Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles

4.84 from 12 votes

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.


stack of snickerdoodles with pumpkin pie spice behind

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?

For me, I love summer for about 2-3 weeks. I love being able to travel without worrying about school schedules and I really love not having a schedule and being able to sleep in, etc. Like I said, however, that only lasts about 2-3 weeks.

I will admit that summer is much easier now that Jordan is older (I don’t have to keep her busy as much) but still – no schedule or routine is hard. Plus, I’m not a millionaire: travel is expensive. I have dreams of traveling all summer long but really, I’d miss Abby too much. And don’t even get me started on how freaking hot it is in Sacramento. This Bay Area girl loves her fog and boy, do we NOT get that.

So, for me, by August I’m in the fall anticipation stage: I’m building the excitement for myself because it’s back-to-school which means that fall is right around the corner (along with my birthday, ahem). Also, August means that in about 2 months (or three) it’ll finally drop into the 70s and I can break out my jeans (and hope they still fit).

Basically 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!

stack of snickerdoodles with pumpkin spice

I love cookies. They’re so easy to make, easy to eat and great for serving at parties or giving away. I post a lot of chocolate chip cookies but if I’m being honest I love sugar cookies best. I love them with sprinkles, with frosting and when I turn them into snickerdoodles!

What is a snickerdoodle cookie?

My perfect sugar cookie recipe is the base for all of my snickerdoodles. After I created that recipe and started researching snickerdoodles, I realized that that recipe satisfied the main requirement for a cookie to be a snickerdoodle: cream of tartar. The acid in cream of tartar is what gives snickerdoodles their distinct flavor (and some of that softness). It’s what separates a snickerdoodle from a plain old cinnamon cookie.

Once I turned that recipe into snickerdoodles once, I knew I needed to do it again and again! That’s where this pumpkin spice version comes in.

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!

stack of pumpkin spice snickerdoodles

Seriously, this is the best snickerdoodle recipe around. I love that the cookies are chewy but also pillowy soft. They’re one of my favorite cookies of all time.

The best part about this cookie recipe is that you don’t need to chill them!

That’s right: just mix and bake. That means pumpkin spice cookies in just 30 minutes or less.

Can you freeze snickerdoodles?

Since cookie making ramps up in the fall you might be wondering if you can make these ahead of time and you can. I love to freeze desserts, especially cookies. Just place them in an airtight container or bag and freeze for up to a month. Let them defrost on the counter and they’ll be just as good as when you made them.

pumpkin spice snickerdoodles in a stack on cutting board

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Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles

We love this easy cookie recipe! Make snickerdoodles with pumpkin pie spice! Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles are the best fall cookie recipe!
4.84 from 12 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Yield 24 cookies
Serving Size 1 cookie


  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all purpose flour

For topping:


  • 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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Nutrition Information

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 857mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cookies

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  1. I am totally a SUMMER gal! I hold on to that warm weather as long as possible. I love fall but want it to wait it’s turn. It’s the end of October and the first chilly week so now I’m into fall baking!

    I made these today and they are DELICIOUS! And so easy. I love that you don’t have to chill the dough. Only two comments:
    1) this isn’t a negative, but these pumpkin spice cookies do not, in fact, include pumpkin! Haha! I finished making them and then thought “hmm… there is actually no pumpkin in these pumpkin spice cookies!” Not a bad thing, just something to note in case it is the pumpkin flavoring you crave!
    2) My only other constructive comment is that you may want to double the recipe. The recipe says to scoop 2 tbsp balls and it will yield 24 cookies. I did 1 tbsp balls and it only made 20 cookies, so if you need enough to feed a crowd, I’d recommend multiplying the recipe by 1.5 or 2x the original size!

    This recipe is a winner and I’ll make it again for sure!

  2. Fabulous cookie! Might just be my new fall favorite. Thank you for sharing this delicious variation which has the perfect amount of chewiness and delicious spice.

  3. Is there cinnamon in the sugar pumpkin spice? The recipe seems to be missing cinnamon but the directions have cinnamon in it..

  4. Can i use sweet potato purée instead of pumpkin spice purée? Or will that not taste as good because of the spices in the recipe? I love this recipe but only have Sweet potato purée today

  5. Great flavor, so yummy! Only thing was I thought the cookies were a bit big, I would make them smaller than called for.

  6. I made these only I used artificial sweetener granular instead of the sugar, they were good but they turned out a little dry. Can anyone tell me how I can what I can do to fix that?

  7. Made these cookies tonight and this morning for a party. Last night was a trial and error run. They turned out great..I noticed with the recipe it calls for, you can create 24 small 1TBS cookies..if you double the recipe and do 24 2TBSP you get perfect cookies 🙂
    Perfect amount of everything and the house smells good and they taste DELICIOUS!!!

  8. I just pulled the first batch out of the oven and tried one and omg! Heavenly! I used bakers sugar and sifted the flour first. They are so good! Thank you!