Pumpkin Apple Butter Snickerdoodles

Tis the season for baking holiday cookies! We haven’t even gotten through Thanksgiving yet, and I’m already debating which cookies I want to make for Christmas. I can’t help it… have you tried my sugar cookie cut-outs? I usually only make them for Santa Claus (snicker, snicker), and this year I’m working on a special FROSTED sugar cookie recipe that should hit the blog in the next couple weeks… I think you guys are going to LOVE it!

Sugar cookies are pretty high on my favorite cookie list, but a close second is definitely the snickerdoodle. Soft, pillowy, and full of cinnamon-sugar flavor. I have a serious addiction to these sweet little cinnamon treats! Remember the Pumpkin Apple Butter recipe I posted last month? Well I had a good amount of it left over after the photo shoot, so I decided to infuse my favorite snickerdoodle cookies with the pumpkin apple butter, and OH MAN, was it a home run! These cookies are light, puffy and rolled in cinnamon-sugar just like the perfect snickerdoodles, but with a delicious kick of pumpkin and apples! You will definitely want to add these sweet treats to your holiday cookie tray!

Perfect snickerdoodle cookies rolled in cinnamon sugar and infused with pumpkin apple butter! Soft, pillowy, and so sweet! | LoveGrowsWild.com

In an ironic and somewhat unrelated story… I joined a gym today. I know, I know… I’m telling you about these awesome cookies one minute and then telling you about my calorie-burning efforts the next. Welcome to the way my brain works! It’s been years since I had a gym membership (seven, in fact), and it kind of scares the crap out of me to start going again. Will I look dumb trying to find my way around the gym? Do I have any proper workout clothes that aren’t covered in paint or two sizes too small? Will I go for a week and then come up with excuses not to go? Are these totally ridiculous reasons to avoid the gym, and I just need to suck it up and get in the habit of going again? Yes, probably. But thank you for listening to my weird exercise phobias anyway! I knew I loved you guys.

I’ll try to keep you updated with my progress… I have intentions of starting the Couch 25K program, so I’d love to hear your favorite workout songs, running gear, and fitness stories! Send a little motivation my way. 🙂

Okay, now for the reason for my new gym membership… these cookies!

Perfect snickerdoodle cookies rolled in cinnamon sugar and infused with pumpkin apple butter! Soft, pillowy, and so sweet! | LoveGrowsWild.com

Let me just tell you that these cookies are WELL worth the extra calories. The best way I can describe them is this: soft, little pillowy clouds of pumpkin bliss rolled in a magical cinnamon-sugar topping and baked to snickerdoodle perfection.

Perfect snickerdoodle cookies rolled in cinnamon sugar and infused with pumpkin apple butter! Soft, pillowy, and so sweet! | LoveGrowsWild.com

This is a pretty simple cookie recipe, but I do have a few tips for achieving snickerdoodle perfection:

  • You’ll want to chill the cookie dough at least 4 hours before scooping and baking. There’s a good amount of butter in this recipe, so to keep the cookies from spreading, you need the butter to stay nice and cold.
  • I usually get two sheets of cookies into the oven and re-chill the rest of the dough while the first batch bakes.

Perfect snickerdoodle cookies rolled in cinnamon sugar and infused with pumpkin apple butter! Soft, pillowy, and so sweet! | LoveGrowsWild.com

As I said, I used my homemade pumpkin apple butter for this recipe, but if you’re in a pinch and don’t have time to make that first, you can substitute store-bought apple butter instead. My buddy, Dorothy, used it in this snickerdoodle recipe, and I’m willing to bet it’s still pretty delicious!

Perfect snickerdoodle cookies rolled in cinnamon sugar and infused with pumpkin apple butter! Soft, pillowy, and so sweet! | LoveGrowsWild.com Perfect snickerdoodle cookies rolled in cinnamon sugar and infused with pumpkin apple butter! Soft, pillowy, and so sweet! | LoveGrowsWild.com Perfect snickerdoodle cookies rolled in cinnamon sugar and infused with pumpkin apple butter! Soft, pillowy, and so sweet! | LoveGrowsWild.com

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Pumpkin Apple Butter Snickerdoodles
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 2-3 dozen
Ingredients
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1¼ cups granulated sugar + ⅓ cup, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon + 1 teaspoon, divided
  • ½ cup pumpkin apple butter (see notes below)
Instructions
  1. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt to a medium bowl. Whisk to combine. In a large bowl using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream together the butter and 1¼ cups sugar on medium speed until fluffy. Add the eggs, vanilla, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, and pumpkin apple butter. Mix until just combined. With the mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients and mix, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed, until just combined. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and chill at least 4 hours.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350ºF and line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Mix the remaining ⅓ cup sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a small bowl. Scoop 2 tablespoons of cookie dough at a time and roll into balls. Roll the dough balls in the cinnamon sugar mixture and place on lined cookie sheets. Bake cookies 11-13 minutes and cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Makes approx. 2-3 dozen cookies. Store cookies in an airtight container for about 1 week.
Notes
- I make these cookies with my homemade pumpkin apple butter, but you can also use store-bought apple butter in a pinch.

- It's important to chill the dough for at least 4 hours because of all the butter in the recipe. I recommend scooping 2 sheets of cookies (rolling the dough in a ball and through the cinnamon-sugar mixture) and chilling the remaining dough while the first 2 sheets of cookies bake.

– adapted from Crazy for Crust

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Comments

  1. Liz, the C25K program works wonderfully! I started it back in 2009 after losing weight as a way to stay healthy and discovered that I love running. I’ve run several races since and ran a marathon last year. I wouldn’t ever do something that crazy again, but I just wanted to prove I could do it. I don’t have any suggestions for songs because when I did the program, I just used the music that came with the podcast. I’m pretty sure the format’s been changed since then. One of my favorite songs to run to now is Mandisa’s “Overcomer”. Thanks for sharing these cookies; they totally look like ones worth running a little extra for!

    • I’m so happy to hear from someone that tried the program! I’m a little intimidated as I’ve never been a huge fan of running, but I really want to give this a try. Congrats on running a marathon, girl! That’s amazing! I’ll definitely have to check out that song. It really helps to have some good tunes while I’m sweating off all these cookies. 🙂

  2. Question! (And it may be a crazy one) If I use store bought applesauce instead of your homemade recipe where does the pumpkin flavor come in? I’m hoping to make these for Thanksgiving.

    I just stumbled on your site for the first time. I was searching for painting techniques and saw sugar cookies instead. My kind of site! Good luck with the Couch25K! Your transparency was inspiring as I have similar questions rumbling around in my brain as well. I suppose if you can do it, I can do it too! 🙂 Hope you and yours have a very blessed Thanksgiving.

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Hey Cathy, great question! I’d recommend substituting store-bought apple butter vs. applesauce. If you want to add in the pumpkin flavor, maybe try 1/4 cup of the apple butter and 1/4 cup of pumpkin puree. I haven’t tested this out yet myself, so you’ll have to let me know how it turns out!

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