Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

by Melissa on November 3, 2011

I love snickerdoodles and I have seen have recipe everywhere over the past couple of years, but I kept putting off actually making them!  I love pumpkin as well, but I already have a great snickerdoodle recipe, and it sort of felt like I was betraying my beloved classic snickerdoodles by making pumpkin snickerdoodles. Well I did finally make them, and while classic snickerdoodle will always be a year-round favorite, this pumpkn version will be fall staple from now on!

These taste a lot like classic snickerdoodles, except with a very mild pumpkin flavor. Even the pumpkin haters in your life might like them. I personally have been enjoying them for breakfast with a cup of coffee in the afternoon.

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • For the cinnamon sugar:
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to cream the butter until fluffy. Add sugars and pumpkin puree and beat well. Mix in egg and vanilla, scraping down sides of the bowl to incorporate all of the ingredients.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and ground cinnamon. Beat flour mixture into liquid mixture a little at a time just until incorporated.

Cover dough with plastic and chill at least an hour, or until dough becomes slightly firm.

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper (or spray with nonstick spray). Mix rolling sugar ingredients in a small bowl.

Remove cookie dough from refrigerator. Use a medium cookie scoop (1 1/2 Tablespoons) or a large spoon to scoop out dough and roll into balls. Use your hands to roll the balls in the cinnamon sugar and make sure they’re coated really well. Place 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Use a glass with a nice, flat bottom to dip in sugar and flatten the balls.

Bake for 10 to 14 minutes, or until they are slightly firm to the touch. Let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes or so, then remove them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Source: Originally from DLYN, as seen on Fake Ginger with adaptations from Recipe Girl.

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