Pumpkin Cheesecake Snickerdoodles

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Pumpkin cheesecake snickerdoodles are a fresh take on a classic cookie! Delightfully soft and filled with tangy cream cheese, these cookies will be sure to get a “WOW!” from your friends and family!

I love any recipe that I can add pumpkin to and these cookies are no exception! If you love pumpkin as much as I do, go ahead and try some of these Muffins, this Bread Pudding, and the most Perfect Pumpkin Bread! You will go crazy for them all!

Pumpkin cheesecake snickerdoodles in a stack.

Ooey-Gooey and Soft Pumpkin Cheesecake Snickerdoodles

I have seen pumpkin snickerdoodles everywhere lately and I have been dying to make them. To be honest, I love any recipes that you can add pumpkin to! This is why when I made these pumpkin cheesecake snickerdoodles that were stuffed with cream cheese well… let’s just say that I couldn’t stop at just one! Not only do they taste amazing, all soft and chewy, but the smell! It is incredible! The cinnamon and pumpkin smell filled my house when I baked these and after that, it was game over. I immediately had to try one. It baked so perfectly and as soon as I bit into it, the ooey-gooey cream cheese inside took it over the top.

A pumpkin cheesecake snickerdoodle takes your classic snickerdoodle to the next level. Filled with all of the same sweet cinnamon flavors, these cookies are something that you will love! Actually, people will love them so much that all of your family and friends will all be asking you for the recipe! In fact, bake these for an after-school snack, bring them to a party or drop some off for your neighbor to try! Whatever you do, I suggest making more than one batch. They are SOO good and will be eaten up in no time!

Ingredients You Need to Make Pumpkin Cheesecake Snickerdoodles

If you love classic snickerdoodle cookies then you are going to love these pumpkin cheesecake snickerdoodles! Because the base flavor is delicious cinnamon, once you add in some pumpkin and cream cheese you are making the perfect fall treat! See the recipe card below for a list of exact ingredients.

  • All-purpose flour: This combines your ingredients and helps thicken the dough.
  • Baking powder: This helps the cookies to rise.
  • Salt: This enchances the flavors of all of the ingredients.
  • Cinnamon: You can’t have snickerdoodles without a delicious cinnamon taste.
  • Nutmeg: Brings that delicious earthy flavor that we all know and love!
  • Butter: It’s best to use unsalted butter that is at room temperature for these cookies.
  • Sugar: Adds the sweetness to the cookie dough.
  • Brown sugar: This is the best type of sweetener and the flavor can’t be beat.
  • Pumpkin puree: Don’t confuse this with pumpkin pie filling!
  • Egg: Use an egg that is at room temperature.
  • Vanilla extract: This adds in some flavor to the sweetness.

Filling Ingredients

  • Cream cheese: Make sure to set your bloack out so that it is softened before you use it!  softened
  • Sugar: Sweetens up the tangy cream cheese.
  • Vanilla extract: Adds in some flavor to the sugars sweetness.

Cinnamon Sugar Coating

  • Sugar: Adds sweetness to the spices!
  • Cinnamon: Use ground cinnamon and mix it well with the other spices.
  • Ginger: Ground ginger will work the best and add in an earthy flavor.
  • Allspice: This is the best spice to bring out that fall taste!

Let’s Bake Some Cookies!

These homemade pumpkin cheesecake snickerdoodles are easy to make! In fact, bake up a few batches at once so that you have some for later! It will be so simple and once you see how fast they get eaten, you’ll be glad that you did!

  1. Whisk dry ingredients: In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg together. Set aside.
  2. Beat butter, eggs and sugar: In a mixer with a paddle attachment, beat together the butter and sugars on medium high speed until fluffy about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Blend and mix together: 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.
  4. Make filling: To make the cream cheese filling, blend cream cheese, sugar and vanilla together. Chill for an hour.
  5. Prep and baking sheets: 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.
  6. Make cookies: 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. Add cream cheese mixture: 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.
  7. Flatten dough: Repeat until the dough is gone and flatten the cookie dough balls with a heavy bottomed glass or measuring cup.
  8. Bake and cool: 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! These pumpkin cheesecake snickerdoodles are the best!

Baking Tips

Since these are a bit different than your traditional snickerdoodles, I have come up with a few baking tips to help these turn out just perfectly for you! They are seriously SO good! I can’t wait for you to try them!

  • Pumpkin puree: Sometimes, people think that pumpkin pie filling and pumpkin puree are the same thing… they are not! Pumpkin pie filling is mixed with spices and flavors and you don’t want that for these cookies since you are adding those on your own. A can of pumpkin puree will be orange inside and all that is listed on the ingredients will be “pumpkin puree.” So make sure that you are getting the right one!
  • Chill: Before you ball up the dough and put it in the oven, its best (at least in this recipe) to chill your dough and cream cheese filling. This will help your cookies stay fluffy and not spread in the oven!
  • Fresh ingredients: For the best results in your baking, make sure that all over your ingredients are fresh! This means that you should be replacing the baking ingredients in your pantry every 3-6 months. They start to lose their flavor and potency after that!
Pumpkin snickerdoodle stack of 5 cookies. One has a bite taken out.

