Peanut Butter Pumpkin Home Made Dog Treats

So, David and I are on a diet right now (too many brownies, I think) so we decided it was time that the dogs got a sweet home-made treat!

I searched for a simple dog cookie recipe, and found one on, which I adapted slightly. (Margo loves her peanut butter, so I added more than the recipe called for!)

  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Water
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350*
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.  If the dough is too thick to work, add a little bit of water at a time.  But bear in mind that the dough should be very thick and dry
  3. In between layers of parchment paper, roll the dough to 1/2″ thick.  Then, using a cookie cutter, cut your dough.
  4. Bake on parchment for 35 minutes, or until hard and done.  
I had an entire army of squirrels in the oven!
Of course I chose squirrels, because the dogs love chasing squirrels up trees.
The best part about this dough is that it doesn’t have a leavening agent in it, so the details of your cookie shape stay sharp.
This is the squirrel shape, uncooked.
And this is how they look cooked!
David took a nibble of the cookies (obviously, these are human-safe, and even vegetarian!) and he said they were good, just not sweet.
The dogs, on the other hand, gobbled them up.  Here’s a video of them doing tricks for treats!

Pumpkin is totally dog safe, and the unbleached, whole wheat flour is safe for the pupperses, too.  I also used my stash of all-natural, organic peanut butter, so this would be doggie friendly, to the extreme.

Have you ever made homemade dog treats?

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