Grandma Skinner's Snickerdoodles with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Filling

Thursday, September 15, 2011

It finally feels like fall here in the Lone Star State. Can I get a witness?
I have been spending the day in complete autumnal bliss: candles lit, windows open, classical music, cozy blanket; hot tea. Never mind that it's 74 degrees...this is like stepping into an icebox after enduring the hottest summer in Texas history.

I'm drinking it in without somebody pass the wassail.

Sweet David is too. He asked me to make a strudel the other night but the recipe I tried was new and resulted in a flaky but terrible tasting dessert. I was inspired by the fall temperatures though and decided to surprise my hunk with two of his favorite things: snickerdoodles and pumpkin.

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Grandma Skinner's Snickerdoodles
Makes approx. 3 1/2 dozen
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening, softened
  • 1 and 1/2 c sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp good quality vanilla (I use Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract)
  • 2 and 3/4 c flour 
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp cinnamon and 3 tsp white sugar for rolling
Cream sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix thoroughly. Stir dry ingredients together in separate bowl and add to creamed mixture. Chill for 20-30 min. While dough is chilling, pre-heat oven to 400F. Roll into Tablespoon size balls and then toss in the cinnamon/sugar mixture, coating the dough evenly. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned but soft.

1. Although you can use unsalted butter instead of shortening (I have done both with great results), Grandma's recipe says vegetable shortening so that's my recommendation, too. 

2. Make sure you CHILL this dough. Very important.

3. I find it helpful to scoop and roll my dough balls first and then coat them in the sugar and cinnamon mixture. (Your call, but this is easier and quicker.)

4. I pre-scoop all the dough and let it chill in the fridge on the baking sheets while the batch before it bakes. It usually takes me three batches to use up all the dough but this will vary depending on your baking sheets.

5. I start watching these at 8 minutes. If they look a tad under done it's probably about time to take them out. They will continue to cook for a few minutes to get that perfectly chewy center and just barely crisp edge. 

6. Let cool for about a minute then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling completely. 

7. I think these are best the next day or after completely cooled and put in sealed container. Will keep up to a week if properly sealed. 

8. Also, a great cookie to freeze for the holidays. (You can freeze the pre-made dough balls in a flat bottomed container lined with wax paper. No need to thaw before baking, just add a minute or two to the baking time.) Or freeze the already baked cookies in freezer bags and thaw when ready to use by leaving out at room temperature for about 30 - 45 minutes.

Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese
Makes approx. 1 & 1/2 cups
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened (OR 16oz for a thicker consistency if you prefer a dip/filling less squishy...very technical terminology)
  • 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin (you can also use 1/4 cup pumpkin for a thicker consistency.)
  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 1/8 c white sugar
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
Beat all ingredients in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Adjust sugar to taste (I prefer less sugar since the cookies are sweet.) Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Remove from fridge, spoon about 1 tsp of cream cheese onto the flat side of the cookie. Press another cookie onto the cream cheese to make a sandwich. I still prefer to dip...or gobble them up plain...but David is a sandwich man.

Make these. Send them to your friends. Take them to the office.
You can thank me later for the accolades you'll receive. Or my grandma. She'd like that too.


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  1. um. Snickerdoodles and pumpkin cream cheese? Yes please. Those sound amazing.

    And I think it's so funny that 84 feels like fall. Just shows how much you get used to in your particular neck of the woods! 84 is our average summer temp up here in what is currently a 55 degree NY. I had to wear a sweater this morning! :)

  2. Ah! I just realized that was a typo...74 degrees today...not 84. Still a far cry from 55 degree sweater weather. We'll get there. :)

  3. That recipe sounds amazing! I have not made snickerdoodles before so maybe I should give it a try!

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  4. Those cookies look amazing!

    Two of my favorites...I may have to try it out this weekend!


  5. How could you not click for a closer look? I could smell them ;)

  6. Oh those are definitely going to be made this weekend. I will be right with you in those ab workouts soon. I just had my appendix removed and am dreading getting back to the ab workouts:)

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  8. These look super yummy...I'd love for you to link up to my new linky party -

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  9. What a creative little recipe! I must give it a try. I must give that ab exercise a try too!

  10. Thank you, Oh thank you, oh thank you!!! I live in Australia. I have always wondered what snikerdoodles tasted like. I am so going to make your recipe - I don't care if it is spring here! And double thank you for the workout vid at the end :) - I can feel a wee bit less guilty now! LOL

  11. Seaweed and Raine - So glad you'll get to try these! They are a great anytime cookie i my opinion. :) Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!

  12. I made these and posted them on my blog today! They were yummy!

  13. As soon as I find canned pumpkin in Mexico, I'm making these! Thanks for linking up to the Creative Genius Link Party! I'd love to see you link up again tomorrow!

  14. WOW these cookies sound amazing. Two of my faves...snickerdoodles and PUMPKIN. Must try!

  15. So trying those cookies.

    New follower!~!


  16. I made the dough last night! It tasted amazing. I can't wait to bake them tonight for the cookie exchange on Saturday. Your recipe has saved me. It is the third one this week, and this is the winning recipe. I will write back tomorrow to let you know how they came out :)

  17. Yay!!! I hope they turn out awesome! Thanks for writing. Can't wait to hear back. :)

  18. I made them, but they turned out completely flat, like they "melted" rather than baked. What did I do wrong??

    1. Sounds like maybe your butter was too soft. I make mine w butter that's soft enough to dint w a finger slightly but not soft/smushy like you'd put on toast (ie, room temp). It's hard to say though but that would be my first guess. Hope it helps some!

  19. I made them, but they turned out flat, almost like they had "melted" rather than baked. What did I do wrong??


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