Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

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My love of pumpkin extends far beyond Thanksgiving. I stumbled upon this pumpkin snickerdoodle recipe a couple of weeks ago and because I had most of the ingredients in my kitchen (it is the holidays, after all), I took a stab at making yet another delicious pumpkin dessert. This is a bit different than the one on High Heels & Grills, just FYI. And boy let me tell you… these things are killer.

Here’s what you need:
– 2 sticks salted butted, softened
– 1 cup granulated sugar
– 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
– 1 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree
– 1 large egg
– 2 tsp. vanilla extract
– 3 & 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
– 1 & 1/2 tsp. baking powder
– 1/2 tsp. salt
– 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
– 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

And then for the sugar coating:
– 1/2 cup granulated sugar
– 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
– 1/2 tsp. ground ginger

In a large bowl, combine the butter and sugar until it becomes light and creamy. I used my KitchenAid mixer which works wonders for clean-up. Beat in the pumpkin until it is fully combined then add your egg and vanilla extract. In a separate bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients — flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add these ingredients to the wet mixture and continue mixing until everything is combined.

Once you have your batter, set it in the refrigerator to cool. If you have the time, cool it overnight. If not, an hour will do just fine.

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Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Using an ice cream scoop, spoon out the dough into 1.5 to 2 inch balls. Do not flatten, leave them round and place on a lined cookie sheet. Now comes the fun part! In a small bowl, mix all of the ingredients for the sugar coating. Using a spoon, sprinkle generous amounts of topping on each cookie. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Then place the cookies on a cooling rack.

The end result looks like a little muffin top — it’s true. And that’s the beauty of these little doodles! They are perfect for dipping in a cold glass of milk and delicious when warm. They have sugar and spice and everything nice that we all love about this joyous season. Happy holidays and enjoy!