Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles are snickerdoodles filled with pumpkin pie spice!! These are the best fall cookie; they’re sweet and warm with that familiar spice mix and we love making them all year long!
I used my favorite snickerdoodle recipe and added my favorite spice to make this easy cookie recipe.
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Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles Without Pumpkin
A friend of mine recently posted on Facebook that she hates pumpkin season because it ruins summer; that bloggers start posting pumpkin recipes in August when it’s still warm and not yet fall (guilty as charged). What do you think?
I’m in camp BRING ON THE PUMPKIN IN AUGUST because I just love fall way more than I love summer! What do you think?
Either way, these cookies can satisfy both camps because they’re pumpkin spice: no actual pumpkin was harmed in the making of these cookies.
Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles are my favorite snickerdoodle recipe with some pumpkin spices mixed in – they’re the perfect cookie to get you in the fall mood!
What spices are in snickerdoodles?
For the traditional recipe, cinnamon is the spice. It’s not usually in the cookie but instead it’s mixed with sugar and the cookies are coated before baking. They have a crunch and a churro-like flavor to them because of the cinnamon sugar.
For my pumpkin spice version, instead of cinnamon I use pumpkin pie spice IN the cookies and with the sugar to coat them before baking. Pumpkin spice is like cinnamon but has additional spices like ginger and allspice, giving it that warm and cozy fall flavor.
You can buy pumpkin spice in the spice aisle or make your own pumpkin pie spice from my recipe!
Ingredients in Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodle Cookies
Butter: I use unsalted butter that’s been softened.
Granulated Sugar: These are cookies without brown sugar.
Egg: Egg is a must in any cookie recipe to give it softness and texture.
Baking Soda: These help the cookies spread.
Cream of Tartar: A MUST for Snickerdoodles – this keeps them soft but gives that tang associated with the cookie.
Salt and Flour: Don’t omit the salt and be sure to measure the flour correctly.
Spices: Normal Snickerdoodles have cinnamon, but these are full of pumpkin spice!
How to make Snickerdoodles with Pumpkin Spices
- Oven Temp: Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or silpat baking mats.
- Mix: Cream butter and ¾ cup sugar with a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or you may use a hand mixer). Once the mixture is creamed and fluffy, mix in the egg and vanilla extract until smooth, then mix in the baking soda, cream of tartar, pumpkin spice and salt. Slowly mix in flour until the mixture is just combined.
- Roll: Place remaining ⅓ cup sugar and pumpkin spice in a small bowl and stir. Scoop 2 tablespoon sized balls of cookie dough and roll them in the cinnamon sugar, then place them 2” apart on the prepared cookie sheets.
- Bake: Bake for 9-11 minutes, or until the bottoms just start to turn golden brown.
Tips for making pumpkin spice snickerdoodles:
- Be sure not to over bake these cookies. I err on the side of under-baking them. Learn how to tell if your cookies are done!
- Make sure you measure your flour correctly so you don’t end up with too much.
- You can make these with apple pie spice too!!
Yes – freeze them in an airtight container or gallon size bag for up to 3 months. Learn how I freeze all desserts!
These are made soft and chewy from using the cream of tartar with the baking soda. I use less cream of tartar in these than a normal snickerdoodle keeping them puffy.
You do not need to chill Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodle cookie dough – just scoop and bake!
Probably in the late 1800s and they’re thought to be of German or Dutch descent.
This varies by brand and by recipe, but you can use my homemade recipe to make it or use individual spices: 1 tsp cinnamon and ¼ teaspoon each ginger, cloves and nutmeg.
More unique snickerdoodle cookie recipes:
- Peanut Butter Snickerdoodles – a fan favorite!
- Apple Butter Snickerdoodles
- Snickerdoodle Apple Cobbler
- Don’t Miss my BEST Snickerdoodle Recipe
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Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles
- ¾ cup (170g) unsalted butter
- ¾ cup (150g) granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups (248g) all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- ⅓ cup (67g) granulated sugar
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or silpat baking mats.
- Cream butter and ¾ cup sugar with a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or you may use a hand mixer). Once the mixture is creamed and fluffy, mix in the egg and vanilla extract until smooth, then mix in the baking soda, cream of tartar, pumpkin spice and salt. Slowly mix in flour until the mixture is just combined.
- Place remaining ⅓ cup sugar and pumpkin spice in a small bowl and stir.
- Scoop 2 tablespoon sized balls of cookie dough and roll them in the cinnamon sugar, then place them 2” apart on the prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 9-11 minutes, or until the bottoms just start to turn golden brown. (These taste better if you err on the side of under rather than over done). Cool at least 5 minutes on cookie sheet before removing.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month.
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Published on: August 19, 2021