Sunday, October 2, 2011

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

These cookies are THE perfect fall cookie! Cinnamony with hints of  pumpkin, allspice, and ginger. Now, I love me a soft cookie, and these are just that. Soft and scrumdeedleyumptious. It’s sort of a cake meets cookie deal. Love at first bite!

Now, today’s post is not soley to get you drooling… it is of special importance: There is a bake sale being hosted by Erin over on The Spiffy Cookie. It’s to raise money for her friend’s brother, Dave, who lost a leg in a motorcycle accident in August.

I know how devastating a horrific accident like this can be, emotionally and financially. You may remember me telling ya’ll about my dear friend Katie’s little girl, Harper, who lost 3 of her fingers? Well that cost them more than $10,000. Insane.

Dave, like Harper, has had to undergo surgery as well as rehabilitation. He will also need to purchase a prosthetic leg when this is all said and done. Talk about serious $$. I know Dave will be needing the support from his friends and family emotionally and physically, but those of us who don’t know him can still help out in some way… financially! Head over to Erin’s site and check out the bake sale going on! Bid on some yummy baked goods and help a worthy cause in the process! All money collected will be given to Dave to help purchase a prosthesis and pay his medical bills.

Go bid on these cookies now… they are UH-mazing, plus the winning bid will get a little something extra thrown in (HINT) 😉

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Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Yield: 24 large cookies (or 48 small)

Prep Time: 15 minutes (plus one hour rest time)

Cook Time: 12-16 minutes

Total Time: 1 1/ 2 hours (including the inactive hour)

The perfect fall cookie... hints of pumpkin and warm fall spices!


For the Rolling Sugar:
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon allspice

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


For the Rolling Sugar:
Mix together ingredients in a shallow bowl and set aside until ready to use.

For the Cookies:
In your stand mixer (or large bowl and hand mixer), cream together the butter and sugar. Add the pumpkin and mix well. Next, Add the egg and the vanilla and beat until mixed well; make sure you scrape down the sides intermittently.

In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. A little bit at a time, add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Cover dough and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350º. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper, or spray with non-stick cooking spray. Scoop out roughly 2 tablespoons of the dough and roll into a ball (note: it's a pretty sticky dough if it's not chilled thoroughly), then roll in the sugar mixture. Place onto a cookie sheet leaving space between them (I fit about 8 cookies on each cookie sheet).

Last, take a glass and dip it in water followed by the sugar mixture. Gently press each cookie slightly; repeat the water/sugar step as necessary to prevent sticking.

Bake cookies for 12-16 minutes or until just beginning to golden (8-10 minutes for the small cookies). Remove from oven and allow to "set up" on cookie sheet for 3-5 minutes, then move to a cooling rack to finish cooling. Or eat them immediately because you are impatient like me.

Slightly adapted from Recipe Girl


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22 Responses to “Pumpkin Snickerdoodles”

  1. 1

    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — October 2, 2011 @ 1:28 pm

    Thank you so much!

    • Kristina replied: — October 6th, 2011 @ 10:41 am

      you’re so welcome!

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    mom — October 2, 2011 @ 1:43 pm

    These are delicious!!! You should all make them today! They are a winner…so moist and yummy! I love the pumpkin flair to the snickerdoodle cookie! Love it T!

  4. 4

    Debbie — October 2, 2011 @ 5:03 pm

    Let me add my compliments since I was able to enjoy these myself with my morning coffee. Whoever buys your cookies will be getting quite a treat!

    • Kristina replied: — October 6th, 2011 @ 10:42 am

      Mike keeps begging me to make them again haha

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    Sarah @ pão e queijo — October 2, 2011 @ 7:48 pm

    OOh these look divine- such a great idea!

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    Sara — October 3, 2011 @ 12:30 am

    Isn’t the Recipe Girl awesome!? These are one of my favorite cookies ever!

    • Kristina replied: — October 6th, 2011 @ 10:42 am

      yes she is!

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    Sandra — October 3, 2011 @ 9:00 am

    Whatta ya know, I have all the ingredients on hand! This is also a great cause to get involved with, very thoughtful of you. Do these freeze well? My daughter will be home the end of the month and I’d like to have some ready for her.

    • Kristina replied: — October 3rd, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

      I haven’t tried freezing them… but the pumpkin makes them super moist, so I’m sure if you wrap them well, they should do pretty good! 🙂

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    ErinsFoodFiles — October 4, 2011 @ 5:01 pm

    I think it’s super awesome that you contributed to Spiffy Cookie’s bake sale! I am also friend’s with one of Dave’s other sisters, and I know she said their family appreciates all the support so much.

    Side note, I made these cookies over the weekend too! Haha, using the same recipe!

    • Kristina replied: — October 4th, 2011 @ 9:34 pm

      Aw i had a good friend’s little 5 year old lose three fingers a few months ago and i know how expensive it was… so any little bit helps! And the cookies… SOOOO good, right??? Welcome fall! 🙂

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    morgan — October 5, 2011 @ 12:26 pm

    Hello! Just recently found your blog but have been reading everyday. Love your recipies! Just made these cookies last night and they were delicious!! Thank you!

    • Kristina replied: — October 6th, 2011 @ 10:42 am

      aw thanks Morgan!!! Glad you enjoyed 🙂

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    Chelsea — October 8, 2011 @ 10:40 pm

    When I saw this recipe last weekend I immediately wanted to try them. I LOVE fall because of all the delicious pumpkin flavored things that come with it. To be honest I am not usually a huge fan of snickerdoodles, they are ok but not my favorite cookie. The idea of adding pumpkin made them so much more appealing. Between chasing around a 16 month old and working part time I did not have time to make them until tonight…they are AWESOME!!! Even my hubby who shares my feelings toward snickerdoodles and does not have the same love for pumpkin that I do loved them 🙂 This recipe is amazing and will be added to my fall collection of special treats!

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    Mollie — October 9, 2011 @ 2:45 pm

    Applesauce in the crock pot and about to make these once I get the kids down. I love fall! Thanks for the great recipe.

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    Debbie — October 5, 2012 @ 8:33 pm

    I remember these yummy cookies from last year!

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    I want some!

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