Toss your PSL for the real fall flavor of snickerdoodle. 
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It's that time of year again. Pumpkin spice everything has hit the shelves, and everyone has lost their minds over fall-is-coming excitement. I'm here to tell you that pumpkin spice is most definitely not the be-all and end-all for fall flavor. In fact, there's an even better one you're completely missing. 

The infamous pumpkin pie spice tries a little too hard to achieve the flavors of fall in every bite of cake or sip of a latte. The traditional spice mix tosses together cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and occasionally allspice depending on the brand. This accomplishes nothing but a bitter mix of too intense flavor, usually masked by an overload of sugar. It's an overwhelming sip of sugar and spice you can't quite identify, but are told is the iconic flavor of the season. It's too complex, too confusing on your palate, and definitely overdone. 

I'm determined to change that. Behind the flavored beers, apple chips, and Oreos is an exquisite seasoning blend the world has somehow forgotten. I'm talking about the sophisticated snickerdoodle. Snickerdoodle (generally in cookie form) deserves the title of Autumn's signature spice. Just try one bite of the fluffy, sweet cookie simply dusted with white sugar and cinnamon for the perfect balance of sweet and spicy. Baking off a batch of the delicate dough brings warm, cinnamon smells into your home. It's everything you ever wanted when the trees start to turn and the weather gets chilly.  

If you want to upgrade your chilly weather baking to the original Autumn dessert, try some of our top notch snickerdoodle recipes. 


Snickerdoodle Dip 

Cinnamon-Sugar Cookies

Almond Butter Snickerdoodles

Star Anise Snickerdoodles

Possibly one of the best aspects of snickerdoodle is there is zero confusion of what you should be tasting. Nothing questionable, just delicious. The flavors are simply sugar and cinnamon. No weird, liquefied pumpkin puree worsened by too many spices competing for the spotlight. Most snickerdoodle recipes start with a sugar cookie base of butter, eggs, sugar, and flour with the addition of cream of tartar and baking soda for their signature softness. Once you go snickerdoodle, you'll never go back.