Soft, thick, and bursting with pumpkin pie spice and sugar, these Pumpkin-Doodle Cookies are full of pumpkin flavor. They’re easy to make and the perfect fall treat to satisfy your pumpkin and cinnamon cravings!
My favorite spice to bake with is cinnamon. Hands down. No questions asked. If I could find ways to add it to more savory dishes, I would do that, too. There’s just something about the aroma and flavor that reminds me of good old-fashioned comfort. The smell of cinnamon reminds me of cozy sweaters, cool fall days, and scented candles. Even when it’s 95 degrees out, the spice is comforting to me.
So I guess it’s no surprise that snickerdoodles were my favorite cookie when I was younger. I loved the buttery base and sweet coating. Even though they’re really a sugar cookie in disguise, snickerdoodles were always magical to me.
And it wasn’t until years later that I learned that it was really just a sugar cookie, rolled in cinnamon and sugar. I remember being shocked, followed by an “ah-ha” moment. I mean, how is it that the cinnamon topping makes these cookies extra delicious?
So when I was dreaming of my next pumpkin creation, my mind automatically thought of snickerdoodles. Since I haven’t had these cookies in quite a while, I was long overdue.
And that’s where these Pumpkin-Doodle Cookies come in. Soft, thick, and bursting with pumpkin pie spice and sugar, these cookies are full of pumpkin flavor. They’re easy to make and the perfect fall treat to satisfy your pumpkin and cinnamon cravings.
If you love the classic snickerdoodle cookies as much as I do, then you need to try these Pumpkin-Doodle Cookies right now. Go. Run. Grab that pumpkin and get bakin’! I promise you will love the soft and fluffy texture and cozy pumpkin flavor.
And I’m not kidding when I say that these cookies bake up soft and thick! These cookies are easily the most fuffiest and softest ones that I’ve ever made. You’ll feel like you’re eating a little pillow of pumpkin-y cinnamon-y goodness. And let me tell you, that little pillow is cookie perfection!
These Pumpkin-Doodle Cookies are a breeze to whip up.
But you knew that was coming, right? Simply mix together your dry ingredients, followed by the wet ingredients, and then stir to combine. It’s important that you chill the dough for at least an hour, otherwise you will have a very sticky mess on your hands, and the cookies will come out very flat. Trust me on this one!
Once the dough is well-chilled, it’s time to coat the cookies in some sugary goodness! The topping is a mixture of white sugar and pumpkin pie spice. It’s gives these Pumpkin-Doodle Cookies the most perfect, sugary coating. And since there is cinnamon in pumpkin pie spice, you can bet that these babies will smell amazing when they’re baking in your oven.
One bite of these Pumpkin-Doodle Cookies and you will have found your new favorite fall treat. Packed with cozy flavors and bursting with sweetness, I guarantee these cuties won’t last long in your house!
Looking for more pumpkin recipes? I’ve got you covered!
- Pumpkin Spice Granola
- Pumpkin Spice Cake with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting
- Pumpkin Creme Brûlée
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1½ cups granulated sugar
- ½ cup pure pumpkin
- 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste, or vanilla extract
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 2⅔ cups all-purpose flour
FOR THE TOPPING
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1½ tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
- In a large bowl, beat butter with an electric hand mixer or stand mixer with fitted paddle attachment until smooth and creamy.
- Add sugar, pumpkin, vanilla, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Beat until thoroughly combined. Add in egg and flour and mix thoroughly.
- Cover and chill dough for at least 1 hour (or up to 2 hours).
- Once dough is well-chilled, preheat oven to 350F. Line two baking pans with parchment paper or a silpat baking mat. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine sugar and pumpkin pie spice. Shape dough into 1½ inch balls and roll in sugar mixture.
- Place onto baking pan and bake for 12 minutes or until edges are set. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes, then move to a wire rack to cool completely.
I love baking with cinnamon too especially during this time of year! These pumpkin-doodle cookies look awesome, Gayle! Such a great mash-up! So soft, thick, fluffy and perfect for fall!
Thank you, Kelly! These cookies have such a great texture!
I’m excited about these cookies! They look so soft. And cinnamon is a must in almost all baked goods!
I totally agree, Jen! Thanks!
I love this! One of my favorite fall baking treats is snickerdoodles. Now I can have pumpkin ones!
Thanks, Natalie! You would LOVE these pumpkin cookies!
Mmmmm – I love how puffy and soft these are! Snickerdoodles are a family favorite so there’s no doubt your pumpkin version will be popular in our house, too!
Thanks, Annie! These are the fluffiest cookies that I’ve ever made!
These look absolutely wonderful! So happy fall is here – these are putting a smile on my face! Pinned :).
I’m so happy that fall is officially here, too! Thanks for the pin, Annie!
I made pumpkin snickerdoodle bars last year and couldn’t believe how good they were! These cookies look so perfectly thick and soft like a good snickerdooble should be. I’ll take about a dozen!
