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These pumpkin snickerdoodles are everything you love about snickerdoodles and pumpkin pie in one. I love the sweet flavor and creamy texture that the white chocolate chips add, but feel free to leave them out. Adapted from my pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, this cookie dough comes together without an egg and the cookies have a wonderfully chewy texture.

I originally published this recipe in 2014. Have you ever tried them before?

stack of pumpkin snickerdoodles on black cooling rack.

If the end of summer has a silver lining, it’s that September marks the start of the Fall Baking Season. And when the weather begins to cool down, I always enjoy baking a batch of seasonal cookies. We have plenty of recipes to choose from and I have even more in my cookie cookbook!

My brown butter pumpkin oatmeal cookies are one of my favorites because they’re made with ultra-flavorful brown butter. (An over-the-top cookie, try them ASAP!) Then there’s my regular pumpkin cookies, which are similar to cakey muffin tops. They’re definitely delicious, but sometimes you crave a pumpkin cookie that has the same dense & chewy texture as a regular chocolate chip cookie. That’s where my beloved chewy pumpkin chocolate chip cookies come in. Today’s pumpkin snickerdoodles are a variation of that recipe. So good and always a hit!

pumpkin snickerdoodles with white chocolate chips

These Pumpkin Snickerdoodles Are:

My best advice: Make a double batch, because these disappear quickly!

Before You Begin, Blot the Pumpkin

This is actually optional, but I find it remarkably useful when I make brown butter pumpkin oatmeal cookies and soft pumpkin cookies.

Pumpkin is approximately 90% water by mass, which isn’t really useful in a chewy cookie recipe. (Think about it—there isn’t usually liquid in a chocolate chip cookie recipe, is there?) Using a paper towel, blot out some of the pumpkin’s moisture, so all that’s left is the flavor:

blotted pumpkin with a paper towel in a glass bowl

Here Are All of My Success Tips

  1. Skip the egg: What is the purpose of eggs in a cookie recipe? They bind ingredients together, tenderize the texture, and leave behind moisture. After some experimenting, I cut out the egg completely because pumpkin can replace it. If you’re in need of other egg-free cookie recipes, check out my shortbread recipe.
  2. Use both baking powder AND baking soda: To ensure these pumpkin snickerdoodles rise and hold their shape, use both and make sure they’re fresh. I replace them every 3 months because I find they lose their strength not much longer after that.
  3. Add plenty of spice: You can use store-bought or homemade pumpkin pie spice, plus extra cinnamon in the dough and more for the coating.
  4. Slightly flatten the balls before baking: The cookies won’t spread unless you give them a head-start. Slightly flatten the balls of dough before baking, as pictured below.
  5. Chill the cookie dough: Chilling the cookie dough helps guarantee the cookies don’t overspread. The dough only needs about 30 minutes in the refrigerator before shaping and baking. Pretty quick!
  6. Give it time: Let the pumpkin snickerdoodles cool on a cooling rack for a while. Like any cookie, they’re tasty warm from the oven, but I find their chewiness and flavor amplify over time. Sometimes I even leave them uncovered on the cooling rack overnight. The next day, they’re chewier and more flavorful. (Now the real test is if you can wait that long to dig in!)

These Step Photos Will Help:

While you can leave them out if desired, the white chocolate chips add texture and a deliciously sweet and creamy flavor. I love them both ways. Here is the cookie dough plain, and again with the white chocolate chips mixed in.

plain pumpkin cookie dough in bowl and shown again with white chocolate chips.

After 30 minutes of chilling, the cookie dough is a little more solid and sturdy and that’s because there’s butter in the dough. (Butter solidifies when it’s cold.) Use a medium cookie scoop to shape each ball of dough. You need 1.5 Tablespoons of dough per cookie:

pumpkin cookie dough in bowl and in cookie scoop.

Roll the dough balls in a cinnamon-sugar mixture, and then arrange on a lined baking sheet. Slightly flatten the cookie dough balls with the bottom of a spoon or cup:

pumpkin cookie dough rolled in cinnamon sugar and arranged on cookie sheet.
pumpkin cookie dough shaped into flat balls on lined cookie sheet.
pumpkin snickerdoodles with cinnamon sugar topping on baking sheet.

Plain or White Chocolate Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Considering the flavor, texture, and ease of this recipe—these pumpkin snickerdoodles are nothing short of a dream! Many readers bake them with white chocolate chips, but I love them plain. You could even swap the white chocolate chips for cinnamon chip morsels, a product by Hershey’s that you can usually find around the holidays.

P.S.: Because this recipe uses only 6 Tbsp of pumpkin puree, you may have extras to use up. Here are recipes that use leftover pumpkin. Enjoy!

pumpkin snickerdoodles with white chocolate chips

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stack of pumpkin snickerdoodles on black cooling rack.

