Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodles

Can I talk about how much I despise my upstairs neighbor for a bit? I don’t know what’s going on up there, but I do know that it’s loud and it’s keeping me up at night! I suppose that comes with the territory in New York. On Monday night, he was on his patio (we have a cute little balcony off our apartment, but he is on the top floor, so he has a roof patio as well as a large terrace), playing loud music and drinking with his friends. He then started screaming out into the street, “Everybody is good! Everybody is good!” over and over again. Eventually, some police cars drove by and he shut up, only to start again an hour or so later. Kramer and I thought, oh well, everyone has a crazy night every once in a while, right? We let it pass, shut our windows and our bedroom door, and tried to get some sleep. However, last night, he decided to start it up again, only this time, he must have gotten a karaoke machine or something, because he was singing along to a song I had never heard before for what seemed like hours. People in the buildings across the street from us were yelling at him to turn it down, but he just kept going like he didn’t hear them. Again, Kramer and I just shut our windows (even though it was so nice and breezy outside and I would have liked the fresh air) and went to bed. I suppose he didn’t want to make it so easy for us, because at midnight, I woke up to a fight between my neighbor, still up on his balcony, and a person on the street who was growing tired of the endless noise. They fought for at least 20 minutes, screaming at each other back and forth, until the guy on the street realized that he was getting nowhere and walked away. I really hope that he doesn’t start this up again tonight, because as much as I don’t want to be the neighbor that bangs on your door or leaves passive aggressive notes about the noise level, but I might have to become that person if this keeps happening! I can get pretty grouchy if my sleep is interrupted too many times in a row.

Anyway, enough with my loud neighbor – let’s move on to something a bit more pleasant, shall we? I can’t think of anything that would help me get over my sleep deprivation than these amazing Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodles. If you haven’t noticed, I’m a bit of a snickerdoodle fan. I’ve made Old Fashioned Snickerdoodles, Graham Cracker Snickerdoodles, and even Snickerdoodle Blondies. There’s something that just makes me smile about this classic cookie – maybe it’s the warm cinnamon-sugar aroma that fills your entire house while you bake them, or maybe it’s just the adorable name; either way, they’re a favorite of mine, and what better way to start the holiday baking season with pumpkin snickerdoodles? These cookies are ever-so-soft and delicate; they absolutely melt in your mouth with each bite. The pumpkin, of course, seems like it was almost meant to be paired with cinnamon and sugar, and the molasses give them a bit of a heartier bite. The tops of these cookies are almost velvety, which was just so appealing to me that I had to wrap them up and put them away before I continued to snack on them every time I passed by the kitchen. It’s pumpkin season, and if you’re ready to kick things off, why not start with these delicious little cookies?

Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodles
Your ingredients.

Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodles
Combine your flour, baking soda, salt, and spices.

Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodles
Beat your butter until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes.

Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodles
Add in your sugar and beat until fluffy, about another 2 minutes.

Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodles
Add in your molasses and pumpkin puree.

Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodles
Then beat in your egg. Don’t worry if the dough looks kind of weird!

Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodles
Chill your dough for 5 minutes in the freezer, just to firm it up a bit.

Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodles
Combine your cinnamon and sugar.

Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodles
Roll the dough in the cinnamon and sugar and bake until golden and just set.

Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodles
Allow to cool completely before moving.

