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pumpkin spice snickerdoodles

Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles are the perfect cookie to celebrate fall.

Buttery, moist, cinnamon sugary, pumpkin, fall good-ness. That is what these cookies are made of. Oh, and lots of love too, of course. Snickerdoodles are my favorite cookies, next to sugar cookies and chocolate chip. I’m plain Jane when it comes to cookies. I don’t like frosting on my cookies nor do I like a ton of chocolate. Simplicity for cookies win me over.

If you’ve ever had Potbelly’s signature cookies, then you know what I’m talking about with their softness and moistness of their cookies. Well, sorry to say Potbelly, but I think I’ve mastered that with these cookies. They’re so soft and melt-in-your-mouth yummy. I’ve already given quite a few to friends and coworkers and their response is “omg, these are so good” or “these are the softest cookies, ever.” Yeah, I think you should put on your baker’s hat and make a dozen or two or three (who’s counting?) of these, especially since it goes so well with the season and if you need more pumpkin in your life!

Oh, and guess what I learned with these cookies? Parchment paper and wax paper aren’t the same things and putting wax paper in an oven will cause smoke to billow out of your oven and cause the fire detectors to go off in your apartment. Yeah, that wasn’t fun. At least now I know the fire detectors work ;)

I was able to make 2 dozen cookies with the recipe below, although it will vary depending on how big or small your cookies are.

pumpkin spice snickerdoodles

pumpkin spice snickerdoodles
Recipe type: Dessert, Cookies
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Serves: 2 dozen
  • 3¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • For the coating:
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  1. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and pumpkin pie spice. Whisk to blend and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the sugars and butter until light and fluffy.
  3. Blend in the pumpkin puree, then beat in the egg and vanilla until well incorporated.
  4. With the mixer on low, add in the dry ingredients with the wet. I would add them in 2 different batches so you don't get flour everywhere.
  5. Mix until well incorporated. Cover and chill the dough for a least 1 hour.
  6. After 1 hour, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  7. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper.
  8. Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl for the coating.
  9. Scoop the dough (about 1 tbsp.) and roll into a ball with your hands.
  10. Coat the dough ball in the cinnamon sugar mixture and place on the prepared baking sheet.
  11. Repeat to fill the baking sheets. You should space the dough balls 2-3 inches apart.
  12. Using the bottom of a glass cup, flatten the dough balls slightly.
  13. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes. Let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Source: Annie's Eats



  1. 10/12/2011 at 7:34 pm

    So glad you enjoyed these! I’ve definitely been there with the wax paper vs parchment situation. At least now you know :)

    • Julie Chiou
      10/12/2011 at 7:54 pm

      Hi Annie! I’m such a huge fan of your blog :) it’s on my daily food blog reads & a lot of my recipes are from your site! I definitely loved these cookies; they’re on my ‘must bake’ list now :)

  2. 11/08/2011 at 1:35 am

    These look delicious!

  3. Lindsey
    10/22/2012 at 11:32 am

    These were very good, just the right amount of pumpkin for a nice fall treat!

  4. Rachel
    11/16/2014 at 8:29 pm

    Made these as a thank you for neighbors and they were delicious! Gilded the lily and glazed them with a pumpkin pie spice icing mix. Perfect for the season. Will make them for Thanksgiving as well. Thanks for posting!

    • Julie
      11/17/2014 at 11:16 am

      Love! Thanks for letting me know!

  5. Regina
    10/06/2015 at 1:09 pm

    I made these but was quite disappointed at the flavor. I used pumpkin from our garden, but there was still no pumpkin flavor. Thanks for the recipe though – I love to try new recipes!

    • Julie
      10/07/2015 at 7:25 am

      Aw bummer. Yeah, there’s not much pumpkin flavor in these; I think the cinnamon sugar overpowers it a bit. Thanks for trying!

  6. Esther Blake
    10/21/2015 at 2:17 pm

    jyst wondering if you can refrigerator some of the batter if you don’t want to make some much. Just my husband and I. If you can for how long?
    Thank you, Esther

    • Julie
      10/23/2015 at 1:29 pm

      You can probably refrigerate it. I would say no longer than 5 days.


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