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
  • Yield: 18 cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These soft & chewy snickerdoodle cookies are full of pumpkin, white chocolate, and cinnamon sugar. Warning: they disappear quickly, so make a double batch!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick or 115g) unsalted butter, melted & slightly cooled
  • 1/4 cup (50g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 6 Tablespoons (86g) pumpkin puree (see note)*
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (188g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice*
  • optional: 1/2 cup (90g) white chocolate chips, plus a few extra for the tops

Coating

  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Whisk the melted butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together in a medium bowl until no brown sugar lumps remain. Whisk in the vanilla and blotted pumpkin until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Whisk the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice together in a large bowl. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together with a large spoon or rubber spatula. The dough will be very soft. Fold in 1/2 cup white chocolate chips, if using. The chips may not stick to the dough because of the melted butter, but do your best to combine.
  3. Cover the dough and chill for 30 minutes or up to 3 days. Chilling the dough is a must for this recipe.
  4. Remove dough from the refrigerator. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  5. Shape & coat the cookie dough balls: Scoop the dough, about 1.5 Tablespoons of dough per cookie, and roll each into balls. Mix the coating ingredients together, and then roll each cookie dough ball generously in the cinnamon-sugar coating. Arrange cookie dough balls 3 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Using the back of a spoon or the bottom of a cup/measuring cup, slightly flatten the tops of the dough balls. (Without doing so, the cookies may not spread.)
  6. Bake for 11–12 minutes or until the edges appear set. The cookies will look very soft in the center. Remove from the oven. If you find that your cookies didn’t spread much at all, flatten them out gently with the back of a spoon when you take them out of the oven. If desired, press a few white chocolate chips into the tops of the warm cookies. This is only for looks.
  7. Cool cookies on the baking sheets for at least 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. The longer the cookies cool, the better they taste! The flavor gets stronger and the texture becomes chewier. I usually let them sit, uncovered, for several hours before serving. Chewiness and pumpkin flavor are even stronger on day 2.
  8. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: You can make the cookie dough and chill it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Allow to come to room temperature, then continue with step 4. Baked cookies freeze well up to 3 months. You can also freeze the cookie dough balls for up to 3 months before baking. It’s best to freeze them without the cinnamon-sugar coating. When you are ready to bake, remove the dough balls from the freezer, let sit for 30 minutes, preheat the oven, and then roll in the cinnamon-sugar topping. Here are my tips for how to freeze cookie dough.
  2. Pumpkin: Squeeze as much of the moisture out of the pumpkin puree as you can before adding it to the cookie dough. I simply squeeze the puree with paper towels. See photo in the post for a visual. This will help produce a less cakey cookie. Less moisture is a good thing here! Measure 6 Tablespoons AFTER the pumpkin has been squeezed/blotted. Do not use pumpkin pie filling.
  3. Pumpkin Pie Spice: You can find pumpkin pie spice in the baking aisle of most grocery stores or make your own homemade pumpkin pie spice. If you don’t have either and want to use individual spices, use 1/4 teaspoon each: ground ginger, ground nutmeg, ground cloves, and ground allspice. This is in addition to the 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon—you will still add that.
  4. Chilled Dough: If you are chilling the pumpkin cookie dough for longer than 30 minutes, the cookie dough will likely have to sit on the counter at room temperature for at least 15 minutes before scooping/rolling because it will be quite cold and solid. The amount of time it needs to sit at room temperature depends on how long the dough has chilled. If I chill my cookie dough for around 24 hours, I let it sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
  5. Bigger Batch: Cookie recipe can easily be doubled by doubling each ingredient. Chill the cookie dough for 45 minutes.
  6. White Chocolate Chips: Feel free to leave these out or replace with chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, or cinnamon chip morsels.
  7. Be sure to check out my top 5 cookie baking tips AND these are my 10 must-have cookie baking tools.

Keywords: pumpkin snickerdoodles, white chocolate pumpkin snickerdoodles

Reader Questions and Reviews

  1. Wow! Just made these for the first time and they turned out perfect! Thank you for the recipe. I am going to make second time once again .

  2. This is the 3rd fall in a row my daughter and I baked these and delivered them to friends and family. We have been doing it since she was 3 and she really looks forward to it (mainly eating lots of white chocolate chips in the process)—not to mention everyone enjoys them so much! Thank you!

    1. Hi Lauren, we haven’t tested these cookies with gluten free flour so we’re unsure of the results. Let us know if you do give it a try!

  3. This is one of my favorite go-to recipes! They are always a hit, and they disappear so quickly. So easy and SO delicious! Even my mother, who is not the biggest fan of pumpkin, LOVES these cookies!

  4. Hi sally!
    My daughter is lactose intolerant at the moment which means I can’t eat anything with cows milk while I breast feed her. I have been craving these cookies and was wondering if there was anyway I can sub the butter for something non dairy? Thank you!

    1. Hi Emaleeann! A few readers reported success using solid coconut oil, although we haven’t tried it ourselves. You could also try a plant-based butter. Let us know if you do any experimenting!

  5. Not me over here with 5x the amount because I didn’t read directions all the way through first lol

  6. I had to try these and I usually hate being in the kitchen lol however these looked SO GOOD. I got the stuff and made them one day, let the dough sit overnight in the fridge, because again, I hate being in the kitchen for too long lol let the dough come to room temp the next day and threw a dozen in to try a “test batch” lol and they were DELICIOUS! I’ll be making these as teacher gifts for sure!

  7. Here I am for like the 7th year in a row with these! I’m pretty sure I’ve even commented on here already! But year after year, these are a huge hit! Thank you Sally!

  8. This is a fantastic recipe! My husband and I came home from a date and our 15 year old found this recipe and baked them while we were out! We devoured them! Today we doubled the recipe so he could share with friends at school tomorrow!

  9. So good! Nice pumpkin flavor, and perfectly spiced! Thanks for an outstanding recipe!!

  10. Incredible! Loved their chewy centers, and spot on flavor! I pressed a few chocolate chips into the tops of the cookies like you recommended in the shapes of smiley faces, and they added the perfect touch! This recipe is definitely a keeper!

  11. I forgot to melt the butter— I’m hoping it doesn’t affect the overall texture too much!

    1. Hi Deb, Cream of tartar is usually used in traditional snickerdoodles– helps with leavening and adds a little tang. It’s not necessary in this pumpkin variation though.

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