Fall Cookie Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles

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Snickerdoodles get a seasonal spin with the addition of homemade pumpkin spice mix right in the batter! These cookies are chewy, flavourful, and the perfect Fall cookie recipe. They also freeze well for a treat to enjoy later, or to prep for a family gathering.

Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles Cookie Recipe

There’s nothing quite like snickerdoodles – not only are they fun to say (my girls think the word’s hilarious!), but they’re delicious to eat. The crunchy texture of the cinnamon-sugar coating, the soft and chewy center, the buttery taste… YUM! These delectable, cakey cookies are MILES better than any store-bought cookie, but they’re easy to make.

This post first appeared in October 2021 and has since been updated.

This project is part of the Seasonal Simplicity blog hop hosted by The Happy Housie, so after you read my post make sure to see all of the other delicious Fall recipes linked at the bottom!

Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles Cookie Recipe

Recently, my mom had to bake dozens of cookies for a wedding, and she reported that the most popular ones were the snickerdoodles. She also reported that she tried using lard in her cookies instead of butter, and the result was an amazingly textured cookie. I decided to give both snickerdoodles and lard a try for this recipe today!

Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles Cookie Recipe

Another update to the humble snickerdoodle? The addition of homemade pumpkin spice mix to the batter itself. It gives a bit of a spicy kick to this cookie dough so that the cookies taste a little like gingerbread, but still much milder and sweeter. This cookie is the perfect combination of Fall flavors.

Ingredients

  • butter
  • lard
  • granulated sugar
  • eggs
  • vanilla extract
  • all purpose flour
  • cream of tartar
  • baking soda
  • sea salt
  • DIY pumpkin pie spice mix (a mix of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice & cloves)
  • cinnamon

See the recipe card below for the quantities.

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375F.
  2. Next, soften the butter, and mix together the butter, lard and sugar in a bowl.
  3. Then, add the eggs and vanilla and mix.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt and DIY pumpkin spice mix. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix.
  5. Now, in a small bowl, mix together the granulated sugar and cinnamon for the topping.
  6. Roll the cookie dough into 1 inch balls, roll each ball in the cinnamon-sugar mix, and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  7. Finaly, bake the cookies for 8 minutes, remove from the oven and cool.

Substitutions

  • Lard – you can use butter instead of the lard, but I find that the lard makes these taste extra chewy and fluffy
  • Vanilla extract – the vanilla extract can be substituted for almond extract for a different taste

Variations

  • Brown butter snickerdoodles – cook the butter at a medium low temperature in a saucepan on the stove until it’s warm and slightly browned. Then, use it in this recipe for a rich brown butter taste.
  • Spicy pecan cookies – chop 1/2 cup of pecans and add them to the cookie dough before rolling the cookies out for a nutty twist.

Ready to bake? Here’s the Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodle Fall cookies recipe! This recipe makes at least 4 dozen cookies, so it’s perfect for freezing half the cookies to save for the holiday season.

Step-by-Step Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles Cookie Recipe

Fall Cookie Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles

Yield: 4 dozen
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Baking Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes

Snickerdoodles get a seasonal spin with the addition of homemade pumpkin spice mix right in the batter! These cookies are chewy, flavourful, and the perfect Fall and Winter baked treat.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cups butter
  • 3/4 cups lard
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp DIY pumpkin spice mix
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375F.
  2. Soften the butter, and mix together the butter, lard and sugar in a bowl.
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt and DIY pumpkin spice mix. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix.
  5. In a small bowl, mix together the granulated sugar and cinnamon for the topping.
  6. Roll the cookie dough into 1 inch balls, roll each ball in the cinnamon-sugar mix, and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  7. Bake the cookies for 8 minutes, remove from the oven and cool.

I hope you love these delicious sugar cookies as much as my family and I do! If you give them a try, let me know what you think of them in the comments below, or share on social media and tag me @thediymommy.

Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles Cookie Recipe

Want to try another one of my cookie recipes that’s perfect for Fall? I think I have the BEST chocolate chip cookie recipe, and you can find it right here. My chocolate chip cookie is soft, it’ll melt in your mouth, and I’ve been making it for years!

Want to try a sugar cookie with a maple glaze? You’ll love this recipe for leaf cookies! Once you try a maple syrup flavoured glaze on a cookie, you’ll be hooked!

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Chicken Lasagna Soup at The Handmade Home

Easy Overnight Breakfast Casserole at The Turquoise Home
Butternut Squash & Sundried Tomato Frittata at Cassie Bustamante
Pumpkin Spice Granola at Craftberry Bush
Saskatoon Berry Muffins at Love Create Celebrate
Quick Sugar Free Applesauce at Aratari at Home

Mason Jar Pumpkin Pies at Modern Glam
Easy Pumpkin Dip at She Gave it a Go
Fall Brioche at Inspiration for Moms
Baked Apple Cider Donuts at Paint Me Pink
Instant Pot Pumpkin Applesauce at Cherished Bliss

Pumpkin Spice Granola at Zevy Joy
Plum Frangipane Dessert at Satori Design for Living
Pumpkin Pie Cream Cheese Ball at Tatertots and Jello
Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles at The DIY Mommy
Apple Cannon Balls at In My Own Style

5 Minute Flaky Pie Crust at Jenna Kate at Home
Pumpkin Spice Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze at Sincerely, Marie Designs
Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Brownies at A Pretty Life
Yummy S’Mores Cheese Ball at This is Our Bliss
Pecan Madeleines at Life is a Party

Keto Low Carb Pumpkin Crisp at Summer Adams Designs
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28 Comments

  1. Christina, your recipe looks amazing. I can’t wait to try it this fall. I’m excited to feature it this week on Tuesday Turn About link party. I hope you will be back to share more of your recipes and projects with us.

  2. Oh now I’m craving a snickerdoodle! Those look and sound totally fabulous, Christina! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve never baked with lard – what kind of texture does it give? I’m definitely going to try a batch! Thanks for the great recipe! โค๏ธ

  3. Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles Cookie Recipe is great! To be honest, I’m not good at cooking but I like them, they give me joy and excitement every time I finish the dishes, which is a great thing. With your recipe, just need to follow the instructions and the rest is simple, thank you for sharing them.

  4. Look yummy! One of my favorite Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles Cookie, nice to see your recipe, easy to follow, will cook this for family this weekend. Thanks you!

  5. Snickerdoodles sounds interesting right! Cookies are a must have in our home especially now that we are still in quarantine. I need to find ways and new delightful dessert to serve to my family and this one is top on my list. It gets the flavor of the pumpkin.

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