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Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodles
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 20
Pumpkin pie cookies dusted in cinnamon-sugar for a seasonal version of the classic snickerdoodle.
  • Total Prep and Baking Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 15-20 cookies
  • 2⅔ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon all-spice
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • ⅔ cup + 2 tablespoons pure pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated sugar, for coating the cookies
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon, for coating the cookies
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cardamom, for coating the cookies (optional, I just love cardamom)
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, all-spice, nutmeg, cloves, and cardamom in a medium sized bowl and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your mixer, beat the butter until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes, then add in the brown sugar and beat until fluffy, about another 2 minutes. Add in the molasses and pumpkin puree, and beat until well combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add in the egg and beat until combined. Gradually add in the flour mixture, beating slowly until just moistened. Put the dough in the freezer for 5 minutes to firm it up.
  3. Combine the ½ cup of granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons of cinnamon, and, if you're using it, ⅛ teaspoon of ground cardamom. Line and/or grease your baking sheets (I used parchment paper and it worked wonderfully) and scoop 2-tablespoon sized balls of dough out from your bowl. Roll them in the cinnamon-sugar mixture, then place on the baking sheet, about 2 inch apart from one another. Press down lightly with your palm.
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until slightly more golden (it's sort of hard to tell since these cookies are already brown in the first place) and set - the edges should be firmed up but the center will still be a bit soft. Place the cookie sheets on cooling racks and allow the cookies to cool for 5-10 minutes before removing them to finish cooling on another surface. These will keep well out at room temperature, uncovered, for 24 hours, then place them in an airtight container, separated by parchment or wax paper, for another 3-4 days in the refrigerator.

63 Responses

  1. Jane M says:

    Yikes, very very disrespectful person – the noisy neighbor – and it must be MADDENING for sure! We too have new neighbors – MICE – even the darn exterminator can’t help us or our 15 year old poodle! I’m about ready to move – never had mice before and well now I’m just disgusted and COMPLETELY GROSSED OUT! Wish I could bake – my husband is a diabetic and won’t touch the stuff. Baked goods ALWAYS make me feel better. Good luck with the noisy neighbor! Hope he behaves himself!

    • Sydney says:

      Good luck to you, too! That sounds horrible. I lived in an apartment in Queens that had a roach problem once, and it was horrifying. We got rid of them eventually, though, so I hope you do, too!

  2. Lauren says:

    Those cookies look like the perfect way to welcome Fall.

  3. These sound perfect for Fall!

  4. Stacy says:

    I’m so sorry about your crazy neighbor! Hopefully it will pass soon. I love pumpkin goodies! I just baked some pumpkin chocolate chunk cookies this weekend. As soon as those are gone, I’ll be making these!

    Thanks, as always, for another great recipe!

    • Sydney says:

      Pumpkin and chocolate were born to be together!

      • Stacy says:

        When my boys made it to my room after school, I showed my oldest the recipe. First he asked if it had any chocolate (he’s my mysterious non-chocolate boy). When he found out it didn’t, he did the funniest happy dance!

  5. Anthony says:

    I’m not big into baking, but snickerdoodles are among my favorite cookies, and I love pumpkin.

    Regarding your neighbor, you both have my sympathies. I think I currently have a herd of hyperactive baby elephants living above me. Argh…

  6. Kim says:

    I want these. Right now. I will be there in FIVE MINUTES. …Okay, not from Minnesota. But I am going to the store tonight for pumpkin. Thanks for posting the recipe!

    As to the neighbor – I know your pain. Here’s hoping he shapes up!

  7. mmmm i haven’t posted mine yet but i made these too and they were a hit! i also just made snickerdoodle ice cream which i can’t wait to eat with apple pie ! :)

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  9. anything with pumpkin is my favorite! these cookies look marvelous!

  10. Lora says:

    These are such a great idea. Love them.

  11. Carol says:

    How much molasses? I don’t see it on the ingredients list.

  12. Kristi says:

    These look wonderful! Snickerdoodles are my favorite and I love anything that has pumpkin in it, so these seem like heaven to me. You always have such great recipes on here.
    As for your neighbor, I am right there with you. I have a neighbor that does laundry every night at like 9:30 and I hear the dryer clunking around when I am trying to sleep, and its so irritating. I don’t want to be “that” neighbor either, but I simply need more quiet when going to sleep. I hope everything turns out… peacefully. :)

    • Sydney says:

      Haha, thanks, Kristi! I know, it’s hard because I wouldn’t want someone to bug me about what I chose to do in my own apartment, but you to realize that laundry at 9:30 PM isn’t a great idea. They should at least bring you some cookies to apologize! 😉

  13. You should do like on Friends and bang on your ceiling with a stick when the upstairs neighbor is loud. Or maybe you can bribe them with cookies :) This cookie recipe will be great for holidays. I always like to make some sort of finger food dessert on top of my pies and cake. Thanks!

