Pumpkin snickerdoodles are the ultimate fall indulgence! These sweet little cookies are filled with fall flavors and are super easy to make. You'll definitely want to make a few batches of these cookies this season!
Pumpkin Snickerdoodles recipe
If you're a fan of pumpkin and snickerdoodle cookies, then you're going to love these pumpkin snickerdoodle cookies. If you're planning on sharing (totally acceptable if you're not) you'll want to make at least two batches of these. These cookies go quickly and for good reasons!
They're soft and chewy, filled with fall spices and pumpkin flavor and truthfully just eating one isn't enough.
If you're a really big fan of pumpkin snickerdoodle flavors, don't miss my Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Muffins!
2022 update: These are some of my favorite cookies, and I make them every fall. I decided to update this recipe with new tips and tricks to help you fall in love with them too.
Why you'll love these cookies
- Made with real pumpkin and cinnamon, these cookies are the epitome of fall.
- They're soft, chewy and perfect for sharing.
- These cookies are easy to make — perfect for letting kiddos in on the fun!
For ingredients, you'll need to pick up the following at the grocery store:
- brown sugar
- white sugar
- vanilla extract
- pumpkin puree
- baking powder
- baking soda
You'll roll the cookies in cinnamon sugar, which is so easy to make — no need to buy it!
You'll want to have these things on hand to make these cookies:
- mixing bowls
- flexible bench scraper
- cookie scoop
- a small plate or bowl
- a baking sheet
- wire cooling rack
How to make pumpkin snickerdoodles
- Start by melting butter, then whisk together brown sugar, white sugar and melted butter. Add in pumpkin and vanilla and whisk together again.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Pour your pumpkin mixture into the flour bowl. Use your flexible bench scraper to mix and fold over the ingredients until they come together. It will take a good bit of mixing together to get everything worked together. Sometimes I will use my hands to mix it together at the end.
- Refrigerate the dough for a minimum of 30 minutes or up to 48 hours. I've found that ~2 hours works great.
- Use a cookie scoop to ball up the dough. Then use your hands to smooth and form an inch-sized cookie dough ball.
- On a small plate or bowl, mix together cinnamon and sugar. Then roll the dough ball around covering it generously in cinnamon sugar. Place completed dough balls on baking sheet, about an inch to an inch and a half apart. On a standard-size baking sheet, you'll place 12 total.
- Use your hand to gently press down the dough and flatten the ball. Bake for 8-10 minutes until cookies bounce back when you gently touch the tops.
- Allow cookies to cool on wire rack for 10 minutes. Then use a spatula to move them to a wire cooling rack to finish cooling.
Store your cookies in an airtight container for up to 1 week. They will be best fresh, within a few days of baking.
Why do you chill snickerdoodle dough?
Chilling the dough is key to getting the right shape for these cookies.
The batter is really soft when it's mixed together and would be pretty impossible to work with at that consistency. Depending on where you live and what time of year it is, you may need to chill for less or more time.
I've found that chilling the dough for a minimum of 2 hours really helps make it so easy to work with.
Scientifically, you need to so that the fat in the cookies solidifies, which helps the cookies to not spread out too quickly when baking. In this case, it's also so that you can work with the dough easily.
What do pumpkin snickerdoodle cookies taste like?
You can taste the pumpkin, fall spices, and cinnamon sugar in these pumpkin cookies!
Traditional snickerdoodles are made with cream of tartar to add a little bite to the flavor, but this is a snickerdoodle cookie without cream of tartar. I promise you won't miss it!
They have a slightly crisp outside and smooth, melt in your mouth inside! Snickerdoodles are known for this consistency.
Are there eggs in this cookie dough?
Nope, this pumpkin snickerdoodle cookie batter is egg free! Want to eat the batter raw? You betcha!
More fall cookie recipes
- M&M Cookie Bars
- White Chocolate Dipped Chocolate Shortbread Cookies
- White Chocolate Caramel Pumpkin Spice Cookies
- Guilt Free Double Chocolate Cookies
- Old-Fashioned Pumpkin Cookies
Don't miss my other Christmas Cookie Recipes:
- ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 6 Tablespoons pumpkin puree
- 1 and ½ cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
Cinnamon Sugar Mixture
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- In a medium bowl, whisk together melted butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together until no brown sugar lumps remain. Whisk in the vanilla and pumpkin until smooth. Set aside.
- Stir together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together with a large spoon or rubber spatula. The dough will be very soft.
- Cover the dough and chill for 30 minutes or up to 3 days. Chilling is mandatory.
- Take dough of out fridge. Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Mix together remaining ¼ cup of sugar and ½ teaspoon cinnamon. Roll about 1 ½ tablespoons of dough into a ball, then coat in cinnamon sugar. Be generous! Repeat with the rest of the dough.
- Spread out on cookie sheet. Lightly press down to flatten ball as the cookies will spread slightly.
- Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes. The cookies will look very soft and underbaked but will continue cooking enough as they cool. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for at least 10 minutes. The longer they cool the softer and chewier they will be!
Chilling the dough is mandatory for at least 30 minutes. Dough can be chilled for up to 3 days.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 93Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 50mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 0g