Ahh pumpkin season is upon us! And what better way to celebrate fall than with these healthy pumpkin snickerdoodles. These cookies are so delicious, you won’t realize that they are healthy…and your family members will all love them as well!
I absolutely love the fall weather. It’s finally time to open up the windows, get outside, and not die of heat stroke. Even though it’s almost October, we are just now starting to feel the effects of fall here in Atlanta, and I couldn’t be more excited. While I do some baking during the summer, turning on the oven doesn’t always make for the best plan. But besides that, these healthy pumpkin snickerdoodles are everything you could ever want in a cookie.
They are only 3 SmartPoints per cookie, which is great. They have less sugar in them than your typical cookie might. The batter makes a TON of them to enjoy with your friends and family and they are delicious. You wouldn’t know that you are eating a “healthy” cookie if you tried one of these guys. So tasty!
When you have a husband who is a cookie monster like I do, you try to come up with ways you can eat sweets too. Trust me, it’s hard. He went to Great American Cookie Company one day (we were at the outlets), and I happened to look up how many points it would be to eat a cookie. 17 SmartPoints. I repeat…17 SmartPoints for 1 cookie! Holy moly. Granted, they were huge and were chocolate chip, but no thank you. That’s over half of my daily points and I’d like to eat real food than something covered in sugar and calories.
I did have a bite of his cookie and you know what? It was actually too sweet for me. I felt like I could taste all the sugar that they put in it and I just wasn’t interested. Call me crazy, but I think my taste buds have changed since getting serious with Weight Watchers. Yes, I have lost 30lbs. Yes, I am maintaining my weight loss (I’ve actually lost weight last time I checked). And yes, I still eat sweets. It’s all about moderation and making smarter choices with what you are putting in your body. But I’m not here today to preach about how great Weight Watchers is. I’m here to talk about these cookies!
What I really enjoy about cooking is that I am in control of the ingredients. I get to choose what I’m going to add to certain dishes (or take out) and what to replace them with. I have control over what my body gets nourished with instead of having a fast food chain or restaurant dictate it for me. I love that. Deciding what to put in these healthy pumpkin snickerdoodles was so much fun and pretty easy to do. And I promise that you won’t realize you are eating a “healthy” cookie.
Try it for yourself!
Healthy Pumpkin Snickerdoodles
This recipe is 3 SmartPoints per cookie.
- 3/4 cup light butter softened
- 1/2 cup white sugar divided
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 Tablespoons pumpkin pie spice divided
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon divided
In a small bowl, mix together the butter, 1/4 cup sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, 1 Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice, salt, and 1/2 Tablespoon cinnamon. Mix until combined. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix well.
In another small bowl, combine the remaining sugar, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon.
Make 48 balls of dough. Cover each ball with the sugar and spice mixture. Place on a prepared cookie sheet(s) and bake for 8-10 minutes.
You can flatten the cookies as well if you don't want them as ball-like as mine.