I’m in a bit of an odd transition at Bourbon and Brown Sugar.  It’s Back to School week – and though I’ve left my teaching job, I’ve been lurking around school over the past few weeks training up the new crew of Tech Nerds (as we affectionately call the technology team).  Three of us left at the end of last year, so there is quite a bit of knowledge to impart, and I’m the only one with the flexibility to be around to impart it. The good news is: the new crew is terrific, and very quick studies.  The thing is, I’m rather hopeless at good-byes, so lingering about for a bit to help them get started suits me.  They may never actually get rid of me.

Today, I helped with the beginning of the year standardized testing, so I saw many of my favorite former students (My own kids joke that I seem to have about 80 faves… which seems a fair estimate).  Love those kids.

But I also love to write.  Which is what I’ve determined I need to spend quite a bit of time doing this year.  In addition to this blog of mine, I’m plotting another writing project.  I’ve had an idea percolating for quite some time, and it’s time to park myself in a desk chair for a few hours a day and start writing.  I’ll keep you posted as the project unfolds.  Don’t hold your breath. It’s been percolating almost as long as I have been teaching.  That would be 1o years.

In the meantime, Back to School means milk and cookies… and a girl has to eat if she’s going to write.


There was quite a stir in House Morell last week when Starbucks released their pumpkin spice latte early.  I particularly loved Jimmy Fallon’s reaction: “Nothing says summer refreshment quite like a piping hot cup of caffeinated squash.”  Nevertheless we were thrilled.  I like squash in any form any time of year.  Especially caffeinated squash.

With visions of pumpkin spiced things dancing in my head, I started dreaming pumpkin spice cookies – specifically snickerdoodles.

Good word, snickerdoodles.

The cookies needed to have just a hint of pumpkin taste (because let’s face it, if they were outright orange, certain members of my family wouldn’t touch them), and a generous dose of pumpkin pie spice.  I do prefer my snickerdoodles a bit chewy – not so much cakey…

I think I hit upon the perfect version.

Ok, I’m Back to writing.  Right after I go to school in the morning.  I think I’ll take the cookies along.

Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour (let me admit, I ran out of all-purpose flour, so added the whole wheat.  It was yummy, but you could use all-purpose for all of it)
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks butter, at room temperature
  • 1 ½ plus ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon plus 2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice, plus more if needed
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin purée

Preheat the oven to 350°. Line baking sheets parchment paper; set aside.

Sift together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice and salt; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add egg and pumpkin purée, and mix to combine. Add dry ingredients, and mix to combine.

In a small bowl, combine remaining 1/4 cup sugar and pumpkin pie spice.  Using a tablespoon, scoop balls of dough, and roll in the sugar/pumpkin pie spice mix. Place about two inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake until the cookies are set in center and begin to crack (they will not brown), about 10 minutes.

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31 Responses to "Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles"
  1. Tracy says:

    If anything says “Fall”, these cookies sure do! Yum!

  2. Yum! Pumpkin and spices just scream ‘back to school’, don’t they? Delicious combination.

  3. thehungrymum says:

    oooh, yum! Love pumpkin anything & love snickerdoodles so will have to try these.

  4. acbistro says:

    i love to experiment with pumpkin and its kins 😉 this looks lovely 🙂

  5. hannahysabel says:

    I love chewy cookies too! I may have to test this recipe!

  6. thebrookcook says:

    Smells like Fall!! Looks so delicious!! 🙂

  7. Lori says:

    Fun that you will be dedicating some time to writing! And this recipe?! Yummy!!!

  8. Lily says:

    Your cookies look perfect and btw also a fan of Starbucks and Jimmy Fallon:)

  9. Loretta says:

    How appropriate and just in time for the cooler weather 🙂

  10. Hilda says:

    I like the word snickerdoodles too. These do look like a great fall treat. It sounds as if you are about to embark on an interesting year. All the best to you, and Happy Fiesta Friday.

  11. skd says:

    Lipsmacking cookies. Yummm…

  12. Oh my, I didn’t think snickerdoodles could get any better and yet here you are! All things pumpkin isn’t such a big thing in the UK. trying to find any pumpkin suitable for eating is impossible, even at halloween we only have the carving ones which don’t taste so good, so I normally end up baking my pumpkin things with butternut squash (which is what they usually have in canned pumpkin puree anyway!). That was a long story just to say I love these and am totally going to make them haha x

  13. My hubby loves snickerdoodles. These look amazing, and have a fall spin!

  14. Those snickerdoodles look so amazing! Yum…

  15. We love snickerdoodles – I do not have a “pumpkin” recipe which sounds delicious. I make one similar but I use apple pie spice. This does say “Fall” 🙂

  16. dishofdailylife says:

    Perfect for fall…I can’t wait to try these!

  17. this looks so delicious and flavoursome… yum yum.. 🙂 🙂

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