As the vibrant hues of fall take over, the culinary world witnesses a rise in the popularity of a certain orange gourd: the pumpkin. This autumn, pumpkins are not just for carving, they are the star ingredient in a multitude of recipes. One such delightful treat are these Pumpkin Snickerdoodles, an autumnal twist on the classic snickerdoodle cookie.
During the festive season, it’s common for people to indulge in high-calorie meals and sugary treats. However, excessive consumption of these tempting but unhealthy snacks can derail a person’s healthy eating habits.
To counter this, there’s an increasing need for healthier alternatives that do not compromise on taste. The Pumpkin Snickerdoodles recipe does just that. This seasonal cookie takes the classic snickerdoodle and infuses it with the goodness of pumpkin, creating a healthier yet equally delicious alternative.
By using light butter and pure pumpkin puree, it significantly reduces the calorie count and ups the nutrition profile compared to traditional cookies. Additionally, the use of whole wheat pastry flour instead of regular flour adds a dose of fiber and nutrients to the cookies.
These Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies, with their soft, chewy texture and rich flavors of pumpkin and warm spices, serve as a testament to the fact that healthy and delicious can coexist. They offer a healthier take on a festive treat, promising taste, nutrition and festive cheer in each bite.
The rich, sweet flavor and versatile nature of pumpkin make it an excellent addition to a variety of dishes. However, it truly shines when incorporated into baked goods, providing a comforting warmth that pairs perfectly with the autumnal chill. We love it in this healthy cookie recipe for a fall-inspired treat.
The process of making these scrumptious Pumpkin Snickerdoodles is both simple and enjoyable. It starts by beating together the softened light butter, an egg, white sugar, and either coconut or brown sugar. The pumpkin puree and a dash of fragrant vanilla extract are then added to the mixture, creating a velvety-smooth base.
Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, a symphony of dry ingredients is combined. This includes whole wheat pastry flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, baking powder and aromatic pumpkin pie spice. These dry ingredients are then gradually incorporated into the wet mixture, resulting in a luscious dough that’s bursting with autumn flavors.
To allow the flavors to meld and intensify, the dough is lovingly wrapped in plastic and tucked away in the refrigerator for a minimum of 30 minutes. During this time, the oven is preheated to a toasty 350 degrees, eagerly awaiting the cookie goodness that is yet to come.
Before baking, the remaining sugar and pumpkin pie spice are combined in a small bowl. This delightful mix will add a delectable crunch and a pop of warm spice to the finished cookies.
Once chilled, the dough is transformed into adorable, bite-sized balls. Each little ball is then lovingly rolled in the sugar and spice mixture, ensuring that every inch of surface area is coated with sugary goodness. These cookie dough balls are then placed on a nonstick cookie sheet, perfectly spaced to allow them to puff up and spread just right as they bake.
Finally, with anticipation building, the cookie sheet is placed in the preheated oven. The cookies bake for a blissful 10 to 12 minutes, filling the air with the intoxicating aroma of autumn. The result is a batch of heavenly cookies with a golden, slightly crisp exterior and a soft, chewy interior. Pure bliss in every bite.
So, take your time, savor the process and indulge in the delightful experience of making these mouthwatering Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies. Your taste buds will thank you for this warm and cozy treat.
While the Pumpkin Snickerdoodles are delicious as they are, one of the best aspects of baking is the opportunity to personalize recipes. The cookies can be customized with various ingredients and mix-ins to create unique flavor profiles that align with individual preferences. Here are a few ideas:
Let creativity guide the way in personalizing these healthy Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies! Check out the Nutrisystem Grocery Guide for more information on counting add-ins.