Pumpkin Dog Treats are the perfect way to give your pup some extra love! Made with real pumpkin and peanut butter, these treats are guaranteed to get those tails wagging. Just like my popular Peanut Butter Dog Treats, these treats are quick and easy to make.
Reasons To Make This Pumpkin Dog Treats Recipe
- I know it goes without saying, but your furry friends will love them!
- When you make your own dog treats, you know each and every ingredient.
- Homemade dog treats are super easy to make.
- You can make them in any fun shapes you like.
Pumpkin Dog Treats Recipe
After realizing how many additives and preservatives are in many store bought treats, I started making my own. After making Peanut Butter Dog Treats and Homemade Dog Treats, I decided to try a version with both pumpkin and peanut butter. Pumpkin and peanut butter are both found in my popular Spoiled Dog Cake recipe, so if you love that recipe, make sure to add this one to your collection as well!
Based on the fact that the dog inhaled these pumpkin peanut butter dog treats and was immediately back at my feet for more, I’d say they turned out pretty well! These treats are so easy to make and a great way to use up any leftover pumpkin puree you have from your pie or muffin baking.
How To Make Pumpkin Dog Treats
Let’s walk through what you’ll need and what you’ll do. Reminder, the full printable recipe, with exact measurements and instructions, is found at the bottom of the page. This portion of the post is for discussion, helpful tips and answering common questions about the recipe.
These treats use ingredients you probably have in your pantry already! All you need for the pumpkin dog treats recipe are as follows:
- Flour: For this recipe I used whole wheat flour. Check with your vet to see which flour they would recommend for your dog.
- Eggs: Make sure to grab large size eggs.
- Natural Peanut Butter: Natural peanut butter is the only way to go. Most importantly avoid any peanut butter that contains the sweetener Xylitol, which can be poisonous to dogs.
- Pumpkin Puree: Double check that you are using pure canned pumpkin puree. Often cans of pumpkin pie mix sit right next to pumpkin puree in the store, and you don’t want all those extra ingredients in your pumpkin dog treats.
- Salt (optional)
- Ground Cinnamon (optional)
Steps To Take
Mix together all ingredients to combine everything to form a dough. This may be easier with an electric or stand mixer.
This will be a very thick and crumbly dough. Add a little bit of water to help moisten the ingredients, then you will be able to work and knead the dough. Only add a tablespoon or so as you go. You want the dough to end up being a dry and thick consistency.
Finally you roll it out and cut it into your favorite shapes, then bake. If you’ve ever made cut out sugar cookies, it’s the exact same process.
All that’s left to do is watch your dogs face light up when she realizes you’re finally baking something they can acceptably trying to sneak a bite of!
These are so cute when cut into shapes using different cookie cutters. If you don’t have cookie cutters, you can also just use a knife to make the desired shapes. Don’t sweat it–your dog only cares about the taste, I promise!
Tips, Tricks, Questions & Answers
What if I don’t have whole wheat flour?
First, always consult with YOUR veterinarian about what is best for YOUR dog. I personally prefer using whole wheat flour or oat flour for these treats. I’ve made them with both and my dog had zero complaints either way. Don’t have whole wheat flour or oat flour? You can substitute white wheat flour or all-purpose. Just be sure to feed them to your pup in moderation!
Keep these in an air tight container or zipped bag for easy storage; or make many batches at once and store them in the freezer! No need to thaw before rewarding your dog with a frozen homemade pumpkin dog treat; they last longer served that way.
Need a fun gift idea for the dog lovers in your life? Make a batch of these, put them in a jar wrapped with a colorful ribbon and a note and you have a unique and thoughtful token of appreciation for human and doggy friend alike!
If you love these, you should also try my Dog Donuts! I hope your furry friends love these treats as much as mine did. Don’t forget to give them an extra pat on the head from me!
Pumpkin Dog Treats
- 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
- 2 tbsp natural peanut butter avoid any peanut butter that contains the sweetener Xylitol
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- In a large bowl, mix together eggs, cinnamon, pumpkin, flour, salt and peanut butter. This mixture will become stiff, dry and crumbly really quickly when first mixing.
- Add a little bit of water to help moisten the ingredients, then you will be able to work and knead the dough. Only add a tablespoon or so as you go. You want the dough to end up being a dry and thick consistency.
- Flour your countertop and roll the dough out to be about a ½ inch thick. Use your cookie cutters to cut out individual treats and place on a greased baking sheet. You don’t need to separate them a ton, they don’t rise much.
- You will have left over dough after cutting out the first batch of treats. Quickly knead and roll out the dough left over dough to make even more!
- Bake for about 35 minutes or until hard. Serve to your fur-baby! They will be living their best doggy life!