Pumpkin Snickerdoodles | Virtually Homemade: Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Monday, October 5, 2015

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

My fall recipes continue with these awesome pumpkin snickerdoodles. We finally have cool rainy weather in Southern California so it was time to whip out a can of pumpkin puree. I love these pumpkin snickerdoodles because they are thick and soft and have a beautiful yet subtle orange hue that make them pretty as heck!

When I was researching recipes I noticed that all snickerdoodles, if properly made, include cream of tartar. Cream of tartar and baking soda are traditionally used for the recipe, in lieu of baking powder. Essentially, cream of tartar imparts a unique tangy flavor to the cookie, which makes it a classic snickerdoodle. Who knew?

These were the perfect pumpkin snickerdoodles for my daughter's AP world history study group this past weekend. I knew they would need something sweet and fun to get through the pile of notes they were reviewing for this weeks test. I loaded all 24 cookies on the plate and kind of giggled thinking it was a ridiculous amount. Well, all but two got eaten and my daughter was really bummed we didn't have leftovers.

Let's just say, be prepared, these cookies will go fast!

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Recipe by Liz Hughes - Virtually Homemade
Prep time: 15 minute plus 1 hour for chilling
Cook time: 15 minutes
Yield: 2 dozen cookies
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour (for gf use a 1 to 1 all purpose gf flour like Bob's Red Mill)
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (divided)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Cooking Directions
  1. With an electric mixer, beat the sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and beat until fully mixed. Mix in pumpkin puree.
  2. In a separate large bowl, sift together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice and salt. Combine the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until all of the ingredients are incorporated together scraping down the sides occasionally. 
  3. Divide dough in half and place each half in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour (dough should be slightly sticky so the cinnamon sugar will stick when rolling but they should be manageable to roll in the palms of your hands, you will get a little messy!). Preheat oven to 350°F during the last 10 minutes of refrigeration. 
  4. In a small bowl combine 1/4 cup sugar with 1teaspoon ground cinnamon and remaining 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice. Measure 2 tablespoons cookie dough and use your hands to roll it into a ball. Roll the ball around in the spice and sugar mixture. Place the balls of cookie dough on parchment paper lined baking sheets. 
  5. Bake for about 15 minutes.  Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for about 10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.  Store leftovers in an air-tight container.
*Based on a recipe from Center Cut Cook

Here are more pumpkin recipes from some of my favorite bloggers and Food Network:
The Hungry Traveler: Pumpkin Brown Butter Madeleines
Bacon and Souffle: 
Pumpkin Lasagna with Sausage, Kale and Parmesan
Homemade Delish: 
Warm Pumpkin Salad
Creative Culinary: 
Pumpkin Butter
The Lemon Bowl: 
20 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes
Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts
Virtually Homemade: 
Pumpkin Snickerdoodles
Creamy Pumpkin Mac and Cheese
Dishin & Dishes: 
Homemade Pumpkin Chai Tea Latte Concentrate
Napa Farmhouse 1885: 
Spiced Pumpkin Pancakes
Red or Green: 
Spiced Pumpkin-Chocolate Chip Bars
The Heritage Cook: 
Roasted Pumpkin, Potato, and Sage (Gluten-Free)
Swing Eats: 
Pumpkin Panna Cotta with Pumpkin Seed Brittle
Taste with the Eyes: 
Sultry Pumpkin Soup - Southwest Flavors, Dressed To Kill
FN Dish: 
8 Ways to Eat Pumpkin All Day Long