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Pumpkin Snickerdoodles {Gluten-Free}

November 7, 2013

I know, a pumpkin recipe two days in a row. There are worse things in the world right? And like I told you, this is what happens when a blogger (or anyone for that matter) opens a can of pumpkin. All pumpkin hell breaks loose. But I’ll be honest, I’m kind of getting over pumpkin. Thankfully this is perfectly acceptable in Canada because we got Thanksgiving out of the way in October. We’re now onto bigger and better things aka gingerbread.

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles-Healthy Pumpkin Snickerdoodles that are also #glutenfree! // thehealthymaven.comAnd yes, I have absolutely jumped on the gingerbread train. I’m starting to build my recipe arsenal as we speak (and by speak I mean in the refrigerator…can you guess what is is?), but first I had to cleanse myself of all things pumpkin. In cookie form. I actually put a call out to you on Sunday to ask whether I should post the pumpkin snickerdoodles or the pumpkin cornbread this week, but I surprised myself and managed to get my act together for both posts.

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles-Healthy Pumpkin Snickerdoodles that are also #glutenfree! // thehealthymaven.comYou may have noticed, but I post A LOT of cookie recipes. That’s because cookies are by far my favourite baked good. I am the original cookie monster. But a diva cookie monster. Not only does the cookie have to taste like a fusion of gold and diamonds, but it better have the perfect texture. I like my CCC crunchy and my snickerdoodles soft as a pillow. They are precisely this. In fact I would have considered sleeping on them if I hadn’t finished them in one day.


Pumpkin Snickerdoodles {Gluten-Free}

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 dozen cookies 1x


  • 2 cups gluten-free oat flour (ground rolled oats)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the coating:

  • 1/4 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  3. Combine all dry ingredients.
  4. In a separate bowl combine coconut oil, pumpkin, egg whites and vanilla extract
  5. Slowly incorporate wet ingredients into dry ingredients.
  6. Combine coating ingredients in a different bowl.
  7. Roll dough into 24 teaspoon sized balls.
  8. Roll each cookie in the coating.
  9. Once coated, place cookie on baking sheet and flatten each with the palm of your hand. 12 cookies per sheet.
  10. Bake cookies for 12 minutes or until golden brown around the edges.
  11. Remove cookies from oven and let cool for 5 minutes on baking sheet.
  12. Place cookies on wire rack to cool completely.
  13. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Anyone else over pumpkin? What’s your favourite type of baked good?


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  • Reply
    November 7, 2013 at 11:25 am

    I was waiting & praying you’d be sharing a pumpkin snickerdoodle recipe with everyone. I’ve had coconut palm sugar just sitting in my pantry waiting to be used. I’m not sure why, but I always forget about it. This seems like the PERFECT time to put it good use 🙂

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    Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli
    November 7, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Favorite type of baked good: cookies
    Favorite pureed vegetable: pumpkin
    Favorite spice: cinnamon…DING DING DING!!!!

    For the record, you had me hook, line, and sinker with the “pillowy soft”…I die!

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    Elise @
    November 7, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    I’m still not sick of pumpkin, so I’m loving this recipe!

    PS- I need to step up my food picture game, how do you get them to look so perfect always!? jeaous

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    Erin @ The Almond Eater
    November 7, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Diva cookie monster lolllll you kill me. I’m kind of getting over pumpkin too (hate to admit) but I’ll never turn down a pumpkin-flavored anything. Ever. These look nom.

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    November 7, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    I am not over-pumpkin yet but will be after our Thanksgiving. 🙂 AND favorite type of baked good is brownies or blondies or cakes! AHHH or cookies. I love most all baked goods!

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    November 7, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Sleeping on snickerdoodles? Is it strange that I find that ridiculously appealing? Who needs feathers…

    But I hear ya about being over pumpkin… I’m slowly getting sick of it as well, especially since opening a can becomes such a huge commitment. As for baked goods, cookies will always have my heart… especially if we’re talking chocolate chip oatmeal.

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      November 10, 2013 at 10:23 pm

      hahahahah opening a can of pumpkin totally does become a huge commitment!!!

      Now I’m craving chocolate chip oatmeal!

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    Ang @ Nutty for Life
    November 7, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Favorite kind of baked good is cupcakes I think. I just love them (and icing). I am not over pumpkin just yet, as I still have a month of pumpkin to go. Perhaps it will last into December, since I’m going to make this cookies at Christmastime! Random question… why do Canadians spell favorite “favourite”? I’ve always wondered. I kind of like it your way better.

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      November 10, 2013 at 10:24 pm

      For some reason we maintain our allegiance to the Brits and using British English!

