You don’t have to wait for Halloween to do a ton of us magic Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats. Whether you just want to enjoy them at home or go to a dog party, these treats contain seasonal ingredients and they only take a few minutes to cook!
This recipe, which appears in our The Healthy Hound Cookbook, was one of our most popular – not just from the numerous magazines the recipe was published in, but also from the dogs who enjoyed the finished product!
It was even included in the USA Weekend – with our dear Irie as a model:
What Kind of Pumpkin Should You Buy?
The pumpkin you need is canned pumpkin … but no pumpkin pie filling (which has too many spices and too much sugar).
You’re just looking for plain old canned pumpkin. Mine was in a 15-ounce can, so there’s a lot more in the fridge now for the next batch of goodies.
Do you want to make your own pumpkin from scratch? We have a recipe for making pumpkin puree.
How to Make Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats
This recipe is quick and easy to make – and doesn’t require any special equipment.
Mix all the ingredients except the water, then add it sparingly. Depending on the amount of oil in your peanut butter, you may or may not need the entire half cup …
The dough should be sticky but not dry. If it feels dry, you’ll need a little more water. If it’s too sticky (if it sticks to your fingers) you’ll need a little more flour.
Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface. I used pumpkin shaped cookie cutters, but you can use any shape and then place them on a greased baking sheet.
I recently started subscribing to Martha Stewart Living, so I was inspired to take a few more minutes and delve into the goodies (I think Martha would be proud of me!). I bought a set of tiny Halloween cookie cutters …
… and used them to make indented shapes on the treats:
Next, the goodies were ready for the preheated 350-degree oven:
After about 20 minutes of baking time, they were ready to be removed and cooled down.
Make sure to completely cool the peanut butter and pumpkin dog treats before serving or refrigerating them. You can refrigerate the goodies for about a week or, if they take longer, freeze part of the batch.
Be warned: the smell of these treats as you bake is terrifying! You may need to test one out before you can give it to your dog!
Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup pumpkin
1/2 cup peanut butter (organic if you have it)
1-2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 cup of water as needed
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a medium bowl, mix all the ingredients together except the water, then add sparingly as the amount of water depends on the oil content in the peanut butter.
- Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface and cut into fun shapes.
- Bake on baking sheets for about 20 minutes, then remove and allow to cool. Make sure to cool the treats completely before serving or refrigerating.
Would your dog love this recipe?
Are you looking for more recipes? Make sure to check out the Dog Treat Recipe Index for a one-page list of all the great recipes on DogTipper!
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