Soft-Batch Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

The temperature is dropping, sweaters are making their way back into the rotation, football Sundays are in full swing, and I’ve even started to see a few leaves here and there begin to change their color. You know what that means… Pumpkin season is officially upon us! Let the festivities begin!

This is always a big month in my family- my parents’ anniversary, my dad’s birthday, and my birthday are all in September, in addition to a few aunts and cousins. We usually end up having a big joint family party to celebrate everyone at once, which is always great (and filled with lots and lots of food!). I love this time of year because I get to see so much of my family… and honestly I just love fall weather more than any other season!

I have made a bunch of pumpkin cookies and desserts over the years, but I think I have found my favorite recipe in these amazing pumpkin snickerdoodles. They’ve got all the softness and texture of a snickerdoodle, with the warm, comforting hint of pumpkin and cinnamon. It’s like if your favorite pumpkin spice latte and those awesome soft-batch Pepperidge Farm cookies had a baby and put it up for adoption and you got to take it home. And eat it.

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

… Anyways. These cookies are amazing, and are the perfect dessert for any autumn gathering you may have planned. Check out the recipe and make them yourself!

Soft-Batch Pumpkin Snickerdoodles
 
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Ingredients
For the cookies:
  • 3¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup pumpkin puree
For the sugar coating:
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. ground cardamom (optional)
  • dash pumpkin pie spice (optional)

Instructions
  1. Combine dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg) in a medium bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.
  2. Mix room temperature butter, sugar, and brown sugar in a large bowl. Add the pumpkin puree, egg and vanilla and mix again. Carefully add the dry ingredients and mix on low until just combined. Allow cookie dough to chill for at least 1 hour before baking.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a shallow bowl, mix together the sugar, cinnamon, cardamom and pumpkin pie spice to make the coating for the cookies. Using a cookie scoop, two spoons, or your hands, roll the cookie dough into 1.5″ balls, then roll around in the sugar coating to cover completely. Place cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat, and press on each cookie lightly to flatten slightly. You should be able to fit 12 cookies easily per baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until tops don’t look “wet” anymore. Remove from oven, allow cookies to sit on the baking sheet for 3 more minutes, then move to a cooling rack. Enjoy!

 

Inspired by Annie’s Eats.

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Love pumpkin as much as I do? Check out these other great pumpkin sweet treats!

Chocolate Dipped Pumpkin Clouds:

Chocolate Dipped Pumpkin Clouds

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie:

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Pumpkin Cheesecake:

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Happy Eating 🙂
mally

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Pumpkin Cheesecake

Thanksgiving 2012

How do we feel about Martha Stewart?

She’s a pretty polarizing figure, for sure. Personally, I’m conflicted. I feel like the media has given us a lot of reasons not to like her- insider trading and family issues aside, even. She’s too organizing! She’s too controlling! She’s too damn perfect!

But man, can that lady cook.

I’ve made quite a few of Martha’s desserts over the years- from Dark Chocolate Cheesecake, to Pumpkin Cookies and more. She’s got such a large repertoire of recipes that sometimes seeing her seal of approval makes me feel like I’m guaranteed to have a winner. And oh yeah, she did happen to feature my company’s cookies on her show that one time!

This pumpkin cheesecake of hers is no exception to perfection. It was a big hit at our Thanksgiving dinner this year, and it made so much that we were snacking on it for days.

One thing didn’t go exactly perfect, however. Even though Martha’s recipe was apparently designed to eliminate any cracks in the cake, which I followed to a T, that didn’t prevent a pretty giant one from appearing once everything was all said and done. However, we made the best of a silly situation by adding a few chocolate kisses to make a face!

Normally, I would share the recipe right here on my blog, but since I followed it extremely closely, feel free to check out Martha’s recipe for pumpkin cheesecake over on her site- I’m certainly excited to share with you. However you feel about her, that Martha, she knows her stuff!

Thanksgiving 2012

What’s your favorite holiday dessert?

Happy Eating 🙂
mally