Pumpkin Pie Spiced Snickerdoodles

I love the time of year when Trader Joe’s starts to get their fall and winter goodies into the store. Who doesn’t?! {Note to self: buy more peppermint pretzel thins this year.}When looking for spices, I stumbled on their Pumpkin Pie Spice. After looking at the bottle’s spice combination, Snickerdoodles instantly popped in my head (or did they dance like sugar plums). I could make Pumpkin Pie Spice Snickerdoodles! I simply took an already amazing Snickerdoodle recipe and replaced the Cinnamon with Pumpkin Pie Spice.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Snickerdoodles

Without further adieu….

Pumpkin Pie Spiced Snickerdoodles

Makes 24 jaw dropping cookies

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups all -purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons cream of tartar (to give that unique Snickerdoodle tangy flavor)

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup unsalted butter

1 1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

Sugar and Spice Rolling Mixture:

1/4 cup sugar

2 teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice

Directions:

1. Whisk together the dry ingredients  (flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, salt, and the 1/2 teaspoon of Pumpkin Pie Spice)in a mixing bowl and set aside.

2. So here is what we are going to do with that butter.  Brown it! First, melt the butter in a sauce pan; whisking occasionally while it melts and starts to brown.  There are a few different stages in the browning process.  The most important starts when it begins to foam.  This is when you have to watch it very carefully.  You may think to yourself “oh no! I can’t see what color it is when it is so foamy!” Fear not. It starts to clear up right before it browns.  Keep whisking. You will notice a slight nutty aroma and the bottom of the saucepan starting to turn brown.  Remove from the heat and pour into the bowl of your mixer.

3. Add the sugars to the browned butter and beat them together until well blended.  Beat in the eggs one at a time and the vanilla until combined.

4. Add the dry ingredients slowly on low.  Keep in mind, you don’t want to overmix so just keep adding!

5. Next, we are going to wrap the dough for a good chilling.  I made a big square so when I divide the dough, I can cut 24 even squares.

6. After a minimum of 2 hours, remove the dough from the fridge.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

7. Combine the 1/4 cup sugar and the 2 teaspoons of Pumpkin Pie Spice in a shallow dish.

8. Roll the cookie squares into balls. Each cookie should be able 2 tablespoons.  Roll in the sugar and spice mixture and place on the pan.  The cookies will spread slightly, so give them some room!

9. Bake the cookies for 9-11 minutes. They will be slightly underdone inside and brown on the bottom (which is part of what makes them so amazing). Leave them on the pan to cool for 2-3 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack.  Good luck not eating them all before they make the cooling rack!

 

 

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Fill them with candy corn and wrap with cellophane!

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Your hostess can use them for Thanksgiving too!

3. Bewitched Chardonnay $20

4. Homemade decorated cookies made with these cookie cutters: Wilton.com

5. Crystal Head Vodka  $46.99