How to Make and Gift Perfect Pumpkin Swirl Snickerdoodle Bread

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Fall is one of my most favorite times of the year. It may be because, where I grew up, trees didn’t have leaves – let alone leaves that changed color. Or perhaps it’s the cooler weather, the smell of Christmas coming, or the neighbors who have already decorated for Christmas. Either way, it’s a great time to use baking as a means to warm up the kitchen. Because then, the house is warm AND there’s something warm to put in your tummy, too.

I think that’s why this pumpkin swirl snickerdoodle bread recipe appeals on so many levels. It combines the tastes of fall with the warmth of homemade bread. What can I say? It’s just another of our amazing recipes.

Pumpkin Swirl Snickerdoodle Bread Recipe

Now, if you’ve never been a huge pumpkin fan, I get it. I’ve been a pumpkin skeptic – and this, thankfully, is just the right level of pumpkin. Just enough pumpkin to give the bread a unique flavor without it being an overbearing pumpkin king of doom.

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Yield: 1 loaf

Pumpkin Swirl Snickerdoodle Bread

Sliced pumpkin snickerdoodle swirl bread

Looking for the right fall tastes? Then you want the right combination, all together in one recipe: pumpkin swirl snickerdoodle bread. It's delicious, it's easy, and it makes a great holiday gift for neighbors.

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes


  • 2 cup flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice

If you don't have buttermilk, here's how you make it:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp vinegar

Bread Topping

  • 1 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x5 inch bread pan.
  2. Mix those dry ingredients together in one bowl: flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. dry ingredients for cinnamon pumpkin swirl bread
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the buttermilk, egg, and oil. wet ingredients to make pumpkin snickerdoodle swirl bread
  4. Slowly add the buttermilk mixture to the dry ingredients - and stir well.
  5. In a small, third bowl, mix together 3/4 cup of the batter you just made along with the pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice. Mix well! Ingredients to make pumpkin swirl snickerdoodle bread
  6. Pour half of the remaining plain batter into the bread pan.
  7. Add half of the pumpkin-flavored batter by the spoonful into the bread pan. how to swirl pumpkin bread for extra flavor and visual appeal / how to make pumpkin swirl bread
  8. Pour the rest of the plain batter into the bread pan.
  9. By the spoonful, drop the rest of the pumpkin-flavored batter into the pan. how to layer pumpkin swirl bread
  10. Using a bread knife, cut through the batter to swirl it. how to swirl pumpkin snickerdoodle bread
  11. Bake in a preheated oven for 50-55 minutes, or until the edges are a golden brown. If you insert a toothpick into the loaf, it should come out clean.
  12. Allow the pumpkin swirl bread to cool.

Add the topping

  1. Brush the top of the loaf with the melted butter. how to add a cinnamon sugar topping to pumpkin snickerdoodle bread
  2. Combine the cinnamon and sugar, and sprinkle it over the top of the melted butter. cinnamon sugar topping on pumpkin swirl bread / how to add cinnamon sugar topping to pumpkin swirl bread
  3. Enjoy!

Gift Instructions

  1. After the bread has cooled completely, place a piece of decorative paper on top of the bread (still in the bread pan). Attach the paper to the bottom of the pan with tape or glue.
  2. Fill out the gift tag, then secure it to the decorative paper with tape or glue. Baked pumpkin cinnamon swirl bread with gift tag / how to bake cinnamon pumpkin swirl bread for a gift
  3. Deliver some homemade, cinnamon pumpkin bread goodness to those you love.


Notes on Bread Pans:

Baking this for yourself? Make clean-up a ton easier when you use my favorite glass bread pans.

Are you giving these away? Use these non-stick, paper bread pans that will dress up your gift while saving you a pretty penny!

Nutrition Information


20 slices

Serving Size

1 slice

Amount Per Serving Calories 132Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 12mgSodium 101mgCarbohydrates 22gFiber 0gSugar 11gProtein 2g
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Notes on Baking This Recipe:

Just a few final thoughts for you – to help make this recipe that much easier to bake.

Baking bread is so much easier with good bread pans. These are my favorite bread pans, available on Amazon.

Giving away that bread? Skip cleaning the extra dishes and still make it prettier when you use these non-stick, disposable (but gorgeous) paper loaf pans from Amazon.

Enjoy at Home or Give it to Friends and Family!

It’s delicious, y’all. And it makes a perfect gift for family, friends, or a side dish for a get-together. So this year, with some planning ahead, we’ll all be ready for those family dinners, neighbor gifts, and work parties.

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