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    Ksenija @ With An Open Mind
    November 7, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Oh my these look so delicious. I bet a filling made of great yogurt, nut butter and honey would be a perfect addition. Yum!

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    November 7, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    These look amazing! Definitely on the “make within the next month or so” list. 😀
    Favourite baked good? Probably a baked cheesecake (alright, definitely a baked cheesecake), though I don’t go whipping those up too frequently. 😉

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    Megan (The Lyons Share)
    November 7, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    I refuse to let you be “over” pumpkin!!!! These look delicious, of course, and thanks for sharing both recipes this week!

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    November 7, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    It’s a close race between cookies and brownies- what about both?! I gotta be honest, I am not the biggest fan of pumpkin ( i know, I should be shunned in blogland), so I am looking forward to the gingerbread recipes! These look delicious, though and I would probably eat at least three if they were in my vicinity.

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      November 10, 2013 at 10:31 pm

      Buckle your seat belt because some serious gingerbread recipes are coming your way!

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    Alex @ Kenzie Life
    November 7, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Pumpkin snickerdoodles! I haven’t had a snickerdoodle in ages but they sound so good right now! And they look like the perfect breakfast food…right…? 🙂

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    Suzanne @ hello, veggy!
    November 7, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    I’m still not over pumpkin, especially because THEY ARE ALL ON SALE! Rejoice!!

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      November 10, 2013 at 10:31 pm

      I would be equally as excited but you know my irrational fear of actually roasting a pumpkin!

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    Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures
    November 7, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Because I fail in the kitchen in every regard, I have already messaged Bek to inform her that she will be making these for me once we are off our little sugar detox program in a few weeks. These look and sound amazing and thank goodness you got your act together long enough to post two pumpkin recipes!
    Haha you Canadians and your October Thanksgiving, polar bear meat and igloo homes. 🙂 Glad gingerbread is about to make appearances – all this holiday themed stuff just gets me so excited! 🙂
    I am not nearly over pumpkin but that’s because I’ve been enjoying it slowly so as not to over do it! It’s one of my favorite flavors!
    COOKIE DIVA MONSTER! You and me both! In fact, if it’s not a perfect cookie, I won’t waste the calories. It has to be legit. And I ADORE cookies the most!!!!! Snickerdoodles are in my top 3 kinds of cookies. I’ll reveal the other two when the time is right….

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    November 7, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Well cookies and pumpkin are two things that you can NEVER have too much of!! I can’t get over how creative and amazing these look! I don’t have all the ingredients here at school with me, but I just bookmarked the recipe so they’re officially on my to-make list over Christmas break. Don’t let me forget about them!! 🙂

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    November 7, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    snickerdoodles and cornbread in one week? you may find me on your doorstep soon 😉 I’ve yet to actually try a snickerdoodle, which is apparently a terrible thing.
    And I feel like this is practically blasphemous, but I’m not actually the biggest fan of baked goods :S I mean, I like them, but they’re not my go-to. I’d rather eat the cookie dough then eat an actual cookie, and if I’m craving something sweet I usually go for chocolate or ice cream. That being said, I do love a big slab of cake or a brownie once in a while.

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      November 10, 2013 at 10:33 pm

      You’ve never tried a snickerdoodle?!?!! Please appear on my doorstep asap! With Atti too 😉

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    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    November 7, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    I could go for some of these right now. I was just talking to someone yesterday about pumpkin ice cream. She was nay, I was yay, so I guess I’m not over it yet.

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    Tina @ Tinas Chic Corner
    November 7, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Cookies are my favorite to bake too! I love eating pumpkin goodies all Fall and Winter. 🙂 These cookies look so soft and chewy. Love!

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    November 7, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Oh hell yes- these sound divine! I’ll never forget my first bite of a snickerdoodle back in the day- it transported me to cinnamon carby heaven. I can easily pass up brownies but cookies fresh out the oven? All self-restraint goes kaput!

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    November 7, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    I’m definitely going to try this recipe with almond flour instead of the oat flour. They look super yummy!
    Maybe you could make gingerbread snickerdoodles, if pumpkin is starting to get old! Now, that, sounds delicious.

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      November 10, 2013 at 10:36 pm

      Let me know how they turn out with almond flour!

      Um you are totally onto something with gingerbread snickerdoodles!

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    Sarah Cook
    November 7, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Wow, these look amazing! Snickerdoodles are one of my favorites.

    I’ve also started with gingerbread already! It’s too good to wait.

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    November 7, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    im getting over pumpkin too but i made a huge batch of pumpkin puree at home – so more pumpkin recipes I guess. That cornbread is soo happening.