How to Store Extra Cookies

If you have some cookies that didn’t get eaten all at once, here is how you can store them for later! That way, you can eat them all week long!

  • Refrigerator: Because these cookies have cream cheese in them, don’t store them on your counter. Place your cooled cookies into an airtight container and leave them in your fridge for up to a week!
  • Freezer: Store your cookies in a sealed, airtight container or freezer ziplock bag. Label the bag with the date and then you can store them for up to 3 months! Just thaw them in the fridge before you want to eat them.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Snickerdoodles

4.8 from 5 votes
Pumpkiin cheesecake snickerdoodles are a fresh take on a classic cookie! Delightfully soft and filled with tangy cream cheese, these cookies will be sure to get a "WOW!" from your friends and family! 
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 24 Cookies

Ingredients
  

  • cups all-purpose flour
  • tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon ground
  • ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg freshly ground
  • 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
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Cinnamon-sugar coating:

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon ground
  • ½ tsp. ginger ground
  • Dash of allspice

Instructions
 

  • In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg together. Set aside.
  • In a 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!


Nutrition

Serves: 24

Calories254kcal (13%)Carbohydrates36g (12%)Protein3g (6%)Fat11g (17%)Saturated Fat7g (35%)Cholesterol38mg (13%)Sodium76mg (3%)Potassium92mg (3%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar20g (22%)Vitamin A1565IU (31%)Vitamin C1mg (1%)Calcium38mg (4%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword pumpkin cheesecake snickerdoodles, Snickerdoodle, Snickerdoodle recipe
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I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. Hi! I want to make these but am not sure about storage. Do they need to be stored in the refrigerator? If so, do they hold up or better made same day you plan on serving them?

    1. IMHO, these are stuffed pumpkin sugar cookies, it’s not a snickerdoodle without cream of tarter and the zing it brings to the flavor

  2. Just made this recipe, and after reading the comments, I decided to freeze the cream cheese filling for 1 hr and fridge for 1 hr and cool the dough in the fridge for 2 hours. The dough was easy to work with, and I didn’t have the sticky mess that others encountered. I folded the cookie as shown in the video, and they turned out great! The only issue is that I didn’t think the pumpkin flavor was enough, and that was with accidentally adding a little more than the recipe called for. I would probably add 1- 1 1/4 cup next time to get more pumpkin flavor and better color.

  3. Made these for Christmas 2018. Tasted great but my cream cheese in the middle seemed to have been absorbed into the cookie and very little to find when biting into it. I didn’t skimp on the filling either so I don’t know what I did wrong. Will try these again because the cookie really was great tasting. Thank you!

  4. Opps! Could you please change my name to Victoria M and not use my full real name that my chrome auto fill entered. Thanks much

  5. The video shows just one flattened cookie with cream cheese rolled into a ball. But the instructions say two flattened cookies. Which is the correct way?

  6. Is there a way to make these gluten free? I know substituting gluten-free flour sometimes requires altering a recipe. I make these every year around fall for my friends and family (they’re always a hit!) but this year I’m dating someone who’s gluten free and I want to make them for him as well

    1. I made them gluten free with gluten free baking flour and they turned out great! I’ve never had them not gf so I don’t have anything to compare, but being gf I thought they were good!

  7. There are alot of ingredients. Is it possible to use pumpkin pie mix in the can instead of pumpkin puree? I live by myself and like to share but this looks like slot. Anny suggestions?

  8. 5 stars
    My daughter made these cookies last night. Oh my word, they are delicious. They are better than the coffee shop’s cookies for sure!! I heated one up for 10 seconds in the microwave and had it with my coffee this morning. This recipe is definitely a keeper!!

  9. Made these today! SO. SO. GOOD. Everything about it was perfect. My only modification was I added pumpkin spice to the outer coating. They did take forever to make with rolling Into balls and flattening but I’d say it was worth the time!

  10. 5 stars
    Great recipe and perfect for fall holidays. I adjust the dough to filling ratio because I like a bit more dough. Easier to make than you think and a crowd pleaser

  11. 5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe every year for the past 7 years, and I always get people asking for the recipe!! Not too sweet, which I love.

    My biggest tip for future bakers is to keep an eye on them while they bake. It’s very easy to underbake and overbake them. I personally think the “until tops start to crack” method makes them a little overdone. I just go off of time (15 for my oven), then pull them out and see it they’re TOO underdone or just soft– using the color as a gauge (it looks clearly dough-y and dark if it’s not done yet).

    LOVE this recipe!

  12. I gathered enough dough to equal 2 tablespoons, rolled into a ball used the handle of an ice tea spoon very thin and made a nice well into the middle of the dough ball and put the cream cheese into the well and rolled into a nice ball keeping cream cheese in middle of ball covered with dough then rolled it in the sugar mixture and placed it on the cookie sheet and then flattened it with a small slotted spatula worked wonderfully

  13. I made this but found they’re not spicy enuf so, if I make again, I’d add more cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger to the dough as well as the sugar coating. Just saying. Otherwise, they’re too bland.

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