Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles!

(Photo by Annie's Eats)

On Sunday, I needed to take some goodies to church for a fellowship time honoring friends who are leaving for their annual mission trip to South Africa.  (I have been in a pumpkin mood lately, as anyone who may have seen my Recipes to Try board on Pinterest will have noticed.  I think I even pinned some pumpkin recipes to my I Love Fall board as well.)  Anyway, all that to say that with the opportunity to bake, it shouldn't be surprising that I chose a pumpkin recipe.

I had seen this recipe for Pumpkin Snickerdoodles and was eager to try it.  Yes, the recipe actually contains pumpkin -- 3/4 cup of it.  I had previously seen a recipe where the cookie part was a traditional snickerdoodle, but the topping was sugar mixed with pumpkin pie spice.  I was more interested in this one because there was actually pumpkin in the recipe.

This recipe isn't exactly like a traditional snickerdoodle in texture.  I think the recipe would need to include cream of tartar for that to happen.  I was tempted to add some, but didn't know how it would interact with the pumpkin.  But the cookies are not soft ones, either.  Sort of crisp on the outside and maybe sort of cakelike within.  They do have a great flavor and are a pretty light orange color on the inside. 

I did find that it's important (to make the outside crunchy) to actually roll the dough in the sugar-spice topping.  My usual way with such recipes is just to dip the tops of the cookies rather than rolling them, but it definitely is better to roll the cookies in the sugar mixture in this case.  And about that topping -- I was out of cinnamon, so I substituted pumpkin pie spice for the total amount of spice in both cookie dough and topping.

We thought these cookies were very good.  Hope your family enjoys them if you try the recipe!


  1. Thank You! I have been craving everything pumpkin :) I just printed the recipe. Hannah is going to make them for after Bible Study.

  2. Oh, I hope they come out well for you and that your family enjoys them! Let me know what you all think!

  3. We did try them and they were good! Unfortunately, we did not read the recipe in time to get them done for Bible Study. Hannah finished them up today.

  4. Hi Mrs.T,
    We are going to make these too.I laughed out loud when I read that you were out of cinnamon too.I just ran out tonight after making canned apple pie filling.I need to pick up butter too.Maybe by this weekend?They sound like something we would really like.

  5. Glad you enjoyed the cookies, 1HappyWife and family! One hint I use (in fact, I used it with this recipe) is that when a recipe says to chill dough for 1 hour, you can just put it in the freezer for 15 minutes.

    Nikki, hope you and your family like these when you try them. I am out of butter too -- had to borrow one stick from my dad to make the snickerdoodles!

  6. Thanks for the tip about freezing! We will be using that one a lot as we don't usually think far enough ahead to chill.

  7. Hi Mrs T,
    We made them and they turned out yummy.Did not last long in our house.:)I blogged about them.

  8. These look delicious and not so hard to make either. Thank you!

  9. Hi ladies,

    It's nice to see you all here! Nikki, glad your family enjoyed the cookies! Kathleen, I hope your family will like the cookies if you try them.

    We're on vacation at our daughter's home in Nevada right now so I won't have much blogging time. But it sure is nice to see you all here at my kitchen table!

  10. Hope you are having a wonderful time in Nevada!


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