I have seen pumpkin snickerdoodles everywhere right now and I have been dying to make them. I love anything that has to do with pumpkin. But then I stumbled upon pumpkin snickerdoodles stuffed with cream cheese. Life doesn’t get much better than that!
It has been cooling down here in Utah and it has been pretty rainy here the last couple of days. Taking pictures of the food can be quite frustrating on rainy days. I had just baked this delicious batch of cookies. The smell of spices and pumpkin filled my house. I immediately had to try one. It baked so perfectly and as soon as I bit into it, the soft cream cheese layer was inside. Seriously my mind was blowing into a million pieces.
I had to try to get the best picture that I could given the circumstances. I had to turn on the kitchen light to stage the food. But I knew I had to take a picture of them because they wouldn’t last a day. I was right. They were gone within an hour. I gave some away to the neighbors, my boys ate some after school, and I had one…. or two… or I lost count. 🙂
- 3¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 1½ tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. freshly-ground ground nutmeg
- 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- ¾ cup pumpkin puree
- 1 large egg
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- Filling Ingredients:
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- ¼ cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Cinnamon-sugar coating:
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp. ground ginger
- Dash of allspice
- In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg together. Set aside.
- In a kitchenaid mixer with a paddle attachment, beat together the butter and sugars on medium high speed until fluffy about 2-3 minutes.
- Blend in pumpkin puree, beat in egg and then add vanilla. Slowly add dry ingredients on low speed just until combined. Cover and chill dough for an hour.
- To make the cream cheese filling, blend cream cheese, sugar and vanilla together. Chill for an hour.
- Preheat oven to 350 and line your baking sheets with parchment paper. In a small bowl, combine the sugar and spices for the coating and set aside.
- To make the cookies, take a tablespoon of the cookie batter. Flatten it like a pancake and place a teaspoon of the cream cheese in center. Form another tablespoon of the cookie batter into a flat pancake shape and place on top of the cream cheese. Pinch the edges together sealing in the cream cheese and roll into a ball. Roll in the cinnamon sugar coating and place on the prepared baking sheet 2 inches apart.
- Repeat until the dough is gone and flatten the cookie dough balls with a heavy bottomed glass or measuring cup.
- Bake the cookies for 10-15 minutes or until the tops start to crack. Let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and transfer to a wire rack. Enjoy!
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