Thank you, Marcie! I’m in love with this pumpkin combination!
These are such beautiful photos Gayle and they have made me so excited for Autumn and everything pumpkin!
Thanks, Dannii! Hooray for pumpkin season! 🙂
These cookies sound so delicious and your pictures are beautiful! Yay for cinnamon, it’s the best 😉
Thanks for the kind words and for stopping by, Marie!
Are you kidding? Snickerdoodle cookies + Pumpkin, is my recipe. As you said, I’m running to the kitchen to make a batch
Thanks for the kind words and for stopping by, Azu! I hope you love these cookies if you try them!
What a delicious idea, Gayle! Cinnamon is definitely my favorite spice, too. My kids love it as well, so snickerdoodles are a big hit around here. And so is pumpkin bread. Why not combine them? You’re so darn smart. 🙂
Thank you, Blair! My husband isn’t a huge pumpkin fan (shocking, right?) but even he loved these cookies! 🙂
I so agree, there’s nothing like cinnamon! I want to add it to everything! Love these cookies Gayle!
Cinnamon is the best! Thanks, Manali!
You know what’s weird? Even though I technically know that snickerdoodles are just sugar cookies rolled in cinnamon, I can’t get the two totally different tastes to jibe in my head.
Adding pumpkin is the best idea! That’ll get me eating WAY too many, though. Good problem to have!
I know what you mean, Mir! It’s almost too simple to comprehend! 🙂 I think I did eat way too many of these, they were just so good!
Dear Gayle, this snickerdoodle cookies sound delightful! Cinnamon is one of my favorites too, and it has so many health benefits. What a wonderful treat! xo, Catherine
Thanks for the kind words, Catherine!
Oh maaaaan! These cookies just look so unbelievably soft I just want to sink my teeth into that entire stack! I still have yet to make pumpkin cookies this year and you just reminded me that I need to get on that!
These cookies are the softest and fluffiest, Sarah! 🙂 Thanks!
I absolutely need these right now!! They look so incredibly delicious, Gayle! I can’t get enough of pumpkin these days! 🙂 Love your food photography!
Thanks for the pumpkin love, Sina! 🙂
These cookies look awesome! So soft and with great flavor! Will try them very soon!
I can’t resist a good snickerdoodle cookie! Love how soft these look!
Thank you, Jessica!
Pumpkindoodles! They are even delicious to pronounce!! 🙂
Thanks, Kate! 🙂
I just LOVE the name of these. It sounds like a mutt puppy version!! One kind of pet I’d like to have around for sure.
Gayle, you’ve done it again! You have me seriously drooling over these super delicious looking cookies! I am a sucker for anything with cinnamon, so you can count me in! Thanks for sharing! 😀
Thanks for the kind words, Kennedy!
These cookies have the best name ever! And they sound like the most amazing cookies ever! I love it when the house smells like cinnamon 🙂
Thanks, Izzy! These cookies are my new fall favorite!
I love cooking with cinnamon too! Combining pumpkin with the delicious snickerdoodle was a total genius move!
Thank you, Rachelle!
OMG YES – I am totally making a GiGi-Diet approved version of this, FOR SURE! YUM!
Haha thanks, Gigi!
I always add an extra dose of cinnamon to my baked goods! It’s just the best! I love that you combined cinnamon and pumpkin in these cookies! And I love the name, too. 🙂
Thank you, Kristine! I always add extra cinnamon when baking, too!
this is the cutest name ever! I am totally loving these! snickerdoodle cookies are sooo de-lish but adding pumpkin is such a great idea! 😉
This is genius Gayle! I love pumpkin cookies and I love snicker doodles why not combine them!! Awesome idea. Can’t wait to try these!
Thanks for the cookie love, Kelley!
These cookies look delicious, Gayle! I agree, hands-down cinnamon is THE spice for the season! pinning to try these later.
Thanks for the kind words and pin, Savita!
HI there! In the instructions it says to leave in the fridge for at least one hour or up to 2 hours. What would happen if you leave them more than two hours???
Hi Patricia! The dough may be too hard to work with if you refrigerate it for more than two hours. If you do that, I would recommend letting the dough sit out for a bit (maybe 15 minutes or so) to soften a bit. Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoy these cookies!
Looking to make these tonight for my wife’s Halloween bake-off at work tomorrow. Would it be possible to mix a little cinnamon in at some point in the process to get some of the cinnamon-y goodness of Snickerdoodles? Or would it not work that well with the pumpkin flavor? Thanks!
Hi Fletch! Yes I think cinnamon would be delicious! I wouldn’t add too much because the pumpkin pie spice already has cinnamon in it, but I think 1/2-1 teaspoon would probably work well, unless you want more of a cinnamon taste. I would add it in when you add the other spices to the mix. Thanks for stopping by and I hope your wife and her work enjoys!
Thanks Gayle. I made these cookies for Christmas. They are the “hit” of the town!
I’m so glad to hear that, Darlene! Thanks for stopping by and letting me know!