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      November 10, 2013 at 10:37 pm

      Ah I know! I keep committing myself to more pumpkin recipes every time I open a can of pumpkin for that cornbread!

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    Alisha @ Alishas Appetite
    November 7, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Holy cow these look AMAZEBALLS!! I’m not over pumpkin yet but I usually get sick of it right after Thanksgiving… ask me in a couple of weeks 😉

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    Carla Bruns
    November 7, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    You are so great at describing your foods! You should give me lessons on how to do that. I love the cookies and totally pinned and tweeted them. 🙂

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    Mary Frances McNellis
    November 7, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    “Gold and diamonds” – best description ever! I love that these are gluten free without me having to go buy rice flour or sorghum or whatever. Pinning! My dad’s favorite cookie is snickerdoodles and I too am cleaning my fridge in prep for gingerbread (great minds think alike!) and these are perfect!

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    Em @ Love A Latte
    November 7, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Ok, these look delicious, but I’m kind of over pumpkin. Which isn’t good because it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but really these look wonderful! I’m all about cupcakes, pancakes, muffins, and right now vegan PB cups are my favorite!

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl
    November 7, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    I’m jumping on the gingerbread train too, but I still love pumpkin so I hold them both dearly! These snickerdoodles are so pretty! Yum!

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    November 7, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Pumpkin snickerdoodles = perfect idea! I’m still all over the pumpkin thing and it won’t really die down for me for a good long while. Favorite baked good right now is definitely quick bread. I love making pumpkin bread and banana bread the best!

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats
    November 7, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    I don’t blame you for posting two pumpkin recipes in a row! I hate opening a can of pumpkin and not finishing it and then trying to figure out what I can do with it 🙂 These cookies look yummy!

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    November 7, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    you’re so so so so on a (pumpkin) roll with the pumpkin recipes lately! yummm

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    Shashi Charles
    November 7, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Cannot wait to see your gingerbread recipes…but I love pumpkin too – I am not burned out on it – I have to confess I eat pumpkin year round 🙂
    I love using ground oats to bake with too – these snickerdoodles look divine and so good for you! Which is reason enough to eat a whole batch at one go 🙂

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    November 7, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    I want one of these right now!! I just bought a gingerbread product over the weekend but I stored it away until the season hits me! 🙂

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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs
    November 7, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    I’m munching on a cookie as I type this and I’m wishing it tasted as awesome as these look! Not that mine aren’t delish, but oh girl, yours look stellar!
    Also, I can’t wait for all things gongerbread. I love that season, yay! x

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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    November 7, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    These sound yummy, you diva cookie monster you! I know, I think that the pumpkin obsession is a little overboard, but I’m definitely not sick of it yet. You’re totally right, once you open a can of pumpkin, your mind starts reeling with ideas of recipes you can use with it to finish the can!

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    November 7, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    These look SCRUMPTIOUS! Davida, I can’t want until I’m back home in my kitchen so I can make these 🙂

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    Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness
    November 7, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    gingerbread!!! im hopping on that bandwagon too, but its not like im saying to no to pumpkin- theres still like 3 more weeks of legit pumpkin season in the states, so im just making more space in the “cravings” portion of my stomach. ( <---- did that even make sense?? def not) anyway you get the gist, and these look amazing! snickerdoodles are the perfect cookie.

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      November 10, 2013 at 10:45 pm

      I’m not entirely certain that made sense. But it’s fine, I forgive you 😉

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    Kim @ BusyBod
    November 7, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    You are killlllling me with the deliciousness this week. I’m going to have to lock myself in the kitchen and bake like a mad woman for a few days to get all this goodness in me!

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      November 10, 2013 at 10:46 pm

      hahhaha I basically did bake like a mad woman to churn out this stuff! But you know the kitchen is my happy place;)

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    Christie A
    November 7, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    Wow, these look SO good!! I personally love pumpkin. Thanks for sharing!

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    Chelsea @
    November 8, 2013 at 12:03 am

    Getting over pumpkin? Bite your tongue! 😉 I don’t think I’ll be over pumpkin until April. And even then, I’ll still probably try to sneak it into my breakfasts and baked goods. Love the look of these cookies! Can you believe before last winter I’d never had a snickerdoodle before? Such a tragedy because snickerdoodles are awesome! And I bet the pumpkin just makes them awesomer. I know that’s not a word, but let’s just go with it, okay? 😛

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      November 10, 2013 at 10:48 pm

      I’m gonna go with it 😉 And no I cannot believe you deprived yourself of such deliciousness!

