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Some days just call for COOKIES!
Today is that kind of day. I’m not going to beat around the bush here, I’ve had a couple stressful days in a row, with some blog hiccups (sorry if you are viewing this post through Safari and have been seeing weird characters – hoping this is going to be fixed soon…like today!), work related issues, and a few other little things. But I am totally not here to complain. It’s my favorite time of year and happy thoughts will be had all around!
So to cheer myself up a bit, I made pumpkin chai snickerdoodles! OKok, I’ve had these cookies planned for a while now, but the timing to make them could not have been more perfect. And I mean, come on?!? When is anything pumpkin, snickerdoodle AND chai not a good idea?!
Answer: it’s always a good idea!
Also, did you notice that today I spelled Chai correctly!! Yes, after everyone pointed out on my Apple Cinnamon Rolls with Chai Frosting that I had spelled Chai, Chia, I was so beyond embarrassed that this time I made sure every last spelling of the word was correct. Promise, I know the difference, but when typing quickly, I easily get the two mixed up.
NOT TODAY. 🙂
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Anyway, back to the actual cookies at hand! Back when I was a kid my family would go to our Aunt Debbie’s for Thanksgiving dinner in Pennsylvania every year. My aunt made a HUGE spread of all kinds of amazing sides, rolls, and probably three turkeys in order to feed all the family members present. I think she must have worked for weeks and weeks leading up to the big day. My mom and I had a favorite recipe that my aunt made for us every year. Looking back now I realize what a pain it must have been, not wanting to disappoint us, and therefore making them year after year. Every year when we arrived, there they were, Aunt Debbie’s famous Turkey Cookies. Pretty sure I’ve talked about them before, but guys they are good! Sadly, I do not have the recipe to share, but this year I decided to make my own little Thanksgiving cookie, and well, these are almost just as good!
These are actually very different from Aunt Debbie’s Turkey Cookies, which were more of a frosted butter cookie…and pretty dang cute with all of the varied colors in the tail. But these snickerdoodles are delicious in their own special way!
I think most of us are pretty familiar with a snickerdoodle. In my book, they are an essential holiday cookie and should be in every Christmas cookie gift box (just sayin’). As I was hiking a couple of months ago, brainstorming about pumpkin recipes and all of the Christmas cookies I would make this season, this cookie came to mind. And when it did, I knew it was one of those recipes I just had to make.
These cookies have a pretty simple twist on the traditional snickerdoodle, but trust me – it makes all the difference.
Pumpkin + Snickerdoodle + Chai Spice Sugar. Yesss! Literally I am jumping up and down as I horribly attempt to type this post. I really do love these cookies, they represent everything I love…sweet, chewy, soft, cinnamony, totally not cakey, and all things cozy. <–if you didn’t already know, cozy is probably my favorite word ever.
Can I just say that I do think chai sugar is totally the new cinnamon sugar. It’s just cinnamon sugar kicked up a notch with ginger, all-spice, cardamom, and cloves added, but it is truly my current obsession. I’ve been adding it to everything from warm tea, to toast…to cookies, SO GOOD.
Oh, and I forgot to add that these cookies can totally satisfy your cookie craving in under 30 minutes. Yep, in less than a half hour you can be chewing away through soft doughy bliss. Soo, can we please all agree that these are the perfect holiday cookie for both Thanksgiving and Christmas? I always fear that pumpkin recipes aren’t relevant in December, but is that really true? I think this could just be my crazy brain? What’s your thoughts on this? Pumpkin in December? yes? no? Tell me I am dying to know!
As of today I am going to be changing my tune. These cookies will for sure be getting sent out in my Christmas cookie gift boxes. Plus, they’re totally happening again on Christmas Eve because they are just that good. AND I will also be making a double batch for Thanksgiving, because well, they just might be better than pumpkin pie…don’t hate me, but I think it’s true!
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I first made these a couple of years ago and they were delicious! (Should’ve written a review then but forgot.) I made them again and something happened that I don’t remember happening before: the dough is SOOOO sticky. I put it in the fridge hoping it would firm up a bit. But then it was just cold and sticky LOL The only thing that is different is that I’ve had to stop consuming dairy since the last time I made them. So today I used a plant based buttery spread. Maybe that’s what’s making it sticky? The resulting cookies are still delicious! Just curious if this has been a problem for anyone else. I’ve not had this problem with other recipes I’ve used the buttery spread in so I’m not sure if it’s actually causing the problem.
Thanks so much for making this recipe and sharing your feedback!! Definitely could have been from the plant based butter! Let me know if you give them another try:) xx
The cookies were good! The dough was too sticky to roll, so had to refrigerate. The countertop trick didn’t work for me, so tried flattening them before the oven. They didn’t look like traditional snickerdoodles, but overall flavor was good.
Thanks for giving this recipe a try and sharing your feedback. Sorry to hear you didn’t love the cookies. Please let me know if there is anything that I can help with! xx
I have made these multiple times and always get compliments. This time I forgot to buy pumpkin so I roasted a butternut squash that I had on hand and then added it. It worked perfectly!
Fantastic!! So glad to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks a bunch for giving it a try! xx
After a spectacularly failed attempt to make pumpkin snicker doodles from a different recipe, I tried this one and they turned out delicious! I didn’t have cardamom and I added 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar to give them that classic snickerdoodle taste.
Happy Sunday!!☃️ Thanks a lot for making this recipe, I love to hear that it turned out well for you! xT
They came out a little thick and cakey, but I love them like that. I pressed them down since the counter top trick didn’t work for me. Perfect fall cookie. I doubled the batch and had enough for our family, to freeze, and am giving some to my daughter’s teachers as a Thanksgiving treat and to my sister-in-law! I did 3/4 of the sugar and still sweet enough for me, but my husband said they weren’t sweet enough for him haha
I truly appreciate you giving this recipe a try and sharing your feedback, love to hear that it was enjoyed!❄️ xx