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Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles are snickerdoodles filled with pumpkin pie spice!! These are the best fall cookie; they’re sweet and warm with that familiar spice mix and we love making them all year long! I used my favorite snickerdoodle recipe and added my favorite spice to make this easy cookie recipe.

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Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles Without Pumpkin

A friend of mine recently posted on Facebook that she hates pumpkin season because it ruins summer; that bloggers start posting pumpkin recipes in August when it’s still warm and not yet fall (guilty as charged). What do you think?

I’m in camp BRING ON THE PUMPKIN IN AUGUST because I just love fall way more than I love summer! What do you think?

Either way, these cookies can satisfy both camps because they’re pumpkin spice: no actual pumpkin was harmed in the making of these cookies.

Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles are my favorite snickerdoodle recipe with some pumpkin spices mixed in – they’re the perfect cookie to get you in the fall mood!

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Ingredients Needed

  • Butter: I use unsalted butter that’s been softened.
  • Granulated Sugar: These are cookies without brown sugar.
  • Baking Soda: These help the cookies spread.
  • Cream of Tartar: A MUST for Snickerdoodles – this keeps them soft but gives that tang associated with the cookie.
  • Spices: Normal Snickerdoodles have cinnamon, but these are full of pumpkin spice! Nope – no pumpkin in these. But if you want ones with pumpkin – try my Pumpkin Snickerdoodles!

Be sure to see the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions!

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How to make Snickerdoodles with Pumpkin Spices

  1. Cream butter and 3/4 cup sugar with a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or you may use a hand mixer).
  2. Once the mixture is creamed and fluffy, mix in the egg and vanilla extract until smooth, then mix in the baking soda, cream of tartar, pumpkin spice and salt.
  3. Slowly mix in flour until the mixture is just combined.
  4. Place remaining 1/3 cup sugar and pumpkin spice in a small bowl and stir. Scoop 2 tablespoon sized balls of cookie dough and roll them in the cinnamon sugar, then place them 2” apart on the prepared cookie sheets.
  5. Bake for 9-11 minutes, or until the bottoms just start to turn golden brown.
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Tip From Dorothy

Expert Tips

  • Be sure not to over bake these cookies. I err on the side of under-baking them. Learn how to tell if your cookies are done!
  • Make sure you measure your flour correctly so you don’t end up with too much.
  • You can make these with apple pie spice too!!

FAQ

Can you freeze snickerdoodles?

Yes – freeze them in an airtight container or gallon size bag for up to 3 months. Learn how I freeze all desserts!

How do you make Snickerdoodles soft and chewy?

These are made soft and chewy from using the cream of tartar with the baking soda. I use less cream of tartar in these than a normal snickerdoodle keeping them puffy.

Do you have to chill cookie dough?

You do not need to chill Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodle cookie dough – just scoop and bake!

When were Snickerdoodle Cookies invented?

Probably in the late 1800s and they’re thought to be of German or Dutch descent.

What spices are in pumpkin spice?

This varies by brand and by recipe, but you can use my homemade recipe to make it or use individual spices: 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon each ginger, cloves and nutmeg.

More unique snickerdoodle cookie recipes:

  • Peanut Butter Snickerdoodles – a fan favorite!
  • Apple Butter Snickerdoodles
  • Snickerdoodle Apple Cobbler
  • Don’t Miss my BEST Snickerdoodle Recipe

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Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles

5 from 57 votes

We love this easy cookie recipe! Make snickerdoodles with pumpkin pie spice! Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles are the best fall cookie recipe!

Prep Time 15 minutes minutes

Cook Time 10 minutes minutes

Total Time 25 minutes minutes

Yield 24 cookies

Serving Size 1 cookie

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Ingredients

  • ¾ cup (170g) unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (248g) all purpose flour

For topping:

  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • cup (67g) granulated sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or silpat baking mats.

  • Cream butter and 3/4 cup sugar with a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or you may use a hand mixer). Once the mixture is creamed and fluffy, mix in the egg and vanilla extract until smooth, then mix in the baking soda, cream of tartar, pumpkin spice and salt. Slowly mix in flour until the mixture is just combined.

  • Place remaining 1/3 cup sugar and pumpkin spice in a small bowl and stir.

  • Scoop 2 tablespoon sized balls of cookie dough and roll them in the cinnamon sugar, then place them 2” apart on the prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 9-11 minutes, or until the bottoms just start to turn golden brown. (These taste better if you err on the side of under rather than over done). Cool at least 5 minutes on cookie sheet before removing.

  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month.

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Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 857mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Course Dessert

Cuisine American

Author Dorothy Kern

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  1. Amazing cookies! I was really counting on 24 cookies and did the exact measurements on everything but only got 15 cookies out of it so it was a bit disappointing sense I was counting on it being 24 and being on a time crunch but serious deliciousness! 😋

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