Monday, October 31, 2011

Pumpkin Cheesecake Snickerdoodles

Oh my, oh my did I find something absolutely delightful.  The other day I was looking through my fridge and freezer to see what to make for dinner (and face it what I had forgotten was in there).

Well I stumbled across some cream cheese goodness from these amazing muffins and the wheels in my brain just started turning.

You see cream cheese is a must have in my house--just like always having butter around.  You never know when you are going to need some cream cheese so I always have several spares in my fridge.  Plus my hubby says it's the universal food--it can go in desserts, side dishes, and main dishes.  Sweet!  And when there is only a tiny bit left (like from the muffins or from crepes) we have to save it because you never know when you are going to find a use for it.

Well after I found this lovely goodness I knew I had to try it in cookies because it was amazing in the muffins--that sweet surprise in the middle.  These turned out absolutely fantastic and were inhaled within minutes, not kidding!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Snickerdoodles

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 c. powdered sugar
3 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 c. (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
1 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. light brown sugar
3/4 c. pumpkin puree
1 large egg
2 tsp. vanilla extract
½ c. granulated sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
Dash of allspice

1.  To prepare the filling, combine the cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar in a medium bowl and mix well until blended and smooth.  Transfer the mixture to a piece of plastic wrap and shape into a log about 1½-inches in diameter.  Smooth the plastic wrap tightly around the log, and reinforce with a piece of foil.  Transfer to the freezer and chill until at least slightly firm, at least 2 hours.

2. Make cookies as soon as you have your filling in the freezer.  In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Whisk to blend and set aside.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugars on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes.  Blend in the pumpkin puree.  Beat in the egg and vanilla until incorporated.  With the mixer on low speed add in the dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated.  Cover and chill the dough for at least 1 hour (I did 2 hours and it worked great).

3.  Preheat the oven to 350˚ F.  Line baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.  Combine the sugar and spices for the coating in a bowl and mix to blend.  Remove filling from freezer and cut into 24 equal pieces.  Place about 2 tablespoons of dough in your hand and flatten out (if the dough is too sticky, I keep a small cup of water nearby and constantly dip my fingers in it and then work with the dough.  Just don't use a lot of water--small amounts).  Place a piece of filling in the middle of the cookie, wrap the sides around it and roll into a circle.  Coat the dough ball in the sugar-spice mixture and place on the prepared baking sheet.  Repeat with the remaining dough to fill the sheets, spacing the dough balls 2-3 inches apart.  

4.  Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, or until just set and baked through.  Let cool on the baking sheets about 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.  Repeat with the remaining dough.  These were much better warm, but be careful because the filling in the middle is hot. Store in an airtight container and Enjoy!

Source:  cookies from Annie's Eats 


Sofia L said...

wow these look sooo yummy. I'm going to have to try them asap.

Ashley said...

sounds perfect for today!! thanks:)

Jamie said...

OMG!! Those look delicious. I would love for you to stop by and link up to More the Merrier Monday!!

Candy said...

Cream cheese is a staple in my house too. It's so versatile!

These cookies look insanely good!

Something Swanky said...

These look AMAZING! I'm stumbling them :)

Carrie @ My Favorite Finds said...

Yay! I love recipes like this. I made a Snickerdoodle Bread last night, and I know these will be awesome, too. Thank you! Feel free to link up to my Must Try Mondays, too!

rebekahdawn said...

Oh, these look like heaven.

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Looks so amazing! Great blog and lovely recipe! Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Thiruppathy Raja said...

Nice Blog! Well most of your content and image is original and informative. /many thanks for sharing this, cheers.

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Jill @Two Yellow Birds Decor said...

I am your newest follower! I found you at What I Made Wednesday. Those sound and look so yummy! I think I am going to have to make them!! Thanks for the recipe!
I would love it if you stopped by and said Hi:)

Lisa said...

They look so yummmy!
Lisa from Over the Big Moon

Danielle said...

I just made those cookies last weekend but your version really takes it to a whole other level! Yum!!

Ashley E. Angle said...

How many does this yield?

Julie said...

Ashley these make about 30 cookies. Hope that helps :)

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Trish @MomOnTimeout said...

Why oh why do I love anything with cheesecake in the title? These look so good and would be perfect for Thanksgiving! I'd love for you to share if you have a moment. Thanks!

Jenn said...

Oh Yum - Great idea!

Erin {Lavender and Lemon Drops} said...

Say What! Is it possible to have all three of those things in one tasty cookie! YUM these look amazing!

bookcasefoodie said...

I include cream cheese, in all kinds of recipes and it makes everything creamier or tastier. These cookies sound outrageous.

Marie said...

I always find the best recipes here! I agree about always needing cream cheese in the house! So glad you linked up with us at Show & Share!


Little Mommy said...

Looks delish - great idea!

Amy said...

These sound delicious. Great idea to make it into cookies!

Thanks for linking up at A Little Nosh this week!

Joy @ Joy Of Desserts said...

Always better with cream cheese. :-) I'm featuring these snickerdoodles in Monday's post.

KB said...

Looks delish!

We'd love for you to share your recipes with us at

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Camille said...

These look amazing!! I am bookmarking them right now!!

Hannah said...

Wow, these sound awesome!

Mindie Hilton said...

Oh my these look so good.

Julie@teachinggoodeaters said...

1. Snickerdoodles are my favorite cookies... 2. I love anything with pumpkin 3. Cream cheese seems like it would take this to the next level!!

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