Fall Cookie Baking: Pumpkin Cinnamon Spice & Gingersnaps

pumpkin cinnamon spice cookies

Fall is such a great time to bake.  I bake all year round, but Fall really lends itself to baking as it warms up the house and makes it smell so good…..  apples, cinnamon, pumpkin, ginger….  awwwhhhh….

gingersnap cookies stack

A couple of my favorite Fall cookies include a new one (Pumpkin Cinnamon Spice) and an old-time classic (Gingersnaps).  So today is a TWO-fer cookie recipe day, as I couldn’t decide which to share!

gingersnap cookie

The Pumpkin Cinnamon Spice were a first time effort, and we loved them!  I found a recipe at Sally’s Baking Addiction Blog.  The original recipe called for cinnamon chips, which my local supermarket was out of, so I found some Pumpkin Spice Hershey’s Kisses and chopped them up in the recipe.  They turned out AMAZING!  A couple weeks later, I found Nestle is now making Pumpkin Spice chips (so I snagged those along with several bags of Hershey’s Cinnamon Chips which were back in stock!)  WOOHOO!  I’m set for a while now!

The Gingersnaps are a perennial Fall favorite.  My son, Nick, loves them best.  I, however, reminisce about the memories they conjure up…

When the boys were little, we had a Thanksgiving Turkey Bowl (football game) every Thanksgiving morning in a ballfield our kids created with the neighbors between our yards.  It was basically a clearing in the woods that was a baseball field in the summer and football field in the Fall/Winter.

All the neighbors would gather while fathers and sons played football, little girls played cheerleaders, and us moms took a break from cooking and watched the game standing by a bonfire with hot coffee or cocoa (or Beer! 🙂 ).  I would always bake a fresh-out-of-the-oven batch of Gingersnaps that taste even better outside in the cold by a fire after playing football.

So here are the recipes.  Ready?  Set!  Bake!

Pumpkin Cinnamon Spice Cookies

  • Servings: 4 dozen large cookies
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Ingredients:pumpkin cinnamon spice cookies

5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 1/2 cups butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups pumpkin
2 large eggs
4 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups pumpkin spice chips, cinnamon chips, or chopped pumpkin spice kisses

Cinnamon Sugar Topping:
1/2 cup granulated sugar
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices. Set aside.

Using a mixer, cream the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Add the pumpkin, eggs, and vanilla and mix until combined, about 3 minutes. Slowly add in the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. Stir in the chips.

In a small bowl, mix together sugar and cinnamon. Shape dough into rounded tablespoons and roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Place balls 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet. Lightly press down on the cookies with a spatula or the palm of your hand.

Bake for 10-12 minutes.  Let cool slightly on baking sheet before removing to cookie rack to completely cool.

Gingersnap Cookies

  • Servings: 4 dozen large cookies
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Ingredients:gingersnap cookie

4 cups flour
2 Tbsp ground ginger
4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups shortening
2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup dark molasses
1/3 cup cinnamon-sugar mixture

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt together in medium bowl, and set aside.

Place the shortening into large mixing bowl and beat until creamy.   Gradually beat in the sugar, then the egg, followed by the molasses.

Add in the dry ingredients gradually, and mix until a soft dough forms.

Form tablespoon-sized balls and roll in cinnamon sugar.

Bake about 10 minutes or until tops are rounded and slightly cracked.  Cool on wire rack.

Happy Fall Baking!

Cheers & Hugs,
Jodi

23 thoughts on “Fall Cookie Baking: Pumpkin Cinnamon Spice & Gingersnaps

  1. I will have to try these cookies! They sound wonderful! What sweet memories to share with us Jodi. I have never seen pumpkin spice chips at our grocery store but I have never looked for them either. LOL!

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