These homemade Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats are absolutely made to beg for! This recipe combines two of my dog’s favorite things in life, peanut butter and pumpkin. Homemade dog treats are so easy to make and it’s nice knowing exactly what ingredients are inside for your pooch!
My husband and I don’t have any children yet, so our babies are four-legged and furry. I like to make homemade treats, chews and even dog food at times for them!
My darling hunting-breed rescues will be my baking assistants and taste testers for this recipe.
Meet Georgia, the shy, loving Red Tick Coonhound and Daisy, the sweetest, crazy Pointer-Cross! (Yes, my home is noisy, especially when it’s Homemade Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats time!)
Ingredients You’ll Need
Pumpkin is so good for dogs. It provides a great source of fiber and can even help calm an upset tummy. Pumpkin is loaded with vitamins that are beneficial for dogs skin and coats. I commonly mix in a tablespoon of unsweetened pumpkin puree with my dog’s dry dog food for a healthy treat.
Please use unsweetened, Grade A pumpkin puree, like Libby’s canned pumpkin puree for your dogs. I like Publix store brand as well.
Peanut butter is a great snack for your pooch as it packs a lot of protein, vitamins, and healthy fats. It is the only thing I can get Georgia to take medicine with and also provides great entertainment smeared in a Kong toy! Do use in moderation.
Please make sure the peanut butter served to your fur babies does NOT contain Xylitol, which is a sugar substitute found in some low calorie or sugar free peanut butters! Xylitol is definitely TOXIC for dogs to consume!
I use Jif Peanut Butter, as it is what I always have on hand! Jif Naturals is a great choice for reduced sugar and salt.
Whole Wheat Flour
You can use regular flour, but whole wheat flour is better health-wise for your furry friend and what I use when baking for my dogs! You will mix the whole wheat flour into the dough and will also need a little extra when rolling out and using cookie cutters.
Coconut Oil (Melted)
Coconut oil is beneficial for your dogs skin and coat. It can also help with allergies. My dogs will eat a teaspoon of coconut oil directly off a spoon! For this recipe, please melt the coconut oil fully in the microwave before mixing (microwave for about 20 seconds).
You will need 1 egg for this recipe.
I just use cinnamon for flavoring, and only about 1 teaspoon for the full recipe.
Mixer with large mixing bowl and beater attachment
Medium size mixing bowl for dry ingredients and a small bowl for flour.
Rolling pin- This is to roll out your dough.
Cookie Cutter(s)- I use a dog bone and heart shaped cookie cutter. The cookie cutters I use are similar in size, which will make for an even baking time. You can be as creative as you want, but keep the cookie cutters about the same size.
Baking sheet pan, ungreased.
Measuring cups and spoons
How to make the Made-to-Beg-for Homemade Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats
Start by preheating the oven and ensuring you have a clean, dry workspace on your counter to roll out the dough.
In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the whole wheat flour and cinnamon. I stir well with a fork to sift.
In a large mixing bowl, beat together the pumpkin puree, peanut butter and melted coconut oil.
Tip for measuring peanut butter: Line your measuring cup with a small piece of plastic wrap and spoon in your peanut butter.
Then simply remove the plastic wrap from the cup and dump over your bowl. Watch as the peanut butter falls right off the plastic wrap into your mixing bowl! This is a great tip for measuring Crisco as well. It makes for easy clean up and I don’t have to scrap the measuring cup to get all my ingredient out!
Add in the egg.
Then, slowly mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredient mixture with your mixer on low speed. The peanut butter pumpkin dog treats dough will be pretty solid, yet slightly sticky.
Lightly flour the chosen clean work area on your counter. Pour a little extra whole wheat flour into a small bowl. This will be used to lightly coat cooking cutters and a metal spatula to lift the cut peanut butter pumpkin dog treats from the counter onto a baking sheet. I also lightly dust my rolling pin with flour to prevent the dough from sticking.
Form the dough into a ball using your hands and drop onto your prepared counter workspace. Press the dough down gently with your hands and sprinkle a little flour on top of the dough. Then, roll out the peanut butter pumpkin dog treat dough to about 1/4-1/2 inch thick.
Using your lightly floured cookie cutter(s), cut out your dog treats. You will want to try to cut the treats as closely together as you can.
Using a lightly floured metal spatula, gently lift the cookies onto an ungreased baking sheet.
Take any extra scraps of dough and roll back into a ball. Repeat the above steps of rolling out the dough and cutting out more cookies! You can re-roll the dough about 2-3 times before it becomes crumbly from the additional flour. I like to get as many treats as I can out of my dough.
Bake the peanut butter pumpkin dog treats in the oven until hardened. Note that the larger the dog treats are, the longer they will take to bake.
I let the treats harden on the baking sheet for about 2 minutes, then lift off with a spatula onto paper towels to fully cool.
Allow the treats to fully cool before serving to your dog.
Enjoy! I know my fur babies will. I hope your’s do, too!
How to Store Homemade Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats
As long as the peanut butter pumpkin dog treats are baked to where they are hard, you can store them in an airtight container on the counter. If they are not hard, I do recommend storing the treats in the refrigerator. The treats will last longer stored in the refrigerator but on my counter in an airtight cookie jar, they last for about 2 weeks.
- 2 cups Whole Wheat Flour (with a little extra for rolling out dough)
- 2/3 cup Pumpkin puree
- 1/3 cup Peanut Butter
- 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil (melted)
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and ensure you have a clean, dry workspace on your counter.
- In a medium size mixing bowl, sift together the whole wheat flour and cinnamon.
- In a large mixing bowl/mixer, beat together the pumpkin puree, peanut butter and coconut oil. Add in egg.
- With mixer on low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until fully mixed. The dough will be solid but still slightly sticky.
- Lightly flour the chosen clean work area on your counter. Pour a little extra whole wheat flour into a small bowl to lightly flour your rolling pin, spatula and cookie cutters as you work.
- Form the dough into a ball using your hands and drop onto your prepared counter workspace. Press the dough down gently with your hands and sprinkle a little flour on top of the dough. Then, roll out the peanut butter pumpkin dog treat dough to about 1/4-1/2 inch thick and cut treats using your selected cookie cutters.
- Then, gently scoop cut dog treats with spatula onto an ungreased baking sheet. Take any extra dough scraps and form into a ball again, roll out and cut more dog treats. You can re-roll the dough 2-3 times to create the most treats you can!
- Bake for 30 minutes, until the dog treats are hardened. Larger treats (if you use a larger cookie cutter) may need longer to cook longer. Adjust cook time accordingly.
Store the peanut butter pumpkin dog treats in an air tight container on the counter. They last for about 2 weeks. If the dog treats are not hard, please store in the refrigerator.
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