Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies. An easy recipe with a twist on the traditional Snickerdoodle cookie. Great Thanksgiving dessert idea or after school snack.

Sometimes it makes me nervous to mess with an American classic. Snickerdoodle cookies have been around a long time. Chances are they didn’t originate in the U.S. but they have been a part of our culture for what seems like forever. The sign of a true Snickerdoodle is the cinnamon and sugar coating on the outside. So even though there is pumpkin in these Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies, they are the real deal! Each ball of dough is dropped in the coating and the end result is amazing.

pumpkin snickerdoodle cookie dough on cookie sheet

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies for a sweet treat!

These little pumpkin snickerdoodle cookies are the perfect fall treat…for after school, in lunch boxes or with a cup of coffee. They would also be a big hit on Thanksgiving Day. They stay fresh in an airtight container for several days so they are a great make-ahead dessert. This recipe can be doubled if you want to make enough to freeze. Freezing some might actually be a good idea because they are slightly addicting. Believe me, you will not be able to eat just one.

pumpkin snickerdoodle cookies on cooling rack

pumpkin snickerdoodle cookies on cooling rack with pumpkins

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies. An easy recipe with a twist on the traditional Snickerdoodle cookie. Great Thanksgiving dessert idea or after school snack.
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4.50 from 4 votes
Servings: 30 cookies
Author: Ann Drake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Rolling Mix:

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon


  • In a large bowl or bowl of a standing mixer, combine the butter, sugars, pumpkin, egg and vanilla.
  • Beat until fluffy.
  • In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cream of tartar.
  • Slowly add dry mixture to pumpkin mixture.
  • Mix until combined but do not over mix.
  • Cover and refrigerate 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Combine 1/2 c. sugar and 1 t. cinnamon in a small bowl.
  • Scoop the cookie dough and roll into balls.
  • Drop the balls in the sugar/cinnamon mix and roll around until the ball is covered.
  • Once the balls are on the ungreased cookie sheet, flatten with the bottom of a small glass.
  • Bake 10 minutes.
  • Cool completely.
  • Can be stored in an airtight container for several days.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 95kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 82mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 738IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg
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If you have never made these pumpkin snickerdoodle cookies, I hope you give them a try. The smell when they are baking makes the house feel all warm and cozy. They really are comfort food at its best.

pumpkin snickerdoodle cookies on cooling rack with pumpkins

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  1. 3 stars
    Not sure if it’s something I did. Mine came out tough. My other recipes have the butter and sugars creamed before adding the pumpkin, egg, vanilla. Altogether the wet mixture never got creamy.

  2. The cookies look delicious, but the napkin/place mat beneath them is lovely. Would you mind sharing the source? I’m inspired by that pattern.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Rhonda…that is a tea towel I got several years ago at TJMaxx. I don’t have a source. I wish I could be more help!

  3. The cookies sound yummy.Enjoy your weekend and the fall weather.

  4. Gloria Galiana says:

    Made the cookies today and they are amazing!!! The house smells so good. Thank you for the recipe!

  5. Terrie Freeman says:

    Could not print recipe. Page kept saying 403 forbidden.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Thank you very much for letting me know! The problem has been fixed. I appreciate your help so much. ~Ann

  6. Susan Hatcher says:

    These sound good. I’m not a huge pumpkin fan so think I will try with sweet potato.

  7. Dee Brownfield says:

    OK … now I must make these cookies!!! you have never failed me yet! LOL will let you know!

  8. These look absolutely delicious. My husband loves regular snicke doodles, so I am going to give this pumpkin version a try and see what he thinks. I will let you know. Thanks for all the good recipes. Sky

  9. Those look so good! I first made snickerdoodles in Home Ec class many years ago… I bet these are even better than the ones I remember.

  10. Snicker doodles originated in Germany, I have not tried these yet but they look delicious!

  11. These are one of my hubby’s favorite cookies and I never make them and by never I mean it’s been years. I think I tend to bake my favorites more often. LOL Pinning!

  12. Char Sethman says:

    sounds yummy! Please come share in my “Fabulous Fall” Linky Party!

  13. Shirley@housepitality designs says:

    Those cookies look and sound wonderful….I love everything pumpkin!!!

  14. Simply Suzannes at Home says:

    Oh my goodness, Ann!
    These cookies look and sound amazing.
    My family and I are big fans of traditional snickerdoodle cookies, so I can only imagine how wonderful these ones taste with the added pumpkin flavors!
    Thanks so much for sharing,

  15. These sound so good. I will be making these today for my family. Thanks for another great recipe.

  16. Love Snicker doodles and with pumpkin OMG. PINNING. Thank you.


  17. Pamela @ FlowerPatchFarmhouse.com says:

    Snickerdoodles…mmmm our favorite. I will try this recipe soon. I also have a recipe for Eggnog Snickerdoodles I have been dying to try. That 15 pounds I lost last June is going to creep back up on me if I don’t watch it! :)

  18. Barbie Bertke says:

    Ann, I can’t wait to try these. I am such a cinnamon freak. I really am terrible when it comes to a good cinnamon recipe. I will eat cinnamon coffee cale and a cup of coffee anyday over bacon and eggs. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Barbie Bertke says:

      I hope you know I meant cake not cale:)

      1. Ann Drake says:

        haha. Yes I knew! Thanks for taking the time to leave me a comment. I appreciate it!

  19. Charlotte says:

    Ann, I can’t wait to make these! They look so yummy! Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful recipes with us!
    Charlotte T

  20. These look and sound delish. I can’t wait to bake a batch.

  21. Lindsay Eidahl says:

    These look so good! I want to make these!

    1. Ann, You are an amazing person! I love everything you post:) I enjoy and look forward to reading your blog. Thanks for being so real.

      1. Ann Drake says:

        Nancy…thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely comment. I appreciate it more than you can know!