2009 6:45 AM

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

  10. postedNov 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!

  11. postedNov 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 🙂

  12. postedNov 9, 2009 9:19 AM

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

  13. postedNov 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.

  14. postedNov 9, 2009 11:13 AM

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

  15. postedNov 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!

  16. postedNov 9, 2009 11:33 AM

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

  17. postedNov 9, 2009 12:03 PM

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

  18. postedNov 9, 2009 12:06 PM

    Nice, I will definitely try these!

  19. postedNov 9, 2009 12:32 PM

    Gorgeous! I need to make these!

  20. postedNov 9, 2009 12:39 PM

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

  21. postedNov 9, 2009 1:15 PM

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

  22. postedNov 9, 2009 3:00 PM

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

  23. postedNov 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?

    • postedNov 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.

  24. postedNov 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.

  25. postedNov 9, 2009 6:19 PM

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

  26. postedNov 9, 2009 6:27 PM

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

  27. postedNov 9, 2009 6:29 PM

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

  28. postedNov 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!

  29. postedNov 10, 2009 5:42 AM

    Hey Lori,

    Your cookies look excellent!! Must taste fab!!


  30. postedNov 10, 2009 6:05 AM

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

  31. postedNov 10, 2009 6:50 AM

    They look soooooooo munchable!

  32. postedNov 10, 2009 7:25 AM

    Love love LOVE these!!! Bookmarking!

  33. postedNov 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!

  34. postedNov 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!

  35. postedNov 10, 2009 9:08 AM

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

  36. postedNov 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 🙂


  37. postedNov 10, 2009 10:21 AM

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

  38. postedNov 10, 2009 11:29 AM

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

  39. postedNov 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:)

  40. postedNov 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! 😀

    Thank you so much for sharing your recipe! 😀

    ~Miss Rachel~

    • postedNov 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!

  41. postedNov 10, 2009 5:53 PM

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

  42. postedNov 10, 2009 6:53 PM

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

  43. postedNov 11, 2009 3:51 AM

    What an amazing idea – love snickerdoodles!

  44. postedNov 11, 2009 5:19 AM

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

  45. postedNov 11, 2009 7:46 AM

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

  46. postedNov 11, 2009 5:18 PM

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

  47. postedNov 11, 2009 6:22 PM

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

  48. postedNov 11, 2009 9:21 PM
    Sandie (Inn Cuisine)

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

  49. postedNov 11, 2009 10:54 PM

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

  50. postedNov 15, 2009 11:07 AM

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

  51. postedNov 16, 2009 10:32 AM

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

  52. postedNov 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.

  53. postedFeb 19, 2010 7:55 AM
    Jessica Miller

    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

  54. postedOct 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!

  55. postedOct 1, 2010 5:41 AM

    What a perfect spin on the already perfect snickerdoodle!!

  56. postedSep 15, 2011 4:34 PM
    Trisha Roth

    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.

    • postedSep 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!

  57. postedSep 30, 2011 8:51 AM

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

  58. postedNov 3, 2011 6:45 AM
    Karen C

    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.

    • postedNov 3, 2011 6:58 AM

      Have you tried these yet?

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