Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Canned pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice are delicious seasonal additions to a classic snickerdoodle. The spice blend adds warming notes thanks to the cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves. These healthy pumpkin snickerdoodle cookies are light and moist, making them the perfect sweet treat.

a recipe photo of the Pumpkin Snickerdoodles on a plate
Photo: Sara Haas
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
55 mins


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • ¾ cup whole-wheat pastry flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened

  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar plus 2 tablespoons, divided

  • ½ cup unseasoned pumpkin puree

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 large egg, at room temperature

  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice


  1. Position racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 350℉. Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. Whisk all-purpose flour, pastry flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Place butter, brown sugar and 1/4 cup granulated sugar in a large bowl; beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Beat in pumpkin and vanilla. Add egg and beat well to combine. Reduce speed to low; gradually add the flour mixture, beating until just combined.

  3. Combine pumpkin pie spice and the remaining 2 tablespoons granulated sugar in a small bowl.

  4. Shape the dough into balls, about 1 1/2 tablespoons each. (The mixture will be on the sticky side.) Roll each ball in the sugar-spice mixture and place on the prepared baking sheets.

  5. Bake for 10 minutes, rotating pans once halfway. Remove the pans from the oven; gently press the tops of the cookies with the back of a spoon. Bake until lightly browned, about 2 more minutes. Let cool on the pans for 5 minutes; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make ahead

Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.


Parchment paper

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

83 Calories
4g Fat
11g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 27
Calories 83
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 5g
Added Sugars 5g 10%
Protein 1g 2%
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Vitamin A 822IU 16%
Vitamin D 2IU 1%
Folate 15mcg 4%
Vitamin K 1mcg 1%
Sodium 65mg 3%
Calcium 17mg 1%
Magnesium 3mg 1%
Potassium 22mg 0%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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