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    Sarah @ Feeeding the Brain and Body
    November 8, 2013 at 12:33 am

    I usually have pumpkin all year around, I love it! It is so great for baking even when it isn’t the star of the recipe. These cookies look so great I really can’t decide what my favourite baked good is, but if bread counts then bread it is!

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    Sarah Pie
    November 8, 2013 at 2:02 am

    I may be over pumpkin but I’m never over snicker doodles! Never would have thought to go all oat flour but these sound like they would still be really good 🙂

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    Paige Podbelsek
    November 8, 2013 at 2:39 am

    Everything about this is perfection! Snickerdoodles are one of my favorite cookies 🙂

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    Lauren @ I Had a Big Lunch
    November 8, 2013 at 3:04 am

    This just revamped my October pumpkin obsession! These look so delicious!

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    Christa @ Sit-ups & Sequins
    November 8, 2013 at 3:18 am

    Diva cookie monster. I love it. 😉 It’s true, once you open a can of pumpkin deliciousness, you can’t stop the madness!

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    November 8, 2013 at 3:49 am

    I was actually complaining to Amanda that we don’t have snickerdoodles here in Australia to make her truffles…well now I can kill two birds with one stone- make these then make her truffles 😉 Smart (snickerdoodle) cooke right here.

    I love a simple banana muffin lathered in butter. Best baked good ever.

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    November 8, 2013 at 5:31 am

    These sound amazing! I wonder if I could use almond flour instead of oat flour?

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      November 10, 2013 at 10:52 pm

      It might change the texture and you may have to add a but more liquid but they should still taste good!

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    November 8, 2013 at 5:58 am

    Can I be honest with you? I’m so sick of pumpkin and I haven’t had one pumpkin treat this whole fall. Everywhere I turn is a pumpkin recipe, but I will forgive you because yours is a snickerdoodle. 🙂 And I loe snickerdoodles.

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      November 10, 2013 at 10:52 pm

      Girl you know I appreciate the honesty! And pumpkin I could do without, but never the doodles!

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    Aimee / Wallflower Girl
    November 8, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    These sound so good and I love the ingredients you’ve used (I think I have them all- yay!)

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    Gabby @ the veggie nook
    November 8, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    I am a total cookie monster as well, which is why I hardly ever make them- too easy to eat them all in one sitting! These looks delicious though, and I still have one can of pumpkin to get through….

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    Josefine {The Smoothie Lover}
    November 8, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    I have exactly half a cup of pumpkin puree in the fridge right now. And now I know what to make with it 😉 Thanks for sharing!

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    November 9, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    These cookies looks delicious! I can’t wait to give it a try. Pinned! 🙂

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    *CaNdY FiT*
    November 9, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    I’ve never had snickerdoodles before. Although I do own a Golden Doodle 😉

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    Brittany @ Delights and Delectables
    November 10, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    I’m DYING over these right now!!! I think these will be my contribution to thanksgiving this year!

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    Britni Vigil
    November 10, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Yes please! Good thing I still need pumpkin recipes for the next few weeks. Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat link party!

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      November 10, 2013 at 10:54 pm

      Glad you liked them and can help fill your pumpkin recipe quota! Only a few short weeks left where it’s still acceptable 😉

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    Nikki @ The Road to Less Cake
    November 10, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    We don’t have snickerdoodles in the UK but looking at your photos, I’m pretty sure I’d like them. Pillowy soft cookies sound delish!

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    November 14, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    I never tire of pumpkin. Or cookies. This recipe is perfect for me! I have occasionally frozen pumpkin from a can when I don’t have time to make something with the rest. Works fine after thawing once it is stirred.

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    Selena @
    November 15, 2013 at 1:21 am

    Okay these are being pinned. I’m obsessed with snickerdoodle flavor anything. Love your healthy twist on it as always 🙂

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    June 18, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    I let my girls pick the cookie we were going to make this afternoon and I don’t know if it was the word “pumpkin” or the word “snickerdoodle,” but they were all over this one! So good. The dog enjoyed them too, as he does all things he sneaks off the counter!
    I had to modify a bit: the dough was more of a batter prob bc I used 3 whole eggs instead of egg whites. I added more oat flour and it was still runny so I threw in a bunch of quick oats until it became more cookie doughish. Instead of rolling it into a ball I sprinkled the coconut sugar and cinnamon on top before putting into the oven
    Baked for the recommended time and they came out perfect!!! It’s only bc I’m having a good run with self control that they aren’t gone!!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      June 18, 2015 at 4:51 pm

      So happy to hear you enjoyed them! Yes- the extra egg yolks would make the batter runnier and require more oats but you modified it perfectly! Happy to hear they were a hit 🙂 Thanks for the feedback!

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