    • Sydney says:

      I refuse to do that because my old neighbor did that to me when I was vacuuming at 11 AM on a Saturday! I thought I had every right to do that, but I guess she thought differently, hahah. Joke’s on her, though – I went down there one time to see how “noisy” it was and there were blue marks from her broom handle all over her ceiling!

  14. Ryou says:

    Yikes about your neighbor. I had a similar experience with my neighbor in Indonesia. They had a penchant to run 18 hour group karaoke sessions for days in a row, loud enough for people several blocks away to hear. The fact that they refused to close their hugeass windows certainly didn’t help.

    He ended up pulling the superior card when I confronted him about it due to the fact that I was female and younger than him. Although he shut up once I blurted things in English. Apparently being misogynistic doesn’t make you smart, who knew? Needless to say, I called the cops on him. Several times. None worked. Talking to the wife did help a little, thankfully. Moving to another country is even more helpful. >_>

    That aside, while I’m not a huge snickerdoodle fan myself I’m more than willing to give this a shot! Sadly my baker husband lives over 8000 miles away from me. >':

  15. Pam says:

    What a great cookie that I want to try! Perfect Snickerdoodles! I’m glad to find your blog and will be looking around now.

  16. I’m making these tonight! Thanks :)

  17. Rachael says:

    Firstly, giiiiirrrrllll you are too nice. Firrst night that fool kept me up I’d be making friends with my local cops and putting them on speed dial. I have a history of noisy/difficult neighbors and an increasingly lower tolerance for their BS. Good luck, keep us posted!
    Secondly, these cookies sound so amazing I am going to ignore the wacky hot weather and bake them very, very soon!

  18. Jane M says:

    Any updates on the rude neighbor? I hope things have calmed down and he “SAT DOWN AND SHUT UP!”!

  19. MET says:

    I made these last night and they are quite tasty! Mine didn’t spread much so I had little balls the first batch, but I pressed the rest quite a bit. I think it’s an altitude thing. :)

  20. Caitlin says:

    Thanks so much for the recipe Sydney! You inspired me to make my won version. Instead of pumpkin I used shredded golden delicious apples. They turned out amazing! They are the best of a snickerdoodle combined with apple pie! I’ll be posting the recipe on my site soon. Thanks again for the recipe!

  21. Anna says:

    Your recipe looks really delicious. Nutritious too, since it has pumpkin. I just thought if you send a few of this stuff to your neighbor, he might feel guilty and start respecting other people’s peace and quiet…Or not? LOL! 😉

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  23. Allie says:

    I made these this weekend, and they are scrumptious! The texture wasn’t quite what I expected though–more “muffin-toppy” than cookie-like. I baked them for 12 minutes, but I think they still could have gone a bit longer. Still, an excellent-tasting snack that I’ll be baking again! Thanks!

  24. Johanna says:

    I can’t wait to try these! What a genius combination.

  25. allison says:

    You should definitely talk to your landlord about that, that’s aweful!

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  27. Jen says:

    Neighbors…*shakes fist*
    Our upstairs guy is loud, but he’s started to get quieter now that we’ve gone up to ask him to turn down the music/stomping/yelling three or four times. We had an even louder neighbor who hung out on the fire escape until 2am all the time. We complained about her after asking her to be quiet many times. Didn’t stop her. Complained again. Repeat once more and she was asked to leave, not evicted, but threatened with that too. So much quieter now. So yes, good luck with your neighbor, he sounds like a disrespectful worm.

    Cookies! I’m not a snickerdoodle person, but the pumpkin and molasses make this right up my alley 😀

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    These were delicious! I made them for an event this week. Just out of curiosity, what is the consistency of the cookie supposed to be like? Mine were very pillowy and kind of cake-y. They were a hit so no problems there but not exactly the cookie-crunch i was imagining?

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