My mom loves gingersnap cookies so I grew up eating them.  There is something about the ginger and the molasses together rolled in sugar that just makes me happy.  My mom also loves pumpkin pie and has been known to make it any time of the year so I grew up eating pumpkin pie year round.  I love the way that pumpkin and spices smell and taste together and it always reminds me of fall and these pumpkin gingersnaps are everything you need in a fall cookie.

Pumpkin Gingersnaps--the perfect combination of pumpkin and spices. I make these every year and everyone loves them! (Even the people who say they don't like pumpkin.)
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When I stumbled upon this recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod for pumpkin gingersnaps about four years ago, I knew I had to try them.  And let me tell you, I was not disappointed!  I’ve brought these cookies to many a holiday party and everyone loves them.  Even people who don’t like pumpkin or gingersnaps, like my brother-in-law, have requested them multiple times.  They are perfect for cookie exchanges, holiday treats or just something yummy to munch on at home.  I love that they are not your typical pumpkin cookie, but they still bring the warmth of pumpkin and spices into your holiday baking (and kitchen).

Let’s get started!

Here is what you’ll need to make these cookies:

Pumpkin Gingersnaps--the perfect combination of pumpkin and spices. I make these every year and everyone loves them!

First, in a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together.  (I prefer to use my hand mixer.)  Then add the pumpkin, egg, molasses and vanilla and mix until well combined.

In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, soda, spices and salt together.

Pumpkin Gingersnaps--the perfect combination of pumpkin and spices. I make these every year and everyone loves them! (Even the people who say they don't like pumpkin.)

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until combined.  Refrigerate for at least an hour.  The dough can be chilled for 2-3 days.  (One year, I made the dough the day before going out of town for Thanksgiving and just brought it with me in the cooler and put it in the fridge when we got to our destination.  So much easier than trying to bring all the ingredients with me!)

Pumpkin Gingersnaps--the perfect combination of pumpkin and spices. I make these every year and everyone loves them! (Even the people who say they don't like pumpkin.)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line the cookie sheet with a silpat (silcone baking mat), parchment paper or a light coat of cooking spray.  I personally prefer using a silpat because it prevents the bottoms from getting overdone and makes removal super easy.  (I use these mats and love that they come in a set of three.)

Pour some sugar into a small bowl.  (I used about 1/4-1/3 cup.)  Using a spoon, scoop about a tablespoon of dough and roll it into a ball.  Drop it in the sugar and roll it around until coated.  Place on baking sheet about 2 inches apart.

Pumpkin Gingersnaps--the perfect combination of pumpkin and spices. I make these every year and everyone loves them!

Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until cookies look cracked and set on the edges.  Remove from oven and let cookies cool on pan for 2-3 minutes, as they will be very soft.  Transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

Pumpkin Gingersnaps--the perfect combination of pumpkin and spices. I make these every year and everyone loves them! (Even the people who say they don't like pumpkin.)
Pumpkin Gingersnaps--the perfect combination of pumpkin and spices. I make these every year and everyone loves them! (Even the people who say they don't like pumpkin.)

Pumpkin Gingersnap Cookies

By Shani Ogden
The perfect combination of pumpkin and spices in a chewy, sugar-crusted cookie
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c. butter, softened
  • 1 c. sugar (plus more for rolling the cookies)
  • 1/2 c. pure pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/4 c. molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 1/3 c. flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together. Then add the pumpkin, egg, molasses and vanilla and mix until well combined.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, soda, spices and salt together. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until combined. Refrigerate for at least an hour. (The dough can be chilled for 2-3 days.)
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line the baking sheet with a silpat, parchment paper or a light coat of cooking spray. I personally prefer using a silpat because it prevents the bottoms from getting overdone and makes removal super easy.
  • Pour some sugar into a small bowl. (I used about 1/4-1/3 cup.) Using a spoon, scoop about a tablespoon of dough and roll it into a ball. Drop it in the sugar and roll it around until coated. Place on baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until cookies look cracked and set on the edges. Remove from oven and let cookies cool on pan for 2-3 minutes, as they will be very soft. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

I put my dough back in the fridge in between batches to keep it from getting too warm and spreading too much while baking. It also creates more soft, dome-top cookies. If you like your cookies more flat, then keeping it out of the fridge in between batches will allow them to spread out more during baking and will produce a slightly more crisp cookie. It’s simply a preference, but either way is delicious!

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  1. I love to bake, so this recipe sure will be put to good use! I am sure my family will be thankful that I got a chance to read this 😉

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