Pumpkin for the season
Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies are a delightful twist on the classic snickerdoodle cookie, infused with the warm and comforting flavors of pumpkin and autumn spices.
These cookies perfectly encapsulate the essence of the fall season with their soft, chewy texture and the unmistakable combination of cinnamon and nutmeg.
The addition of pumpkin puree not only lends a subtle earthy sweetness but also a beautiful orange hue, making them a favorite treat for Thanksgiving gatherings.
These cookies are not only delicious but also incredibly easy to make, making them a popular choice for seasonal baking.
Whether you’re a fan of traditional snickerdoodles or simply looking for a cozy and aromatic dessert to enjoy, Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies are sure to become a seasonal favorite.
Why I LOVE pumpkin!
Pumpkin is amazing in its nutritional profile can be used for so many dishes, other than my favorite, pumpkin pie!
(Did you know? Pumpkin is great for your sweet pup dealing with tummy issues.)
Here are some of the key benefits of pumpkin puree:
Rich in Nutrients: Pumpkin puree is a nutrient-dense food, providing essential vitamins and minerals. It is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, potassium, and dietary fiber. Vitamin A, in particular, is abundant in pumpkin and plays a vital role in maintaining healthy skin, vision, and the immune system.
High in Fiber: Pumpkin puree is rich in dietary fiber, which promotes digestive health and helps regulate blood sugar levels. Fiber also contributes to a feeling of fullness, aiding in appetite control.
Antioxidant Properties: Pumpkin contains antioxidants such as beta-carotene, which can help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. These antioxidants may contribute to overall health and potentially reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
Heart Health: The potassium content in pumpkin puree supports heart health by helping to regulate blood pressure. Additionally, the fiber and antioxidants in pumpkin can have a positive impact on cardiovascular health.
Eye Health: The significant amount of vitamin A in pumpkin puree is essential for maintaining good eyesight and overall eye health. It plays a role in night vision and helps protect against certain eye conditions.
Skin Health: The vitamins and antioxidants in pumpkin can contribute to healthy and radiant skin. Some skincare products even contain pumpkin extract for its potential skin benefits.
Immune Support: The combination of vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber in pumpkin may help support the immune system, making it an excellent choice during cold and flu season.
Incorporating pumpkin puree into your diet is a convenient way to enjoy these health benefits. Whether you use it as an ingredient in recipes or as a standalone side dish, pumpkin puree is a nutritious and delicious addition to your meals, especially during the fall season.
What you need
Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies are a delightful and flavorful treat, blending the traditional snickerdoodle ingredients with the rich, warm flavors of pumpkin and autumn spices. Here’s an overview of the key ingredients you’ll typically find in these cookies:
Pumpkin Puree: The star ingredient that gives these cookies their signature pumpkin flavor. Canned pumpkin puree is commonly used, but you can also use homemade puree if you prefer.
Butter: Unsalted butter is the base of the cookie dough, providing richness and a tender texture. It’s usually creamed with sugar to create a light and fluffy cookie.
Maple Syrup: Maple syrup is a versatile and delicious ingredient that can be used in a wide range of recipes.
Egg: One or two eggs are added to bind the ingredients together and provide structure to the cookies.
Flour: All-purpose flour is the primary dry ingredient in the cookie dough. It provides structure and stability to the cookies.
Leavening Agents: Baking powder and sometimes a bit of baking soda are used to help the cookies rise and become soft and tender.
Bring out the flavor of pumpkin
Vanilla Extract: For added depth and a hint of sweetness, pure vanilla extract is a common ingredient in these cookies.
Pumpkin Spice Seasoning + Sugar Coating: The cookies are rolled in a mixture of pumpkin pie seasoning and sugar before baking, giving them a sweet and slightly crunchy exterior.
These ingredients combine to create Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies that are both soft and chewy on the inside with a delicate, cinnamon-sugar crust on the outside.
Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies
- 6 tbsp butter melted
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups flour (1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 cup whole wheat flour, optional)
- 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie seasoning
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- pinch of salt
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3 tsp pumpkin pie seasoning
- 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a baking sheet or use a silicone baking mat. 2. To prepare the coating, combine the sugar and pumpkin pie seasoning in a small bowl and set aside.3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the butter, sugar, maple syrup, egg and vanilla. Stir in the pumpkin puree. 4. In a bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie seasoning and salt. 5. Add the flour mixture, stirring until mixed well. 6. Using a cookie scoop or a spoon and spatula, drop dough onto a baking sheet. Sprinkle the seasoning and sugar mixture over each cookie dough ball. 7. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet for at least 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.
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