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Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

I can hardly believe how quickly October went by. One minute it was the end of September and I was baking apple dumplings with our freshly-picked apples and getting excited about autumn, and the next thing I know it, I’m planning for Thanksgiving. Of course, I don’t believe I’m entirely to blame – I really don’t think it helps when you can’t even find Halloween items before Halloween because the shops already have their shelves lined with Christmas decorations. Maybe I’m just old-fashioned, but I really don’t understand (not to mention, appreciate) it. Life goes by so quickly as it is – why can’t we enjoy one holiday at a time?

In any case, now that it’s almost mid-November and the weather is decidedly cooler, my oven has been seeing much more use. I’ve been really wanting to get back to baking my own bread, but I haven’t quite been able to plan far enough ahead yet. Re-stocking my freezer with homemade bagels is also on my list of things to do. I have, however, been baking a lot of cookies, and I can’t wait to share those recipes when it gets closer to Christmas. Since this recipe involves pumpkin though, I decided that it just couldn’t wait a couple more months. These are lovely to make right now, whether you’re just looking for a little autumnal snack, or whether you’d like to incorporate them into your Thanksgiving menu. They are light and fluffy with wonderful pumpkin flavor, and I made them a bit more fun by adding pumpkin mellowcremes on top. You can leave them off if you’d rather, or even replace them with a Hershey’s kiss to make these cookies a cross between snickerdoodles and blossom cookies. Either way, I hope you enjoy them. Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend!

For rolling:

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugars on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. On a lower speed, beat in the pumpkin puree, egg, and vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and spices. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Beat slowly until combined. Cover and chill the dough 30-40 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for rolling the cookies in. Scoop balls of dough about 1″ thick and roll in the sugar and spice mixture. Place on the prepared sheet about 2″ apart.

Bake the cookies for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned. Let sit on the baking sheet for a couple minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Place a pumpkin mellowcreme on top of each one, if desired. Repeat with the remaining dough.

Posted by on November 7, 2014.

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Categories: desserts & sweets

4 Responses

  1. I’m totally with you – I get it, stores want to make the most of the ‘holiday season’ but holy moly … sllloooowww doooowwwnnn!! These snickerdoodles are adorable :)

    by Sharana @ Living The Sweet Life Blog on Nov 7, 2014 at 10:48 am

  2. I love this idea!! Such a pretty cookie, and perfect for fall!

    by Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar on Nov 7, 2014 at 10:57 am

  3. I love love love these! This year.. I blinked and it’s gone. Time to slow down with a pumpkin snickerdoodle. :)

    by Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies on Nov 7, 2014 at 12:56 pm

  4. I am also getting fed up with the early Christmas takeover crap and the new “modern Christmas”. The LED lights I like because they don’t blow or fade in colors but all this coordinating trees, plastic and/or fall apart ornaments and seeing the same thing over and over again at different prices. They need to stop and use the saved time for making better ornaments like in the olden days. These days the “lights of Christmas” can be used for anything from weddings, color coordinated parties and birthdays other holidays and room decor! Why not leave those out all year for people ;)

    I like how you didn’t use peanut butter in your version of these cookies! I am allergic to peanuts. YUM YUM

    by shannon matthews on Nov 21, 2014 at 2:00 am

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Hi there! I’m Tracy, and I live in upstate NY. My husband and I met in college and have been married since 2005. Canning, baking, writing, photography, and even cleaning (yes, cleaning – it can be oddly relaxing), are all things that I enjoy. This blog brings all of those passions together – but more than [...]more →