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Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles

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Pumpkin spice snickerdoodles are the perfect Fall dessert! They're a Fall twist on the classic snickerdoodle and absolutely heavenly!

Pumpkin month is amongst us! You would think that pumpkin recipes have all been made but I’m hopeful some of the ones I’ve got coming up are unique!

If you’ve been around for the past several years that I have essentially done pumpkin month, I have always been a crusader for savory pumpkin recipes and this year, it seems like I’ve got all sweets!

Pumpkin spice snickerdoodles

Buttery, moist, cinnamon sugary, pumpkin, Fall good-ness. That is what these pumpkin spice snickerdoodle cookies are made of!

Pumpkin spice snickerdoodles are the perfect Fall dessert! They're a Fall twist on the classic snickerdoodle and absolutely heavenly!

I have always favored snickerdoodles and chocolate chip cookies. The good ole classics, but for snickerdoodles, one request of mine is that they have to be soft and pillowy. I have always imagined snickerdoodles like that for some reason and have had that way majority of the time.

If you’ve ever had Potbelly’s signature cookies, then you know what I’m talking about with what I mean by softness in a cookie.

Pumpkin spice snickerdoodles are the perfect Fall dessert! They're a Fall twist on the classic snickerdoodle and absolutely heavenly!

These pumpkin spice snickerdoodles are so soft and melt-in-your-mouth yummy. They’re irresistible and the perfect cookie to start out Fall baking with!

Pumpkin spice snickerdoodles are the perfect Fall dessert! They're a Fall twist on the classic snickerdoodle and absolutely heavenly!

Oh, and guess what I learned with these cookies back in the day when I made them (these were originally posted in 2011 but I’m refreshing this post and giving the photos a facelift)?

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 worked ;)

Other pumpkin recipes

Pumpkin spice latte cupcakes

Pumpkin coconut granola

Pumpkin pasta with turkey sausage

Pumpkin cream cheese swirl muffins

Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles

A Fall twist on the classic snickerdoodle!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 27 minutes
Servings: 2 dozen
Author: Julie Chiou
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  • 3 ¾ cup (469 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup (227 g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (110 g) brown sugar
  • ¾ cup (184 g) pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the coating

  • ½ cup (100 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

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  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and pumpkin pie spice. Whisk to blend and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat together the sugars and butter until light and fluffy.
  • Blend in the pumpkin puree, then beat in the egg and vanilla until well incorporated.
  • 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.
  • Mix until well incorporated. Cover and chill the dough for a least 1 hour.
  • After 1 hour, preheat your oven to 350 °F (177 °C)
  • Line your baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl for the coating.
  • Scoop the dough (about 1 tbsp.) and roll into a ball with your hands.
  • Coat the dough ball in the cinnamon sugar mixture and place on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Repeat to fill the baking sheets. You should space the dough balls 2-3 inches apart.
  • Using the bottom of a glass cup, flatten the dough balls slightly.
  • Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes. Let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Recipe Notes

Inspiration: Annie’s Eats

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookies, pumpkin, snickerdoodle
Pumpkin spice snickerdoodle dough being rolled in cinnamon sugar!

Photography by Jamie Vespa

Recipe Rating


Saturday 10th of October 2020

very nice version! I like these soft and pillowy too, haven't tried Potbelly's version, but have yours instead, so thank you!


Wednesday 21st of November 2018

Not sure what I’m doing wrong but you’re taking longer to Bake than what the recipe saystina

Camilla Foster

Tuesday 4th of October 2016

Where's the cream of tarter?


Wednesday 5th of October 2016

There isn't any in this particular recipe.

Esther Blake

Wednesday 21st of October 2015

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


Friday 23rd of October 2015

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


Tuesday 6th of October 2015

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!


Wednesday 7th of October 2015

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