Pumpkin Snowballs

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Pumpkin Snowballs

The days have been getting away from me lately.

Yes, my post is later than usual this week, and no, it’s not on purpose. I just forgot what day of the week it was because, as usual, there’s a lot happening at work. I’m usually pretty good with time, so I’ve managed to surprise myself by losing track of it a little.

Or maybe I just wanted to wait longer to bring you this autumnal take on my favorite cookie, the snowball. These pumpkin snowballs are the perfect afternoon snack on a crisp fall day!

Pumpkin Snowballs

When I was a kid, catalogs were a pretty big deal. Before online shopping happened, I would happily spend hours poring over the pages of different catalogs. My favorite by far was the Sears Wish List, which came out in the fall and was full of holiday cheer and tons of toys. I could look at those toys forever, imagining that I owned them all.

Pumpkin Snowballs

A more consistent and less exciting offering was my mother’s L.L. Bean catalog, which I would look through and privately wonder at. My mother always said that their clothes were “classic,” but to me, that just meant dull. I was always much more into sparkly things and spur of the moment trends. And khaki chinos? Shiver. No, thanks.

Pumpkin Snowballs

Now that the holiday season is in the kind of imminent future and the leaves are starting to turn, I’m definitely thinking about those catalogs. Time has a way of slipping by, and I’m not trying to rush things. At the same time, there’s been no opportunity lately to stop and smell the crunchy leaves. Or read a catalog. We’re going to have to work on that.

Pumpkin Snowballs

The best way to get a break in my world is with cookies. Snowballs have always been a huge fave of mine, and adding just a small amount of pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice makes them more than ready for fall.

If you remember the days of leafing through catalogs while lying on your tummy on a carpeted floor, then we’re simpatico. If you think time is going by too fast, join humanity. We’re all there. I hope you get some time to stop and look around. If not, I hope there’s a cookie break in there somewhere!


Pumpkin Snowballs


1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup powdered sugar (for rolling baked cookies into)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line a cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and pumpkin until fluffy. Add flour, pumpkin pie spice and salt and beat again until the dough forms.
  3. Roll the dough into tablespoon-sized balls and place on your cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the bottoms are just starting to brown.
  4. Wait 5 minutes and roll the cookies in the powdered sugar carefully. You don't want to press down, or the cookies will crumble. Wait a few minutes, and then roll them a second time.
  5. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container.


I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

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  1. Vicky & Ruth- May I Have That Recipe

    Of course I remember the days of flipping through catalogs…the good old days lol These little bites look delicious and perfect for the fall!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks so much! I loved lazy days with catalogs!

  2. Jessica @ Citrus Blossom Bliss

    I remember the good ol’ days where catalogs were all the rage – when we were kids we would page through the Toys R’ Us catalogs around the holiday time and circle the gifts we REALLY wanted. Victoria’s Secret still sends an occasional catalog, but I find that I prefer the ease of online perusing.

    I’m glad you shared these pumpkin snowballs. I’ve been looking for a more subdued pumpkin dessert and this looks just perfect.
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    1. Mir

      The Toys R Us ones were the best. And now Amazon has taken over…

  3. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Mir, love these pumpkin snowballs!!! The perfect afternoon snack on a crisp fall day, indeed!!! and hey, I still thumb through catalogs and magazines. . love them. . 🙂
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    1. Mir

      I try to get as many catalogs as I can, and the girls love the American Girl ones. But then of course, they ask for everything, and I’m Mean Mommy. 🙂

  4. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary

    I used to love looking at catalogs right around this time of year and start planning out my Christmas list when I was a kid! And hey, I STILL look at catalogs! Hello C&B and Anthropologie – I’m look at you. 😉 I certainly hope you find some time to slow down, enjoy the change in weather and read a catalog or too, Mir! In the mean time I say you just eat TONS of these fabulous snowballs! I mean, these have to make life a bit more enjoyable! This is a pumpkin flavored treat I can totally get down with! 😉 Cheers, girlie!
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    1. Mir

      I need to start doing gift lists for myself again! It would make Kenny’s life so much easier! 🙂

  5. Manali@CookWithManali

    snow balls are one of my favorite cookies! love the pumpkin twist!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Manali! Mine too!

  6. mira

    Funny, now with the baby I don’t know what day it is very often! Love snowballs and these look delicious! Need to try them!
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    1. Mir

      Ha! I remember those days. They too shall pass.

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  8. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    You are taking me back to my childhood days! I LOVE flipping through catalogs, too! My brother and I would always circle just about every toy in the Sears and JC Penney catalogs…and I remember always wanting a ventriloquist doll haha. These pumpkin snowballs look perfect, Mir! Such a great idea and I think I could eat them ALL!
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    1. Mir

      I circled it all, too. Greedy greedy!

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