Sunday, October 25, 2020

Cake Mix Cookies | Pumpkin Snickerdoodles | Pumpkin Recipes

Who doesn't enjoy a delicious Snickerdoodle Cookie?  Here's a new twist to making an easy spicy cinnamon Pumpkin Snickerdoodle with a basic cake mix.  Yes, read on!

I love to back from scratch, but sometimes in a pinch I like to take baking shortcuts.  I learned this over  the years with some fantastic recipes from my co-workers.  I look back fondly at the memories of our office parties when I make German Chocolate Caramel Bars or Triple Chocolate Squares from a cake mix.

So for fall, of course anything having to do with pumpkin has my family's name on it, and these Cake Mix Cookies came together so quickly.

Cake Mix Cookies

Cake Mix Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies

Cake Mix Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies

I've been following Anne Byrn - the Cake Mix Doctor for many years, and recently made a Birthday Cake for my granddaughter.  Anne has a way of doctoring up Box Cake Mixes so that you'd be hard pressed to guess they started out as a mix and with a substitution and addition of a few ingredients, end up tasting as if you worked hours to get a homemade from scratch taste. There's recipes for frostings, icings, bars and cakes.

Cake Mix Doctor Birthday Cake

I adapted the recipe in order to get the feel of a homemade from scratch dough. The dough is going to be STICKY no matter if you refrigerate it ahead of time, so I just deal with it.  These cookies are so worth it!

Cake Mix White Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

I couldn't find any Pumpkin Pie spice in the stores so I made my own (I just eyeball measurements - Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Ground cloves, if you have it).

Cake Mix White Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Next time, I might try making these with a Spice Cake mix.

 So if you're busy and want to wow them at the soccer game, birthday party, Halloween or Thanksgiving, give these cake mix cookies a try!

Cake Mix White Chocolate Chip Snickerdoodle Cookies

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White Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies Recipe


1 box (18.25 oz) Yellow or Golden Cake Mix (I prefer Duncan Hines)
1 egg
1/2 c. canned Pumpkin (Not Puree)
1/4 to 1/3 c. vegetable oil (I start out with 2 Tbl. and then add 1 Tbl. at a time if needed)
3 Tbl. Granulated Sugar
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. mace or ground cloves

Extra Granulated Sugar and Cinnamon for rolling


Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Line cookie sheets with parchment paper
Mix ingredients together with a wooden spoon - starting out with 2 Tbl. oil and add more if needed
Mixture will be sticky.
If it's still too sticky, add extra flour, 1 Tablespoon at a time.
Refrigerate dough for 1/2 hour.
Form dough into 1 inch balls
Roll each ball in the extra cinnamon and sugar mixture
Place 1 inch apart on parchment-lined cookie sheet
Bake 9-13 minutes.  (I found 13 minutes to be good for my oven, I like the cookies somewhat browned, but still chewy.  I eyeball for doneness.

Remove and let cool completely.

Can be frozen.

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