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How To Make Dog Treats

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Last Modified: December 1, 2023
Published: December 1, 2023

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Tails Will Wag When You Bake These Treats

dog treats baked

We don’t have a dog, but we have four adorable granddogs we love, and they live right here in town! These pumpkin dog treats will be perfect to have on hand the next time we get to “dogsit!” I always look forward to it so much!

The pups are all beggars, and I am a total sucker for their sweet faces! It will be good for me to have healthy treats instead of giving them cheese and other “people food!”

I’ve wanted to try this recipe for quite a while, and the dumbest thing has stalled me! I haven’t been able to find a dogbone cookie cutter locally! Isn’t it silly what we allow to slow us down? As if my granddogs would turn down a round or star-shaped treat!

Happily, I was having coffee with friends at the amazing K-town Cakery this morning, and Kari, the owner, loaned me hers! I think this shape is so cute, but for heaven’s sake, don’t let that keep you from trying this recipe!

Why Your Pups Will Love This Pumpkin Dog Treats Recipe

dog treat ingredients

These pumpkin dog treats are super easy to make and only take five wholesome ingredients. You only need pumpkin puree, peanut butter, whole wheat flour, a little cinnamon, and a couple of eggs.

How To Make Pumpkin Dog Treats

Combine all the ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and stir them together. The dough is stiff and a tiny bit sticky, but I found my trusty Danish Whisk to be the perfect tool again! I don’t know how I ever got along without it!

dog treat batter

Natural peanut butter is best for this, but if you use regular peanut butter, ensure it does not have the artificial sweetener Xylitol because it can harm dogs. Jif creamy peanut butter does not; it contains sugar and molasses.

The dough for the dog treats comes together quickly, rolls out easily, and cuts neatly. The dough released easily from the cutter, and in no time, I had two dozen treats ready for the oven!

dog treats ready o bake

Just like when baking sugar cookies, gather the dough from between the shapes into a ball and reroll until you’ve used it up every bit!

In about twenty minutes, they were done! They don’t seem to spread so I could bake them all on one parchment-covered rimmed baking pan with virtually no clean-up!

The dog treats smell amazing when baking; there’s nothing in them that humans can’t eat! I did nibble a small scrap of the dough I baked. There’s almost no sweetener in them, but it was ok!

I couldn’t wait for my granddogs to taste them, so our daughter picked up the dog treats and took them home to try. Four wagging tails (no thumbs, you know) said they were a hit. This is Cash, our youngest granddog. He was unhappy and pouted when his mom only let him have one. I promised to bake more!

Cash pouting for dog treats
Yield: 24 treats

Dog Treats With Pumpkin

pumpkin dog treats

An easy recipe for healthy dog treats using pumpkin, peanut butter, eggs, whole wheat flour, and cinnamon.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup natural peanut butter, or one without artificial sweeteners
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cover a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  3. Combine all the ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. The dough will be stiff and slightly sticky. Turn the dough onto a flour-covered work surface and roll to 1/4" thickness.
  4. Use a desired cookie cutter to cut out shapes.
  5. Gather and reroll the dough until you have used it all to make treats.
  6. Bake for about 20 minutes; longer if you want them to be crunchier.
  7. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a month or freeze for up to six months.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 77Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 43mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 3gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g

I will bake another couple of batches of these treats to share with our granddogs when they come to our house for Christmas! I'm really looking forward to Christmas and having all four of our granddogs here with the rest of the family!

Here are some of the things I'll be baking for the holidays! Sugar Cookie Bars, Cranberry Cake, and Christmas Jam! I'd love to hear about the things you like to make for the holidays!

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Love, GB (Betty Streff)

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